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Re: Magicians stealing

Are you sure he was selling it (that does make a massive difference in this instance) as I don't recall seeing him selling anything like that. If he's made one for his own personal use, using existing products (there are simpsons colouring in products out there) and or original artwork that's very s...
by Tom Moore
04/16/14 Today 03:15 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Magicians stealing
Replies: 16
Views: 416

Re: Magic video-contest (Masters of Magic)

In europe Kinder Egg's are probably the closest thing (in terms of nostalgia & cross generational comfort food) as the twinkie is in the USA. There are a lot more tricks you can do with a kinder egg though :-p
by Tom Moore
04/15/14 Yesterday 12:41 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic video-contest (Masters of Magic)
Replies: 6
Views: 270

Re: Best Version of Lubor Fiedler's Gozinta Boxes EVER

Richard - no specific references but i can confirm Ali was obsessed with producing objects from within gozinta boxes (or indeed any box, his mantra was never to show a box is empty & normal, always prove it by using it to hold something that apparently fills the box that you can remove) I can vi...
by Tom Moore
04/05/14 06:16 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Best Version of Lubor Fiedler's Gozinta Boxes EVER
Replies: 65
Views: 3327

Re: Derek DelGaudio to produce new Disney movie

In film, theatre & TV the title "producer" attracts a certain cache and prestige and as a result the title has become a contract negotiation tool rather than an actual description of the job done. Hardly a Broadway show opens these days without a dozen people listed as "producers&...
by Tom Moore
04/03/14 02:50 PM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Derek DelGaudio to produce new Disney movie
Replies: 22
Views: 1984

Re: BBC's The Magicians

noooo, The last season went in to ratings freefall and the BBC were very vocal in saying it was cancelled and not coming back.
by Tom Moore
04/02/14 03:07 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: BBC's The Magicians
Replies: 5
Views: 426

Re: We've reached a new low

BBC Three is the bbc's "yoof" channel so as a concept its entirely in keeping with the output on that channel... i hated it because it was so painfully under-developed that it wasn't funny and was so badly conceived (and filmed) that it wasn't even really magic.
by Tom Moore
04/01/14 06:49 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: We've reached a new low
Replies: 3
Views: 495

Re: 3D printed magic tricks

Vapor smoothing is an "after printing" process rather than something relerevant to the printing process; also whilst it does make the surface smoother it screws up the tolerances even more. In engineering terms this end of the 3D market is still a long way off hitting the kind of accuracy ...
by Tom Moore
04/01/14 06:19 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 3D printed magic tricks
Replies: 28
Views: 1847

Re: 3D printed magic tricks

Some of the high end, cost-as-much-as-a-house pieces can but the desktop units at the prosumer / consumer end of the market still have incredibly low resolution; they're still at effectively the dot-matrix printer phase. That said they are an amazing tool, we've had one for just over a year now and ...
by Tom Moore
03/31/14 06:29 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 3D printed magic tricks
Replies: 28
Views: 1847

Re: Geller stoops to a new low

If you think it's a co-incidence that Copperfield was booked on the same show as Geller accidentally you're rather naive about how TV works. The Tonight show it's fairly well known that they got people involved (from memory Randi?) specifically to help them design the scenario; it wasn't an "ac...
by Tom Moore
03/28/14 04:44 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Geller stoops to a new low
Replies: 266
Views: 9269

Re: Geller stoops to a new low

erm, number of hours of TV of geller and other magicians = literally hundreds so your claim is fundamentally flawed. If you mean "number of TV appearances where someone else has been brought in specifically to foil him" then you'd be right but no-one has denied that happened/happens and i ...
by Tom Moore
03/28/14 03:53 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Geller stoops to a new low
Replies: 266
Views: 9269

Re: Geller stoops to a new low

Epic, alright...Epic Fail. Oh yes, he's had bad performances on TV (though as others have pointed out it's controversy that creates fame so I'm not sure they can really be counted as "fails") but if you look at the sheer number of hours of TV he's had the number of on-air fails is low. He...
by Tom Moore
03/28/14 03:00 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Geller stoops to a new low
Replies: 266
Views: 9269

Re: Geller stoops to a new low

Technical skills - as good as he needs to be. He's known for metaphysical mind-power stuff these days but don't forget he basically invented "spoon bending" and its well worth checking out the early videos of him from the 70's working his classic effects (spoon bending, key bending, clock ...
by Tom Moore
03/28/14 12:33 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Geller stoops to a new low
Replies: 266
Views: 9269

Re: Geller stoops to a new low

Define "the stage" - there's a whole generator of "performers" now for whom the stage is the entire media world. They have a TV show they are predominantly known for but they also (deliberately) get in to fights on twitter, pretend to be idiots, have high profile relationships, g...
by Tom Moore
03/27/14 06:40 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Geller stoops to a new low
Replies: 266
Views: 9269

Re: Geller stoops to a new low

I'm not in any way validating or excusing what he's done but i do feel he's kinda not really got a choice in the matter. Once you start down the publicity path of "i have powers to help find things" for 30 years you can't then suddenly put weird caveats on it - if you're claiming to be abl...
by Tom Moore
03/18/14 01:33 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Geller stoops to a new low
Replies: 266
Views: 9269

Re: Memory 'Expert' Found Guilty of Criminal Contempt

Ironically this provides ample "proof" (for his future publications) that "they" are out to get him and silence him
by Tom Moore
03/18/14 07:25 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Memory 'Expert' Found Guilty of Criminal Contempt
Replies: 5
Views: 814

Re: Phase 1, Phase 2, ....

It's worth pointing out that whether you consciously choose (and thus construct your routine around it) a motivation or not the audience watching will ascribe one to you. Some of the biggest problems in magic routining stems from a mismatch between what the performer thinks the audience are thinking...
by Tom Moore
03/17/14 02:27 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Phase 1, Phase 2, ....
Replies: 75
Views: 3096

Re: If You Want to Compete at FISM in 2015, Please Read This

"Unexpected" is the wrong word - their head-of-bid's bio is full of boasts about what an experienced cruise ship worker he is and yet the problems they have encountered are really basic cruise ship facts. There's NO storage room in any cruise ship theatre (i've designed whole shows where t...
by Tom Moore
03/16/14 05:54 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: If You Want to Compete at FISM in 2015, Please Read This
Replies: 14
Views: 839

Re: Let's discuss the KOORNWINDER KAR...

So you're happy for people to steal (and profit from) absolutely anything you ever create provided they make a tiny tiny change to the technology that makes absolutely no perceptible difference or variation from the core innovation or uniqueness of your original creation & the hard work it entai...
by Tom Moore
03/15/14 04:34 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Let's discuss the KOORNWINDER KAR...
Replies: 71
Views: 2623

Re: If You Want to Compete at FISM in 2015, Please Read This

....and a 4 night cruise on the same ship immediately before the FISM sailing is HALF the price of the FISM one ($299-1099 cabin prices) Somebody got screwed when they signed the charter agreement!
by Tom Moore
03/14/14 06:26 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: If You Want to Compete at FISM in 2015, Please Read This
Replies: 14
Views: 839

Re: If You Want to Compete at FISM in 2015, Please Read This

They're going to great lengths to disguise what ship it's on - its the Costa Classica; a nice enough ship (they had one of my shows years ago) but it's a tiny theatre that seats around 500 and there's no proper load-in facilities or any real backstage storage to speak of so short of a miracle I've n...
by Tom Moore
03/14/14 05:58 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: If You Want to Compete at FISM in 2015, Please Read This
Replies: 14
Views: 839

Re: Geometrick and Dragon Altar in the Package!

Pete - it is a self working trick (there's absolutely no buttons to press) BUT you have to do the moves exactly as shown, the plastic board itself is nowhere near as sturdy as you think and simply holding it or any of the other parts at the wrong angle makes the whole effect fall apart, literally. I...
by Tom Moore
03/11/14 01:51 PM
 
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: Geometrick and Dragon Altar in the Package!
Replies: 34
Views: 2166

Re: Geometrick and Dragon Altar in the Package!

There was a "non tenyo" version of Geometrick available in the late 80's built in something more substantial and around 50% larger than the tenyo one that popped up on various TV shows around that time. I've no idea whether it was a production item or just someone building a few bespoke bu...
by Tom Moore
03/11/14 04:22 AM
 
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: Geometrick and Dragon Altar in the Package!
Replies: 34
Views: 2166

Re: Kids enjoy Feather Flowers

I don't see any reason why they have to be that tall at all and personally would be looking to throw them out and start over again with tables that fundamentally look less suspicious in the first place. That aside, you make things look smaller by breaking up the continuous lines. Put fake tripod leg...
by Tom Moore
03/11/14 04:11 AM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Kids enjoy Feather Flowers
Replies: 18
Views: 1949

Re: Wonderball

I'm not sure why - you're not the first person to come up with a "seamless" metal ball for floating in metal or any other material. You've chosen a tricky, time-consuming technique that requires skill certainly but you're not the first....
by Tom Moore
03/07/14 11:29 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wonderball
Replies: 123
Views: 8785

Re: Wonderball

As to how many people do have that prior knowledge, to the extent that Zombie can be called a "magic cliché", I have no idea. I suspect, that among the laity, it is less than you think. Speaking as someone who's entire career is based on polling/studying audience response to "magic&q...
by Tom Moore
03/07/14 05:23 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wonderball
Replies: 123
Views: 8785

Re: Wonderball

However, with Zombie, I believe it is a different situation. When done well (Neil Foster of course being the most cited example), I don't believe a lay audience will have a clue as to the method You might believe that and i do concede it is theoretically possible but you'd be generally wrong. The F...
by Tom Moore
03/02/14 04:17 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wonderball
Replies: 123
Views: 8785

Re: Highlight of this Year's Blackpool Gala Show

I feel compelled to point out that this isn't a spoof act and their write-up in the Playbill boasts about how good the act is and how "....you'll be amazed by the speed at which various birds are produced"
by Tom Moore
02/24/14 03:11 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Highlight of this Year's Blackpool Gala Show
Replies: 15
Views: 1649

Re: Dancing Cane - a new design

The challenge to overcome in "rehabilitating" the dancing cane is not changing the cane - a cane is itself a common enough object and there's 101 other similar shaped objects that could be swapped in. The problem that needs addressing is to stop it looking like something being twirled on a...
by Tom Moore
02/19/14 12:33 PM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Dancing Cane - a new design
Replies: 43
Views: 2155

Re: Dancing Cane - a new design

Jonathan I'm not dismissing Jef at all, simply pointing out that he is the wrong person to reference in this instance precisely because he has developed a character that merges performance art and magic in to one big melting pot; therefor he can perform something that isn't in the slightest bit &quo...
by Tom Moore
02/19/14 06:04 AM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Dancing Cane - a new design
Replies: 43
Views: 2155

Re: Dancing Cane - a new design

Hydrophobic sands is still a widely known "kids toy" in this country - any magician who presents it gets comments to that effect. Linking rings never "crossed over" - the method might be widely known/imagined but its never been a prop that has been adopted and used widely by some...
by Tom Moore
02/18/14 07:34 PM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Dancing Cane - a new design
Replies: 43
Views: 2155

Re: Dancing Cane - a new design

Cycles... A prop can be "dead" and even over-exposed in toy stores... Then someone picks it up, looks at it from a new angle, finds a new technique and a new narrative, and suddenly it is alive again. It's an argument i've heard before but i can't think of any trick that has crossed over ...
by Tom Moore
02/18/14 05:54 PM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Dancing Cane - a new design
Replies: 43
Views: 2155

Re: Dancing Cane - a new design

Oh absolutely, as i said above i don't want to diminish the craftsmanship of this cane, i KNOW how difficult it is to get this level of detail and curve in to metal - he is truly a craftsman. It's just frustrating that he's created a what is essentially a really really beautiful Betamax VCR :D
by Tom Moore
02/18/14 09:42 AM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Dancing Cane - a new design
Replies: 43
Views: 2155

Re: Dancing Cane - a new design

Can it be presented on stage nicely and entertainingly - yes Is it magic (ie the audience don't know how it's done and it defies the natural laws of physics) - no Can it be presented in a "magical" way - yes, but that's still not magic and it is essential that as performers we understand w...
by Tom Moore
02/18/14 06:58 AM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Dancing Cane - a new design
Replies: 43
Views: 2155

Re: Dancing Cane - a new design

It's a beautifully made piece of kit but the dancing cane is dead in the water these days. Go to any music festival / jugglers club / club-kids troup and you'll see them using "dancing" canes doing tricks that would put almost any performer to shame. The dancing cane is now firmly in the s...
by Tom Moore
02/14/14 05:50 PM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Dancing Cane - a new design
Replies: 43
Views: 2155

Re: Tommy Wonder's "Squeeze" Again Available

I'm with Mr Goat here (sorry) - the video is terrible, the method obvious (if the actual answer is the first thought that comes in to your head, and is the one telegraphed by the routine it's not magic) and i'm struggling to see any actual magic here. Since TW was all about taking very very basic me...
by Tom Moore
02/14/14 01:11 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tommy Wonder's "Squeeze" Again Available
Replies: 18
Views: 1358

Re: Troy

He's very personable, like i said i want to like him and i want it to be good... but it isn't. Go watch the opening 15mins of the show on 4od - the initial montage is 95% "for telly" stuff and 95% things that are almost street magic cliches (and done the same way as everyone else) includin...
by Tom Moore
02/12/14 02:59 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Troy
Replies: 5
Views: 4806

Re: Troy

I want to like it, but... It's the same as all the others, take him out and drop Dynamo or Ben Hanlin or Blaine or any of the others 1001 street magic clones in and you wouldn't see the join. He's certainly a lot more personable and mass-market than some of them but substantially no different; Derre...
by Tom Moore
02/12/14 01:29 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Troy
Replies: 5
Views: 4806

Re: The Latest In Thread Magic

Who else can do a double handed flotation? What even is that? EVERYTHING is original. Well since the core effect, demonstration and methodology are a well known technology and (by your own admission) only the implementation & material is "new" then by definition, "everything"...
by Tom Moore
02/10/14 12:07 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Latest In Thread Magic
Replies: 11
Views: 1348

Re: Shin Lim performance

Constructive criticism is telling someone which bits of their act they need to change/adjust/improve not re-writing peoples acts for them and giving them the answers; Whilst there's one or two comments that are purely "i hate him" far and away the majority of comments about his act highlig...
by Tom Moore
02/05/14 06:14 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shin Lim performance
Replies: 64
Views: 6018

Re: Contracting out

It's a fairly standard theatrical thing, all rights to a performance/design/routine/idea relating to a show are usually contractually exclusive to that show for as long as it is actively being performed. That said you do need to take a view as to how important this material is to your career general...
by Tom Moore
01/27/14 07:12 PM
 
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Contracting out
Replies: 2
Views: 508
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