SAMPLING OF BROADCAST ILLUSIONS
Recker has produced more than 1,000 globally broadcast illusions. The illusions have received various awards and mentions including listings in the Guinness Book of World Records.
•Collaborates in the creation of FX
•Assembles the top magic consultants and fabricators
•Composes network write-ups and rundowns
•Oversees all aspects of production and execution of FX
•Creates story around the illusion or aids in creating an illusion around the story
EXAMPLES OF "LIVE" BROADCAST
Building Implosion – (Location) Clearwater Beach
Broadcast LIVE, Criss Angel is shackled to a balcony and must escape the building before the time is up and the building implodes into a pile of wreckage. With a live audience of more than 8,000 people, it was Clearwater’s largest crowd to gather on a beach.
The shoot included 3 production teams, 23 specialty cameras, a helicopter, explosives, and a Jumbotron.
EXAMPLES OF LIVE TO TAPE WITH LARGE AUDIENCE
Trifecta Prediction (Los Angeles): Talent predicted the top 3 winning horses at Santa Anita Race track in real time.
Cement Grave (Las Vegas): Talent was buried alive in cement on the Las Vegas strip with an uncounted but very large crowd.
Escape over Niagara Falls (Canada): Talent performed in front of visiting tourists a metamorphoses without any device to block the view (ie. sheet, smoke, etc.)
Cement Shoes – (Lake Havasu): Talent's feet were sealed in concrete before being lowered from the London Bridge in front of more than 7,000 onlookers.
Fear: Buried Alive - A practical experiment of immersion therapy, which is a way for people to conquer their fears by confronting them. The two-hour live (yes, live) event features three people locked in underground coffins.
NEW YORK TIMES
Criss Angel is worth seeing live whenever he is in the area... “Mindfreak Live” show garnered 5 out of 5 stars.
'Fear: Buried Alive' -- A&E Strange Reality Series Terrifies, As Contestants Go Six Feet Under On Live TV
A broadcast stunt in which a building is set for destruction and rigged with hundreds of pounds of explosives before 4,500 tons of concrete come barreling down on top of him.