I had the pleasure of attending the Ant-Man and the Wasp press event for the upcoming release of the Blu-Ray disc on October 16th, 2018 at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank. I’ve lived in LA over ten years, but, I’ve never actually been to Disney Studios and it was such a treat!
Even though the studio is over an hour away from Disneyland, you can still feel the ‘Disney magic’ throughout the entirety of the studio; bike racks are in the shape of Mickey’s silhouette, the shrubbery is perfectly coiffed, even the squirrels are friendly, its like they came straight out of Snow White!
Besides my admiration of the beautiful grounds, we also had a great time at the press event! The event began at nine o’clock in the morning and we were greeted with a lovely magic and Mickey themed buffet! Abby Ryder Fortson who plays ‘Cassie’ in the movie as well as Blake Vogt, the professional magician who was behind all of Paul Rudd’s magic tricks in the movie. Abby and Blake couldn’t have been nicer or more gracious! Abby spoke about her past acting experience, which, besides the first installation of Ant-Man in 2015, Abby has extensive television credits including The Mindy Project, Miles from Tomorrowland and the Trolls TV show. Abby noted how much fun she had on set, especially working with Paul in the homemade maze scene and also learning some magic tricks herself!
Blake and Abby had a great rapport and essentially put on a magic show for us themselves! Blake has quite the extensive background himself; he has created magic for David Copperfield, David Blaine, even Kanye West! One of Blake’s most popular tricks are splitting playing cards which we were lucky enough to see some of his famous tricks! Blake showed us the card trick from the scene in the movie in which Paul Rudd regurgitates the playing cards from his mouth (check out the video of this on the Instagram account for the LABABY Blog https://www.instagram.com/lababyblog/) I still can’t figure out how he did it, it was literally MAGIC!
Blake also invited members of the audience to join him and participate in some of his tricks. My favorite was a quasi mind reading trick he played with a few members of the audience; he asked each individual a different question, he asked one person to concentrate on their favorite color, to close their eyes and really visualize that color, another person he asked to visualize their favorite Marvel character in a specific sceneand, again, close their eyes and concentrate on their thought. Then each person wrote down their visualization on a piece of paper and enclosed it in an envelope. Blake then collected the envelopes and ripped them up in front of us! He then stood next to each ‘contestant’ and asked them to recall their visualization and BAM he guessed each person’s secret thought! One girl was visualizing the color red, not any red but Cherry Red, and, you guessed it, Blake got it! The person whom he asked to think of their favorite Marvel character was imagining Thanos, specifically a scene with Thanos from Avengers: Infinity War and Blake even guessed that! I was completely blown away!
After the event wrapped up we were very graciously gifted some extra large playing cards and, of course, the new Ant-Man and the Wasp Blu-Ray disc, available now, see link below!
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