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by Tom Stone
November 13th, 2017, 7:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tommy Wonder's "Ring, Watch & Wallet" on eBay
Replies: 2
Views: 422

Re: Tommy Wonder's "Ring, Watch & Wallet" on eBay

Look at the beads on the back of the watch -- nothing left to chance, here . . . True! Since those beads are mentioned in neither the books nor the videos, I asked Frank about it. He replied: -"Jos added those small rollers hoping that would make it easier to slide the watch of his wrist, but ...
by Tom Stone
November 13th, 2017, 10:14 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tommy Wonder's "Ring, Watch & Wallet" on eBay
Replies: 2
Views: 422

Tommy Wonder's "Ring, Watch & Wallet" on eBay

(I'm not sure where to put this, since I'm not involved in the auction, I'm only bringing attention to it.) The Tommy Wonder estate have just placed the original Ring, Watch & Wallet on eBay. This is the set that Tommy used himself in performances, which might, or might not, be of interest for ...
by Tom Stone
September 24th, 2017, 8:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tommy Wonder's "Building an Act"
Replies: 0
Views: 477

Tommy Wonder's "Building an Act"

http://wargmagic.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/buildact-fb-768x403.jpg In 2005, Tommy Wonder published a booklet titled "Building an Act". For unknown reasons that booklet never got distributed. Only a small number of Tommy's friends have ever seen it. Some of the advice in the booklet i...
by Tom Stone
September 18th, 2017, 4:10 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Hector Mancha Kung Fu Foot
Replies: 6
Views: 1150

Re: Hector Mancha Kung Fu Foot

marselmarsel wrote:Hi, where is print?

It is in print in Genii magazine, December 1987.
by Tom Stone
September 15th, 2017, 1:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tommy Wonder's "Misdirection does not exist"
Replies: 3
Views: 673

Re: Tommy Wonder's "Misdirection does not exist"

I happen to know he worked the streets of Amsterdam with the worm taking money off all the punters in the way they richly deserved. I can guarantee you that he learned more about presenting magic from that activity than he ever did with his high falutin' theories. I'm fairly confident it went the o...
by Tom Stone
September 15th, 2017, 12:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tommy Wonder's "Misdirection does not exist"
Replies: 3
Views: 673

Tommy Wonder's "Misdirection does not exist"

http://wargmagic.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/misdirection-prod2-768x768.jpg About 15 years ago, my friend Peter Rosengren and I were disillusioned with the than current Swedish magic scene. It had become more an arena for a consumer mentality, rather than artistic explorations. More passively wa...
by Tom Stone
September 10th, 2017, 8:39 am
Forum: General
Topic: Stack copyright question
Replies: 4
Views: 866

Re: Stack copyright question

Over at the Green Place there is a discussion going on whether a stack arrangement such as Aronson or Tamariz can be copyrighted. Clearly books, instructions describing the stack can be copyrighted, but what about the stack itself? It likely depends on where in the world you are. From my perspectiv...
by Tom Stone
July 11th, 2017, 8:11 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Hector Mancha Kung Fu Foot
Replies: 6
Views: 1150

Re: Hector Mancha Kung Fu Foot

For those who are curious: Jonathan published his ”Greatest Feet of Magic” in the December 1987 issue of Genii. Great fun to perform, but limited to certain conditions. https://youtu.be/-QiyGfaUx5w?t=16 Recently Hector Mancha released a Gaetan Bloom-esque solution to the same plot, that allows you t...
by Tom Stone
July 5th, 2017, 10:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 4845

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

..."Captain Attention Junkie" is at it again. ... What don't you like about the guy? There's a swedish VFX group in Tumba, which is walking distance from where I live. Good guys. I've got friends who work with them. For some reason, Captain Attention Junkie decided berate and insult them,...
by Tom Stone
July 1st, 2017, 7:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 4845

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

Ah, the eunuch "Captain Attention Junkie" is at it again. Those who are unable to create original content themselves, seem to have no problems leaching off the work of others.
by Tom Stone
June 15th, 2017, 8:33 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 4368

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

All this reminds me of an off topic question I had a lot of fun with when I was young. Call it a puzzle if you like. There were two brothers who joined the army. They were both born on the same day on the same month and the same year within a very short time of each other. Minutes in fact. They had...
by Tom Stone
June 15th, 2017, 3:39 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 4368

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

All this reminds me of an off topic question I had a lot of fun with when I was young. Call it a puzzle if you like. There were two brothers who joined the army. They were both born on the same day on the same month and the same year within a very short time of each other. Minutes in fact. They had...
by Tom Stone
June 6th, 2017, 8:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 8650

Re: America's Got Talent performance

If your peripheral vision picks up an abrupt action - you wonder what happened there. Tom, you wrote about that problem in a Genii column (May 2011 page 45) where you suggested using a slower mechanism. It also relates to the December 2009 column "Honesty & Deception" - the almost mor...
by Tom Stone
June 6th, 2017, 4:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 8650

Re: America's Got Talent performance

Or instead of the scarf used as cover by Billy McComb and Tommy Wonder? I see your point. That transparent scarf makes all the difference. For Will Tsai's next appearance, perhaps he will perform the same effect, but this time drape a large piece of Saran wrap over the table. Not a bad idea. Jose C...
by Tom Stone
June 6th, 2017, 1:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 8650

Re: America's Got Talent performance

Too bad Harry Blackstone didn't have access to this advice back in the 30's. He would have wrapped that bloody birdcage in a towel before vanishing it. You mean - instead of the dozens of kids' hands he covered the cage with? Or instead of the jumping stool that Paul Daniels used? Or instead of the...
by Tom Stone
June 6th, 2017, 1:15 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 8650

Re: America's Got Talent performance

Brad Jeffers wrote:There is however, already a YouTube video exposing the method :(

Ah yes. Found it!

by Tom Stone
June 6th, 2017, 12:17 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 8650

Re: America's Got Talent performance

However, I do believe there is at least one exception to the categorical pronouncement above, and that is Card on the Ceiling. SO, I would say that this is one effect wherein the card must be signed, and yet it could hardly be called a badly structured trick. I'm not sure I follow. If the card isn'...
by Tom Stone
June 5th, 2017, 11:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 8650

Re: America's Got Talent performance

I see that Sweden is getting excited. However despite the outrageous claim that psychic ability does not exist I have been in touch with Mr Jonson in the spirit world and alas he was very rude concerning both Tom and this particular matter. I did make an exception for your remarkable abilities, Mar...
by Tom Stone
June 5th, 2017, 8:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 8650

Re: America's Got Talent performance

Tom, For the sake of discussion, answer me this ... If you actually had the psychic ability of apportation and were demonstrating this ability using coins and a table top, would you still use the cover of cards or of your hands? Would it still be a benefit to include the part where the audience is ...
by Tom Stone
June 5th, 2017, 8:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 8650

Re: America's Got Talent performance

Something can be so impossible that there is only one method left and that is the obvious one. No. That's more a sign of a poorly structured routine, and a lack of understanding of what our art is. If there is only one possible solution, and that's it; then it lacks everything that makes magic magi...
by Tom Stone
June 5th, 2017, 4:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 8650

Re: America's Got Talent performance

It's "Too Perfect" because the performance leads even uneducated viewers directly to the method. Isn't proper term for that: "Flawed"? :-) I wish that were the case. The defect in this case is not on the surface of the action or the method used for the trick but in the particula...
by Tom Stone
June 4th, 2017, 12:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 8650

Re: America's Got Talent performance

Richard Kaufman wrote:It's "Too Perfect" because the performance leads even uneducated viewers directly to the method.

Isn't proper term for that: "Flawed"? :-)
by Tom Stone
June 4th, 2017, 9:35 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 8650

Re: America's Got Talent performance

But, as Richard stated, it’s too perfect. I don't get why something that is less than perfect is labeled "too perfect". Does anyone really suggest that, instead of improving the flawed piece, he should make it more flawed? That sounds like a self-destructive path to take. The performance ...
by Tom Stone
June 1st, 2017, 9:28 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: The Hollow Men by Jonathan Pendragon
Replies: 5
Views: 1690

Re: The Hollow Men by Jonathan Pendragon

That was also the theme for the International Men's Day 2016 . Yes, there is a perceived and false "stigma" when it comes to mental health that definitely needs to be removed. If less educated people think that getting one's brain chemistry out of whack reflects poorly on character or have...
by Tom Stone
April 12th, 2017, 7:48 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Håkan Berg at Le Plus Grand Cabaret!
Replies: 4
Views: 789

Håkan Berg at Le Plus Grand Cabaret!

The swedish magician & comedian Håkan Berg visited the show "Le Plus Grand Cabaret Du Monde" (TV" France) 8 April 2017. Awesome response! :) https://vimeo.com/212665301 View on Vimeo Besides appearing in the shows at the Genii convention in October, Håkan, together with Axel Adler...
by Tom Stone
April 9th, 2017, 11:48 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?
Replies: 51
Views: 4743

Re: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?

I think the "did anyone lose a knife" ploy of Ron Wilson is an excellent one although I have often seen criticisms of it. I have no idea why. It seems a perfectly sensible option and if I did strolling or restaurant magic I would probably use it myself. Bringing out a knife in front of st...
by Tom Stone
April 2nd, 2017, 6:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Vantablack
Replies: 8
Views: 1362

Re: Vantablack

This Vantablack stuff has obviously stunned the Genii Forum into silence... I don't think that's the case. All but one of the ideas I've got for it during the last two years have fallen on the fact that the material can't be touched in any way. It doesn't stand any kind of abrasion. Nothing can be ...
by Tom Stone
March 31st, 2017, 1:15 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Magnetic Matrix
Replies: 15
Views: 3573

Re: Magnetic Matrix

Richard Kaufman wrote:Matrix is so easy to do, why would that be necessary?

It was not necessary for Yank Hoe to change hats and corks to cards and coins.
It was not necessary for Al Schneider to leave Sympathetic Coins behind and come up with Matrix.
...always good to explore for joy rather than necessity. :-)
by Tom Stone
March 22nd, 2017, 7:59 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Excusing bad writing?
Replies: 40
Views: 9158

Re: Excusing bad writing?

Technical writing is quite tricky. Technical writing on non-technical aspects; even more so. ...and doing it in a foreign language takes it to a whole other level of trickiness. It's not completely by choice that I give poor Richard heart problems with my fluid definititon of the word "deadline...
by Tom Stone
March 21st, 2017, 8:04 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Little Hand Ripoff
Replies: 52
Views: 6961

Re: The Little Hand Ripoff

If people get crap both before and after amending a troublesome situation, then there's little impetus to agree to any mediation.
Let's celebrate the commendable outcome instead.
by Tom Stone
March 21st, 2017, 11:48 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Little Hand Ripoff
Replies: 52
Views: 6961

Re: The Little Hand Ripoff

This is good news, and I am happy for all involved, especially for the kids in Hounslow.
And nice of Ian Kendall to spend his birthday being a mediator!
by Tom Stone
March 19th, 2017, 5:23 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Little Hand Ripoff
Replies: 52
Views: 6961

Re: The Little Hand Ripoff

performer wrote:One has to accept reality.

As far as I can tell from Bob's post, he's well grounded in reality.
by Tom Stone
March 19th, 2017, 2:36 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Little Hand Ripoff
Replies: 52
Views: 6961

Re: The Little Hand Ripoff

Richard Kaufman wrote:Mr. Bonsall has already marketed that classy item with the extended middle finger:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLGtun8T-Ow


Released, coincidentally, 13 months after Barry and Stuart put one of their old little gags on instagram...
https://www.instagram.com/p/6MSNzUncFr/
by Tom Stone
March 18th, 2017, 9:29 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Little Hand Ripoff
Replies: 52
Views: 6961

Re: The Little Hand Ripoff

Seems his original description has been edited to further diffuse the origin. This is what the ad copy said in 2013 (quoted by "Sealegs" at Magic Cafe): http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=519481&forum=4&13#20 And the handling shown here seems to be his dealer de...
by Tom Stone
March 7th, 2017, 9:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 11246

Re: Magicians Documentary

I thought the film was awesome, and that the participants were extremely brave in taking the risk of exposing themselves emotionally. Sure, with a lot of hours filmed material, it is necessary to pick one angle, one point of view, some specific aspect to explore and dig into. Trying to cover everyth...
by Tom Stone
March 3rd, 2017, 6:31 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 11246

Re: Magicians Documentary

The fact that the filmmakers didn't update the end of the movie with an addendum noting the demise of Jan R. seems an omission, as his fall from grace (to put it lightly) changes the presentation of J.R. in the movie from "likable guy" to a "disgusting pervert". Some with those ...
by Tom Stone
February 27th, 2017, 8:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 31389

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

In 1986, the swedish dealers El Duco and Gay Ljungberg arranged their first "Magic Weekend" convention in Sweden, and they had managed to book both Daryl and Michael Ammar - it was their first appearance in Scandinavia ever, so there was quite a buzz beforehand. My friend Henrik Holmberg (...
by Tom Stone
January 25th, 2017, 3:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 29
Views: 8349

Re: Stewart James

GO GO VANISHER - Page 388 - A gimmicked handkerchief is used to make small objects instantly vanish with the flick of a wrist. This is one of the ideas that could probably be marketed today as a standalone trick. It is just a shame handkerchiefs are no longer that common since if they were this wou...
by Tom Stone
December 26th, 2016, 10:57 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Why more women don't go to magic clubs
Replies: 37
Views: 3044

Re: Why more women don't go to magic clubs

Tom. That is very interesting indeed. Did the magicians do much in the way of card tricks out of pure curiosity? There were a fair amount of cards in closeup, less on stage. I find that women like watching magic--they just don't feel drawn to doing it. The evidence is obvious. I estimate only about...
by Tom Stone
December 26th, 2016, 1:42 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Why more women don't go to magic clubs
Replies: 37
Views: 3044

Re: Why more women don't go to magic clubs

There are two threads running here. How we treat those within our fold, and whether laypeople enjoy magic performances. On the latter; I helped out with the website programming during the 6-7 years Magic Bar in Stockholm existed, and had access to all the Google Analytics statistics. The demographic...

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