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Magician sells weed to cop on viral video: How did it disappear?

Magician Calen Morelli apparently had a lot of nerve, pranking a cop by asking if he’d like to buy a bag of weed then making the bag disappear.

A YouTube video of the stunt, found by many to be hilarious, has racked up more than 7.5 million views, since it was posted just last Thursday.

Of course, all sorts of questions were raised about how much of the trick, including the cop and the pot, was real.

One common idea seems to be that the video was edited to delete frames showing the bag simply being dropped to the ground. Here’s a video arguing that case:

But along with such YouTube comments as “This is so messed up a white kid can do this but anyone else would be killed” there was this idea: “Fake thumb, right hand.”

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Huh? Well, a little research shows how magicians use a fake thumb to make things disappear.

Here’s a YouTube video spelling it all out in detail.

And here’s an image of Morelli’s right hand flattened against the wall, looking kind of odd, as if he has a fake thumb that goes nearly down to his wrist, instead of just being a fake thumb tip:

On Twitter, Morelli said he got arrested when he refused to tell a cop how he did the trick.

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Marijuana Magician Weedini will “make your weed disappear in a puff of smoke”

“I’m stoned all day, every day,” he said. “If I’m awake, I’m stoned.”

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    One Washington state magician is banking on the magic of weed to spark joy in local audiences.

    Leland Hirschman — aka Weedini, aka the Marijuana Magician, aka the Guru of Ganja, aka the Wizard of Weed and/or aka the Conjurer of Cannabis — aims to use his pot-fuelled powers to entertain (and get a little high in the process).

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    “My tagline is that I’ll make all your weed disappear in a puff of smoke,” Hirschman told the Spokesman-Review.

    The budding magician is looking capitalize on the popularity of cannabis to expand his pot performance repertoire. He has performed at several dispensaries on classic stoner holidays like 4/20 and at small venues that he’s managed to book himself, but is looking to make the show a more, shall we say, chronic occasion. Hirschman is even wide open to touring.

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    “I can be hired both for private parties and other shows,” he said. “I will absolutely take your money.”

    Hirschman said the idea for the Weedini performance manifested when he first started smoking cannabis as a teen, discovering that the drug enhanced his creative ability, as well as to perform classic sleight of hand tricks with aplomb.

    “I do Weedini’s magic stash bag trick and make your stash disappear,” he said.

    Hirschman said the idea for the Weedini performance manifested when he first started smoking cannabis as a teen, discovering that the drug enhanced his creative ability. / Photo: LuckyBusiness / iStock / Getty Images Plus Photo by LuckyBusiness / iStock / Getty Images Plus

    Hirschman admits that magic may not be the most effective seat-filler, but that the cannabis aspect of his show has helped him build an audience (to the point where he won second place in he 2017 Portland Magic Jam in the parlour magic category).

    “I think everyone in audience is either high or were when they bought the ticket,” he said, but noted the show is not what many audience members expect — essentially, stereotypes like the “dumb stoner.” That said, he does rely on the occasional “celebrity” bud to punch up his act.

    “I have a friend who looks a lot like Jerry Garcia,” Weedini said. “He’s a wonderful magician who has never smoked marijuana in his life, or drank. He has come on stage with me several times as the ghost of Jerry Garcia.”

    And if authenticity is a concern with regard to the great Weedini, be assured that the man is living his life in accordance with the principles of pot he uses to delight on stage.

    “I’m stoned all day, every day,” he said. “If I’m awake, I’m stoned.”

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    “I’m stoned all day, every day,” he said. “If I’m awake, I’m stoned.”