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Now You See Me, either film:

Why are people constantly looking away from the known stage magicians?

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Good farging question. Though it may be pertinent to what Penn Gillette said about movies that focus on magicians. They all seem to be solely concerned with the "magic" which is, in his opinion, the least interesting part.

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Mr. Paradox wrote:
Now You See Me, either film:

Why are people constantly looking away from the known stage magicians?


I believe any stage magician worth his salt is supposed to be really good at misdirection, so the audience is looking anywhere but at the conjurer.

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Cliffie wrote:
Mr. Paradox wrote:
Now You See Me, either film:

Why are people constantly looking away from the known stage magicians?


I believe any stage magician worth his salt is supposed to be really good at misdirection, so the audience is looking anywhere but at the conjurer.


If that were the case it'd be fine, but it's not. I've seen at least two occasions in these films where people have the magicians dead to rights and/or at gunpoint and then, without their targets saying or doing anything, decide it's a great idea to look somewhere else.

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Bergerjacques wrote:
Good farging question. Though it may be pertinent to what Penn Gillette said about movies that focus on magicians. They all seem to be solely concerned with the "magic" which is, in his opinion, the least interesting part.


Have you seen Penn's latest trick? He made 100 lbs of his body disappear.

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Mr. Paradox wrote:
If that were the case it'd be fine, but it's not. I've seen at least two occasions in these films where people have the magicians dead to rights and/or at gunpoint and then, without their targets saying or doing anything, decide it's a great idea to look somewhere else.


Then it's probably the same principle at work that makes teenagers in horror films proceed into pitch-dark basements without turning on the lights or even flicking their Bics.

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So how is it that when Michael Madsen in Kill Bill shot backwards from the grip full of money and the black mamba, he landed on the floor with THREE grossly swollen bite marks on his face? The snake only struck once. And those fangs were so much narrower than the bites. Could they have cut a much larger snake from that scene without telling us?

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I just checked that clip on youtube and it showed three strikes by the snake.

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supersonic man wrote:
I just checked that clip on youtube and it showed three strikes by the snake.


Well, the version on my disc at home shows one (1). I rewound to be sure.

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So, in The Mummy (1999), Im Ho Tep lets that squirrely guy go because he has a Star of David, which he identifies as a symbol of the slave people (re: the Hebrews). If the earliest use for it (among Jews) was found as a decorative motif in a 3rd century A.D. synagogue, how would Im Ho Tep be able to recognize it?

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So, in The Mummy (1999), Im Ho Tep lets that squirrely guy go because he has a Star of David, which he identifies as a symbol of the slave people (re: the Hebrews). If the earliest use for it (among Jews) was found as a decorative motif in a 3rd century A.D. synagogue, how would Im Ho Tep be able to recognize it?


He doesn't, actually. How the scene actually goes is that Benny, after striking out with several holy symbols, raises the Star of David and begins praying in Hebrew. Imhotep recognizes the prayer as "the language of the slaves", which means Benny can understand him and makes a useful tool.

Never mind Hebrew being "the language of the slaves" when modern Hebrew has almost nothing in common with ancient Hebrew.

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Yeah, I've seen a scholarly argument made that modern Hebrew should be called "Israeli", because ancient Hebrew is at most just a skeleton inside a language which mostly dates back no further than the 19th century.

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So, with half of the galaxy looking for an orange and white BB-8, why did no one think of slapping a coat of paint on it?

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So, with half of the galaxy looking for an orange and white BB-8, why did no one think of slapping a coat of paint on it?


That's a pretty hardcore head slapper that never occurred to me until SSM mentioned it.

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A lot of films do this, but The Dark Knight Rises brought it to mind: why are all bombs in Hollywood built so that they're easy to arm but nigh-impossible to disarm?

Explosive devices built by professionals (as opposed to terrorists or other "unprofessional" types) are typically built the other way around - requiring great effort to arm and little to disarm, because you want to be damn sure you're ready for it to blow up and it'd be a bad idea not to be allowed to change your mind.

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