While the Oscars might be over, there’s always time for a bit of movie magic. Over the weekend, “iPad Magician” Simon Pierro took to the streets of Hollywood to try to impress passers-by with his unique brand of sleight of hand. You can watch the full video above, which has Pierro pulling an Oscar statue out of his tablet, as well as performing some slick AR tricks with a crudely-drawn $100 bill. You can also find this video and more over on Pierro’s YouTube channel, or you can check out his presentation on performing magic in the digital age at Magic Live! 2017 here.
The internet has done wonderful things for magic. Video-sharing sites have also let an entirely new breed of budding digital magicians all over the world build sizable careers without ever having to set foot in a restaurant or theater. YouTube is filled with all kinds of magic acts, but few performers have embraced the digital aspect of the medium with as much gusto as German magician and Apple enthusiast Simon Pierro: “The iPad Magician.” Pierro was one of the guest speakers at last year’s excellent Magic Live! convention and his talk on performing on the virtual stage is now available to the public.
Pierro’s shtick, as you might have guessed from his nickname, is all manner of tricks using an Apple iPad as the core prop. It’s good stuff obviously, particularly that beer gag, but more interesting to other magicians are Pierro’s insights into both online audiences and the complex relationship between old media and services like YouTube. If you’re struggling to make a dent on your subscriber count, you should give the video a watch via Magic Live!’s website.
This is the first year the Magic Live! organizers have released videos of the talks held at the event. This year’s Magic Live! is taking place from August 5th to August 8th in Las Vegas, Nevada. Registration is now open.
iPad magician Simon Pierro‘s first TV special will air this coming Friday, October 27, on Germany’s “major TV channel RTL,” he announced via Instagram. If you’re not familiar with Simon’s particular blend of magic and tech, give a quick watch to his appearance on Ellen. It’ll be interesting to see how his special handles the logistics of a magic act that’s centered on an iPad, not to mention how long the act will be.