I really appreciated his views about magic on TV (bottom of pg 72, top of pg. 73)
Tomo: I try not to be on TV too much. I turn down 90 percent of the calls from TV stations.
Genii : Why ?
Tomo: I don't waste my performances. It's hard to explain ... in a Japanese antique market, if you see the same cup too many times, people get bored with it and it just sits on the shelf. No one buys it. If on the other hand, only a few people see the cup, then it's much more valuable. So, if I'm on TV every day, people see five tricks, five tricks, five tricks, five tricks, five tricks ...
Tomo: It comes down to the fact that I want to control my image and my TV appearances. "Value" is more important than money. If I can control how often I appear on TV, by keeping that to a minimum, each TV appearance is worth more.
Wise words I believe. I think despite the good efforts of some of the best in the business, magic on TV often results in the diminishment of magic , compared to magic seen in a live venue. It is "valued" less.
I enjoyed the whole interview very much.