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Oscars 2015: Neil Patrick Harris' magic trick conjures up a shrug
Oscars 2015: Neil Patrick Harris' magic trick conjures up a shrug

Moments after kicking off this year's Oscars show with an ambitious song-and-dance number about the magic of movies, host Neil Patrick Harris offered up some prestidigitation of his own. Unveiling a briefcase locked in a clear acrylic box, the emcee promised to predict the night's winners with uncanny accuracy. But what was intended as a running gag with an end-of-show payoff instead limped along during an already drawn-out 3-1/2-hour fete, ultimately failing to dazzle folks in the audience or watching at home. Harris is no neophyte when it comes to this stuff. He's a longtime member of the Magic Castle and has served as president of the club's Academy of Magical...

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