Fw: Amazing video
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!
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 onea 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 seguestheir routines have been expertly
arranged by a professional choreographer. The result is a show that not
only dazzlesparticularly the move in which Dania's dress changes from
plain red to one with an American-flag motif beneath a shower of silver
glitterbut 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 segmentin 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
itselfespecially 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