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he starred in , “ Breaking Magic .” All these accolades said to me : James is a successful magician . But what they didn ’ t reveal to me is what actually sets James apart , and what ultimately became the backbone of his revolutionary , one-of-a-kind show “ POOF ! Secrets of a Magician ,” which debuted to a sell-out season at the Sydney Opera House in January - is his piano .
it was as if Tim Minchin or Bo Burnham wrote a song about the melancholic absurdity of what it is to be a magician .
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I first saw James ’ piano skills on display in his wonderful comedy-song-turned-shortfilm “ The Magician .” If you haven ’ t seen it , go watch on YouTube . I ’ ll wait .
Shame on you if you didn ’ t . Watching “ The Magician ” moved me in a way that only music can . I was impressed by his proficiency at the piano , but more so at how well , and how hilariously , he captured what it feels like to be a magician . I feel a comparison approaching :
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