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America's Got Talent Season 7 Discussion (Spoilers)

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by KungFuCow, May 15, 2012.

  1. busyba

    busyba The Funcooker

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    I think some of the criticism they gave Turf, about it being all the same thing over and over, was a bit unfounded.

    Before the judges started speaking, my impression of the performance was that it had all the elements that make Turf "Turf", but that also he did a much better job this time of actually choreographing his routine to the music. There was much more of a connection between his moves and the music this time around.

    I'm not saying he should have made it into the Top 3; I'm just saying that I felt he really stepped it up this time around.
     
  2. morac

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    I'm not sure what difference it would make if Dittelman could see the marker colors as the trick wasn't guessing what colors Howard was using, it was to "force" Howard to use Dittelman's preselected colors since Dittelman's drawing was done ahead of time. I don't see how this could be done unless Howard was in on it. Though if you compare the two drawings, the colors don't exactly match up. Only the green face and purple hair do.

    As for the circle/triangle trick, that reminds me more of Cross Angel's Mind Freak, specifically this card trick::

    [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llF7075WmBg[/media]


    I know how it's done now, but at the time I first saw it, in a movie theater, it did freak me out..
     
  3. inaka

    inaka Well-Known Member

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    Seeing Howard is the entire trick. He sees the color Howard picks, and THEN tells him where to fill it in. Dittelman's drawing was done ahead of time, yes. So for example, the face was already green on Dittelman's drawing. So all he does it tell Howard, "Please select any color you would like at random" or whatever, he sees Howard select the green pen, and then he says, "Ok, I'm going to ask that you color in the face with that [randomly selected color.]" etc.

    So he just waits to see the color Howard selects, and then tells him to which area to fill-in, based on Dittelman's drawing was done ahead of time.

    I personally don't think Howard was is on it, but it really is irrelevant if he can see him the entire time. I personally think if Howard was in on it, they could have come up with a much more elaborate trick that wouldn't be solved just by seeing.
     
  4. morac

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    Ah, that makes sense and it also explains the color mismatch as Howard didn't follow directions and used the same color he used to draw the horns, to draw the goatee. Though the horn colors didn't really match either, so perhaps Dittelman messed up.
     
  5. tiams

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    His book Tricks Of The Mind is a good read. I would like to read his book Pure Effect but even used copies are $150.00-$200.00.

    When I said Howard was in on it, I only meant that he had been instructed to show the markers to the camera and knew that Dittleman needed to see what color he was holding.
     
  6. Sep 2, 2012 #526 of 557
    MarkofT

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    Was there anything interesting other then the results on the results show? The local NBC affiliate preempted Wednesday to show a preseason Cowboys game. NBC is repeating on Sunday, but the local affiliate is preempting again to show the MDA telethon.

    On both times, they moved the programming to a subchannel, but DirectTV doesn't carry subchannels.
     
  7. Sep 2, 2012 #527 of 557
    inaka

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    Ahhh yes. I see what you mean then. Yeah, I agree. The producers probably told Howard to clearly show "the crowd" each color he selected so they could see, etc. But it was obvious that Dittleman needed to see the pens more than the crowd.
     
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    That Don Guy

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    Neon Treeswould performed "Everybody Talks" - other than that, not really.

    They padded the show by bringing out the acts 3 at a time and announcing which one was in the top four; at the end, they announced which two advanced to the final (which will have six acts), and had the judges choose which of the remaining two would be the third finalist.

    Telethon? You mean the "MDA Show of Strength"? It's only a three-hour show now, and as it's not shown live nationwide, they don't bother mentioning how much money they take in. Ironically, Hal David had just died; he co-wrote "What the World Needs Now is Love," which, for many years, was the song the band played every time the tote board registered another million dollars.
     
  9. Sep 3, 2012 #529 of 557
    steve614

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    This is one thing that has annoyed me all season. It nullifies that part of the audience vote which makes me wonder if it's worth even voting at all.

    I think they said the sand artist and the ventriloquist had less than 1% difference in voting numbers?
    And they let the "judges" decide who gets to go through? That's BS (IMO).

    /end rant.
     
  10. Sep 7, 2012 #530 of 557
    That Don Guy

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    I have this strange feeling there's something missing from the show this season.

    Oh, wait - I know what it is:
    Somebody whose act doesn't involve singing is going to win this year (unless, for some unexplained reason, the Earth Harp act decides to add a singer and ends up winning)

    I know Terry Fator is a ventriloquist, but one of the reasons he won was because his act involves impressions of famous singers.
    So now the final six are...
    a dog act, a stand-up comic, a Latin dance troupe of kids, an "Earth harp" player, and a couple of artists (one that works with sand, and one with paint). If it was up to me, based on what I have seen so far, I'd go with the comic, but I'm having trouble figuring out some of the voting - given those final four acts in the second semi-final, I thought for sure that the top two would have been the ones involved in the judges' pick.
     
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    jamesbobo

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    Have you ever tried an antenna? Any kind will do. When my cable went out because a large truck knocked out the wires I tried using an AM/FM radio antenna that I simply stuck out the window. To my surprise I got all my local channels, including subchannels, although the CW was very pixelated.
     
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    markz

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    I wish I could do that here. I live in a valley about 60 miles from two major markets (Indianapolis & Cincinnati). I would have to have an antenna tower to pickup anything. Radio stations don't even come in the best all the time.
     
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    busyba

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    I just hope tbe mariachi kid makes enough money of his newfound fame to buy a pair of tweezers...
     
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    jamesbobo

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    By the way, here is the antenna I used.
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    morac

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    Wow, not only the first year a singer won't win (including ones that sing with puppets ;) ), but also the first year a singer didn't make even it into the finals. Finally.
     
  16. morac

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    When did NBC buy the rights to American Bandstand?

    I guess they had to do something since no singers made the final.
     
  17. bryhamm

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    Wish Tom Cotter had won.
     
  18. Einselen

    Einselen ɹǝsn pǝɹǝʇsıƃǝɹ

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    Ditto. Olate Dogs were cute the first and second time I saw them, but their act got really stale and repetitive I thought.
     
  19. morac

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    And to think we were making fun of Britain's Got Talent for having a dog act win. Still it's better than having another singer win and the dog act is quite good.

    Don't feel too bad for Tom Cotter as I expect he'll show up on Comedy Central's comedy spotlight or something. He's too good to not have a future in comedy.
     
  20. Einselen

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    Comedy is tough to break through and his stint on Last Comic Standing didn't help then, but maybe just maybe making it 2nd on AGT will help.
     

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