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Old 10-01-05, 07:14 PM
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Reality TV -- back and better stronger than ever

Hey all,

Just when we thought "Reality" TV was finally fading away -- it seems to be coming back even stronger, and even WORSE than ever....

I want to see if anyone is on the same page as me when I say that 99.99999% of all shows that claim to be "real" or that want to have the "reality" aspect to them will have most, if not all of the following, fake, qualities:

1) Black and white scenes
2) Subtitles for harder to hear moments
3) Of center subjects
4) Shaky camera shots
5) The terribly fake, CGI "now recording" video camera frame with blinking red light
6) Some person with a thick accent.
7) Night vision
8) Some derivative of the following buzz words: "raw, uncut, uncensored, naked, un-edited, real, shocking, uncovered, exposed, extreme, untamed, intense.....etc...
9) Audio recordings with a lot of interference
10) Video recordings with a lot of intereference (web cams as well)
11) "Hidden" cameras
12) Confessional clips....

Being a magician, I have even noticed these traits spill over into the magic world -- many of the new instructional DVD's that come out are infected with the above....

Have you al noticed this? I can think of several shows I have seen lately that literally had ALL, yes ALL, of the above traits....

Gimmie a break!. Well, I suppose if people know that it's not real, and still enjoy it, then that's perfectly OK with me. It's when people live, die, and cry by the belief that these show are real that really bothers me......

So, next time you watch any show look for the above traits.....even in commercials.....

Ok, it really doesn't bother me that much -- I just think it's interesting how far people will fall prey to this kind of marketing....

Later,


Matt!


P.S. FAKE!
Old 10-01-05, 07:36 PM
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Didn't most of these traits come from porn?

Is the progression

Porn -> Reality TV -> Instructional videos -> TV movies -> TV shows -> Real movies

?
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I don't know what spawned this thread (as if we haven't had a bazillion "I hate reality tv" threads). The fall lineup this year has the least amount of reality shows I've seen since 2001 or so.
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Oh boy, another anti-reality thread.

http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=436836
http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=125328
http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=424415
http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=305449

etc...

PS, how do 90% of those things equate to fake?
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I didn't notice it had left, but now that it's back it's clearly better, stronger, and worse than ever.

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Originally Posted by Groucho
I don't know what spawned this thread (as if we haven't had a bazillion "I hate reality tv" threads). The fall lineup this year has the least amount of reality shows I've seen since 2001 or so.
Yep, the TV have heard the outcry and instead of making terrible reality shows, they are making terrible scripted shows.
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You know what's fake? Magic!

I went to a so-called "magic" show a few months ago. The person claimed to be a magician, but in reality he was a charlatan. His acts of "magic" all turned out to be mere illusions and trickery. This man had no powers of magic or sorcery at all! Notice that magicians always use these fake elements:

1) Oversized top hats
2) Giant boxes to conceal the woman allegedly getting sawed in half... why not just do it on a table so we can see this "amazing feat"
3) Giant cases that he says he will magically escape from, yet for some reason they are not made out of glass so we can actually see the apparition occur
4) Smoke bombs that are suspiciously thrown right at the moment he is about to cast a "magical spell"
5) Wands that do not magical sparks like Harry Potter's wand
6) Pathetic attempts to distract us during the tricks with jokes
7) Capes
8) Female assistants that are way too hot to be hanging out with magicians

The worst part was the audience of fools was eating it all up! The gullible idiots were all like "Wow! That's amazing!" That drives me crazy that people can get away with this crap. "It's not real", I wanted to shout. But I was too disgusted with the whole thing to bother.
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Not, tricks...ILLUSIONS. Tricks are what whores do for money. Or candy.
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DRG,

Wow, I'll just assume that that wasn't a personal blow. Although the depth of your post really shows your passion for disliking the art of magic. Many people that I know obviously know that magic isn't real -- that doesn't take away from the fact that something happened right in front of them that can't be explained.

So, according to your response, if someone say's "Wow! That's amazing!" then they are an idiot for thinking so? I don't think they are saying "wow, you have special powers, you are a wizard." No, most of the time they are thinking just that -- that they saw a skill that impressed them. Also, If i show you a trick that you can't explain -- then what's the problem? Real or not, it still happened.

Well, I didn't plan on siding with you at all in this post -- but I have to. That is, in your response you mentioned traits of stage magic -- large boxes, smoke, assistants..... I don't like that brand of magic -- to commercial....and, fake, there, I said it.... I am into close-up magic. More intimate, more skillful, more interesting.....


Later,

Matt

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I think his point was that fake or not, many of these shows are entertaining at least to some portion of the audience. Just like even though what a magician does isn't really magic, it is still entertaining for people who like that sort of thing.
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Originally Posted by KillerQ
Wow, I'll just assume that that wasn't a personal blow. Although the depth of your post really shows your passion for disliking the art of magic. Many people that I know obviously know that magic isn't real -- that doesn't take away from the fact that something happened right in front of them that can't be explained.
Apparently I have to use a or two next time.
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Well played ...

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DRG,

Ha, yea, a smiley or 6 would have made a difference....lol. Thanks.

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Originally Posted by KillerQ
DRG,

Wow, I'll just assume that that wasn't a personal blow. Although the depth of your post really shows your passion for disliking the art of magic. Many people that I know obviously know that magic isn't real -- that doesn't take away from the fact that something happened right in front of them that can't be explained.

So, according to your response, if someone say's "Wow! That's amazing!" then they are an idiot for thinking so? I don't think they are saying "wow, you have special powers, you are a wizard." No, most of the time they are thinking just that -- that they saw a skill that impressed them. Also, If i show you a trick that you can't explain -- then what's the problem? Real or not, it still happened.

Well, I didn't plan on siding with you at all in this post -- but I have to. That is, in your response you mentioned traits of stage magic -- large boxes, smoke, assistants..... I don't like that brand of magic -- to commercial....and, fake, there, I said it.... I am into close-up magic. More intimate, more skillful, more interesting.....

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