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What do you think might be more challenging? Creating magic for TV or live stage?

After creating magic for TV shows such as Wizard Wars on Syfy, The Carbonaro Effect and most recently Cake Wars I can say they both have their own challenges.

Something that has to be performed live has to be bullet proof. You don’t get a retake. On the other side of the coin, the camera is an unblinking eye that is fairly impossible to misdirect the attention of. (Those watching, that’s another matter) On the upside you can keep doing it until you get it right. Sometimes a bad trick can be saved in editing (so long as the magical moment is preserved and not lost or altered).

So the answer to the question is they are both challenging but for different reasons. Here is a short clip from the aforementioned Cake Wars.

 

That Tingly Feeling…

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When you create magic you tend to try a lot of different things to try and find a solution. It means a LOT of trial and error. A lot of them kind of work but you know deep down it’s not the right path. Then you will have a flash of inspiration and you have this feeling that it is the right solution and it will work without question. It doesn’t always happen but when it does it’s a great moment.

It’s even better when you try it and it actually does work and better than you could have imagined. If you haven’t experienced this in your own creations, just wait. You will… and it will be glorious.

 

Greetings Mr. Phelps

When you are a prop maker there is nothing more satisfying than a client who LOVES what you make them. It’s even better when you are proud of the job you did of said prop as well.

We were recently hired to make a thing (I don’t think I can show it to you just yet. If so I will post it in the gallery) and about halfway through the client told me that he asked another prop maker who said he couldn’t do it and a Hollywood special effects person said it was impossible. (Which is usually industry speak for “I don’t wanna do it” but I digress)

Here at Bizzaro By Design we feel NOTHING is impossible. Allow this Walt Disney quote to speak for me…

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Pros and Cons

One of the best thing about being a consultant and creating magic for others is seeing the reaction it can get, especially when it does the job it was intended to do. The downside of course is no one will ever know you are the man (or woman) behind the curtain.

It’s like the chicken said Fred, “I knew the job was dangerous when i took it.”

Hooray for alphabetical order!

It’s nice to see your name up in lights… or the very least a sans serif font for about 2 seconds at the end of a TV show you consulted on.

The best part about being on set of a show like Wizard Wars is that you get to see everything from start to finish. The bad part of course is when you see the finished product and how much ends up on the cutting room floor. I wish I could show everyone some of the great magic that got edited out for time or the lines that might not have gotten past the censors. Unfortunately, that’s show biz.

Over the next couple weeks I will be slowly adding footage and photos from the set and of the things we made for the show. Until then, enjoy this randomly picked still frame of the credits from the show.

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New Year, New Jobs

It’s 2015 and we already have our first custom order of the year. That also means playing with new materials to fit the job. What you see below is a silicone mold containing a hand moldable plastic. Humans have made some fascinating stuff and finding some crazy new invention that fits your needs has a weird “one ring” feeling to it. You don’t want to share it with anyone but at the same time you just wanna show everyone and be like, “Look at this awesome stuff. LOOK AT IT!”

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Making magic la la la

One of the best thing about creating magic for others is seeing the reactions it gets from others. When you do something for a living that you enjoy (and get paid for it) then it really isn’t work at all. It’s even better when the performer is gracious enuff to tell others you helped out. I present Exhibit A: Justin Flom.

A brand new Bizzaro By Design

shinyWell it’s about damn time I say! We have been trying to find the time to re-design the site and it’s finally occurred.

With a new site comes new content with more on the way. We’ve added all sorts of new photos of props we’ve made and even let you peek behind the curtain at the master of our foam making and blood spattered props. (You can see more of her own art at www.carrioncreations.com)

So stay tuned to this spot for other info and random ramblings.

– Bizzaro.