Editorial: Magic

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AmberMcCulloch Amber McCulloch

DAVID COPPERFIELD! I must see him! Who can give me freebies?

03 August 2009

AmberMcCulloch Amber McCulloch

Dammit. I throw this out to the group: I need freebies to David Copperfield. Needed.

03 August 2009

And such was my frenzy* upon hearing that master illusionist David Copperfield would be appearing for one night only. Thankfully, my freebies did arrive, and it was with no small amount of curiosity that I joined several thousand punters at Sydney’s Acer Arena.

As expected, the world’s best paid contemporary magician dragged gormless members of the Aussie public from their seats and onto the stage to take part in a show replete with pyrotechnics, radio mikes, big hair, disappearing and appearing objects, swishing cloths, death defiance and, most importantly, constant patter.

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Christopher Hanrahan

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Amber McCulloch

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Alanna Lorenzon

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Ella Barclay

Pia van Gelder, AV Bells (2011), Hacked media-machines, found objects, electronics, cathode ray TVs, mercury, dimensions variable. Photo: Sarah Mosca Pia van Gelder performs alongside a growing arsenal of mediated machines where her small, nuanced experiments can have loud and potentially dangerous outcomes. Three recent examples are Signeauxß (2010), where she strung the guts of four DVD

Simon Yates: Magic or System Error?

Bec Dean

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Review: Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial) 2011

Julia Holderness

The built environment was designed by architect Ryue Nishizawa. Photo: Mahmmut Ceylan   Any biennial with the name ‘Untitled’ set in Times New Roman is clearly bent on neutrality. However, neutrality doesn’t necessarily equal ambivalence. If anything, the 12th Istanbul Biennial has a more pointed sense of a curatorial idea than many similar large events

Review: The feeling will pass…

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