In a recession it is easier to hire people who will pretend to be tricked than to come up with good magic tricks. That is my theory. Criss Angel is releasing a magic kit. Maybe it will be so good that people will be impressed by the tricks?
Well, hint, it does not seem like Criss Angel wants to take that risk.
For Angel’s infomercial he is going to a talent agency to hire: “Girls in bar to react to magic acts (ages 21-35)” among other jobs. By the end, in the infomercial to sell you the magic kit apparently the demonstration will be augmented by actors who do the tricks, and actors to be impressed by the tricks. Then there are the usual camera angels and edits to support the tricks. Doesn’t that seem like it will be as much fun to use at home once you are parted from your money?
Still, no doubt it is time to get ready for barrage of Angel hyperbole on how unique and great a magic kit he is hawking by apparently using all the traditional techniques that every other cheesy celebrity infomercial uses.
If the kit were any good, why hire people to be impressed? Here is a challenge for Criss Angel: For the infomercial document giving the magic kits to randomly selected people and then tape them a couple hours later trying to use the Criss Angel magic kit to impress anyone at a Vegas bar.
That is not happening. But, apparently, instead of that fun, this casting call will offer you the honor to “participate in filming an infomercial with top celebrity magician Chris Angel.” One thing: don’t expect to be well compensated (unless your name is Criss Angel). At the bottom there is a grudging notice “There is some pay.” Some pay: like this is for charity? Suckers.
Here is the notice:
“CHRIS ANGEL INFOMERCIAL
IMMEDIATELY casting all types of regular people, and aspiring magicians also, to participate in filming an infomercial with top celebrity magician Chris Angel.
Have you always wanted to show off your skills as an aspiring magician?
Or get recognized in a national television spot?
Now is your chance! Work with a well known company and film an infomercial for an ultimate magic kit!
We will be looking to cast the roles of:
Young Boy Magician (age 8-13)
Boys to react to magic acts (ages 8-13)
Yuppie Dads (ages 30-50)
Business Man Magician (age 45-60)
Business men to react to magic acts (ages 45-60)
Hot guy in Bar Magician (age 21-35)
Young Girl Magician (age 8-13)
Soccer Mom’s (ages 30-50)
Girls in bar to react to magic acts (ages 21-35)
Business women to react to magic acts (ages 45-60)
We will be auditioning on Tuesday, June 1st, and shooting on Thursday, June 3rd, 2010, in LAS VEGAS.
There is some pay.
(Photo: Lanie Crossman)