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Lots of technical issues at ZTE's CES press conference, but plenty of magic!

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Lots of technical issues at ZTE's CES press conference, but plenty of magic!
Yesterday at ZTE’s press conference at CES, there were numerous technical problems that littered the presentation. From the cramp confines to the over capacity of attendees, there were barely any smiles on the faces of people sitting and standing waiting for the show to begin. From microphone issues to many other things, it seemed as though there wasn’t much fanfare surrounding it – especially when it focused solely on the ZTE Grand S.

In easing the tension, ZTE hired one interesting master magician/illusionist, Jason Michaels, to get the crowd pumped up right from the start. So much so that in between the ZTE executives speaking there, he managed to enthrall the crowd, including us, with his array of tricks. Early on in the press conference, he drew a picture of a bowling ball on a piece of paper, which he then proceeded to drop an actual bowling ball from it – crazy stuff indeed!

Even better, during the second half of the event, he ripped up a newspaper into many small pieces and then crumbled them all up together into a ball. With his almighty powers, he was able to magically put them back together! As for the actual unveiling of the ZTE Grand S, he devised this clever scheme to use a light bulb to shine the handset into existence. All told, we have to say we were most entertained by his tricks – though, we can’t say the same about the speakers there. Then again, the handset at the center of it is still interesting, but the tricks were no doubt the show stealer!



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posted on 10 Jan 2013, 00:47 5

1. evolutionqy7 (Posts: 38; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Who ever though the magician was a good idea should be fired.

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 02:34

5. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1086; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


yup he stole the handset's thunder!

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 02:44

6. gboo2565 (Posts: 10; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)


CES has been pretty lame so far tho..

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 04:50

7. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5480; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


It is better to see some "magic" on the stage that a Bill Clinton...

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 01:05

2. chasetorres125 (Posts: 22; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)


I second the motion,old trick

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 01:21

3. vijaysivakula (Posts: 168; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)


The magician is a good idea. Wonder why it is not. It seems to me like he was the only one doing a good job there.

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 02:04

4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5856; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


If not for the magician, ZTE would have been slammed for their bungled presser.

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 09:56

8. d.Sebas (Posts: 3; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


How much it will cost?
When will be released?
Thanks for the information :)

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