You may remember when Rick Lax ripped off the show Chopped to make his show, Wizard Wars.
Well, now he’s ripped off Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee to make a new facebook show called “Making Magic.”
Similar to “Comedians in Cars,” each episode features Rick driving around with a magician and stopping places to do magic. I’ve watched the first couple episodes. They’re pretty easy to sit through if you have 10-15 minutes to kill. Some of it is a little too “staged” for me to appreciate. But that’s probably unavoidable. In a perfect world, I’m sure Rick would prefer if everything could somehow be spontaneous and unplanned. Magic certainly can be that way, but then he’d have to shoot 150 hours for 10 minutes of footage.
The second episode features Jibrizy, who bills himself as, “The One and Only Hip-Hop Illusionist.” Oh… really? Hmmm…how quickly we forget…
Jibrizy, learn your history, bitch! I guess you just look at that video and see a “thug” or “ghetto trash.” Someone a little too easy for you to dismiss. But that “thug” paved the way for you to do what you do, so show some goddamn respect.
Anyway, in that episode Jibrizy says that he wants people to believe he really has magic powers. Rick offers a little push-back on this, but Jibrizy is unfazed. “I’m committed,” he says, to keeping the act up 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Uh-huh. Look, you do whatever you want, but if your goal is to have people believe you have real powers, then you’re limiting your target audience to: fucking morons. Yes, maybe you can get a reasonably intelligent person to perhaps believe you achieved something for real with some effects—perhaps using a psychological presentation. But when you’re sticking a pen through a bill…
it will take a very “special” audience member to pause, remove his dunce cap, scratch his head and say, “You know what? I think he can really do that! Now… where was I? Ah yes, I was smearing my feces into pleasing swirls on the kitchen floor.”
Meanwhile, you’re alienating normal adults who just want to have some fun, not be coerced into praising you for powers you don’t really possess.
But whatever, everyone can do as they please.
My biggest question is… what reality show will Rick Las rip off for his next magic show? Something with little people? Or “hot wives” of magicians? Some type of dating show like “Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire,” but with a magician, so it would be, like, “Who Wants to Financially Support a Guy Chasing His Dream and Making $28,000 a Year?” I would recommend just doing a magician-centric version of this show because you would save money on marketing/branding because you wouldn’t have to change the name.