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Who knows what’s gotten into Mike Weatherford lately but he seems to have a hankering for the Vegas magic veterans. A few weeks ago, Lance Burton got a positive write-up and now it’s David Copperfield, whose on-stage accident has only seemed to benefit the show in terms of buzz and ticket sales.

Here’s a taste of Weatherford:

It’s not over yet. Audience members circle around and hold a rope while, in a blink of an eye, the magician produces a 1948 Lincoln convertible that also figured into the story. Trap door in the ground, right? Ah, but some crowd volunteers were stationed underneath, wrapping their arms around support pillars for the vehicle.

This extended sequence is unparalleled in a Las Vegas magic show. But a good showman doesn’t forget the encore.

The common thread in both of Weatherford’s reviews is how these long-running successes have kept the fire going while in contrast Criss Angel’s show is having such a hard time getting things going. For example, in this review he points out a prediction board routine performed by both Angel and Copperfield and then explains why the latter blows away the former. Specifically, DC’s is part of a larger story that is set up long before the bit, while Angel’s is far from totally cohesive. But it’s that little extra effort which can make all the difference.

  • KeepnItFunky

    It just depends on what you like. I saw David's show one night and Criss' the next this month. I thought David's prediction story was way to long especially if you're one of the ones standing on stage waiting to hold the rope which I was. Criss' prediction routine was just straight forward and to the point. I don't get the not cohesive comment. There wasn't anything wrong with the performance I went to. Both men had the “How did he do that factor?”

  • KeepnItFunky

    It just depends on what you like. I saw David's show one night and Criss' the next this month. I thought David's prediction story was way to long especially if you're one of the ones standing on stage waiting to hold the rope which I was. Criss' prediction routine was just straight forward and to the point. I don't get the not cohesive comment. There wasn't anything wrong with the performance I went to. Both men had the “How did he do that factor?”