Thursday, December 4, 2008

Doug McKenzie Rolls on the "Fringe"

Tannen's Magic friend and NYC magician Doug McKenzie's stellar coin skills can be seen on the new television show the "Fringe". In the shows first season, the tenth episode titled "Safe", McKenzie's hands are shown rolling and vanishing a coin.

McKenzie is an internationally recognized magician, magic consultant, and magic television producer based in New York City. His innovative style of magic often merges classical sleight of hand techniques with new technologies. He specializes in both close-up magic and pickpocketing.

The "Fringe" from J.J. Abrams ("Lost"), Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the team behind "Star Trek," "Mission: Impossible III" and "Alias," comes a new series that will thrill, terrify and explore the blurring line between the possible and the impossible. Fringe follows the exploits of FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham, scientist Walter Bishop, and his son Peter as they investigate aspects of fringe science (telepathy, levitation, invisibility, reanimation, genetic mutation, etc). All over the world, a series of apparent experiments collectively referred to as "the Pattern" (e.g., a newborn baby who rapidly ages and dies within a few hours, a bus full of passengers trapped in a strange substance like mosquitoes in amber) are occurring for reasons unknown. Olivia, Peter (Joshua Jackson), and Walter are in charge of investigating these strange events to determine their source. Connected to the Pattern is a company called Massive Dynamic, which is a leading global research company that holds the patents for a number of new and important technologies.

After a number of years of close-guarding his secrets, Doug released two of his pet effects for the magic world to learn:

Phoneomenon: A prediction appears on a stranger's cell phone in a number of ways. Featured both in Marco Tempest and David Blaine's television specials and most recently a Nokia mobile phone commercial.

The Juan Hundred Dollar Bill Switch: A $1 bill visibly transforms into a $100 bill.

Doug McKenzie performing coin rolls and a vanish for Joshua Jackson