John Carney wrote:Thought I would chime in here.
Magic was greatly advanced when Ramsay took familiar elements and designed a new way of using the hollow stack, a new approach to vanishes, as well as pioneering a new kind of misdirection which was utilized not only in the Cylinder and Coins, but in every other trick he did. He took it far past the palming and pointing of the old timers. He also brought a whole psychology to his magic, far more sophisticated than those who had come before. Ramsay didn't just rest on the laurels of others, he sought to solve problems and contribute in his own way.
It is a pity that lessons from those who are responsible for big paradigm shifts seldom are interpreted properly.
Either they becomes the subject of a personality cult, where they becomes deified, and every word they've said becomes like holy scripture... but as in any religion, the words are often quoted and taught, but seldom lived by when it comes to pragmatic handling.
Or the new paradigm becomes a natural part of the current reality, and their discoveries becomes so ingrained with the culture, that many people fail to see the value of the work, as they can't even imagine how it was before.
Like the gags of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton - those gags have been borrowed, stolen, adapted, varied so much that the originals now feels bland, boring and uninteresting. Most people today fail to understand how revolutionary Keaton and Chaplin was. If you haven't experienced the "before", then it is difficult to appreciate the value of the "after".
So Tom is doing just what Ramsay did..... exploring other possibilities. He was not satisfied with the status quo.
One should never be satisfied with the status quo. Always move, always try to progress. Doesn't have to be fast though, slow progression is also progression. Evolution is life, stagnation is death. Progression is soothing because constant velocity is actually a state of rest.
Learning from the past masters, reading their work - it is like being carried on their backs as they explore uncharted territory in their search for the ultimate goal. When reaching the place when they stop, should we thank them by climbing off, backtrack and then walk exactly in their footsteps all over again? Focusing on the placement of each exact footstep... or should we raise our gaze, see the goal they aimed for, and proceed towards it, out into the unknown and uncharted from the point we was carried to?
Do I prefer Tom's routine? ......No (sorry Tom)........but then again, neither does Tom.
Heh, well put! :)
But I can say this - the routine I eventually will fall for, is going to contain the misdirection ideas and techniques that have emerged since Ramsay's time. Ramsay was revolutionary, but things have evolved further since then. To perform Cylinder and Coins today, without considering or trying to adapt the techniques of Slydini, Tamariz, Tommy Wonder and others, then you are needlessly restricting yourself.
Sorry for the rambling and the illconsidered analogies ;)