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The Magic Ball Man

By TrevBatWCC    
Walking along Low Petergate we came across the Magic Ball Man and were fascinated by the way he appeared to make the crystal ball levitate - especially in V3. We had asked before shooting if he minded being photographed and he kindly agreed. In V1, which was actually the last image I took, he held the ball out towards us to capture it in close-up. Personally, I prefer Moira's version, 'Yesterday in York' , as she as captured his face alongside the reflection in the ball.

Techie stuff – see Exif
Single Raw image processed in Adobe Camera Raw, tweaked in Photomatix Pro and Elements 6.

Thanks again to everyone for your votes & comments on my previous uploads, it really is appreciated and encouraging.


Tags: Photo journalism York Epz meet Portraits and people Magic Ball Man

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gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2011 11:24AM
Super images here Trev - especially V1 - all well captured!

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
27 Nov 2011 11:32AM
Excellent captures, Trev, especially like V.1. What amazing hair he has Smile Carol
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
27 Nov 2011 11:42AM
Hi Trev
Great set of images V1 is excellent, it is an art to capture people on the street, not fussy on magicians since I went to a show with Her who must be obeyed, the magician placed her in a box and she vanished, and then the idiot made her re-appear.


Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
27 Nov 2011 11:49AM
Good collection of images giving a pictorial story. v1 strongest by far and well captured.

lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
27 Nov 2011 12:09PM
Excellent series. Love the concentration on his face
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
27 Nov 2011 1:04PM
Some fine images here, Trev: the look on his face is great and of all these I do rather favour V 1 with the lens like effect of the crystal.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1912 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2011 1:34PM
I've got one very similar to this, it will go up some time. I also have some head and shoulders shots - but nothing full length, and do you know, I never even noticed the sign and stand with his name. V3 is amazing, I missed that shot, I was so entranced - I have no idea how he did that!
Back to V1 - that was the moment, and you nailed it! You obviously got closer in on the subject than I did, the bokeh from his hat is like a firework exploding.
I was in a hurry to get a shot ready for uploading after a fantastic day, and I didn't spend as long on the image as I should have done. I've since realised that some careful dodging (highlights) and burning (midtones and shadows) brings out the brightness in the ball's refracted images. I do wish Mods were enabled...
Once that's done, he also makes very good material for b&w conversion.
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2011 1:46PM
I'm envious of this set, Trev. I captured a terrific composition from across the street but unfortunately was bending the Baby too far and the focus on the subject was unacceptable. I hardly binned anything from the day but unfortunately the very last two have been consigned to electronic purgatory Sad
V3 has to be the star of this excellent set but all are very good. In V1 the inverted face is right where you would expect to find a normal head, which is a bit of magic in itself!
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
27 Nov 2011 2:03PM
A great set Trev. All well captured...........Sandy
Diana 11 2.0k 19 Netherlands
27 Nov 2011 3:12PM
quirky Smile

27 Nov 2011 3:14PM
Super shots of the Magic Ball Man Trevor.
Lovely processing as usual.
Got to be V1 as Fav. It’s awesome. Smile

RockArea 11 18 3 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2011 5:22PM
A fine set of images, Trev, with v1 being the star of the set.

saltireblue Plus
7 7.9k 33 Norway
27 Nov 2011 7:28PM
Magical, Trev. A wonderful set. The upside down head in v1 is a real smile raiser.

All in all, it seems you organised a very successful and enjoyable trip, and we can only hope York survives!

annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
27 Nov 2011 11:25PM
excellent POV, what a perfect reflection
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2011 5:37AM
Excellent set Trev and one of the highlights of an excellent day - thank you again for that. I have a set featuring this guy too that I will hold off on posting lest people get bored with him.
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2011 9:31AM
Great set
V4 is my favourite
I saw this chappie a few times earlier than you saw him ... and he was just sittting on the pavement
I wondered what he was going to do .
So thankyou for putting them up
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2011 3:16PM
Wow Trev you certainly have a great selection here..and what about those 'locks of gold' he has!!
never seen hair that long, going for V1 though, as rather a mystery
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
28 Nov 2011 4:14PM
I am sure this is a familiar face from the Edinburgh Fringe.
(Minus the tinsel that is !!)
Good set.
And it does not surprise me about Moiras version.
She probably elbowed you out the way to get the shot !!
28 Nov 2011 7:15PM
Brilliant...Like to see it upside down Trev......John
phil99 11 45 6 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2011 7:41PM
I had also have a full set of about 8 - 10 shots. All mine are slightly closer in but not as close as your ver.1 which you have captured superbly. I am also same as Moira and don't remember seeing his sign nor indeed his Raster type hair . Doubt I will be posting any of mine . You and Moira have these nailed Trev....Phil
glyndwr 10 66 10 Wales
1 Dec 2011 10:25AM
It's all very clever stuff Trev.
luceombra 6 27 5 Italy
21 Dec 2011 11:24AM
This is a great shot for sure!

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