Obama Joker Artist Revealed – Part 1

Obama JokerWe now know that the portrait of President Barack Obama painted as the Joker from the Batman film The Dark Night was the handiwork of a 20-year old Chicagoan, Firas Alkhateeb. Mr. Alkhateeb is an American of Palestinian descent, who is a senior at the University of Illinois.

With some free time, boredom and Adobe Photoshop, Mr. Alkhateeb created the Time Magazine cover featuring Obama-as-the-Joker and uploaded it to the photo-sharing website Flickr.

SOCIALISMAn as yet anonymous prankster in the Los Angeles AREA apparently downloaded the photo, removed the distinguishing characteristics of the Time Magazine cover and added the banner label “SOCIALISM” to the bottom of the portrait.

Dozens of the Obama-SOCIALISM posters were plastered around the city of Claremont in Southern California. Police are investigating.

As for Mr. Alkhateeb, apparently he finds President Obama to be too conservative. He told the Los Angeles Times that he did not vote in the 2008 election, but would have supported Dennis Kucinich.

And Mr. Alkhateeb is no fan of the president’s Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel. On his Flickr page, Mr. Alkhateeb posted a photograph of Mr. Emanuel labled “EPIC FAIL,” and wrote, “Emanuel is a fervent anti-Islam voice in Washington. A Zionist, he takes a hard line stance against the Palestinian cause, and shows a clear anti-Muslim racism.”

Stupid Cellphone Tricks

TrixCell, established in 2007, is the first company to introduce the concept of mobile magic. The company was founded by its Chief Executive Officer, Shlomi Grandes, who is a lawyer and media producer, and Menny Lindenfeld, TrixCell’s Chief Creative Officer, who is an artist, graphic designer and magician. The company develops magic trick applications for your cellphone. They are currently marketing six products:

  • Spoon!
  • Pyro
  • digiWallet
  • Ticker
  • 3Cups
  • CardOmen

The mobile phone tricks were developed under the direction of Mr. Lindenfeld, who called upon the expertise of “Shadow Magicians,” who are some of the biggest names in the Magician world, but whose identities are a closely kept secret.

Developing the applications was a challenge. “The first issue required a strong learning curve on our part since we needed to make sure the applications worked on all levels of phones – smartphones, java phones, etc.,” Mr. Grandes said. “We also wanted to make sure we were compatible with phones sold in the Far East, where we believed the applications would be very popular.”

This video shows a demonstration of Spoon!

TrixCell is based in Tel Aviv, Israel. The applications are available for purchase on line and through many cell phone companies.

See Also:
Turning your cell phone into a magic show [Israel21c; June 15, 2009]