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Re: Notes on Mandrake the Magician

It's Charlie Miller.
by Tom Stone
11/22/14 09:07 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Notes on Mandrake the Magician
Replies: 7
Views: 626

Re: Wonder what Rudy Coby thinks of this...

And this is my friend Axel's rendition:
https://vimeo.com/77777101
by Tom Stone
11/16/14 08:04 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wonder what Rudy Coby thinks of this...
Replies: 8
Views: 1906

Re: Identity of this "Camp/Gay" magician please

SOOOOOOO many things continue to relegate the field of magic to craft and novelty versus art. The horrific penchant for cheesy dance I mentioned earlier is one - and much more prevalent that Hobson's particular brand of presentation. Cartoonish Illusionists-style ensemble shows with their quasi-sup...
by Tom Stone
11/09/14 01:04 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Identity of this "Camp/Gay" magician please
Replies: 139
Views: 12883

Re: Identity of this

...there are many parallels in this debate to "adult entertainment" Perhaps, but if so, it is missing a significant parallel: Consensuality. I'm not a rapist. I'm not!... I was once... I'm not anymore... [ogles a woman/man] but I could be again. [laughs from the audience] There will alway...
by Tom Stone
11/09/14 07:05 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Identity of this "Camp/Gay" magician please
Replies: 139
Views: 12883

Re: Identity of this "Camp/Gay" magician please

If Hobson is selling out and "we're" the only ones raising a huge stink, that says more about us than him. Yes, let's all display more of that kind of predatory sexuality in our acts. Let's make it a renaissance for the brassiere trick, and add more lewd remarks that just barely qualifies...
by Tom Stone
11/08/14 03:16 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Identity of this "Camp/Gay" magician please
Replies: 139
Views: 12883

Re: DelGaudio Sez

Q. Kumber wrote:I don't believe I'm familiar with Max Maven's SEAK.

Any clues, please?

In Thabbatical:
http://www.geniimagazine.com/magicpedia/Thabbatical

Its structure is as beautiful and amazing as Tommy Wonder's 3'rd Nest of Boxes.
by Tom Stone
11/04/14 07:58 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: DelGaudio Sez
Replies: 101
Views: 5209

Re: DelGaudio Sez

'SEAK' is a great trick. I think we can both agree why magic is great and enjoyable. But for some reason it doesn't strike me as being art. I guess it comes down to how you define art? Yes, exactly! If you define it only as "something that sounds nice", you exclude most of the world for n...
by Tom Stone
11/04/14 01:51 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: DelGaudio Sez
Replies: 101
Views: 5209

Re: DelGaudio Sez

Thanks for the quotes, Bill. Of course - Vernon refers to the art of magic. But I still suspect he would not rank a great magician alongside a great musician. Since the great musician is capable of more beautiful art than the great musician. A piece by Bach will always be more powerful than any mag...
by Tom Stone
11/03/14 07:42 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: DelGaudio Sez
Replies: 101
Views: 5209

Re: DelGaudio Sez

Art doesn't require an audience. Magic does. If magic doesn't fool, then it isn't magic. No audience, no one to fool. Unless, like some here, you are fooling yourself. ...hypothetically, let's say an unpublished parlor card routine by Alex Elmsley is found. Something he created but never performed,...
by Tom Stone
11/03/14 06:51 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: DelGaudio Sez
Replies: 101
Views: 5209

Re: DelGaudio Sez

You are pushing into areas which I have often wondered about. Is it possible to have art without an audience to experience it? Is the process enough - even if it goes forever unseen? Let's take music, since you seem to like that area. Art is an approach to the work at hand. Let's say a musician cre...
by Tom Stone
11/03/14 05:51 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: DelGaudio Sez
Replies: 101
Views: 5209

Re: DelGaudio Sez

Art is about communicating a vision and moving people. No it is not. That's a consumer's view of the world. That's a fastfood view. Art is an approach to the work at hand, nothing more. Sometimes the work at hand is about expressing something, which at times might be intended to communicate somethi...
by Tom Stone
11/03/14 05:31 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: DelGaudio Sez
Replies: 101
Views: 5209

Re: DelGaudio Sez

Joe Mckay wrote:So - I hope I don't come across as disrespectful to him.

Not at all - unfortunately. :-)
If this really is what you think, then I expect you to be passionate about it. Don't hold back. Be disrespectful, because trust me - I don't hold back. :-)
by Tom Stone
11/03/14 05:17 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: DelGaudio Sez
Replies: 101
Views: 5209

Re: DelGaudio Sez

If you ask a million people who is the greater artist, Bach or Tommy Wonder. They will all point to Bach. Bach is as highly rated in his field as Tommy Wonder is in ours. So - why should this be the case? Why on earth would you ask a million people? What relevance do they have? Do you really sugges...
by Tom Stone
11/03/14 05:14 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: DelGaudio Sez
Replies: 101
Views: 5209

Re: DelGaudio Sez

I am a huge fan of Tommy Wonder. I just feel that his work is not really art per se . Compared to true art which is moving and profound I'm sorry, but this is just nonsense. First of all, the whole "what is art?"-question is among the most pointless and uninteresting questions that can be...
by Tom Stone
11/03/14 04:44 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: DelGaudio Sez
Replies: 101
Views: 5209

Re: Lecture Tommy Wonder - Shizuoka Japan May 1989

Frank just posted another one.
http://youtu.be/MRTY4jjtH1o
by Tom Stone
10/15/14 07:30 AM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Lecture Tommy Wonder - Shizuoka Japan May 1989
Replies: 5
Views: 782

Re: Magi1 - University course for magicians

Tom, this is incredible. I hope this is wildly successful and becomes a permanent offering. I don't know if this is appropriate for an academic course, but I would be happy to become a corporate sponsor and send each and every of your 16 students free literature be it printed books from the line of...
by Tom Stone
10/11/14 10:48 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magi1 - University course for magicians
Replies: 5
Views: 679

Re: Magi1 - University course for magicians

Matthew Field wrote:Congratulations to you and Johan on this historic accomplishment!

Matt Field

Thanks Matt. :)
But I want it to be clear that is solely because of Johan's efforts that this has become real. The accomplishment is all his. :)
by Tom Stone
10/11/14 10:44 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magi1 - University course for magicians
Replies: 5
Views: 679

Magi1 - University course for magicians

About 4+ years ago, my friend Johan Ståhl had the first of many meetings with the University of Dance and Circus in Stockholm. This year his hard work finally came to fruition - six days ago, on October 6, "Magi1" began. The first university course ever in the western world for conjurers. ...
by Tom Stone
10/11/14 05:51 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magi1 - University course for magicians
Replies: 5
Views: 679

Re: Tommy Wonder performance 1987

lol - no it is not. I got mixed up and meant to post the above comment in the thread with the video of his disappearing bird cage! Ah! If so, no, the transparant silk is not pretty standard, but was specific to Billy McCombs routine. Which Tommy got permission to use. This was long before McCombs' ...
by Tom Stone
09/22/14 04:25 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tommy Wonder performance 1987
Replies: 8
Views: 1120

Re: Tommy Wonder performance 1987

Joe Mckay wrote:Why doesn't Tommy Wonder have the silk handkerchief float to the ground after the vanish?

?
Is this posted in the correct thread?
by Tom Stone
09/22/14 10:15 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tommy Wonder performance 1987
Replies: 8
Views: 1120

Re: Tommy Wonder performance 1987

Tom Stone wrote:Collectors might want to know that the large cups used in the video can be obtained.
The eBay auction closes in 5 days: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Tommy-Wonder-Es ... 2340d80868


Ended on 910 USD. I believe the buyer is very happy!
by Tom Stone
09/22/14 06:01 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tommy Wonder performance 1987
Replies: 8
Views: 1120

Tommy Wonder on Dutch TV

...and people think Letterman was a difficult host. :-)

by Tom Stone
09/20/14 06:36 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tommy Wonder on Dutch TV
Replies: 4
Views: 809

Re: One Man's View of The Hollingworth Collection

because one "doesn't own the product..." I was thinking of the several times in this thread that you announced that you were not going to buy the set. Since I can't say for certain that I'll never purchase this in some form some day (a non broken version, a streaming version... Yes, becau...
by Tom Stone
09/19/14 07:07 PM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: One Man's View of The Hollingworth Collection
Replies: 98
Views: 10677

Tommy Wonder's Vanishing Bird Cage

Another clip of Tommy surfaced yesterday. Probably his first performance ever of the Vanishing Birdcage - with some McCombical touches! Compared with most other versions, it is amazing how rigid the cage looks! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCSysMw8aeM And, as it happens, Tommy's brother Frank has ...
by Tom Stone
09/17/14 05:07 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tommy Wonder's Vanishing Bird Cage
Replies: 5
Views: 891

Re: The October Issue of Genii is Now Live Online!

The Jerry Andrus clip is amazing!
by Tom Stone
09/16/14 08:10 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The October Issue of Genii is Now Live Online!
Replies: 5
Views: 985

Re: Tommy Wonder performance 1987

Frank is putting up more of Tommy's props on eBay. Quite interesting to follow the bids, especially on those items that only makes sense for those who knows the routines. Like... who would bid on a small case of sewing tools? http://www.ebay.com/itm/151411080189 Well, probably those who have seen th...
by Tom Stone
09/16/14 07:41 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tommy Wonder performance 1987
Replies: 8
Views: 1120

Tommy Wonder performance 1987

Tommy Wonder's brother Frank just posted a video clip from 1987 of Tommy performing at a medieval themed restaurant in Holland. Note that Tommy is completely surrounded, with people above him as well. Well worth studying the load management and loading techniques - there are knowledge to be found he...
by Tom Stone
09/16/14 06:46 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tommy Wonder performance 1987
Replies: 8
Views: 1120

Re: $550 book

Ian Kendall wrote:Does anyone remember when Tom Stone's Moonshine Monologue came out?

Last week in September 2009, I believe. Or the week after.
Came up with a bunch of ideas then, but the thing I published was a minor variation of C. Rawson's trick.
by Tom Stone
09/09/14 11:31 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: $550 book
Replies: 43
Views: 4648

Re: Charlotte Pendragon's World of Illusion

Firstly, you need to see a doctor and check your ears.
Secondly, I am not making an accusation, I am stating facts.
by Tom Stone
09/01/14 06:42 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Charlotte Pendragon's World of Illusion
Replies: 81
Views: 7554

Re: Charlotte Pendragon's World of Illusion

...and then the followup of beginning to market his innovations under her name, without credits or permissions. Again...can you prove this? I asked if you had any doubt on the honesty of those who got scammed. Reply to that first. You remember they made a DVD set before all ruckus? They described t...
by Tom Stone
09/01/14 06:26 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Charlotte Pendragon's World of Illusion
Replies: 81
Views: 7554

Re: Charlotte Pendragon's World of Illusion

...and then the followup of beginning to market his innovations under her name, without credits or permissions.
by Tom Stone
09/01/14 05:45 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Charlotte Pendragon's World of Illusion
Replies: 81
Views: 7554

Re: Charlotte Pendragon's World of Illusion

Can you prove they were swindled? You are the first one I've seen who have cast doubt on their experiences. If you have any reason to doubt the accuracy and sincerity of their stories, please share it. http://forums.geniimagazine.com/viewtopic.php?t=32766 http://forums.geniimagazine.com/viewtopic.p...
by Tom Stone
08/30/14 07:28 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Charlotte Pendragon's World of Illusion
Replies: 81
Views: 7554

Re: Charlotte Pendragon's World of Illusion

mrgoat wrote:And the karma comments are about all the money she stole from people.

HTH.

Have everyone forgotten about Chip Romero, Chin-chin and everyone else that got swindled?
by Tom Stone
08/30/14 05:38 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Charlotte Pendragon's World of Illusion
Replies: 81
Views: 7554

Re: Charlotte Pendragon's World of Illusion

hgebeaux wrote:It's sad how many cruel people populate the magic community.

True. But that should not hinder people from celebrating that, yes, karma does occationally work as it should.
by Tom Stone
08/30/14 07:42 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Charlotte Pendragon's World of Illusion
Replies: 81
Views: 7554

Re: Charlotte Pendragon's World of Illusion

Wasn't the solo subtrunk used as a gag in Burt Wonderstone?
by Tom Stone
08/30/14 01:03 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Charlotte Pendragon's World of Illusion
Replies: 81
Views: 7554

Re: F/S: Tommy Wonder 'Ring, Watch & Wallet...MINT, UNOPENED

The guy has been soliciting orders in violation to the Tommy's commercial rights statement since at least 2006, and I've seen more than one of his emails. I had a computer crash in 2009, so I can't recover the "Watch..." emails. But this one, from October 2010, is about the commercial manu...
by Tom Stone
08/21/14 06:57 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: F/S: Tommy Wonder 'Ring, Watch & Wallet...MINT, UNOPENED!
Replies: 50
Views: 3134

Re: F/S: Tommy Wonder 'Ring, Watch & Wallet...MINT, UNOPENED

Tom, trying to attack me is a bit silly. I have taken no position either way for the reason that I don't want to get into a "discussion" with folks such as yourself that can't seem to avoid personal attacks. The do little to advance the discussion or the art. Being "certain" abo...
by Tom Stone
08/21/14 06:37 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: F/S: Tommy Wonder 'Ring, Watch & Wallet...MINT, UNOPENED!
Replies: 50
Views: 3134

Re: F/S: Tommy Wonder 'Ring, Watch & Wallet...MINT, UNOPENED

Ethics As to ethics, I think there are two areas being discussed. Ethics in advertising an item for sale and the ethics of manufacturing and selling an item. Unfortunately, people’s ideas of ethics vary from person to person – in some cases widely and in others less so. There can really be no right...
by Tom Stone
08/21/14 06:19 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: F/S: Tommy Wonder 'Ring, Watch & Wallet...MINT, UNOPENED!
Replies: 50
Views: 3134

Re: F/S: Tommy Wonder 'Ring, Watch & Wallet...MINT, UNOPENED

...unfairly labeled a "crook" by a poster with a well known agenda Unfairly? You make no sense. Yes, if you by "agenda" mean to protest whenever some dishonest crook rip off works belonging to myself or friends of mine, then I guess that agenda is well known by now. But you are ...
by Tom Stone
08/21/14 05:58 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: F/S: Tommy Wonder 'Ring, Watch & Wallet...MINT, UNOPENED!
Replies: 50
Views: 3134

Re: F/S: Tommy Wonder 'Ring, Watch & Wallet...MINT, UNOPENED

First off, I absolutely respect intellectual property and Tommy Wonder. There is a point that no one has addressed to this point. This effect is very old and has been in print prior to Tommy's books. No, do not confuse this specific effect for the general plot that the effect builds on. No one have...
by Tom Stone
08/21/14 08:05 AM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: F/S: Tommy Wonder 'Ring, Watch & Wallet...MINT, UNOPENED!
Replies: 50
Views: 3134
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