Category Archives: Special Effects

The simulation is real

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What part of this is real? What part of this is CGI? Are they even in the same room? Is Zuck CGI? Is his face CGI?

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CGI Norm Macdonald

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Some bad fakery here.

Did anyone here think Norm was funny?

More Operation Chaos to me, selling bad or mediocre art as good, causing severe cognitive dissonance.

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Remote blood for crisis actors

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Air squibs produce great bullet hit effects without the use of pyrotechnics. No license required and they’re simple to operate.…


[Infinite Plane Radio] Open Phones, 8/6/21 @realtimozman… via @PodcastAddict

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Tellers his tricks

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Magic is at work during covaids.

In the past five years, magic—normally deemed fit only for children and tourists in Las Vegas—has become shockingly respectable in the scientific world. Even I—not exactly renowned as a public speaker—have been invited to address conferences on neuroscience and perception. I asked a scientist friend (whose identity I must protect), “Why the sudden interest?” He replied that those who fund science research find magicians “sexier than lab rats.”…

My favorite trick:

Make the secret a lot more trouble than the trick seems worth. You will be fooled by a trick if it involves more time, money, and practice than you (or any other sane onlooker) would be willing to invest.

Is last Trump tweet video a deep fake?

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Something is wrong with this video.

His neckline spills over his shirt.

There’s extra herking and jerking of his body.

In this era of amazing video fakery, it’s very hard to tell what’s real.

The whole speech feels wrong and contra what seems right.

Vox’s post inspired me to follow through and post on my own. I’ve grabbed some Vox comments – I really have no idea what’s going on in this amazing show.……

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Real, fake, or hybrid?

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We report, you decide.

Beirut explosion.

Did someone let Terry Nichols out from Flomax?

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