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by Tom Stone
April 3rd, 2002, 6:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Is Johnny Lonn well known?
Replies: 16
Views: 1216

Is Johnny Lonn well known?

The english magician Paul Zenon is the guest on a discussion board at <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://magictricks.atinfopop.com/4/OpenTopic">http://magictricks.atinfopop.com/4/OpenTopic</a><!-- m --> In a TV show he did a while back, he did a bit where he makes an attempt to vanish a radi...
by Tom Stone
April 2nd, 2002, 7:19 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: JUAN TAMARIZ "Crossing the Gaze Switch"
Replies: 13
Views: 3539

Re: JUAN TAMARIZ "Crossing the Gaze Switch"

Originally posted by John Blaze: Ha ha-o. Very funny-o. But i don't get it-o. It has all the charm-o of what Michael Close-o calls a Dennis Miller joke-o. Please stop it-o. Well John... I don't get it either. My knowledge of spanish is zero. I only speak swedish (rather well for a farmer's boy who'...
by Tom Stone
April 1st, 2002, 5:53 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Rocky the Raccoon
Replies: 9
Views: 650

Re: Rocky the Raccoon

Originally posted by TrainingMagi: and thought it might be fun to perform Rocky, however, I am in need of some good effects to perform with him besides finding a card and eating a quarter. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Hello. I'm not sure if you will find the following helpful, but here's ...
by Tom Stone
March 27th, 2002, 3:13 am
Forum: General
Topic: GALASSO (or an italian "revolutionary" lecture)
Replies: 5
Views: 747

Re: GALASSO (or an italian "revolutionary" lecture)

Originally posted by Richard Kaufman: Tom, with English as your second language I'm not surprised if it's a bit confusing, however the gist of what Giorgio has stated is, I believe, true. Thanks Richard. Though, in this particular case, it was the extraordinary claims and the resulting silence, mor...
by Tom Stone
March 26th, 2002, 7:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: GALASSO (or an italian "revolutionary" lecture)
Replies: 5
Views: 747

Re: GALASSO (or an italian "revolutionary" lecture)

Originally posted by Giorgio: so the famous Si Stebbins System should be properly renamed Galasso System. a complete routine which ends with a Triumph, the effect of the card found behind the window(!), cards kwown with the touch ( a braille, punch system), short corner, one way, second deal (1593!...
by Tom Stone
March 21st, 2002, 4:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: I heard a rumor about Theodore DeLand
Replies: 9
Views: 1001

Re: I heard a rumor about Theodore DeLand

Originally posted by Richard Kaufman: It's not a rumor: I have seen a grainy black and white videotape of Acer sneaking out the back door of the asylum. Sankey was right behind him. But who was that guy outside? The one who shouted "Finally!" and ran inside, as the back door opened? Was t...
by Tom Stone
March 6th, 2002, 6:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Wonderful performer
Replies: 14
Views: 2258

Re: Wonderful performer

Originally posted by Pete Biro: TOM STONE, from Sweden knocked us dead Friday in the Close Up Gallery at the Castle. Thanks Pete x 2, Jon and everyone for all these kind and flattering comments. I had a great time at the Castle, and in Seattle. Regarding the effects: The travellers thingie isn't pu...
by Tom Stone
December 29th, 2001, 6:34 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Theory of Comedy
Replies: 38
Views: 2804

Re: Theory of Comedy

Originally posted by Steve Bryant: No, it's sound advice and Vernon among others has preached it. If you aren't funny, if you don't think funny, then don't try to be funny. Magic can be wonderfully presented without the magician trying to be funny. Hmm.. There is some truth in this, but perhaps on ...
by Tom Stone
December 29th, 2001, 6:05 am
Forum: Columns
Topic: Dental Dam
Replies: 62
Views: 30494

Re: Dental Dam

Originally posted by Richard Kaufman: These days, dental dam is generally used (though if you go back and look in the Dingle book, he used Saran Wrap for his flap card needed in the Universal Card routine--the finest in-the-hands version of the plot extant). Dental Dam dries out over time. Certain ...
by Tom Stone
December 28th, 2001, 4:44 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: A Diabolical Apparatus, But No Good Routine in 50 Years
Replies: 62
Views: 5359

Re: A Diabolical Apparatus, But No Good Routine in 50 Years

Originally posted by crimper: The Chop Cup. What really bothers me is that we magicians haven't really come up with a routine that exploits this gimmick to the fullest. Peter Rosengren, here in Sweden, has a really great stand up routine for the Chop Cup that is quite different from all other Chop ...
by Tom Stone
December 28th, 2001, 4:36 am
Forum: Columns
Topic: Dental Dam
Replies: 62
Views: 30494

Re: Dental Dam

Originally posted by Richard Kaufman: Everytime I have to go to a new dentist, I borrow a piece of Dental dam and do the trick Regarding Dental dam, I would really like to read a thorough, and well illustrated, description of how to make Acrobatic flap cards. Mine becomes quite okey, but the method...
by Tom Stone
December 27th, 2001, 3:30 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Theory of Comedy
Replies: 38
Views: 2804

Re: Theory of Comedy

Originally posted by Pete Biro: Terry told him it was not likely that he could, that most all comedy performers he knows of are just naturally funny. I'm not sure that I agree to that. First, there's a difference between being able to write comedy, and being able to deliver it. So, if a person isn'...
by Tom Stone
September 20th, 2001, 12:34 am
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Don Englands "Galf to The Hilt"
Replies: 17
Views: 1888

Re: Don Englands "Galf to The Hilt"

Originally posted by Richard Kaufman: The cards for the most of the tricks are not available. They would also be extremely difficult for anyone to make. I can testify to that. When I got my copy of the second edition, I wanted to make all the gaffs. It took a lot of cursing, swearing and gnashing o...
by Tom Stone
September 19th, 2001, 6:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Magic Castle, and Why I Need Your Help
Replies: 25
Views: 3075

Re: The Magic Castle, and Why I Need Your Help

Wow! Now I'm impressed!
You never fail to surprise me!

Vi ses,
Tom
by Tom Stone
September 19th, 2001, 2:24 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Magic Castle, and Why I Need Your Help
Replies: 25
Views: 3075

Re: The Magic Castle, and Why I Need Your Help

Originally posted by Richard Kaufman: Well, Max, shall we show off a little more? So.. Max writing in japanese is more "showing off" than Tomo Maeda writing in english? :) I think that both are just as impressing. However, it would be showing off if Max replies to this posting in swedish ...
by Tom Stone
September 10th, 2001, 7:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mental Magic
Replies: 52
Views: 9524

Re: Mental Magic

Originally posted by bill mullins: Like Jim Morton said, making fun of the victim is in poor taste Thanks for the clarification Bill. Actually, I agree, I too cringe a bit when hearing Leno making fun of people the same day they get killed. I might have misunderstood american humour, but at least I...
by Tom Stone
September 9th, 2001, 11:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mental Magic
Replies: 52
Views: 9524

Re: Mental Magic

Originally posted by bill mullins: From Tom Stone "I'm not sure that Kitty Genovese would agree" I've often been accused of insensitivity, especially when trying to be sarcastic, or make a joke, but wow. This is a little over the top. Sorry Bill, I'm still not quite familiar with american...
by Tom Stone
September 9th, 2001, 7:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mental Magic
Replies: 52
Views: 9524

Re: Mental Magic

Originally posted by Tom Cutts: I agree that if you are truly moved yourself, you have a better chance at moving your audience. Exactly! Each audience is different, and it is impossible to know how they will appear until the show begins. And by then it is a bit late to custom design something for t...
by Tom Stone
September 9th, 2001, 3:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mental Magic
Replies: 52
Views: 9524

Re: Mental Magic

Originally posted by Tom Cutts: Rick leads me to an interesting idea. Especially as close-up performers our job is to take the audience into the cave with us. Not metaphorically but literally. Since "going into the cave" is an expression tied to Keith Johnstone's works, people might find ...
by Tom Stone
September 9th, 2001, 3:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mental Magic
Replies: 52
Views: 9524

Re: Mental Magic

Originally posted by Rick Green: In response to your question, I'm not saying that it is our job to psychoanalyze the audience and meet their needs. What I am saying is more on a small social scale. But isn't that resulting in rather shallow and superficial material then? People want to feel involv...
by Tom Stone
September 9th, 2001, 7:37 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mental Magic
Replies: 52
Views: 9524

Re: Mental Magic

Originally posted by Tom Cutts: He might be referring to what Keith Johnstone calls "not being clever, guys" True, that's a possibility. Thanks. My card is gone...find it. Don't gossip, or hedge, or discuss. Find it. That is for the magi who aren't familliar with the Impro phrase, "g...
by Tom Stone
September 8th, 2001, 11:53 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mental Magic
Replies: 52
Views: 9524

Re: Mental Magic

Originally posted by Rick Green:
Entertaining an audience is about feeling for an audiences' needs, and meeting them.


A few questions.
What is their needs?
Can you meet all those needs?
If they don't care enough about their needs to meet them themselves, then why should you care?
by Tom Stone
September 8th, 2001, 11:41 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mental Magic
Replies: 52
Views: 9524

Re: Mental Magic

Originally posted by Brian Marks: I think were saying the same thing. However I am also a stand up comic. This is much tougher. That can't be true. Surely magic is just as tough as stand-up comedy, if not more? Everyone always reacts to magic but not always to just stand up comedy. I guess that you...
by Tom Stone
September 5th, 2001, 3:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How to perform for the Dare program
Replies: 10
Views: 1563

Re: How to perform for the Dare program

Originally posted by Oleskiewicz:
I need to find out what to use at a DARE program

What's a DARE program?
by Tom Stone
September 2nd, 2001, 2:21 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Okay! How about....
Replies: 22
Views: 2300

Re: Okay! How about....

Originally posted by Jon Racherbaumer: Check pp. 234-235 in THE CLASSIC MAGIC OF LARRY JENNINGS (1986) where LJ applied it to his "Ambidextrous Travelers." Hi Jon, I think that Peter is wondering where he can find "E.E's" version, and by extension, who this "E.E" is. M...
by Tom Stone
September 1st, 2001, 4:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mental Magic
Replies: 52
Views: 9524

Re: Mental Magic

Originally posted by Brian Marks: Im fascinated by 2 things here: 1. Magic and Meaning has some how come out of a thread on mental magic. Well, it is just like Tony 'Doc' Shiels said in his Cantrip Codex: "ALL magic is mental". That quote is just breathtaking! Do the magic and have fun do...
by Tom Stone
September 1st, 2001, 4:06 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best Ace Assembly
Replies: 53
Views: 14174

Re: Best Ace Assembly

Originally posted by Richard Kaufman: "Grandpa's Aces," which is the name of the Ace Assembly Copperfield performs, is a version of Marlo's "Real Gone Aces." Hi Richard, I've not seen the Kenner version, but since there's been a lot of talk about it, I tried to a version of my o...
by Tom Stone
August 31st, 2001, 3:37 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Fred Braue
Replies: 19
Views: 2377

Re: Fred Braue

"The other evening I amused myself by evaluating, for a friend, the present-day crop of writers on card work." (SNIP) I noted a peculiar thing: in the list of present days Dai Vernon isn't included. Is that perhaps because he is discussing "the present-day crop of writers"? Vern...
by Tom Stone
August 30th, 2001, 9:17 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best Non-Gaffed Packet Trick - Marketed
Replies: 45
Views: 4750

Re: Best Non-Gaffed Packet Trick - Marketed

Originally posted by Gordon: Roy walton has published a great trick in his two volume trick books, "The Complete Walton". The trick is called "Oils and Queens" I've played around a bit with Walton's "Oil and Queens", but I've never been able to figure out what the effe...
by Tom Stone
August 30th, 2001, 8:23 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best Ace Assembly
Replies: 53
Views: 14174

Re: Best Ace Assembly

So far I haven't found anything that can replace Daryl's "Jolly Jumping Jokers". The clarity of effect is all I can ask for. It's perfect for both close-up and small platform, and I don't need a table as I let four spectators hold a packet each between their palms. At banquets, I can do it...
by Tom Stone
August 29th, 2001, 3:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mental Magic
Replies: 52
Views: 9524

Re: Mental Magic

Originally posted by Bill Duncan: I'm sorry to hear that you removed it from the act after finding such a wonderful presentation for it. Perhaps one day after the healing occurs you'll be able to return to it. Nope. I'll not fall in that trap again. I have other items that are sufficiently crappy, ...
by Tom Stone
August 29th, 2001, 8:42 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mental Magic
Replies: 52
Views: 9524

Re: Mental Magic

Originally posted by Pete McCabe: Sure, the more of yourself you can put into your magic, the better. But we see so many tricks that can only be enjoyed or even understood by a magician. This tricks are clearly being performed because they appeal to the performer. And so often, they are performed f...
by Tom Stone
August 28th, 2001, 9:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mental Magic
Replies: 52
Views: 9524

Re: Mental Magic

Originally posted by Pete McCabe: I have the utmost respect for Tom Stone. We haven't met in person, but I think of him as a friend. Thanks! :) But I don't agree with him on this one at all. Great! This would be a lousy discussion forum if we all agreed. I'm busy right now, but I'll try to explain ...
by Tom Stone
August 27th, 2001, 7:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mental Magic
Replies: 52
Views: 9524

Re: Mental Magic

Originally posted by Pete McCabe: I know many magicians think meaning is irrelevant, but it does seem to matter to the audience, who consider many magicians are irrelevant. There are only a few "magic" tricks which are in any way meaningful to the audience. I think that meaning is importa...
by Tom Stone
August 27th, 2001, 6:06 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Bad Books
Replies: 13
Views: 1683

Re: Bad Books

Bad books? Well here's a few: Korem Without Limits, by Danny Korem: Looks great, the content is awful. Simply Harkey, by David Harkey. Looks really great, the content is awful. Kort, by Stephen Minch. The content might very well be excellent. But I wouldn't know as the biographical passages cause me...
by Tom Stone
August 27th, 2001, 5:44 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Bad Books
Replies: 13
Views: 1683

Re: Bad Books

Originally posted by Jon Racherbaumer: Even in its present form, the important sub-text about timing, structure, and how to create routines are worth closely examining. Dozens of magicians have personally told me that they "got it" and appreciated that some kind of hard-cover book now exi...
by Tom Stone
August 16th, 2001, 6:35 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Magic Hands
Replies: 7
Views: 1508

Re: The Magic Hands

Originally posted by Luis: In 1965 Lin Searles with Don Stern and Jim Cooper produced 130 short films (3 minutes each) called Tricks and Treats with The Magic Hands. Was it filmed with closeups on white hands against a black background? If so, I saw them on swedish TV around 1973-74. Good stuff, I ...
by Tom Stone
August 15th, 2001, 2:30 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Theater Books?
Replies: 11
Views: 1155

Re: Theater Books?

As Ryan Pilling mentioned above, Keith Johnstone's book "Impro" is a good book. But the sequal "Impro for Storytellers" is even more useful for magicians. Especially the chapter "Fastfood Stanislavsky". Henning Nelms' book "Magic and Showmanship" is still good...

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