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by Tom Moore
August 13th, 2020, 1:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Someone didn’t get the memo - performing animals
Replies: 7
Views: 433

Re: Someone didn’t get the memo - performing animals

Even now in historically low attendance times Vegas is getting 30,000 visitors per day. There’s no other shows running (and none making any serious moves to re open before Christmas) so he will have a complete monopoly and since the venue is only 300 seats even if 99% of visitors decide the show isn...
by Tom Moore
August 12th, 2020, 6:09 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Disney's Magic Camp
Replies: 16
Views: 790

Re: Disney's Magic Camp

I do wish that one day more magic-themed productions would ditch the awkward magician stereotypes.


Have you ever hung around with a group of magicians and seen how they behave?
by Tom Moore
August 8th, 2020, 2:24 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Ger Copper
Replies: 9
Views: 559

Re: RIP Ger Copper

He was a wonderful generous man who’s less well known outside of Central Europe - to magicians in the Netherlands / Belgium / Germany he’s probably best described as their Jonny Thompson; there’s no stage act out of those countries in the last 20 years that he didn’t have a major hand in. I was luck...
by Tom Moore
August 5th, 2020, 2:07 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Multum im Parvo
Replies: 39
Views: 3131

Re: Multum im Parvo

Watch this space.... we will be making a very relevant announcement in about a weeks time!
by Tom Moore
July 30th, 2020, 2:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fool US
Replies: 99
Views: 5876

Re: Fool US

Well if magician’s have a problem with the French drop exposure then you’re gonna really hate their other show “try this at home” .... And no Alfred I don’t think my views are superior and I’m mildly offended you decided to put such words in my mouth. My original post highlites the well known existi...
by Tom Moore
July 29th, 2020, 4:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fool US
Replies: 99
Views: 5876

Re: Fool US

I find it very interesting that dozens of performers presenting brilliant, original, creative, entertaining COMMERCIAL performances produced a dozen or so comments on this board, but the idea that P&T might have vaguely exposed the 101 of magic secrets has produced dozens of outraged posts very ...
by Tom Moore
July 7th, 2020, 1:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Derren Brown: Desert Island Discs
Replies: 17
Views: 1307

Re: Derren Brown: Desert Island Discs

That’s exactly the point - what people perceive him to be is /not/ a magician but actually some sort of psychology expert. Thus it’s folly to judge him within the criteria of how a magician should behave.

Uri Geller doesn’t do magic tricks for his friends either.
by Tom Moore
July 7th, 2020, 12:24 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Derren Brown: Desert Island Discs
Replies: 17
Views: 1307

Re: Derren Brown: Desert Island Discs

Derren's entire persona, the style of the material he presents and 20 years of PR and marketing have been focused on the idea that he is a master manipulator, someone who can make anyone do anything, bend people to his will, make people do things (like kill someone or just risk their own safety) th...
by Tom Moore
July 7th, 2020, 7:19 am
Forum: General
Topic: Derren Brown: Desert Island Discs
Replies: 17
Views: 1307

Re: Derren Brown: Desert Island Discs

And does he ever have the desire now, away from the stage and the cameras, to entertain with magic? “Now I’m the opposite. I never do tricks for people in real life, I find it really childish and silly and dishonest!” Whoa. That's quite a statement, especially coming from someone who built his care...
by Tom Moore
July 1st, 2020, 11:14 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cirque du Soleil
Replies: 9
Views: 759

Re: Cirque du Soleil

Cirque the entertainments business was profitable and reasonably successful - some recent closures damaged the balance sheet but it was fundamentally a profitable business in its own right and the three other production companies it purchased (one of which owns "The Illusionists") were all...
by Tom Moore
June 13th, 2020, 3:31 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: About the concept of Mentalism...
Replies: 23
Views: 825

Re: About the concept of Mentalism...

What you are describing is “the Derren Brown style” - from the beginning his shows have been based on the premise that he’s making you do stuff rather than just passively reading minds. Every mentalist out of Europe in the past 20 years has followed this style that he popularised.
by Tom Moore
May 11th, 2020, 8:47 am
Forum: General
Topic: Magic is not theater
Replies: 42
Views: 1814

Re: Magic is not theater

It is like asking what the plot is when you are watching a juggler? There isn't one. It is just guy throwing and catching things. Then you've also clearly not seen the right jugglers either. Go watch Chris Bliss, Viktor Kee, Mike Moschen, go see the jugglers graduating from the various circus acada...
by Tom Moore
May 11th, 2020, 8:43 am
Forum: General
Topic: Magic is not theater
Replies: 42
Views: 1814

Re: Magic is not theater

It rather undermines your entire premise when to prove that magic isn't theatre you list performers who use every tool of theatre and who are recipients of multiple THEATRE awards for their theatrical performances. The majority of magicians are dull, the majority of magicians aren't very good, but t...
by Tom Moore
May 9th, 2020, 11:10 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: On the Occasion of Star Wars Day Today: Any Topical Tricks You Perform?
Replies: 6
Views: 553

Re: On the Occasion of Star Wars Day Today: Any Topical Tricks You Perform?

Jay Mattioli had his Steinmeyer / Gaughnan Pole Levitation reworked to a star wars theme (finally making the jacket look logical) with some added flourishes- it’s worth watching if you ever get the chance.
by Tom Moore
April 10th, 2020, 4:57 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: "Let me show you a trick"
Replies: 13
Views: 1359

Re: "Let me show you a trick"

Magicians fallacy - it doesn’t work for him; by the time he walks up to someone to say that they’ve been through at least half an hour of pre-production briefings; researchers, directors and all manner of people prepping them for what was about to happen on camera. If you’re using (or justifying usi...
by Tom Moore
March 26th, 2020, 5:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cooped up? Watch full Castle Set
Replies: 8
Views: 1274

Re: Cooped up? Watch full Castle Set

This is a really strong, practical and commercial set - I love it!
by Tom Moore
March 22nd, 2020, 4:16 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Best Illusion ever!!
Replies: 50
Views: 12233

Re: Best Illusion ever!!

Paul Daniels recreated this in one of his tv specials and did a Remarkably good job of it
by Tom Moore
March 10th, 2020, 7:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: International Women’s Day 2020
Replies: 65
Views: 5736

Re: International Women’s Day 2020

If you're talking about the little regional conventions you would be right - but the larger & long running conventions do have a well established history of booking unknown performers, risky bookings, people who have never lectured before & giving them the support and extra resources needed ...
by Tom Moore
March 10th, 2020, 4:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: International Women’s Day 2020
Replies: 65
Views: 5736

Re: International Women’s Day 2020

. Complaining on the Internet accomplishes nothing - Nor does patting ourselves on our own backs for our enlightened worldviews. Of course not, which is why in my company we’ve got near perfect gender split, in every show we are involved in production/casting/employment we ensure that the demograph...
by Tom Moore
March 10th, 2020, 12:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: International Women’s Day 2020
Replies: 65
Views: 5736

Re: International Women’s Day 2020

Unfortunately if you feel unable to find and read the thread on this very board about the actual specific barriers and problems that were experienced at Blackpool convention this year (and sorry to keep bring that convention up - it was very good; it's just the most recent example), unable to read t...
by Tom Moore
March 10th, 2020, 11:29 am
Forum: General
Topic: International Women’s Day 2020
Replies: 65
Views: 5736

Re: International Women’s Day 2020

For the answer to pretty much all your questions go read the posts women magicians have made explaining all the problems and issues they've had. There's a thread on here about the recent Blackpool magic convention, there's plenty of threads on facebook about the responses female magicians have had w...
by Tom Moore
March 10th, 2020, 8:22 am
Forum: General
Topic: International Women’s Day 2020
Replies: 65
Views: 5736

Re: International Women’s Day 2020

The point is not about "forcing" women to do magic or trying to deprive men of magic opportunities (as several of the posters above seem to fear) but simply highlighting that there is a huge imbalance in the magic industry and that virtually every part of the industry is inherently un-invi...
by Tom Moore
February 25th, 2020, 8:06 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kudos to Blackpool Magic Club
Replies: 71
Views: 5002

Re: Kudos to Blackpool Magic Club

The only issue that is important is not gender, race, religion, mental status--it should be: is the magician any good? Whilst that's a cute soundbite it doesn't actually match the reality of the situation at this particular convention. Firstly there were a couple of headliners on the bill who reall...
by Tom Moore
February 24th, 2020, 9:09 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kudos to Blackpool Magic Club
Replies: 71
Views: 5002

Re: Kudos to Blackpool Magic Club

He has released some of his previous tours on DVD and if you can get hold of a copy they are always worth a look. L'Homme Aux Mille Songes" or "...mille visage" depending on the country it was released in is the best use of 2 hours of your time. His online youtube clips are designed t...
by Tom Moore
February 22nd, 2020, 4:32 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kudos to Blackpool Magic Club
Replies: 71
Views: 5002

Re: Kudos to Blackpool Magic Club

. Why would booking more women performers translate into having more women attendees? It’s a simple, unquestionable, repeatedly proven fact that when people see someone “like me” doing something it inspires them to try and do the same. It’s worked in every other industry that has tried it and it ha...
by Tom Moore
February 21st, 2020, 4:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kudos to Blackpool Magic Club
Replies: 71
Views: 5002

Re: Kudos to Blackpool Magic Club

I find it interesting the number of people who are justifying the lack of female and BAME on the basis that they didn’t see many women etc in the attending crowd. I also find it interesting the number of white males of a certain age who are passionately insisting that there’s absolutely no problem a...
by Tom Moore
February 21st, 2020, 3:31 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kudos to Blackpool Magic Club
Replies: 71
Views: 5002

Re: Kudos to Blackpool Magic Club

In the meantime, has anyone communicated to those who book blackpool their concerns? There’s a number of very active discussions on the official BMC channels on exactly this point with lots of organiser members and other people insisting there’s no problem at all and nothing needs to change - whils...
by Tom Moore
February 20th, 2020, 3:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kudos to Blackpool Magic Club
Replies: 71
Views: 5002

Re: Kudos to Blackpool Magic Club

Also like all magic conventions they suffer from booking talent that doesn't actually represent or reflect the demographic of attendees or the real world - 95% of the booked talent this year was a white male in his 50's/60's and whilst this problem isn't unique to BMC they are in the unique positio...
by Tom Moore
February 20th, 2020, 6:20 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kudos to Blackpool Magic Club
Replies: 71
Views: 5002

Re: Kudos to Blackpool Magic Club

The convention has improved massively since the DL days (though I am a little concerned with the increasing hostility to Derek mentioned at the event; whilst much of it is earned there is no escaping the fact that Blackpool Convention wouldn't be what it is today without his 2 decades controlling an...
by Tom Moore
January 21st, 2020, 5:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sad News from Davenport's Magic in London
Replies: 27
Views: 2595

Re: Sad News from Davenport's Magic in London

It’s a sad end to an iconic brand but over the last 10 years the davenport brand has been diminished. I wish them nothing but luck but the chances of finding a venue within London they can afford and which has the facilities they need is very slightly less than zero. Bricks and Mortimer shops are de...
by Tom Moore
November 17th, 2019, 2:27 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Why nobody take action against the big hitech company ripping off patented magic?
Replies: 16
Views: 2588

Re: Why nobody take action against the big hitech company ripping off patented magic?

In the context of an outright magic trick... no However almost by definition every lens makes things invisible - they take an image at their focal point and reproduce it on their surface. Every theatre spotlight, telescope has objects between the image source and the display surface which are render...
by Tom Moore
November 17th, 2019, 4:54 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Why nobody take action against the big hitech company ripping off patented magic?
Replies: 16
Views: 2588

Re: Why nobody take action against the big hitech company ripping off patented magic?

Tom, who was? Lubor's Patent itself states that these things already existed and had been done before. My reading of the patent is that it is very specifically related to using a stripey background to improve the effect. Lenticular lenses and screens have been around for over 100 years (early film ...
by Tom Moore
November 16th, 2019, 3:20 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Why nobody take action against the big hitech company ripping off patented magic?
Replies: 16
Views: 2588

Re: Why nobody take action against the big hitech company ripping off patented magic?

and don't give credit to his creator,


Lubor did not invent the lenticular lens / screen / material and was not the first person to use a lenticular lens to hide things.
by Tom Moore
November 12th, 2019, 5:15 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Why nobody take action against the big hitech company ripping off patented magic?
Replies: 16
Views: 2588

Re: Why nobody take action against the big hitech company ripping off patented magic?

Lubor did not invent the lenticular screen, nor was he the first person to use lenticular screens to hide or disguise things (his patent acknowledges this) his patent relates only to the use of that particular method to make objects vanish as part of a magic trick and seems to consider the stripey b...
by Tom Moore
November 5th, 2019, 11:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Viva Las Vegas
Replies: 13
Views: 2223

Re: Viva Las Vegas

Close up is totally out of my areas of interest and expertise so I've never gone looking for it to be able to answer that question. The monthly "vegas wonderground" event has a lot of close up and bar magic in between the main stage acts; however as the event is effectively an "open m...
by Tom Moore
November 5th, 2019, 5:00 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Viva Las Vegas
Replies: 13
Views: 2223

Re: Viva Las Vegas

If you are expecting to see more of "80's rockstar" style copperfield then you will hate his current show because it is the complete antithesis of that and reading between the lines on the negative reviews that has been the crux of their complaint. If you want to see an evening of an absol...
by Tom Moore
July 30th, 2019, 5:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks
Replies: 222
Views: 31963

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

You’re not in a position to make that call, only the audience is....
by Tom Moore
July 30th, 2019, 2:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magician Empties and Refills a Full Lake Live at Cyberspeed
Replies: 10
Views: 2002

Re: Magician Empties and Refills a Full Lake Live at Cyberspeed

I’m struggling to remember who it was who did it before but my instinct says this wasn’t the first ever lake emptying; I have memories of seeing it performed before. Frankly if it’s the first doesn’t really matter; promo mega illusions like this are all about getting instant press for the actual eff...
by Tom Moore
July 30th, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks
Replies: 222
Views: 31963

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

. For me, I can still vividly recall the astonishment, wonder, and joy of being fooled by Blackstone's Floating Lightbulb (in the third row, no less!). You cannot take that away from me Brad, nor does knowing the secret. No, no one can take that memory from you but never again for the rest of your ...

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