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Despite the scenario in ‘Burt Wonderstone,’ magicians insist they all get along

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Apparently there is no stage vs. street magic battle.

In The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (see review, Page 44), Siegfried & Roy-type Vegas magicians (Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi) battle a Criss Angel/David Blaine-type street magician (Jim Carrey). But does this stage/street rivalry really exist?

Vegas headliner Jan Rouven says, “I don’t see a specific rivalry. In the end, the customer decides at the ticket booth. Some prefer a classic magic show, others street magic.” And Vegas street magician “Jungle Josh” agrees: “I don’t think there is a rivalry between street and stage at all. There are a number of big-name stage magicians who actually started on the street.”

Neither magician has seen Wonderstone yet, but they both plan to, and both hope it will be “good for magic.”

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