Plots, Spells & Typos by Tom Stone

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Postby Tom Stone » 08/06/07 08:34 AM

I've just finished yet another small ebook: "Plots, Spells & Typos", which contains a mix of odd ideas for stage and close-up.
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Postby pduffie » 08/06/07 09:42 AM

I haven't spotted the typos yet, but anyone remotely interested in plots & devious methodology should check this out.

For example; "Channeling Holmes" takes Ed Mellon's "Quantimental"in such a direction that I am sure it would fool anyone who knows the original. For the illusionist there is a fascinating idea that combines the Alan Wakeling Sawing through with the Jarret method. The card guys will have fun playing with "Nosejob"! And my personal favourite, "Of Dice and Men"; a stand-up routine based on Andy Nyman's "Dice Man" but employing a different method and a great new presentation. There's also a cut & restored cable that is attached to a lit lamp - a brief notion about a cut & restored tie, and a humorous idea with a bottle, a padlock and a key. Excellent illustrations, as always from Tom. A superb read!

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Postby Tom Stone » 08/07/07 08:24 AM

Originally posted by Peter Duffie:
The card guys will have fun playing with "Nosejob"!
I've just heard that "Nosejob" apparantly is a bit similar to a Larry Jennings item. I'll try to find out more. Any input is welcome.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 08/07/07 08:44 AM

The idea of shoving the cards inward with your left first finger for the Houdini (who published it twice before Erdnase repeated it) color change comes from Jennings '67.
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Postby Tom Stone » 08/07/07 11:31 AM

Originally posted by Richard Kaufman:
comes from Jennings '67.
Ah, pity. I have not read the Jennings '67 book. Are there any merit with what I published, or is it an exact duplication of the Jennings item?
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 08/07/07 01:16 PM

I haven't read the whole piece yet--just the change.
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Postby Matthew Field » 08/08/07 03:12 AM

Tom's idea of using the version of the Erdnase (Houdini) change for continuous color changes is interesting. Harvey Rosenthal has also done substantial work on this sleight.

I found Tom's new booklet very interesting. Much of the material reminds me of the work of another magician, one whom I miss very much -- Tommy Wonder.

Tom relates that his trick "Of Dice and Men" had its genesis in the final image he desired. The magician gets a hug after a spectator rolls a die to choose one card from six, which has "Hug" written on it. As he's getting his hug, he "accidently" reveals the backs of the other cards in a stand, which all read "Kill." The concept and Tom's excellent illustrations are fabulous.

Some of the material consists of concepts from Tom's notebooks, but they are not just food for thought; they are a feast.

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Postby Tom Stone » 10/16/08 09:35 PM

Practice clip of "Nosejob":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4JR7g5nJbs
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