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by Tom Moore
February 17th, 2021, 2:41 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Impuzzibilities
Replies: 7
Views: 678

Re: Impuzzibilities

We do seem to be in a country that is determined to prevent anyone trading with any other country at the moment.... There are options - if the total TRANSACTIONAL value (the items plus the shipping cost) is less than £135 then it is exempt from VAT (although could still be liable for import duties c...
by Tom Moore
February 1st, 2021, 4:04 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Ultimate Gaffed Card Printing System
Replies: 21
Views: 1081

Re: The Ultimate Gaffed Card Printing System

I'm not sure that the cards, as printed, would really be comparable to Bikes. The printer is toner-based, instead of liquid ink. There was no coating applied. It's not obvious that registration (alignment from the front surface to the back surface) is any better than you can do with a home printer ...
by Tom Moore
January 11th, 2021, 1:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Siegfried is ill
Replies: 5
Views: 1081

Siegfried is ill

Reports in European press that Siegfried is seriously ill with tumour that has so far not responded to treatment. https://www.blick.ch/people-tv/internat ... 87515.html
by Tom Moore
December 19th, 2020, 10:22 am
Forum: General
Topic: Good video camera to use online
Replies: 10
Views: 915

Re: Good video camera to use online

Nowadays the camera in a $30 disposable cellphone is of a better quality / resolution than network tv broadcast camera were 10 years ago so it’s not really the camera that matters. Lighting, good quality sound and making sure sequences are staged for camera will have much more impact on the “quality...
by Tom Moore
December 17th, 2020, 10:37 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Houdini Musical inches closer
Replies: 4
Views: 612

Re: Houdini Musical inches closer

It's a project that has been doing the circles for years so no, no definitive answers. That said movies don't use magic consultants in the same way live shows do (it's MUCH cheaper to CGI stuff) so you're more likely to see someone like the original author (Bill Kalush) having a general tonal consul...
by Tom Moore
December 16th, 2020, 5:44 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Houdini Musical inches closer
Replies: 4
Views: 612

Re: Houdini Musical inches closer

Unlikely this will hit the stage - there's a lot of key jobs still with no creatives attached; I'll bet it's a complete coincidence that a producer is suddenly having development readings (which are a device for getting investors to fund further development of a show / employ producers) at the same ...
by Tom Moore
December 7th, 2020, 5:05 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Fantasio candles
Replies: 5
Views: 493

Re: Fantasio candles

If it’s the white candles I’ll take it. No questions
by Tom Moore
December 7th, 2020, 3:10 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Fantasio candles
Replies: 5
Views: 493

Fantasio candles

Putting together a routine for a show that is crying out for a candle sequence and discovered (after researcher spending an afternoon googling) that fantasio candles don’t seem to be a thing any more. Is there a generic version that’s taken over or do we not have any decent vanishing / appearing can...
by Tom Moore
December 2nd, 2020, 4:22 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shipping To the United States
Replies: 4
Views: 734

Re: Shipping To the United States

Recent developments mean that postage costs to the United States have increased dramatically, certainly for posting from the U.K. I've been selling a lot on eBay recently and the increase has become very obvious. Posting costs in the UK depend on the weight, size and thickness of the item. A book t...
by Tom Moore
December 1st, 2020, 3:53 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card size survey
Replies: 46
Views: 2322

Re: Card size survey

I would, however, take issue with your statement that people _should_ be using them. I'd argue that this is the same sort of "should" as you should also make sure you're stood so that you can be seen, should be being polite and respectful to your spectators and should be making sure you d...
by Tom Moore
November 30th, 2020, 4:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card size survey
Replies: 46
Views: 2322

Re: Card size survey

This has really morphed into an interesting and thought-provoking discussion. I've learned some useful things about cards, and particularly in regard to making sure they are clearly seen and perceived by the audience. The Card Duck is a great trick, especially for kids and mixed kids and adults. I ...
by Tom Moore
November 30th, 2020, 10:09 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card size survey
Replies: 46
Views: 2322

Re: Card size survey

Oddly I don't have a full set of Magic Magazine's sitting on my shelf and since I think Max has probably appeared in Magic Mag many times i don't think your citation would help me find the particular article you think i should read very easily? Surely though what you're saying is effect not cause. F...
by Tom Moore
November 30th, 2020, 6:22 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card size survey
Replies: 46
Views: 2322

Re: Card size survey

Ian Kendall wrote:
if you’re performing for any more than one single person you should be using large index cards


Unless you are on stage, when they become a hindrance. [cf Maven, MAGIC magazine]


Ok I'll bite.... why are large index cards a hinderance on stage?
by Tom Moore
November 27th, 2020, 1:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card size survey
Replies: 46
Views: 2322

Re: Card size survey

The argument that poker size card are more “visible” is nonsense- if you’re performing for any more than one single person you should be using large index cards (which come in both sizes) as that does so much more to improve visibility than making the card 1/4 inch wider.
by Tom Moore
November 25th, 2020, 2:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Matt Field Has Died
Replies: 12
Views: 1493

Re: Matt Field Has Died

We are all poorer for his passing
by Tom Moore
November 25th, 2020, 12:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Why are a lot of magicians boring when performing?
Replies: 33
Views: 2230

Re: Why are a lot of magicians boring when performing?

I want to explore racism, Hitler (none of us would be alive today if Hitler had never being born), nuclear war, taboos, Holocaust denialism, drawing the prophet Muhammad, why I don't care about climate change, why Antifa are fascists, nihilism and anti-natalism in my magic. This is not because I am...
by Tom Moore
November 18th, 2020, 5:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller: Fool Us renewed for Season 8
Replies: 3
Views: 685

Re: Penn & Teller: Fool Us renewed for Season 8

The best possible news!
by Tom Moore
November 9th, 2020, 10:03 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Garrett Thomas on Fool Us
Replies: 12
Views: 5663

Re: Garrett Thomas on Fool Us

Straight from the Horse's Mouth - Garret & Mike Close on why it was a fooler https://www.patreon.com/posts/abracabab ... =postshare
by Tom Moore
October 22nd, 2020, 1:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Garrett Thomas on Fool Us
Replies: 12
Views: 5663

Re: Garrett Thomas on Fool Us

Mike Close (and JT before him) knew exactly what methods are used in every phase of the trick before it goes in to the show and has created their own “rules” of what does and does not constitute a fool. There have been several taping a where contestant has denied an explanation or tried to argue aga...
by Tom Moore
October 16th, 2020, 4:11 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Spooky Lady Prediction
Replies: 11
Views: 1159

Re: Spooky Lady Prediction

Sounds like Sacred Riana, Bob, you might try searching on YouTube for her. Or Elizabeth on BGT. Since we are going for completeness... Neither of them originated the character nor most of the key plot points / effects / stories they use. De Nieuw Uri Geller was a moderately successful mentalist tal...
by Tom Moore
September 12th, 2020, 4:54 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: More on Bob Cassidy
Replies: 17
Views: 10078

Re: More on Bob Cassidy

MagicbyAlfred wrote:Well, I think this is as good a time and place as any to announce that I am to be honored with the "Psychic Entertainer of the Year" award...

...for the year 2029.

I knew you would say that
by Tom Moore
August 28th, 2020, 3:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fool US
Replies: 136
Views: 10852

Re: Fool US

Is there some history on the effect of a costume flying off the rack into a quick change? Of a faux costume flying off a faux rack into a performer- not specifically no. Of the broader concept of a flying fabric thing moving towards the performer and them changing costume in some way In response; i...
by Tom Moore
August 28th, 2020, 8:53 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fool US
Replies: 136
Views: 10852

Re: Fool US

I'm not making any specific claims about the "foolness" of the routine - but simply from their responses and reactions (in particular the comments they've both made in interviews after taping about how amazing and new the quick change was) it's clear this is a genre of quick-change they'd ...
by Tom Moore
August 28th, 2020, 5:40 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fool US
Replies: 136
Views: 10852

Re: Fool US

She certainly did some innovative things, and there was a bunch of magic mixed in. She's obviously inspired by the Chinese, and it seems P&T have never seen a Chinese quick change act. That curtained "room" behind her is a hallmark of Chinese acts. She's a great performer who presente...
by Tom Moore
August 22nd, 2020, 3:45 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Survey on magic principles
Replies: 22
Views: 2214

Re: Survey on magic principles

“Have you already performed this force” is a very different question to “how many times have you performed this force?” According to the question actually asked my submission to that survey i apparently produce data of the same quality as Derren Brown as we have both been in the business for the sam...
by Tom Moore
August 22nd, 2020, 4:34 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Survey on magic principles
Replies: 22
Views: 2214

Re: Survey on magic principles

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 valid as people who’ve spent thousands of hours considering or using them? They’...
by Tom Moore
August 21st, 2020, 4:40 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Survey on magic principles
Replies: 22
Views: 2214

Re: Survey on magic principles

As I said - all data points have some validity but to not include questions that enable you to correct for the difference between those with only a vague experience and those with thousands of hours experience is, by definition, a badly designed survey.
by Tom Moore
August 21st, 2020, 2:04 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Survey on magic principles
Replies: 22
Views: 2214

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 Moore
August 21st, 2020, 9:36 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Survey on magic principles
Replies: 22
Views: 2214

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 Moore
August 21st, 2020, 9:32 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Survey on magic principles
Replies: 22
Views: 2214

Re: Survey on magic principles

Firstly - you're asking "magicians" about the application of a force that only a subset of magicians have any real experience with using and not introducing any questions to ascertain whether the person commenting has real world experience or just a vague opinion on the matter. Secondly yo...
by Tom Moore
August 21st, 2020, 6:05 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Survey on magic principles
Replies: 22
Views: 2214

Re: Survey on magic principles

This is a really really badly designed survey that has at it's heart a fundamentally wrong assumption. Unless your survey is a bluff and you're trying to secretly ascertain what percentage of magicians of all genres think card trick performing magicians delude themselves about their audiences percep...
by Tom Moore
August 17th, 2020, 9:06 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Multum im Parvo
Replies: 45
Views: 5861

Re: Multum im Parvo

This is where we are at with our prototype - we are still trying to find a better shape for the third glass plus the pitcher definitely will have to be engraved as it turns out water isn't actually as transparent as you think/hope it is. https://www.dropbox.com/s/kfpe3ik9f0lwsde/infinity_prototype.p...
by Tom Moore
August 13th, 2020, 1:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Someone didn’t get the memo - performing animals
Replies: 8
Views: 844

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: 20
Views: 1745

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: 819

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: 45
Views: 5861

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: 136
Views: 10852

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: 136
Views: 10852

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: 1955

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: 1955

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...

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