Richard Kaufman wrote:I can't believe that Tommy's entire stage act is for sale on eBay. How sad. I also think it's a mistake to simply sell it to the highest bidder. It should be sold to someone who really cares about it and will possibly perform it--not someone who will just keep it in boxes.
I discussed the act with Frank earlier this year, and while this is sad in some ways, I am also convinced that there is no other realistic option.
And to perform the act... Well, Tommy believed firmly in his "Three Pillars" theory, and this act is a testament to that. The choreographic mix of misdirection, sleight of hand and gimmicks is nothing for the faint of heart, especially since the act haven't been explained. For example, I think that I could be able to perform all the sequences in the act, technically (but far below an artistic level)
- but that required a lot of study and examination of videos. More time than anyone would have the stamina for, other than single-minded buffoons like myself.
Earlier in the spring, in a correspondance with Frank, I hypothesized about the possiblity of documenting the whole act in a book-dvd combo. A nice idea, but there are no way for me to finance a project like that.
Other ideas has been discussed as well, with little success.
So, I fully understand, and support, Frank's decision here.