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by Tom Stone
May 25th, 2020, 6:30 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Big Announcement from The Jerx
Replies: 55
Views: 3804

Re: Big Announcement from The Jerx

It would have been amusing if Derren was the actual author of stuff like this:
https://www.thejerx.com/blog/2017/6/11/ ... rren-brown
by Tom Stone
May 19th, 2020, 10:38 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Corona compliant seems to have different meaning in NYC
Replies: 7
Views: 547

Re: Corona compliant seems to have different meaning in NYC

That's the guy who is claiming (and teaching) David Williamson's Cups & Balls routine as his own.
by Tom Stone
May 15th, 2020, 7:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Best of the Books of Wonder
Replies: 17
Views: 1051

Re: The Best of the Books of Wonder

Hopefully, Tommy's heirs are represented by qualified legal counsel that can protect their rights to the fullest extent possible, and see to it that they have everything coming to them to which they may be lawfully entitled. Frank, Tommy's brother, did what he could for a while to keep track of thi...
by Tom Stone
May 15th, 2020, 6:04 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: My magic videos from 70s. 80s and 90s
Replies: 51
Views: 2875

Re: My magic videos from 70s. 80s and 90s

If I own a video of you singing a song, I generally own the video (or "the right to display" that exact performance - or "distribution rights" for that video) - not necessarily the song, or the rights to subsequent performances of that song. Yes, if you produced that video, you ...
by Tom Stone
May 15th, 2020, 4:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Best of the Books of Wonder
Replies: 17
Views: 1051

Re: The Best of the Books of Wonder

Richard Kaufman wrote:Does Penguin pay royalties to the estate on the new videos?

I hope so. Although, on closer look, probably not.
by Tom Stone
May 15th, 2020, 4:10 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Best of the Books of Wonder
Replies: 17
Views: 1051

Re: The Best of the Books of Wonder

If Penguin "owns" the Books of Wonders, it wouldn't make any sense that Penguin "pays royalties." Owners don't pay royalties; royalties are typically paid by licensees who are granted permission (i.e. a license) by the owner to distribute a work. Yes, you are 100% correct. I abb...
by Tom Stone
May 15th, 2020, 12:22 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: My magic videos from 70s. 80s and 90s
Replies: 51
Views: 2875

Re: My magic videos from 70s. 80s and 90s

Your quotes may have been accurate, but not your interpretation. In the US, if I own rights to a video of your performance, only I have legal recourse for the theft or unauthorized use of that content. Not you. You forfeit those rights to me upon purchase, unless otherwise specified. That's only wh...
by Tom Stone
May 15th, 2020, 12:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Best of the Books of Wonder
Replies: 17
Views: 1051

Re: The Best of the Books of Wonder

Richard Kaufman wrote:I wonder how Tommy would feel about this.

I think he would have been amused by part 6.
And very likely outraged by the rest. But it is in accordance with Frank's guidelines, and Penguin also own the Books of Wonder and pay royalties for those to the estate, so it isn't as bad as other things.
by Tom Stone
May 15th, 2020, 11:03 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: My magic videos from 70s. 80s and 90s
Replies: 51
Views: 2875

Re: My magic videos from 70s. 80s and 90s

Thank God I did not post any of the Tom Stone videos I have....:-) Hahaha, I don't think that would have been a problem. It is only when they don't moderate the comment field. My first step is to simply contact the uploader and in a cordial way ask them to moderate the comments or turn the comments...
by Tom Stone
May 15th, 2020, 10:56 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: My magic videos from 70s. 80s and 90s
Replies: 51
Views: 2875

Re: My magic videos from 70s. 80s and 90s

JHostler wrote:but US law is what it is.

I just quoted the US law above... There's no need to take my word for it, when you can read it for yourself.

Why is it that in the whole world, it is only on the Genii forum that people stand up and shout "I DO NOT OWN MY OWN WORK!!!" ?
by Tom Stone
May 14th, 2020, 11:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Best of the Books of Wonder
Replies: 17
Views: 1051

Re: The Best of the Books of Wonder

erdnasephile wrote:If so, do they offer anything additional to the serious student?

I've only seen the preview material, but I think part 6 and 9 might add something significant to the originals.
by Tom Stone
May 14th, 2020, 9:43 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: My magic videos from 70s. 80s and 90s
Replies: 51
Views: 2875

Re: My magic videos from 70s. 80s and 90s

Tom, I have no idea what you are talking about. That's all I'm going to say. If you had read just a few words more, you would have found the relevant section. In short, you have the exclusive rights to authorize someone else to display or air your work. No need at all to transfer your copyright - t...
by Tom Stone
May 14th, 2020, 9:01 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: My magic videos from 70s. 80s and 90s
Replies: 51
Views: 2875

Re: My magic videos from 70s. 80s and 90s

"(d) Transfer of Ownership.-- (1) The ownership of a copyright may be transferred in whole or in part by any means of conveyance or by operation of law, and may be bequeathed by will or pass as personal property by the applicable laws of intestate succession." Any reason why you skip §201...
by Tom Stone
May 14th, 2020, 8:54 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: My magic videos from 70s. 80s and 90s
Replies: 51
Views: 2875

Re: My magic videos from 70s. 80s and 90s

I'm not sure how it works in Sweden, but in the United States an artist can choose to sell or "contract away" his/her rights to a specific recorded performance. It's pretty darn common. If you're employed, that happens automatically even without contract, for work created during the emplo...
by Tom Stone
May 14th, 2020, 5:55 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: My magic videos from 70s. 80s and 90s
Replies: 51
Views: 2875

Re: My magic videos from 70s. 80s and 90s

According to YouTube's Help Page on "Copyright Strike Basics," "If you get a copyright strike, that means your video has been taken down from YouTube because a copyright owner sent us a complete and valid legal request asking us to do so. When a copyright owner formally notifies us t...
by Tom Stone
May 14th, 2020, 5:35 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: My magic videos from 70s. 80s and 90s
Replies: 51
Views: 2875

Re: My magic videos from 70s. 80s and 90s

If Dimmare was on a Luis de Matos show, I wouldn't think he owned the copyright -- de Matos would. And therefore he wasn't in a position to claim the youtube video infringed him. Of course, it depends on the contracts, to which I am not privy. An artist obviously own the copyright to their own work...
by Tom Stone
May 14th, 2020, 8:18 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians united
Replies: 8
Views: 622

Magicians united

Twelve magicians around the world collaborated on sending out this message.

Spanish version: https://www.instagram.com/p/B_7mdGfn3i_/

English version: https://www.instagram.com/p/B_7sepJnVgb/
by Tom Stone
May 11th, 2020, 10:01 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic is not theater
Replies: 42
Views: 1513

Re: Magic is not theater

I think magicians with a theater background are harming magic with their ill-thought-out theories. The majority of advice I see given to magicians over the past two decades has stressed that magic is a branch of theater. It is not. There is only one plot in magic. A guy (or gal!) doing tricks. That...
by Tom Stone
April 26th, 2020, 4:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Present Company - new ebook by Tom Stone
Replies: 11
Views: 1129

Re: Present Company - new ebook by Tom Stone

Tom just to give reference of one of my teachers King Solomon’s drink is the invention as Mac mentions in his notes is Gary Darwin’s. No disrespect to you sir your one of my hero’s but proper credit it due. Hm... that doesn't agree with the published record. I came across "King Solomon's Drink...
by Tom Stone
April 13th, 2020, 9:54 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best McDonald's Aces Routine
Replies: 160
Views: 7355

Re: Best McDonald's Aces Routine

I just messed around a bit with the plot. This is a bit crap, but it might be made into something. 1 Ace of Spades 2 sets of Ace double facers, Clubs, Hearts, Diamonds - with random cards on the other face. 3 cards that are mates to the random cards on the double facers. Assemble Ace of Spades and 3...
by Tom Stone
April 12th, 2020, 2:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Present Company - new ebook by Tom Stone
Replies: 11
Views: 1129

Re: Present Company - new ebook by Tom Stone

I picked up Present Company. It is a great trick and a lovely mix of methods. Tom? Do you have a new book coming out soon? I heard you were working on another book from Hermetic Press? Well... can't talk a lot about it. Had a burnt-out syndrome a few years ago, and I've been easily distracted since...
by Tom Stone
April 12th, 2020, 1:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Present Company - new ebook by Tom Stone
Replies: 11
Views: 1129

Re: Present Company - new ebook by Tom Stone

who first created the idea of producing a shoe I saw you do it years ago in Japanese TV and have seen it become a trend especially at FISM. Is this your idea and if not who inspired it ? Yes, it is mine, and it was inspired by Jay Marshall's shoe production. The title is "Champagne". Came...
by Tom Stone
April 10th, 2020, 4:33 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Present Company - new ebook by Tom Stone
Replies: 11
Views: 1129

Re: Present Company - new ebook by Tom Stone

Since the book Vortex is out of print, I've also released Benson Burner as an ebook:
https://wargmagic.com/shop/ebook/benson-burner/

This is what it looks like (two different takes):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGRCsLae2GE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TfnVdycSuw
by Tom Stone
April 9th, 2020, 6:59 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Magic Age Cards
Replies: 19
Views: 826

Re: Magic Age Cards

Bob Farmer wrote:I like the idea of getting the cues from the cards they don't use.

I believe Max was the first to code the discards. In "Racer's Edge" (Violet Book of Mentalism/PRISM).
by Tom Stone
April 6th, 2020, 8:11 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Magic Age Cards
Replies: 19
Views: 826

Re: Magic Age Cards

El Mystico wrote:Any other examples spring to mind?

Max Maven's "Racer's Edge" in the Violet Book of Mentalism/PRISM
My own "The Test" from my old ebook Gravel.
by Tom Stone
April 5th, 2020, 2:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Present Company - new ebook by Tom Stone
Replies: 11
Views: 1129

Present Company - new ebook by Tom Stone

Hello!

I've just made a new ebook: Present Company
by Tom Stone
March 19th, 2020, 10:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hermetic Press Stylebook
Replies: 1
Views: 774

Hermetic Press Stylebook

The latest revised edition (March 18, 2020) of the Hermetic Press Stylebook have just been added to the WARG website. This writing style guide by Stephen Minch was composed to answer common and not so common questions from authors. Depending on your choice, it can be downloaded for free or for a sma...
by Tom Stone
March 16th, 2020, 11:38 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Indulgence with Lucy Darling
Replies: 27
Views: 2358

Indulgence with Lucy Darling

Carisa Hendrix just put an 1-hour show online.

www.carisahendrix.com/indulgence/
by Tom Stone
March 11th, 2020, 10:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: International Women’s Day 2020
Replies: 65
Views: 5508

Re: International Women’s Day 2020

I really do think an act should be booked on their talent rather than their gender. The talent is the only thing that matters? My 5 closest friends all are talented, so you think it is a wise booking strategy that I always book the same 5 people, year after year, event after event? For me to book a...
by Tom Stone
March 11th, 2020, 8:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: International Women’s Day 2020
Replies: 65
Views: 5508

Re: International Women’s Day 2020

If you recall in your Facebook thread I encouraged you to contact the blackpool bookers. I even gave you their email and a sample letter to send. ... and I still wonder why you didn't send it yourself, since you went through the trouble of writing it, and since you were so convinced that it would h...
by Tom Stone
March 11th, 2020, 5:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: International Women’s Day 2020
Replies: 65
Views: 5508

Re: International Women’s Day 2020

If the faculty of it were the performers at a magic convention, I might give it a pass in lieu of a different convention. Tom is the only participant whose work I am familiar with. Johan Danielsson on Propmaking was a last minute panic replacement for Tim Star who just had suffered an injury. While...
by Tom Stone
March 11th, 2020, 5:35 pm
Forum: General
Topic: International Women’s Day 2020
Replies: 65
Views: 5508

Re: International Women’s Day 2020

Facebook bitching doesn’t work regardless of any other options, statements, claims, or assumptions. And if there is a noticeable change when the next year's program is announced, then it is unrelated to people voicing their opinion on social media? Real change takes more than woke posts. You seem c...
by Tom Stone
March 11th, 2020, 2:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: International Women’s Day 2020
Replies: 65
Views: 5508

Re: International Women’s Day 2020

If you want to see booking changed at Blackpool, for example, then you have to reach out to the person in charge of booking blackpool. And that person Has to be convinced that changing or not changing is going to affect their bottom line. Bitching on the Internet isn’t going to do that. The formal ...
by Tom Stone
March 10th, 2020, 9:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: International Women’s Day 2020
Replies: 65
Views: 5508

Re: International Women’s Day 2020

And that speaks to magic in the commercial marketplace and not in our insular world of conferences. Yes, I talked about conferences. Yes, I have commented on what you've written. No, people do go to conventions to see magicians they've never seen before. If you want to "stick to the issue"...
by Tom Stone
March 10th, 2020, 8:14 pm
Forum: General
Topic: International Women’s Day 2020
Replies: 65
Views: 5508

Re: International Women’s Day 2020

Brad Henderson wrote: but I don’t think much progress has been made regarding the issue of non male participation.

Things are happening there too. So far, mostly among the attendees. There's a few youtube channels being watched, people who might be ready to be gambled on in 2-3 years.
by Tom Stone
March 10th, 2020, 7:48 pm
Forum: General
Topic: International Women’s Day 2020
Replies: 65
Views: 5508

Re: International Women’s Day 2020

Just booking female magicians is NOT the solution. And yet, everyone who actually have tried it says otherwise. Earlier you said: especially if the women booked are unheard of or fail to deliver a performance worthy of paying the ticket price. You seem convinced that it would be hugely different th...
by Tom Stone
March 10th, 2020, 7:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: International Women’s Day 2020
Replies: 65
Views: 5508

Re: International Women’s Day 2020

But I do not believe change inside the world of magic will come easily. In fact, tom’s friend gay mentioned that his journey was challenging and that there was a lot of hard work required to achieve the type of representation they have achieved. Yes, Gay Ljungberg begun to challenge the status quo ...
by Tom Stone
March 10th, 2020, 7:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: International Women’s Day 2020
Replies: 65
Views: 5508

Re: International Women’s Day 2020

It’s quite easy to make a claim that booking women will increase attendance. I don’t think that is necessarily true - especially if the women booked are unheard of or fail to deliver a performance worthy of paying the ticket price. I'm not sure why you insist that what you think should have higher ...
by Tom Stone
March 10th, 2020, 3:14 pm
Forum: General
Topic: International Women’s Day 2020
Replies: 65
Views: 5508

Re: International Women’s Day 2020

Unless magic bookers feel there is a Consequence for not booking a more representative conference, there will not be change. Not sure it is necessary to go the negative route. Would work just as well with a positive route, like how to bring in more people. Some conventions have had dwindling attend...
by Tom Stone
March 10th, 2020, 12:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: International Women’s Day 2020
Replies: 65
Views: 5508

Re: International Women’s Day 2020

Genii is a big part of the magic industry. In what way is it "inherently un-inviting to women"? 3 of the last 12 covers have featured women. Chloe Olewitz is doing a bang up job as a feature writer and columnist. Kaufman have, since at least 5 years back, made conscious efforts to change ...

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