Matura 2009 z języka angielskiego r 4

Matura 2009

Zadanie 4. (5 pkt)
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Zadanie 4.

You do almost 500 performances a year. Do you ever think of slowing down? Doesn`t it take a toll on your life?

Well, fortunately, I love what I do, so even with this schedule, I never tire of performing.

When did you first become interested in magic?

I became interested in magic at an early age. I learned a card trick with four Aces from my grandfather when I was seven. As a matter of fact, the illusion is in my current show. Unfortunately, my grandfather passed away before he ever got to see me do it for the public. Every night’s performance of that magic is a special tribute to his memory.

So, your grandfather played an important part in your career. Are there any other people who have influenced you?

Well, my influences, unlike what most people think, come largely from outside the field of magic. Although magicians like Kellar, or the Frenchman Robert Houdan were certainly great for the profession, it was artists like Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly that have really influenced how I present my show on stage. Also film directors like Orson Wells, Stephen Spielberg, and Francis Ford Coppola have had a great impact on my career.

Many people in the entertainment industry, at one time or another, try one of the other arts, such as acting or music. You’ve already published a number of books, but have you ever thought of pursuing any other areas of entertainment?

There really is nothing else I would rather have been. Although I did try my hand as a singer early in my career in the hit show MAGIC MAN in Chicago.
After years of performing magic you still try to keep your illusions fresh. Which of the recent ones seems to impress your audience most?

One of the new illusions in the show is to make 13 randomly selected people vanish from the audience all at the same time. This was a very difficult task and took many years to perfect without bringing harm to the participants. Many of those that vanish have been known to reappear in strange and unusual places. Without giving away any secrets, suffice it to say, the participants are as amazed as the audience themselves!

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4.1. The busy schedule of performances is exhausting for the magician.

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4.2. The magician’s grandfather was proud to see the card trick performed on stage.

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4.3. The biggest influence on the magician’s performance came from people in different professions than his own.

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4.4. The magician has no intention of starting another career.

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4.5. A recent trick in his show still needs improvement.

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