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THE BUILDING WALK GENII: I’ve always thought that the most important thing when you’re doing magic on a television show is that the effect looks best for the people watching at home. ANGEL: Absolutely. But what’s the difference between watching movie magic and seeing a magician work on TV? For me, the difference is that I can actually do these things live and movie magic can’t be done live. That’s my guideline: whatever I do on TV I have to reproduce in my live show. GENII: Tell me about your crew on this shoot. ANGEL: There are probably more than 50 people working on this series. John Farrell who is the production coordinator, my brothers Costa and J.D., and cousin George are an integral part. Sam Tresler, Toni Lee my make-up artist, Jennifer my wonderful assistant who’s with me in the trenches 24/7, and so many others. There are so many people working with me now, with various layers of supervision. I try to stay on top of it, but there’s just too much— that’s why you hire all of these people! GENII: So this is, by far, the most complex thing you’ve ever done. The strategic planning must be far more taxing than, say, shooting your one-hour specials Mindfreak and Supernatural. ANGEL: Yes, because that’s 14 days or whatever, and this is 10 weeks in actual production, then there are months of editing. I’ve got a new DP [Director of Photography] Leif, and he shoots very well—we’re able to “do the dance.” GENII: You mean he can follow you as you improvise in situations. ANGEL: He’s really talented and we’re getting some great stuff. It’s difficult to change personnel—I’d worked with my previous cameraman, John Meyer, on both earlier TV specials. I’ve also got a new editor. All of that makes a huge difference and adds a tremendous amount of pressure, having to deal with those elements in addition to everything else. Our list of pick-up shots keeps growing, and the time we’ve got left to shoot keeps shrinking. Simultaneously, I’m involved with a new show called Le Reve that’s opening up at Steve Wynn’s new hotel, where I created some of the visual effects for Franco Dragone. It’s a 105 million dollar show in a 2.6 billion dollar hotel—no pressure … GENII: The Las Vegas Review Journal wrote, “Together, Wynn and Dragone are responsible for two of the most popular productions on the Strip—‘Myst’re’ at Treasure Island and ‘O’ at Bellagio. Dragone is also the creative force behind Celine Dion’s show, ‘A New Day,’ at Caesars Palace.” That’s pretty impressive company to be in. How involved in Le Reve were you? August 2005

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