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by Tom Moore
October 4th, 2017, 3:54 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Lighting for closeup
Replies: 3
Views: 331

Re: Lighting for closeup

You'll notice the ad copy talks extensively about using the light for effects off-camera and in the background - With the exception of some incredibly expensive high end theatre lights (that literally have millions of dollars research and thousands of dollar's components) LED lighting isn't suitable...
by Tom Moore
September 28th, 2017, 2:54 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Long distance reels - flying silk / theatre
Replies: 2
Views: 253

Re: Long distance reels - flying silk / theatre

What sort of distance and what level of control (wireless, timer, someone pushing a button) - we've got units "off the shelf" but they are high-end and intended for automation integration so may be more precise and featured than you're needing.
by Tom Moore
August 29th, 2017, 12:12 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Clear table by CS illusions
Replies: 37
Views: 2815

Re: Clear table by CS illusions

We're getting in to really heavy design theory and persnickety details here... Bill - I'm fully aware of the tablecloth and how they used it in the demo video. I can also say as someone familiar with the technology (though not in any way connected with this table) that whilst it is helping in their ...
by Tom Moore
August 29th, 2017, 11:59 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Clear table by CS illusions
Replies: 37
Views: 2815

Re: Clear table by CS illusions

Fabrice - Yes i have seen the table; you need to read my answers more carefully as i am talking about the law and design aspects of this table & other technologies that invented BEFORE Lubor's invention. The Table isn't EXACTLY the same as the tenyo prop because that requires the striped backdro...
by Tom Moore
August 29th, 2017, 8:17 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Clear table by CS illusions
Replies: 37
Views: 2815

Re: Clear table by CS illusions

Again I refer you to my previous comment that it is clear the CS table was influenced by Lubor and their lack of up-front crediting is a little odd (this from someone who usually releases a 300+word summary of the influences and incorporated technologies of everything I "invent") and which...
by Tom Moore
August 29th, 2017, 4:39 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Clear table by CS illusions
Replies: 37
Views: 2815

Re: Clear table by CS illusions

I have to refer you to my repeated statements the Lubor did have a significant invention element to this, that no one else had used this specific technology in the same way before, etc he found an unusual way to utilise existing technology and principles to make a new magic trick idea and again woul...
by Tom Moore
August 28th, 2017, 12:59 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Clear table by CS illusions
Replies: 37
Views: 2815

Re: Clear table by CS illusions

specifically using the technique in a magic trick almost identically & on a similar scale- there's none. But other technologies using this lens system to mask and reveal objects there's plenty. As i referenced before early generation autostereoscopic monitors that i played with a lot use EXACTLY...
by Tom Moore
August 28th, 2017, 4:39 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Clear table by CS illusions
Replies: 37
Views: 2815

Re: Clear table by CS illusions

The lense is doing more than one thing and the parallels with what it does with the path of light and some of the other inventions mentioned are remarkable. I'm also 99% sure that the "existing product" he used as his jump off point was the raw material used in one of the existing inventio...
by Tom Moore
August 27th, 2017, 7:39 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Clear table by CS illusions
Replies: 37
Views: 2815

Re: Clear table by CS illusions

First and second generation Autostereoscopic 3D (that's tv and movie screens that enable you to see 3D without wearing any glasses or a headset) all use a lenticular / linear lens system in a similar way to lubor lens (taking a beam of light and bending/shifting in 1 plane whilst giving the impressi...
by Tom Moore
August 27th, 2017, 5:22 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Clear table by CS illusions
Replies: 37
Views: 2815

Re: Clear table by CS illusions

Bill It is safe to say the patent on this has been abandoned and expired - according to the records it's almost 10 years since the patent owners or their agents actually had any interaction with the patent office about this patent and multiple reminders and deadlines have passed on it so clearly the...
by Tom Moore
August 26th, 2017, 7:27 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: "new" disney magic show
Replies: 3
Views: 534

Re: "new" disney magic show

It's basically a retooling of "Disney Live - Mickey's Magic Show" The original DL-MMS launched Brad Ross & Alex Ramone but there were branding issues because "the magicians" were more magical and getting more famous/brand recognition than the disney characters so with each an...
by Tom Moore
August 21st, 2017, 6:09 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 4182

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

Bill - your clarification only highlights the important lessons here and the huge perception problems magicians have about what magic is; The cashier asked to see a magic trick, the magicians decided that that meant she wanted to see a complicated multi-phase card trick that required lots of concent...
by Tom Moore
August 5th, 2017, 11:31 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Reminder: "Fool Us!" starts new season tonight! 7_13
Replies: 13
Views: 1563

Re: Reminder: "Fool Us!" starts new season tonight! 7_13

It's common in non-live tv shows to shoot all the close-ups in the final rehearsal then shoot all the wide shots in the official taping, that's why you'll see a show jumping from close to wide shots and the 3 cameras who seconds earlier must have been on the stage are nowhere to be seen. Likewise au...
by Tom Moore
July 21st, 2017, 5:52 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: question a bout the creator of: Flying Box Illusion
Replies: 24
Views: 2129

Re: question a bout the creator of: Flying Box Illusion

I really don't see any direct correlation between the various "no-feet" illusions and the Flying Box. Yes there is a "secret support" but it's in a completely different place, size, shape, orientation and style - to claim that the flying box is based on the Andre Kole or Joe Kars...
by Tom Moore
July 13th, 2017, 12:49 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: question a bout the creator of: Flying Box Illusion
Replies: 24
Views: 2129

Re: question a bout the creator of: Flying Box Illusion

Rafael Van Herk from Belgium - aka "Rafael" www.rafael.be

Aside from being a very creative performer he has a library and archive of contemporary European magic performance/history. Just as Max Maven or Jonny Thompson is the go-to guy in the USA, Rafael in the expert in Europe.
by Tom Moore
July 12th, 2017, 6:27 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: question a bout the creator of: Flying Box Illusion
Replies: 24
Views: 2129

Re: question a bout the creator of: Flying Box Illusion

It was used in the TV series "The Paul Daniels Magic Show" 30 years ago but i don't have the exact episode to hand but there's a clip on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwqCL4xgueM this is a christmas special which was either 1988 / 1989 recording. It was not released as a marketed...
by Tom Moore
July 12th, 2017, 6:45 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: question a bout the creator of: Flying Box Illusion
Replies: 24
Views: 2129

Re: question a bout the creator of: Flying Box Illusion

The Cardboard Box variation / application of the principle was created by Ali Bongo with the most high-profile use of the effect being by Paul Daniels in the late 80's. All versions of the "floating cardboard box" illusion I've seen used have clearly been a direct lift from the Bongo / Dan...
by Tom Moore
June 21st, 2017, 2:36 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 4125

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

The editing made it a little choppy which made it a little confusing but overall i liked it. Contemporary aesthetic carried consistently through everything he did with plenty of attention to detail throughout. A nice twist to the handling which makes it almost impossible for lay audiences to deconst...
by Tom Moore
June 15th, 2017, 3:28 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 4125

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

They are experienced contestants in the "got talent" world, they know what they are doing and have follow-up acts. Hiding the fact they are twins and revealing it later is a reductions idea as that final reveal would undo all the magic they had created previously and leave an audience bitt...
by Tom Moore
June 9th, 2017, 3:09 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 8255

Re: America's Got Talent performance

Bill- at no point in any of the judges comments did they say he "fooled" them. They say how impressed they were, how spectacular and unusual and visual what they had just seen was but they never say the F word so I am confused why you keep asserting that they were? As a more general note; ...
by Tom Moore
June 7th, 2017, 9:47 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 8255

Re: America's Got Talent performance

He didn't fool them (in any magic sense) he dazzled them, wowed them, showed them something they'd never seen before but 10 seconds looking at the online public comments shows that he didn't fool them.
by Tom Moore
June 5th, 2017, 5:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 8255

Re: America's Got Talent performance

For the camera (with distance and a little lighting) it looks great. There's a LOT of experience using this exact technique in close-up situations; it works incredibly well and is a surprisingly robust technology in the harsh environment of live close-up performance; To choose 2 performers familiar...
by Tom Moore
June 5th, 2017, 6:47 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 8255

Re: America's Got Talent performance

The argument about an effect being "too perfect" or "too proppy" is an incredibly modern one that most magicians don't even begin to understand, much less have a clear reasoned personal decision as to their stance on the matter. Outside of performers who presented themselves as p...
by Tom Moore
May 1st, 2017, 5:33 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: On Magic in Las Vegas
Replies: 2
Views: 701

Re: On Magic in Las Vegas

For listeners familiar with the current Angel & Copperfield shows it's worth listening to this to note the huge disparity between what actually happens in performance (the subtleties, the motivation, the convincers) and what the lay audience remembers happening - there are sequences that the res...
by Tom Moore
April 13th, 2017, 8:49 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Håkan Berg at Le Plus Grand Cabaret!
Replies: 4
Views: 765

Re: Håkan Berg at Le Plus Grand Cabaret!

Monique also owns probably the most powerful & important variety/circus booking agency in Europe - so has a huge database of tried and tested acts & a formidable reputation to protect. She also very actively tours Europe visiting smaller gala shows and productions looking for undiscovered ac...
by Tom Moore
March 31st, 2017, 8:09 am
Forum: General
Topic: Derren Brown announces New York dates - tickets on sale!
Replies: 8
Views: 2039

Re: Derren Brown announces New York dates - tickets on sale!

The VR elements have always been on the ride, they've just been beefed up in this re-tooling. It's a multi-phase ride that is best described as an extreme horror maze rather than as a ride; You're batched in to groups of 50 and go through a series of rooms/experiences, part of that involves using VR...
by Tom Moore
March 30th, 2017, 6:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Blaine Live Tour
Replies: 21
Views: 2641

Re: David Blaine Live Tour

And, if memory serves, Dynamo's show was well received, was it not? Broadly speaking yes - it was essentially just his most iconic TV effects presented on stage so his fans loved it. The only real criticism that came out of it was that it was "act as known" rather than anything new, diffe...
by Tom Moore
March 30th, 2017, 4:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Blaine Live Tour
Replies: 21
Views: 2641

Re: David Blaine Live Tour

Thanks Tom ... any indication as to whether Dynamo's 'arena gamble' paid off ? I believe it was reasonably successful and profitable yes. They were able to book a "proper" arena tour with multiple performances in one venue and plenty of consecutive dates so that they achieved the best sav...
by Tom Moore
March 29th, 2017, 7:47 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Blaine Live Tour
Replies: 21
Views: 2641

Re: David Blaine Live Tour

From a "money in the performers pocket" point of view large theatres are better than arena's - the increased costs associated with scaling a show for an arena (extra tv screens, bigger sound system, physically bigger stage and set, more staff, higher venue costs. higher marketing costs) of...
by Tom Moore
March 28th, 2017, 12:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What separates the pro from the amateur?
Replies: 49
Views: 5098

Re: What separates the pro from the amateur?

"The Understanding of the importance of time" In the stage & illusion world I generally find the amateurs want to buy a routine/idea/prop all complete and ready to go and will be presenting it on stage within days of receiving it (I've seen people take delivery of one of my designs and...
by Tom Moore
March 18th, 2017, 8:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Copperfield Law Suit?
Replies: 9
Views: 1553

Re: Copperfield Law Suit?

Last week Yes he does have spectators on stage but it's only when absolutely needed (people were even brought to mic's at the side of the stage but not on-stage if they weren't needed to physically touch something on the stage) and every time there was a spectator on stage there's multiple crew memb...
by Tom Moore
March 18th, 2017, 7:10 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Copperfield Law Suit?
Replies: 9
Views: 1553

Re: Copperfield Law Suit?

It is noticeable in his current show the impact this and the previous law-suit have had. He's now the only person going inside any prop or standing in "drop zones", most of the stuff with spectators is done in the audience, the only time they are brought on stage is when it's absolutely es...
by Tom Moore
March 7th, 2017, 9:49 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 10998

Re: Magicians Documentary

he fact that no tag line was added to the film about the pedophile just makes the dishonestly of what is ostensibly an objective view all the worse. If they had then the public would have talked about it as "that paedophile magicians" film thus overshadowing the other story in the film an...
by Tom Moore
February 26th, 2017, 5:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hobson's Illusionarium getting good reviews ...
Replies: 17
Views: 4590

Re: Hobson's Illusionarium getting good reviews ...

Sad to see it going but the writing has been on the wall for a long time. There have been some operational issues, it was incredibly expensive to run (circus performers of equivalent reputation to the magic performers they had would be 1/3 the wage bill) and there were ongoing issues trying to sell ...
by Tom Moore
February 25th, 2017, 5:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hobson's Illusionarium getting good reviews ...
Replies: 17
Views: 4590

Re: Hobson's Illusionarium getting good reviews ...

Illusionarium is to close early May, the venue modified and be re-opened with an update of one of circus shows that has worked on their other ships presented in a revised dinner-theater format.
by Tom Moore
January 15th, 2017, 5:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Feld and/or public sloughs Ringling Brothers
Replies: 19
Views: 1909

Re: Feld and/or public sloughs Ringling Brothers

To claim that Ringling / Felds are representative of all circus is like claiming that Cris Angel is representative of all magicians and that the day his vegas show closes the writing will be on the wall for kids-party magicians. The Ringling shows were phenomenally expensive arena shows - teams of 1...
by Tom Moore
December 17th, 2016, 7:48 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 'Six Card Creations' - Robert Harbin
Replies: 7
Views: 905

Re: 'Six Card Creations' - Robert Harbin

Yeah er lots of people have played with this method and there was even a version of it in a theme park show here in the uk 20 years ago for a little while. As Brad points out it's a very specific method with very specific application and very precise viewing/performance criteria that make the origin...
by Tom Moore
December 16th, 2016, 12:03 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon Cups: Myth?
Replies: 20
Views: 2928

Re: Vernon Cups: Myth?

Engraving wouldn't stop it flashing either (compared to regular mirror polish) which is probably the main reason why this story isn't likely to be true
by Tom Moore
November 28th, 2016, 11:56 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 10998

Re: Magicians Documentary

Whereas television shows tend to have a fee structure based around repeat fees and royalties, movies (even documentaries) are almost always "buy-out" contracts for everyone involved with no on-going revenues regardless of the success (or not) of the picture with all the money the movie mak...
by Tom Moore
November 2nd, 2016, 5:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stuff The White Rabbit - best magic series ever
Replies: 39
Views: 4680

Re: Stuff The White Rabbit - best magic series ever

I find it interesting that Jerry uses Bridge sized cards in a lot of his tricks. I experimented with it once and it really makes certain tricks easier. But I never stuck with it. On TV - Bridge sized cards look fine. But in real life they probably look a bit weird. That said - here in the UK - they...

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