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“Abracadabra”

Sydney August 2016 (9 photos)

I heat up, I can’t cool down
You got me spinning
‘Round and ’round
‘Round and ’round and ’round it goes
Where it stops nobody knows.

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Every time you call my name
I heat up like a burning flame
Burning flame, full of desire
Kiss me baby, let the fire get higher.

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Abra abracadabra
I wanna reach out and grab ya
Abra abracadabra
Abracadabra.

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“Abracadabra” is a song by American rock group Steve Miller Band, written by Steve Miller. The song was released as the first single from the 1982 album of the same name. The song is said to have been inspired by the American singer Diana Ross whom Miller had met while performing on Hullabaloo in the 1960s. The song became one of the band’s biggest hits.

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These are a few more shots from a fun night photography workshop I attended a couple of weekends ago. This man was very sleight of hand. He had two “glowsticks” which he was able to twirl around in wild patterns. Not once did they become entangled. He was rather dynamic. At one point, our instructor had to ask him to try and stand in the same spot for a minute or so.

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There was also a female performer with hula hoops and she featured in my previous post, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark.

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I experimented with short and long exposures for this guy, without a tripod, as before.

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The final shot was 1.3 seconds handheld. I was not so sleight of hand on that cold night. Please excuse the camera shake.

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44 thoughts on “Sleight of Hand

  1. Despite the bit of blur as you mentioned, very well done. Overall very crisp. Actually, I like the blurriness in the last shot. Sort of gives the illusion the whole world is blurry and I suppose that is how the perfomers see the world as they are twirling. So, it seemed that you captured their perspective very well too πŸ™‚

    Were the other shots less than 1.3 seconds? The shutter speed would have to be fairly slow to get these long exposures. Very good all round.

    • Interestingly, you can’t really appreciate the patterns when watching it live. That makes me wonder how he practices the patterns.

      All the other shots in this post were less than 1 second. Only the last one was longer than 1 second, although I did take a few at 2 seconds. Thank you.

  2. Definitely abracadabra…very magical indeed! Can’t say I noticed your camera shake at all. I think the eye gets so drawn by the attractive lights, you don’t see anything else. I remember that song well…oh, so loved Abracadabra at the time!! πŸ˜€

    • You’re right, all attention is on the lights. The patterns he carved out were fantastic. When he deliberately tangled his 2 lights, they formed that light ball of magic. Very impressive.

  3. Abracadabra
    parola magica usata dai maghi e prestigiatori per creare suspence ed atmosfera, in questo post di grande effetto
    sembra che il suo uso corrente sia dovuto al medico dell’antica RSerenus Sammonicus che guarΓ¬ il suo imperatoreCaracalla ( III d.C. ) es ignificherebbe ” in passato di rispetto e venerazione”
    ma anche
    C’Γ¨ chi pensa che si tratti di una parola celtica, composta da Abra (Dio) e Cad (santo) o che derivi dalla frase babilonese Abbada Ke Dabra (“muori quando la parola stessa Γ¨ pronunciata”).

    Chi sostiene provenga dall’aramaico Avrah KaDabra – il cui significato Γ¨ piΓΉ o meno “Io creerΓ² come parlo” – o da Abhadda Kedhabhra, cioΓ¨ “sparisci come questa parola”.

    Chi pensa sia derivata dalla frase araba Abra Kadabra, ovvero “fa che le cose siano distrutte”.
    spero di non averti annoiato con queste mie elucubrazioni πŸ™‚

    • Grazie mille. L’origine delle parole Γ¨ sempre molto interessante. Moderne interpretazioni di queste parole sono affascinanti.

      Anche nei film di Harry Potter, hanno usato “Avada Kedavra”, che suona un po ‘come “Abra Cadabra”, come l’anatema che uccide. I bambini possono essere un po ‘nervoso per vedere un atto magico in questi giorni. πŸ™‚

      Grazie per aver condiviso la tua esperienza.

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