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Wonderstone Contest 2013 Grand Prize Winner

Wonderstone Contest 2013 Grand Prize Winner

Grand prize winner of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Contest 2013! Submission by Ryuji Chua (with credit to Ben You).

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1 year ago
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j.bayme
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19 Comments

Shea

1 year ago
That was incredible!

Andrei

1 year ago
Amazing, love it!
Well earned.

j.bayme

1 year ago
Outstanding. Congrats!

wavehead15

1 year ago
Cardistry with electronic music. Very original.

WakingHollow

1 year ago
Do i detect a hint of sarcasm?

wavehead15

1 year ago
It seems as though Theory11 has failed to read their own guidelines. On the contest page under "HOW TO WIN" it says "Creativity: Have we seen this before?" Allow me to answer this for you. Yes. Cardistry over electronic music in an urban setting is? what you see every day. Unless I am incorrect in my assumption that Theory11 did not want to see what they have seen before then this is not creative. The top of the contest page even states "the more creative, the better" Correct me if I'm wrong.

j.bayme

1 year ago
Hey Wavehead, I certainly respect your opinion. We received MANY outstanding submissions. At the end of the day, videos were judged based on all three criteria, and overall impact - and this was unanimously decided the winner.

Andrew A

1 year ago
I'm glad I'm not the only one who realized that. A note to all future Theory11 contest entrants- bring your HD cams, dubstep lite, and fluff to the table, leave your variety and creativity at home.

Don't get me wrong, generally speaking the video is above average, due to the production quality. However, as the winning video of a contest which was graded 33.3% on creative merit, 33.3% on originality, and 33.% on overall ingenuity, it does raise some question as to what exactly in the video the judges felt met the judging criteria.

wavehead15

1 year ago
He did have a very sharp and cool looking video. I will give him that. However, as you stated, if you calculate what the winner did correctly and gave him a grade he would receive a 66.6% which is D material. That is assuming he brought original moves to the table which I am unable to comment on because I am a magician.

j.bayme

1 year ago
I certainly respect and acknowledge your opinion. The decision was unanimous on the part of our judging panel - and I congratulate Ryuji for his efforts and win. While entitled to your opinion, we believed this represented far more than "D material" - and we were greatly impressed by all submissions.

Andrei

1 year ago
We love creativity and variety. Absolutely not necessary to have an HD cam and the rest of the jazz. It just so happens that people who do have them are the ones who focus on attention to detail, storyline, cinematography, the way they're dressed, soundtrack, etc. the most. Perhaps their obsessive attention to detail eventually results in upgrading their equipment but that's not something we're necessarily looking for.

The winner did possess the above said creative merit (with the awesome slick original moves), originality (structure, storyline), and overall ingenuity (attention to detail and the video with storyline as a whole).

Andrew A

1 year ago
I think I was the one who misunderstood- the contest guidelines suggested to me that the video should be more original and different in the moves presented (primarily), rather than the structure, storyline, and overall cinematic quality (primarily- I say that this video was primarily focused on the aforementioned as it contained only about 30 seconds of actual card moves while the rest of it just looked nice).

I suppose then that I was expecting the winning video to resemble something more along the lines of Opera than Last Day.

wavehead15

1 year ago
Thank you for taking my comments as constructive instead of as an attack because I certainly do not mean them to be. The winner does have original moves as you stated but that would stand under the originality category where you say you want to see our moves. Also, it is possible to see what kind of video you were looking for (a cardistry video) because you used the word moves instead of something more general.

The winning submission should not look like the same old cardistry videos submitted to Theory11 every day. It would have been nice to see some magic (which is what Theory11 used to be about at its creation) though a cardistry video with a different and creative theme would be sufficient as well. As far as production quality goes, steady and pleasing shots like Ryuji’s should be the standard. HD is and added bonus.

Rian Mileti

1 year ago
I see card flourishing all of the time... I can appreciate the HD (I don't have the ability to film in) but I wanted to see the magic... I didn't even see him catch the deck when he threw it behind his back. Granted I do have a bias because I lost... here was my entry http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTL-I9lKek4 I did do my best and created more original content than a 4 split screen could handle. I'm going to be releasing tutorials on all of my effects I created for the Burt Wonderstone contest. I do think that was a nice video Ryuji but I'm displeased with the results because I didn't see any magic in any of the winners. It should have been a flourishing contest... not a magic contest.

ikaMTS

1 year ago
i think the video is good. Is it what i expected? no, not really, but well done job nevertheless.

adamkaufman33

1 year ago
Amazing. Congrats!

Keith55555

1 year ago
Well, at the risk of sounding like an old fart, (say this to yourself in my Grandfather's yiddish accent): "'dis is magic?". It's magical and pretty but flourishing is a form of juggling to me.
That said, I must admit, me saying this reminds me of my own experience several light years ago in Tannen's (when it was on the 17th floor of the Loew's building in Time Square). I was in the showroom demonstrating my latest electronic wireless, prediction using LEDs called 'SoothSayer'. Now Cab Calloway (the famous singer whom they rotoscoped for Coco the Clown) was there. He lived in some flea bag motel in Times Square and was an amateur magician. Not knowing I was the inventor, he asked Tony Spina, loudly, "Is this really magic?"
So there you go. Maybe I'm wrong but man I miss buying a gimmick or a book or instructions on how to do a 'paper tear and restore' and not a DVD or download that requires using existing functions in an iPhone.
-Keith
ZeroCrossing Electronic Magic

j.bayme

1 year ago
This is surely, admittedly not magic. This contest was open to either magic OR cardistry (or both, in many submissions). In the end, this was unanimously decided the winner based on overall impact and contest criteria.

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