There are ideas that arise from the need of a particular moment. Such a need – another hot day of summer spent in the office and a thought “if only I could go for a walk” – became inspiration for a project of a path suspended in the air, a balcony Walk-on. It is also one of the ideas to change a sad courtyard, that we overlook every day out of the office windows on the 3rd floor, to give the courtyard a bit of magic.
A normal path is tortuous, winds, does not lead directly to the goal, surprises, relaxes, gives contact with nature. Therefore our path should also flow freely in space – giving you a moment of relaxation, rest, allowing you to change the perspective. This influenced its shape – it winds freely and intertwines with itself – it allows for a relaxing walk “from office to office.” Longing for a bit of greenery made us treat the path as a large pot. We filled it with grass that can grow as it wants – after all it’s just a path.
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Neil Patrick Harris answers EW’s questions via email.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: When did you first bring up the idea of incorporating magic into the show? NEIL PATRICK HARRIS: I wanted to have some sort of magical element from the beginning. It’s one of the main reasons I brought on Derek - we’ve worked closely together before, and I’m a fan of his brain parts.
Were their other versions of the illusion you were considering? If so, what were they? My initial thought was to have something suspended up in the air, high above the audience, containing my predictions. That was to be shown and in full sight throughout the show, and lowered down right before the reveal. But due to the amount of different looks that the brilliant set designer Derek McLane had throughout the night, that suspended item would have looked a bit jarring. So it became a locked box, clear on all sides, with a briefcase inside.
Did Octavia Spencer have any idea what was going to happen? She didn’t. I wanted our interactions to be organic and authentic. At the end of the night, when the audience was starting to leave, she was standing there staring at the box trying to figure it out. I’m very appreciative for Octavia and her assisting me. She’s wonderful.
Were the stars asking how you did it after the show? Indeed. I had a post-show dinner at The Palm restaurant, and Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep were eating at another table with their dates. We started chatting, and the conversation quickly turned to the Prediction Box. I loved hearing their theories, and trying to work out how it was done. Meryl’s reaction on camera was my favorite.
How did you do it? (Just kidding—but I won’t be upset if you answer.) I’d be remiss to explain, but I’m proud of it. Every single thing we said on the show is true: I brought my predictions to PricewaterhouseCoopers, they were held in a locked box until Sunday, walked through the carpet, and locked into that box on stage. It was in full view the entire night. There was a camera with an online continuous live feed the entire show. No one went near it or touched it. We went to some pretty great lengths to ensure its validity.