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  • Charles W Hill, Jr.
    Folks--- Y all may find this amusing---the link is at the bottom. I don t know if there is trick-photography involved or not. Anybody seen it live. These
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 3, 2006

      Y'all may find this amusing---the link is at the bottom.

      I don't know if there is trick-photography involved or not. Anybody seen
      it live. These folks apparently work out of Chicago.

      If it actually happened like that, some of our quick-changing choruses
      might want to learn the trick...


      Happy Holidays to all!

      Charlie Hill

      Their perfectionism is a habit developed during decades' worth of circus
      work. Russian-born Dania Kaseeva debuted with the Moscow Circus at 14,
      simultaneously spinning myriad hula hoops around her waist, neck, and
      limbs. (NBA teams often book Quick Change for one game, then Kaseeva's
      solo hula-hoop act for the following one—a twofer package that makes
      David & Dania all the more attractive.) David Michael Maas was juggling
      on a tightrope at 8 and later became an accomplished ringmaster.
      David & Dania launched the first incarnation of Quick Change in 1996, a
      year after they met. They're by no means the first practitioners of
      quick-change magic; the trick dates back to the 19th century, and the
      first English-language manual to describe the art was published in 1911.
      Back then, magicians connected the various layers via hook-and-eye
      fasteners; today, the literature describes no fewer than 15 different
      methods of pulling off the trick, using such devices as Velcro, magnets,
      and "fish bone pull fasteners." What separates David & Dania from the
      pack is not just the number of "transformations" they execute, but their
      use of ballroom dancing steps as segues—their routines have been expertly
      arranged by a professional choreographer. The result is a show that not
      only dazzles—particularly the move in which Dania's dress changes from
      plain red to one with an American-flag motif beneath a shower of silver
      glitter—but is also planned to the hilt. Night in, night out, a game-ops
      director is guaranteed to get the same show, right down to the hand
      gestures. About the only thing that changes is the jersey that David dons
      in one segment—in a recent addition to the show, he now does a
      transformation into the home team's uniform.
      Popular as the act may be with the NBA, basketball engagements alone do
      not a career make. Jeff Wohlschlaeger, game-ops director for the Chicago
      Bulls and David & Dania's booking coordinator for the NBA, refused to
      reveal how many halftimes David & Dania play every year, or what their
      fee might be, but he admitted that it's not a living unto
      itself—especially since travel costs usually aren't covered by a team.
      Fortunately for David & Dania, pro basketball provides only one of their
      revenue streams; they're also a summer fixture on ships operated by Royal
      Caribbean Cruise International, and they have a huge following in Europe.
      They've recently branched out into product endorsement, too; Dania has
      her own line of aluminum hula hoops, and David sells a color-changing top
      hat for a cool $325.

      I know it is show biz, but it still is amazing…


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