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by Tom Stone
November 18th, 2018, 7:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Art of Magic workshop
Replies: 0
Views: 145

Art of Magic workshop

Most of us eventually reach a spot where we feel stuck, or caught, in our artistic evolution. A spot where our original ambitions have been both reached and surpassed, and in lieu finding new goals to strive towards, we continue the motions without really getting anywhere. Many performers recognize ...
by Tom Stone
September 5th, 2018, 12:42 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 116
Views: 4759

Re: About doing magic

Oh, as I said--I don't care that much. It happens rarely and when it does I know it. And whoever writes it up usually has a good solution for it. I am not going to drive myself nuts worrying about it. Let me worry in your place then! Which are the few tricks you know suffer from being too impossibl...
by Tom Stone
September 4th, 2018, 11:40 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 116
Views: 4759

Re: About doing magic

I will concede that I am not overly keen on the expression "too perfect" and would prefer the expression "too impossible" instead. The principle is that some tricks are so impossible that it makes the secret too easy to detect. I do believe this but I will concede that this appl...
by Tom Stone
September 4th, 2018, 10:44 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 116
Views: 4759

Re: About doing magic

Sounds interesting, Tom. Care to expand? Tommy Wonder evolved what should have been the perfect Watch in nest of boxes routine. Instead he was surprised to find that people, sometimes even the owner of the watch, made the conclusion that it was a duplicate watch at the end. To him, it seemed to be ...
by Tom Stone
September 4th, 2018, 6:48 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 116
Views: 4759

Re: About doing magic

The "too perfect'' theory is perfectly valid Nope. Whenever it seems to be valid, it always turns out that the real problem is that the audience doesn't perceive the effect you've intended. Tom. I can assure you that I am never wrong. I do know absolutely everything about magic after all. Howe...
by Tom Stone
September 4th, 2018, 3:03 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 116
Views: 4759

Re: About doing magic

performer wrote:The "too perfect'' theory is perfectly valid


Nope. Whenever it seems to be valid, it always turns out that the real problem is that the audience doesn't percieve the effect you've intended.
by Tom Stone
August 26th, 2018, 1:55 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Of Dice and Men (the Hug/Kill trick) by Tom Stone
Replies: 9
Views: 1215

Re: Of Dice and Men (the Hug/Kill trick) by Tom Stone

We are at the point in our society when a "hug" can be seen as an act of sexual aggression over which a job can be lost and a reputation ruined. Therefore, this is a routine that you perform at your peril. Those reactions can real, or made up for attention. Not much can be done about the ...
by Tom Stone
August 22nd, 2018, 4:04 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Of Dice and Men (the Hug/Kill trick) by Tom Stone
Replies: 9
Views: 1215

Of Dice and Men (the Hug/Kill trick) by Tom Stone

Those with good memory might remember a piece titled ”Of Dice and Men” that I published in my Genii column in October 2009 - it was a rather dark and funny stage/parlor piece that was inspired by the combo of a rather horrid relationship I once had and Andy Nyman’s close-up trick ”Diceman”. That iss...
by Tom Stone
August 21st, 2018, 3:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Here are The Performers For the 2019 Genii Convention!
Replies: 6
Views: 733

Re: Here are The Performers For the 2019 Genii Convention!

Five female magicians!

That is progress! Just a few years ago, it was rare with even one.
by Tom Stone
August 13th, 2018, 6:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Conjuring: A 5 day workshop in Sweden
Replies: 2
Views: 571

Re: Conjuring: A 5 day workshop in Sweden

The workshop was a success! It attracted male and female magicians from England, Hungary, Norway, Russia, Ireland, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland and Sweden.
It will likely be repeated next year.
by Tom Stone
July 29th, 2018, 7:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Replete Card Link - Sixten Beme
Replies: 4
Views: 583

The Replete Card Link - Sixten Beme

With the kind permission of the Sixten Beme Estate, all of Sixten’s work on the Linking Card effect can now be disseminated to a new generation of magicians. This ebook collects Sixten Beme’s 1979 and 1996 manuscripts, and also describes Sixten Beme’s unpublished favourite handling for informal situ...
by Tom Stone
July 16th, 2018, 9:09 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Anyone know what this flip card is?
Replies: 3
Views: 456

Re: Anyone know what this flip card is?

While surfing I found this pitch. Is this video a good representation of the product. Yes and no. It is a different approach to Acrobatic flap cards that doesn't use rubber sheets. The joints are more invisible. And the flaps can be locked in triggered state. I don't find the video to be deceptive....
by Tom Stone
July 16th, 2018, 12:16 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Doing copper silver transpositions
Replies: 57
Views: 2447

Re: Doing copper silver transpositions

Curious what you guys think. The handling is very efficient. Very! I also like that a chinese coin is in the role of the copper coin. For a long while, I had a copper-silver routine in my regular close-up repertoire. Then all the thermochromic toys arrived, and suddenly people assumed that the coin...
by Tom Stone
July 10th, 2018, 10:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mystique: Year Two
Replies: 0
Views: 290

Mystique: Year Two

A year ago, four Swedish magicians decided to initiate an experiment titled "Mystique" - to create a completely new 90 minute show once a month, perform it, scrap it and then start working on next month's show. Without recycling any material. And then see for how long it is possible to kee...
by Tom Stone
July 6th, 2018, 6:15 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Different magicians officialy performing the same
Replies: 21
Views: 1118

Re: Different magicians officialy performing the same

It's pretty simple really. If I make a movie, or write a play, and you recreate that using my words, you are wrong. Same with magic. I think this is a different question. More along the lines of... ...let's say you have an unique act, and that you are beginning to get more bookings than you can han...
by Tom Stone
June 7th, 2018, 4:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card to *really* impossible location
Replies: 18
Views: 1869

Re: Card to *really* impossible location

Even the premise: "at the end of all card tricks, the selected card is always found on the top or the deck." I hear this and think: "Nope, that's clearly wrong.", so the self-sacrifice was already for nothing before it starts. Well, yes, if seen as a report on reality, it is cle...
by Tom Stone
June 6th, 2018, 7:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card to *really* impossible location
Replies: 18
Views: 1869

Re: Card to *really* impossible location

Was the routine a sight gag or did he just mess up? The card that was revealed at the end was the three of diamonds and not the signed card. He did seem to get off stage quickly. I'd have to agree no magic took place. It is a brilliantly structured piece. In the set-up he explains that at the end o...
by Tom Stone
May 13th, 2018, 8:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Worthwhile Kickstarter Campaign for Great Chop Cup Set Done with Dice Cups and Dice
Replies: 70
Views: 9285

Re: Worthwhile Kickstarter Campaign for Great Chop Cup Set Done with Dice Cups and Dice

With all due respect Tom I don’t know how this can be interpreted any way other than thievery. If you buy something, and it isn't delivered, then yes, that is thievery. But you haven't bought anything here, you have gambled on a crowdfunded project, and it is in its nature that it might fall throug...
by Tom Stone
May 13th, 2018, 6:49 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Worthwhile Kickstarter Campaign for Great Chop Cup Set Done with Dice Cups and Dice
Replies: 70
Views: 9285

Re: Worthwhile Kickstarter Campaign for Great Chop Cup Set Done with Dice Cups and Dice

but at the end of the day, IMHO, if you take money and don't deliver what is promised, it's still thieving. No it isn’t. Kickstarter isn’t a webshop. You are not buying stuff there. It is a crowdfunding site, where you invest in interesting projects and gamble that it comes to fruition. It is far l...
by Tom Stone
May 4th, 2018, 2:16 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card to *really* impossible location
Replies: 18
Views: 1869

Card to *really* impossible location

My young buddy Isidor Olsbjörk from Gothenburg, Sweden, just debuted a new take on 'card to impossible location'. The 'Pocket of Mystery' idea, taken to the next logical step. It is in Swedish, but the only thing that might need translation is the bit from 1:16 to 1:30, which goes: -"And it is ...
by Tom Stone
May 2nd, 2018, 4:50 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Paul Curry - The Sliding Knot
Replies: 29
Views: 1967

Re: Paul Curry - The Sliding Knot

Curtis Kam wrote:Yes, “weights” that’s what they are.

I think Jon might have meant á la Chinese Sticks.
by Tom Stone
March 30th, 2018, 6:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Conjuring: A 5 day workshop in Sweden
Replies: 2
Views: 571

Conjuring: A 5 day workshop in Sweden

I've put out this information elsewhere, so why not here as well? The workshop is free of charge, the only cost is food and lodging. Due to its geographical location, I guess mainly europeans are interested, but it is open (and free of charge) for all nationalities There's a facebook group for those...
by Tom Stone
December 8th, 2017, 1:36 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 123
Views: 12842

Re: The Jerx Year Three

I I wish spectators were as fascinated by The Gilbreath Principle and Miraskill as I am. But ultimately such geekery is for my pleasure and not that of the audience. Which is fine. But it is something worth acknowledging when you do decide to perform for non-magic geeks. And when you acknowledge th...
by Tom Stone
December 8th, 2017, 12:14 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 123
Views: 12842

Re: The Jerx Year Three

So if Andy is setting out to cure magician's of the sickness of focusing on what interests them rather than what might most interest a spectator . That's not a sickness. Rather, it is the most important part there is. But focusing on what might interest a spectator is where the real sickness begins...
by Tom Stone
December 7th, 2017, 7:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 123
Views: 12842

Re: The Jerx Year Three

Something different from Andy today. Some interesting thoughts analyzing the concept of "misdirection". http://www.thejerx.com/blog/2017/12/5/redirecting-misdirection Andy takes issue with Tommy Wonder's discussion of this topic. No he doesn't. What he does is to completely misrepresent T...
by Tom Stone
November 21st, 2017, 3:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tommy Wonder's "Ring, Watch & Wallet" on eBay
Replies: 6
Views: 1389

Re: Tommy Wonder's "Ring, Watch & Wallet" on eBay

One day left of the auction.
by Tom Stone
November 13th, 2017, 7:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tommy Wonder's "Ring, Watch & Wallet" on eBay
Replies: 6
Views: 1389

Re: Tommy Wonder's "Ring, Watch & Wallet" on eBay

Look at the beads on the back of the watch -- nothing left to chance, here . . . True! Since those beads are mentioned in neither the books nor the videos, I asked Frank about it. He replied: -"Jos added those small rollers hoping that would make it easier to slide the watch of his wrist, but ...
by Tom Stone
November 13th, 2017, 10:14 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tommy Wonder's "Ring, Watch & Wallet" on eBay
Replies: 6
Views: 1389

Tommy Wonder's "Ring, Watch & Wallet" on eBay

(I'm not sure where to put this, since I'm not involved in the auction, I'm only bringing attention to it.) The Tommy Wonder estate have just placed the original Ring, Watch & Wallet on eBay. This is the set that Tommy used himself in performances, which might, or might not, be of interest for ...
by Tom Stone
September 24th, 2017, 8:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tommy Wonder's "Building an Act"
Replies: 0
Views: 685

Tommy Wonder's "Building an Act"

http://wargmagic.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/buildact-fb-768x403.jpg In 2005, Tommy Wonder published a booklet titled "Building an Act". For unknown reasons that booklet never got distributed. Only a small number of Tommy's friends have ever seen it. Some of the advice in the booklet i...
by Tom Stone
September 18th, 2017, 4:10 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Hector Mancha Kung Fu Foot
Replies: 6
Views: 1849

Re: Hector Mancha Kung Fu Foot

marselmarsel wrote:Hi, where is print?

It is in print in Genii magazine, December 1987.
by Tom Stone
September 15th, 2017, 1:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tommy Wonder's "Misdirection does not exist"
Replies: 3
Views: 954

Re: Tommy Wonder's "Misdirection does not exist"

I happen to know he worked the streets of Amsterdam with the worm taking money off all the punters in the way they richly deserved. I can guarantee you that he learned more about presenting magic from that activity than he ever did with his high falutin' theories. I'm fairly confident it went the o...
by Tom Stone
September 15th, 2017, 12:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tommy Wonder's "Misdirection does not exist"
Replies: 3
Views: 954

Tommy Wonder's "Misdirection does not exist"

http://wargmagic.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/misdirection-prod2-768x768.jpg About 15 years ago, my friend Peter Rosengren and I were disillusioned with the than current Swedish magic scene. It had become more an arena for a consumer mentality, rather than artistic explorations. More passively wa...
by Tom Stone
September 10th, 2017, 8:39 am
Forum: General
Topic: Stack copyright question
Replies: 4
Views: 1268

Re: Stack copyright question

Over at the Green Place there is a discussion going on whether a stack arrangement such as Aronson or Tamariz can be copyrighted. Clearly books, instructions describing the stack can be copyrighted, but what about the stack itself? It likely depends on where in the world you are. From my perspectiv...
by Tom Stone
July 11th, 2017, 8:11 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Hector Mancha Kung Fu Foot
Replies: 6
Views: 1849

Re: Hector Mancha Kung Fu Foot

For those who are curious: Jonathan published his ”Greatest Feet of Magic” in the December 1987 issue of Genii. Great fun to perform, but limited to certain conditions. https://youtu.be/-QiyGfaUx5w?t=16 Recently Hector Mancha released a Gaetan Bloom-esque solution to the same plot, that allows you t...
by Tom Stone
July 5th, 2017, 10:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 6371

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

..."Captain Attention Junkie" is at it again. ... What don't you like about the guy? There's a swedish VFX group in Tumba, which is walking distance from where I live. Good guys. I've got friends who work with them. For some reason, Captain Attention Junkie decided berate and insult them,...
by Tom Stone
July 1st, 2017, 7:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 6371

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

Ah, the eunuch "Captain Attention Junkie" is at it again. Those who are unable to create original content themselves, seem to have no problems leaching off the work of others.
by Tom Stone
June 15th, 2017, 8:33 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 6741

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

All this reminds me of an off topic question I had a lot of fun with when I was young. Call it a puzzle if you like. There were two brothers who joined the army. They were both born on the same day on the same month and the same year within a very short time of each other. Minutes in fact. They had...
by Tom Stone
June 15th, 2017, 3:39 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 6741

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

All this reminds me of an off topic question I had a lot of fun with when I was young. Call it a puzzle if you like. There were two brothers who joined the army. They were both born on the same day on the same month and the same year within a very short time of each other. Minutes in fact. They had...
by Tom Stone
June 6th, 2017, 8:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 100
Views: 12020

Re: America's Got Talent performance

If your peripheral vision picks up an abrupt action - you wonder what happened there. Tom, you wrote about that problem in a Genii column (May 2011 page 45) where you suggested using a slower mechanism. It also relates to the December 2009 column "Honesty & Deception" - the almost mor...
by Tom Stone
June 6th, 2017, 4:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 100
Views: 12020

Re: America's Got Talent performance

Or instead of the scarf used as cover by Billy McComb and Tommy Wonder? I see your point. That transparent scarf makes all the difference. For Will Tsai's next appearance, perhaps he will perform the same effect, but this time drape a large piece of Saran wrap over the table. Not a bad idea. Jose C...

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