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December 2018

It is an honor to be booked for the third time in a World Magic Congress of Magic FISM.

Visit the « GALLERY » section with the new pictures : the international magic in Beijing 2009 and the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and the contemporary city.

You will share the friendly encounters with our worldwide colleagues and you will join us in our visits of this fascinating city. 

Click :  « GALLERY »

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March 2018 : French special effects colloquium

Early in March 2018, I took part in Paris to the colloquium « Trick, Create, Innovate » held at the Science and Industry Museum.

« Special effects are generally associated with entertainment films and stunning Hollywood blockbusters . In fact, special effects are spread throughout the cultural and artistic industry including the French industry, from intimate movies through to television series, video games and magic shows. » … (Colloquium presentation by Réjane Hamus-Vallée, Giusy Pisano, Caroline Renouard for « les Arts trompeurs » (tr : « the Misleading Arts ») organization.

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Many fascinating subjects were covered in this colloquium and interesting facts emerged. Movie special effects go back to 1896 when the French magician Georges Méliès experienced the lock of his camera during a shooting on the Opera Square in Paris. After the camera restart and once the film was developed, the sequencing of the images became suddenly different … Movie special effects were born.

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Anne-Marie Quevrain, descendent of the Malthête-Méliès family, presents the projection of some Georges Méliès special effects movies. Originally a stage magician, he has been recognized as the inventor of movie special effects. 

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Image of a Georges Méliès movie : “The Man with the Rubber Head”, 1901. Part of the Orsay Museum Cinematograph exhibition, 1988

Decades later, digital technology has opened a whole new field of breathtaking possibilities. 

This colloquium has led to a « dialogue among artists, practitioners, magicians and technicians with researchers and theorists. » (Colloquiums presentation.)

For its part, Omar Pasha has created and performed through the years, all sorts of special effects for shows – both on stage and television and for various business and private events, including for cultural shows. (See The Act section, then the Creations for special events paragraph.)

The last round table topic of the colloquium was : « Magic and special effects ». On the right below, is Sébastien Bazou from « Artefake » a French website about illusion and visual arts. He was the presenter and moderator of the discussion.

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 From left to right, the French magicians: Gaétan Bloom, Claude de Piante at the microphone, Sébastien Clergue, Hugues Protat, Sébastien Bazou. Gilles Arthur is not pictured but joined their discussion a little bit later.

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January 2018 : Two legends of British comedy

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The Two Ronnies in their iconic sketch “Four Candles”

On 1 January 2018, UK Channel 5 screened « In Their Own Words » a TV celebration of much-loved comedy duo Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker.  

Between 1978 and 1980, Omar Pasha was part of all the « Two Ronnies » live shows on stage.

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Two pictures of Ronnie Corbett taken in Australia, in 1979, by Louis-Olivier Ostrowsky, are part of this TV show. To see the second picture and more, click : Melbourne, “Two Ronnies” show

To see more about  the « Two Ronnies » shows 1978 / 1980, click : The Two Ronnies

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October 2017 : Welcome to the new Omar Pasha website 

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Picture by Michel Cristien

See our new website on any of your screens, computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone.

Come back, we will complete our informations, stories, news and we will add more pictures.

We will tell you the story … of the Aladdin Lamp heading our pages, we will tell you thousand and one stories and thoughts about our work, our travels, about magic as theatrical art, about art on stage, and that’s not all !

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