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Yif. Rising YouTube Magic Star?

By December 24, 2012

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A reader (thanks, Jim) recently alerted me to a magician who goes by "Yif" who has a series of well-watched YouTube videos. In his videos, Yif is performing magic David Blaine style out in the streets and for apparently random spectators.

There's some great material here and the segments are well shot and edited and feature lots of mood and style. There are segments that I find noteworthy:

In his video called "French Breakfast," which you can watch here, Yif works with bread dough (3:12). Stay with the segment for the astounding finale - watch and you'll understand exactly what I mean (4:33).

In another amazing sequence called "Eagle Coin Penetration," Yif performs a coin into glass like none other that I have ever seen (4:13). You can watch it here.

One more segment echos the production in the "French Breakfast" but with a rose, and the bill changes are insane (5:27). You can watch it here.

Comments? I'd love to hear them. I know that I have my thoughts.

Comments

December 24, 2012 at 8:51 pm
(1) Skip says:

Is it real, or digital magic?

December 30, 2012 at 7:16 am
(2) SK says:

It’s a digital edit where they film the same area twice, once without anything at all and another time with Yif doing the trick.
There’s someone exposing it on youtube for how he would, let’s say, make the baguette appear.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsTt6Vg-zC0

Also, other times when he uses items found in shops or stores, even though he claims that he has never met the people he does the trick for, that avoids the fact that he could arrange with the shops and workers for props to be placed that he will use. Also, even if the participants have never met “Yif”, that doesn’t have anything to do with the producer, editor etc that may speak to tehse people and tell them what to do just before they meet Yif. They are telling the truth as they have never met “Yif” prior to that, but that also leaves out them talking to any of his staff in advance that go with him.

February 4, 2013 at 12:28 am
(3) jk says:

It is just “magic” don’t be so serious.

April 13, 2013 at 5:23 am
(4) Uber says:

None of the above.

He’s doing what don Juan describes in Carlos Castaneda’s books, and what others have described in, say, ancient Vedic texts.

July 7, 2013 at 2:03 pm
(5) Rodrigo says:

Where is he from?

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