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by Tom Stone
September 2nd, 2019, 7:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Two great performances on "Fool Us"
Replies: 13
Views: 2133

Re: Two great performances on "Fool Us"

I don't think Tom fooled Teller if Teller had read the routine in Genii. "Quantum Logic" May 2014. Otherwise, i think he fooled the boys badly. Teller had not read the piece. And no, I didn't 'get' them. On the very first sneaky thing in the routine, there's a tiny window where you get a ...
by Tom Stone
August 20th, 2019, 5:14 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Digital May Issue of Genii Now Live Online
Replies: 10
Views: 2387

Re: Digital May Issue of Genii Now Live Online

Our great roster of columnists is here this month, including Tom Stone's latest installment of “Conjuring”, er ... "Lodestones." Tom is up to his tricks again in his year-long series of pastiches of our columnists and this month Jim Steinmeyer is his victim. Damn fine trick, too. This pie...
by Tom Stone
August 18th, 2019, 7:00 am
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks
Replies: 147
Views: 13901

Re: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks

The United States does not subscribe to the Berne Convention. I know this is a longstanding and strong belief of yours, Richard. But US actually became a part of the Berne treaty in 1988. Not only that, US have since then have come even closer to the copyright system the rest of the world have, by ...
by Tom Stone
August 10th, 2019, 3:03 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Conjuring: A 5 day workshop in Sweden
Replies: 5
Views: 1307

Re: Conjuring: A 5 day workshop in Sweden

The two Conjuring 2019 workshops are now over. The participants were: Week 31 Nikola Arkane (Ireland) Carisa Hendrix (Canada) Cat Boult (USA) Jade Tjin (USA) Kristina Zakimova (Russia) Caroline Ravn (Sweden) Stefan Eriksson (Sweden) Anders Björkman (Sweden) Vilhelm Boman (Sweden) Roger Isberg (Swede...
by Tom Stone
August 7th, 2019, 2:04 am
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 5870

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

Congratulations to the diagnosis, Joe!

Regarding Stewart James... we know he was raised in a way most others were not. So it is impossible to tell if his quirks was rooted in something neurological or in sideeffects of trying to cope.
by Tom Stone
July 7th, 2019, 4:38 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: July: A 3 day workshop in Chicago
Replies: 5
Views: 1047

Re: July: A 3 day workshop in Chicago

Richard Kaufman wrote:Putting the price in dollars would be helpful for people.

Thanks!

Choice of currency is at the end of the page.
About $500.

If anyone who is new in their career find it steep, email me, and I’ll fix a discount.
Info@tomstone.se
by Tom Stone
July 6th, 2019, 7:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: July: A 3 day workshop in Chicago
Replies: 5
Views: 1047

Re: July: A 3 day workshop in Chicago

Starts on Monday morning. There's still a few spots open, and the price have been made a tad lower.
https://magic-workshops.com/event/art-of-magic-chicago/
by Tom Stone
June 17th, 2019, 7:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: July: A 3 day workshop in Chicago
Replies: 5
Views: 1047

Re: July: A 3 day workshop in Chicago

Richard Kaufman wrote:Only $600? Well worth it!


The evaluations afterwards seem to indicate so. And it seems to be lasting effects of it as well. Participants who never created original work before, are now coming up with one intriguing piece after another. :-)
by Tom Stone
May 22nd, 2019, 11:49 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: July: A 3 day workshop in Chicago
Replies: 5
Views: 1047

July: A 3 day workshop in Chicago

I'm a guest speaker at the Science of Magic conference in Chicago in July. Since I'm going there anyway, I decided to come a few days early and bring my 3 day "Art of Magic" workshop. Most of us eventually reach a spot where we feel stuck, or caught, in our own artistic evolution. A spot w...
by Tom Stone
March 31st, 2019, 8:16 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Noel Heath's ACE
Replies: 14
Views: 2240

Noel Heath's ACE

Noel Heath from Gothenburg, Sweden. :o
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7VWRwnpIZM

by Tom Stone
December 1st, 2018, 11:01 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Conjuring: A 5 day workshop in Sweden
Replies: 5
Views: 1307

Re: Conjuring: A 5 day workshop in Sweden

Both workshops are now full.
by Tom Stone
November 30th, 2018, 7:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Conjuring: A 5 day workshop in Sweden
Replies: 5
Views: 1307

Re: Conjuring: A 5 day workshop in Sweden

Since the interest was so massive, this workshop will held again in 2019. It will even be held twice, to make it easier to attend. Last time the all the spots were gone within 4 hours. As before, the workshop itself is free of charge (education is free in Sweden), but there's a modest fee for room a...
by Tom Stone
November 18th, 2018, 7:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Art of Magic workshop
Replies: 0
Views: 387

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: 6711

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: 6711

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: 6711

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: 6711

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: 6711

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: 3608

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: 3608

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: 8
Views: 1383

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: 5
Views: 1307

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: 863

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: 761

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: 3710

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: 510

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: 1565

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: 3489

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: 3489

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: 92
Views: 16115

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: 92
Views: 16115

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: 3489

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: 3753

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: 5
Views: 1307

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: 223
Views: 28807

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: 223
Views: 28807

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: 223
Views: 28807

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: 1624

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: 1624

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: 1624

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 ...

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