Quick Change Artist Switches Masks in the Blink of an Eye


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This clip from Penn & Teller's Magic and Mystery Tour shows a Chinese performer who can change between ten different masks so quickly that you can't see him switch. He waves his cape in front of his face, and he's a different character in the story!

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There was a performer who auditioned for last year's America's Got Talent with this type of act. He probably should have told the judges and the audience up front that that's what would happen, because it was so fast and subtle from a distance that no one noticed - and he unfortunately got X'd off the stage.
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The masks/changing of are part of the Beijing opera. When I was there i simply asked somebody how it was done. The masks are wafer thin. They are both layered on the face when starting and some are in the crown. There are strings that go down to his fingers through the cape that, when pulled, pull a specific mask either from crown-to-face or face-to-cape pocket. It's still awesome though.
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