About 10 months ago, Ellusionist introduced Ollie Mealing’s Control — 11 controls infused with finesse, refinement and class. The collection of beautiful, natural sleights represents a brilliant combination of skill and magic that lets audiences appreciate the beauty of card handling without spoiling the mystery.
The project was his Ellusionist debut — soon after filming that project in Toronto, he was hired by Derren Brown to work on his “Infamous” tour. Despite a packed schedule of working with Brown and filming new performances, he got a chance to recall a bit about the filming of Control and one of the biggest lessons in creativity that can be learned from it.
It’s been more than two years since I flew to Toronto, yet it still feels like yesterday! After a long flight, you can imagine how nice it must have been to be greeted at the airport (two hours late) by Ellusionist’s very own cinematographer extraordinaire, fantastic magician and dear friend Peter McKinnon. I still haven’t forgiven him.
The next few days consisted of shooting, sightseeing, laughing at Pete’s ridiculous (in a good way) anecdotes and generally being pleasantly introduced to new ways of life and the Canadian dream! (Something to do with loyalty to Tim Hortons and escaping rush hour.)
So on to the point of this post, the project itself — how the controls came to fruition and a few things which up until now I haven’t previously mentioned.