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by Tom Stone
March 28th, 2021, 7:46 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: New Yorker cartoon caption
Replies: 24
Views: 2991

Re: New Yorker cartoon caption

Just a second later, Alfred's wish to become a viral hit came true as the rabbit wriggled free and leaped.
by Tom Stone
March 14th, 2021, 2:36 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Magic University Journal
Replies: 59
Views: 7999

Re: Day 19 - 26. 6. 2020

I hope you found something interesting or even useful in between the lines. It have been very interesting to read your notes. I would find it intriguing to hear what you now, a few years later, think are the lingering effects of the course? If you think there is a clear before/after difference, and...
by Tom Stone
February 23rd, 2021, 10:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Magic University Journal
Replies: 59
Views: 7999

Re: The Magic University Journal

Motion picture and theatrical directors place different importance on motion going from the audience's left to right than the other way around. For example, a scene might be set up where the good guy enters from the left, and the bad guy from the right. Some of that is superstition, some of it is o...
by Tom Stone
February 23rd, 2021, 10:38 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Magic University Journal
Replies: 59
Views: 7999

Re: The Magic University Journal

I assume that our brain chooses what to look at / see / pay attention to by the importance that it assigns to it. It sees a motion going up as more important than going down because a motion going up is an active one - we associate it with a beginning of an action. A motion going down is less impor...
by Tom Stone
February 22nd, 2021, 12:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Gender Neutral Playing Cards, A Controversy?, Or Just A Natural Progression In Today's Political Climate?
Replies: 26
Views: 1983

Re: Gender Neutral Playing Cards, A Controversy?, Or Just A Natural Progression In Today's Political Climate?

A few questions I have regarding the recent introduction of gender neutral playing cards: There's nothing "recent" about such things. There were female Jacks and Kings on pin-up playing cards already in the 1950's. Even worse, on some playing cards, there have been wild animals on the cou...
by Tom Stone
February 21st, 2021, 8:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Magic University Journal
Replies: 59
Views: 7999

Re: Day 10 - 17. 6. 2015

I am not completely sure what the assignment was. Judging by the video of our exercise it looks to me like it was ABA ABA ABC. Going back and forth between two elements, ending on a third one. Am I remembering this right, Tom? Yes, it looks like the exercise of creating a three phase routine with t...
by Tom Stone
February 7th, 2021, 7:50 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Magic University Journal
Replies: 59
Views: 7999

Re: Videos to Day 3 with Tim Star

Ondrej Psenicka wrote:a reusable mold for the Cups (someone please help me how this is really called)

The mold used for metal spinning is called "mandrel" or "chuck".
Jim Riser have a very good CD-rom on the topic.
by Tom Stone
February 5th, 2021, 2:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Magic University Journal
Replies: 59
Views: 7999

Re: Day 2 - 9. 6. 2015

Ondrej Psenicka wrote:I don’t remember how we got the subtext. If we were to freely choose it or we were given the subtext and the title - Last Wish, The Happiest Moment of Our Lives… maybe Tom would remember?

I believe you were given the subtext, but that your group came up with the title.
by Tom Stone
February 4th, 2021, 12:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Magic University Journal
Replies: 59
Views: 7999

Re: Day 1 - 8. 6. 2015

I know that Tom, Johan and the classmates are reading this so I’d be very grateful if you could add comments, correct me if you feel something is inaccurate or something asks for more details, clarification or another point of view. It is very intriguing to compare your notes with the intentions Jo...
by Tom Stone
December 14th, 2020, 12:30 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Framing your effect ?
Replies: 11
Views: 2081

Re: Framing your effect ?

In my experience, it doesn't matter how the piece is introduced. The main thing is that they get to know that I am a magician, and that they get at least a few minutes to let that sink in, as knowing that will shape their observations in a way that benefit my work.
by Tom Stone
December 13th, 2020, 2:47 am
Forum: General
Topic: Looking for "korn" (aka comedy magic bits)
Replies: 8
Views: 1417

Re: Looking for "korn" (aka comedy magic bits)

Terri Roger's Diminishing Cards is a bit 'korny'. Not sure if it is published though.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qZM6mqsR8E
by Tom Stone
November 30th, 2020, 10:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card size survey
Replies: 46
Views: 2751

Re: Card size survey

I would have no problem at all using Bridge sized cards, and I hope Nikola produces a high quality version of what I saw on her blog. That would probably be her Plan B. I believe her main goal is to try to get a reissue of a known discontinued brand. Maybe the Aristocrat 414 Narrow Size. In any cas...
by Tom Stone
November 28th, 2020, 12:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card size survey
Replies: 46
Views: 2751

Re: Card size survey

The results of the survey have just been published:
https://arkaneshop.com/journal/bridge-cards-survey/
by Tom Stone
November 25th, 2020, 10:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card size survey
Replies: 46
Views: 2751

Re: Card size survey

So far, 104 people have done the survey. 72 men, 27 women and 5 other/not disclosed.
The results are a bit surprising.

The results of the survey will be posted on Monday. It would be nice if more people could do the survey before then.
https://arkaneshop.com/journal/here-i-go-again/
by Tom Stone
November 23rd, 2020, 3:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card size survey
Replies: 46
Views: 2751

Re: Card size survey

Life is full of challenges like that. I'll never play Art Tatum solos convincingly because I can't reach the tenths. I can't hold a basketball with one hand. So... if you have the desire to hold a ball with one hand, but can't hold a basketball, would you rather abandon your wish than to pick up a ...
by Tom Stone
November 23rd, 2020, 2:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card size survey
Replies: 46
Views: 2751

Re: Card size survey

Richard Kaufman wrote:Tom, are you always in attack mode these days? :)

No, I sleep occasionally. ;-)
by Tom Stone
November 23rd, 2020, 1:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card size survey
Replies: 46
Views: 2751

Re: Card size survey

I have small hands--the same size as Dai Vernon's. I use poker sized cards. There was a time half a century ago when bridge sized cards were still common in households in the United States, but that time has long since passed. Even with small hands, I can do pretty much any card sleight. Howard Sch...
by Tom Stone
November 23rd, 2020, 6:02 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card size survey
Replies: 46
Views: 2751

Card size survey

Nikola Arkane would like to hear your opinions regarding playing card sizes.
Please fill in her survey here:
https://arkaneshop.com/journal/here-i-go-again/
by Tom Stone
September 4th, 2020, 3:20 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Credit for Empty Hand Subtlety?
Replies: 4
Views: 1080

Re: Credit for Empty Hand Subtlety?

It reminds a little about Steve Blencoe's "Silver Mirage".
by Tom Stone
August 27th, 2020, 2:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fool US
Replies: 136
Views: 11923

Re: Fool US

Jonathan Townsend wrote:
Joe Lyons wrote:Teller called it "the greatest quick change act you've ever seen in your life and an absolute miracle".

(link)

Better to watch the video on her own channel:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iVWOyfg6p8
by Tom Stone
August 21st, 2020, 5:43 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Survey on magic principles
Replies: 22
Views: 3355

Re: Survey on magic principles

Tom (Stone), with all due respect, the average magician does equivoque poorly. I don't see how that prevent them/us from having a general estimation (accurate or delusional) about it. So card manip acts, box pointing illusionists, rope magicians all have opinions on these two forces completely as v...
by Tom Stone
August 21st, 2020, 1:13 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Survey on magic principles
Replies: 22
Views: 3355

Re: Survey on magic principles

Jack Shalom wrote:Tom (Stone), with all due respect, the average magician does equivoque poorly.

I don't see how that prevent them/us from having a general estimation (accurate or delusional) about it.
by Tom Stone
August 21st, 2020, 12:38 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Survey on magic principles
Replies: 22
Views: 3355

Re: Survey on magic principles

This is a really really badly designed survey that has at it's heart a fundamentally wrong assumption. I found no faults with the design. Really? I have used these forces a few times in my life yet there's absolutely no control question to differentiate my experiences with the force from someone wh...
by Tom Stone
August 21st, 2020, 7:07 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Survey on magic principles
Replies: 22
Views: 3355

Re: Survey on magic principles

Tom Moore wrote:This is a really really badly designed survey that has at it's heart a fundamentally wrong assumption.

I found no faults with the design.
by Tom Stone
August 16th, 2020, 4:20 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fool US
Replies: 136
Views: 11923

Re: Fool US

I later thought that should anybody wish to learn it, I’d say give me £10, I’ll teach it to you, and when I next see you then if you can perform it to a rudimentary standard then I’ll give you your money back. But if you’ve simply wasted my time, then I’ll give it to charity. To be honest, I’d rath...
by Tom Stone
August 5th, 2020, 7:55 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Multum im Parvo
Replies: 45
Views: 7638

Re: Multum im Parvo

AJM wrote:I suspect the QI elves sourced the set used by Stephen Fry from either the Davenports or Magic Circle archives.

Scott Penrose was magic consultant for Stephen Fry's magic bits that season of QI.
by Tom Stone
July 31st, 2020, 3:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New coin move?
Replies: 54
Views: 3863

Re: New coin move?

Here's a very short unlisted YouTube video showing the vanish, which I am calling the "Handy Vanish." I've also experimented with using the hand as a servante, but in combination with a kind of reversed "Imp pass". I showed this to some people 8 years ago, and I believe they sai...
by Tom Stone
July 29th, 2020, 3:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fool US
Replies: 136
Views: 11923

Re: Fool US

Rolandi wrote:And an integral part of that art drilled into every beginner is NEVER TELL HOW A TRICK IS DONE! The second you go against this is the second you are degrading your art.

And in the very same book Maskelyne told how tricks were done and, by his own definitions, degraded his art.
by Tom Stone
July 27th, 2020, 10:26 am
Forum: General
Topic: Do magic dealers sell coin slides?
Replies: 18
Views: 1674

Re: Do magic dealers sell coin slides?

here are 2 https://midwestmagic.net/shop/search.aspx?sfield=keywords&search=COIN+SLIDE+DROPPER These are not coin slides. These are holdout gadgets for stealing coins from. Joe, if you can find an old aluminium tube for fizzy (effervescent) tablets, you can cut off the bottom, and then flatten ...
by Tom Stone
July 22nd, 2020, 10:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wear a mask to chat in Genii Forum ? Why ?
Replies: 19
Views: 1783

Re: Wear a mask to chat in Genii Forum ? Why ?

Yes, I'm sure most who riff on the famous "Keep Calm ... " meme do have scruples about copyright on the typeface and layout . (at the risk of completely obscuring the message they intend to convey ... ??? ) ...and/or maybe deadline angst. Genii is at its core a 2 person operation. I can i...
by Tom Stone
July 22nd, 2020, 10:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wear a mask to chat in Genii Forum ? Why ?
Replies: 19
Views: 1783

Re: Wear a mask to chat in Genii Forum ? Why ?

David Nethery wrote:(because it didn't follow the established look and typeface of the "Keep Calm ... " meme. )

Image

Probably copyright reasons. But look at how the sentence is constructed...
by Tom Stone
July 22nd, 2020, 9:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wear a mask to chat in Genii Forum ? Why ?
Replies: 19
Views: 1783

Re: Wear a mask to chat in Genii Forum ? Why ?

Richard , what is this ? This has been in the last two issues of Genii. Why ? https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vT05lhw1WJI/XxjUVOua4kI/AAAAAAAADCA/mGT4r63StDskJqfIgo3Qa9kVsdJq-SZzgCPcBGAsYHg/s1600/Masked_Magician.jpg To me, it looks like a riff on the famous "Keep calm and carry on" motivationa...
by Tom Stone
July 20th, 2020, 4:30 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Multum im Parvo
Replies: 45
Views: 7638

Re: Multum im Parvo

I remember this effect from the magic catalogues. Does the effect go from big to small, or small to big? Or neither? There's some info and a demo here: https://www.martinsmagic.com/allmagic/stage/multum-in-parvo-by-mephisto-huis/ And this is mine and my group's take on it: https://www.youtube.com/w...
by Tom Stone
July 16th, 2020, 10:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fool US
Replies: 136
Views: 11923

Re: Fool US

I just watched the most recent episode entitled Teller Talks!!! Any opinions about Teller's teaching of the French Drop ? I think he did a fairly good job. A tad 'old-school' here and there, and the gaze was completely ignored, but all in all, a short and good lesson, with an amusing twist (that wa...
by Tom Stone
July 11th, 2020, 1:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fool US
Replies: 136
Views: 11923

Re: Fool US

Richard Kaufman wrote:Everything else that I saw on his website is $3 and $5. Big disparity.

I think the price was $23 when he first released it in February. The price increased the same week his segment aired.
by Tom Stone
July 10th, 2020, 9:05 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fool US
Replies: 136
Views: 11923

Re: Fool US

MagicbyAlfred wrote:Does anyone know if this trick or similar is in print?

He's selling it on his website: http://wesiseli.com/magician/magic/
by Tom Stone
June 21st, 2020, 12:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Distributing Free Links to Copyrighted Material
Replies: 2
Views: 670

Re: Distributing Free Links to Copyrighted Material

Different situation. The situation might be different, but what do we reveal about ourselves by our lack of principles? Theft is theft. If what's right and wrong solely are dependend on whether we like or dislike the people involved, then it's all down to primitive tribalism. Proper boycotts have w...
by Tom Stone
June 16th, 2020, 4:13 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?
Replies: 78
Views: 6910

Re: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?

Btw if Stephen plans to continue updating it, would he be interested in suggestions for things to write about? I have a list of common problems that come up in writing a magic book, the same type of things he writes about in the e-book. Since Stephen is retired, it is unlikely that there will be fr...
by Tom Stone
June 16th, 2020, 1:55 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?
Replies: 78
Views: 6910

Re: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?

Yehuda wrote:Stephen Minch’s little ebook is good and I recommend it to anyone writing a magic book.


The most recent edition (March 2020) can be downloaded here:
https://wargmagic.com/shop/ebook/writing-stylebook/
by Tom Stone
May 25th, 2020, 6:30 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Big Announcement from The Jerx
Replies: 55
Views: 6034

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

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