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by Tom Stone
February 2nd, 2016, 3:32 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "This beats them all!"— Doc Eason
Replies: 88
Views: 19422

Re: "This beats them all!"— Doc Eason

He's hostile to crap, generally. There is absolutely no need to ever show the box empty after you dump the card out. None. It's not an improvement, merely something to sell to magicians. Seems to have been in his working repertiore for at least 5 years, according to his youtube channel: https://www...
by Tom Stone
January 31st, 2016, 3:34 pm
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: Tenyo using 3D printing?
Replies: 25
Views: 10454

Re: Tenyo using 3D printing?

We operate an entirely paperless workflow and have been 100% 3D CAD based for more than 10 years, to say we are "conventional" is an odd definition of conventional. Part of the problem is that 3D printing for prototyping is an odd half-way house between true digital design and old school ...
by Tom Stone
January 31st, 2016, 9:50 am
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: Tenyo using 3D printing?
Replies: 25
Views: 10454

Re: Tenyo using 3D printing?

In the 3 years we've had our own 3D printer i can only think of 2 occasions it has actually been used to make a prop and when everything was factored in it wasn't any cheaper than conventional sculpting or prototyping techniques. I guess that have more to do with being very comfortable and experien...
by Tom Stone
January 31st, 2016, 7:21 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magic in BoingBoing
Replies: 536
Views: 93380

Re: Magic in BoingBoing

I am not sure that copyright law is that different in Europe than it is in America. I think there are minor differences but it is more or less the same. It have been two completely different beasts. In the US it was designed to protect the publishers, and in Europe it was designed to protect the cr...
by Tom Stone
January 31st, 2016, 3:11 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magic in BoingBoing
Replies: 536
Views: 93380

Re: Magic in BoingBoing

A fair reading of your comment is that you are mostly calling me a crook. I'll assume that is not your intention. I'll also amend my original post by saying "In America . . . ". It was not my intention, just sloppy writing. And the amendment is appreciated. Otherwise, my statement stands....
by Tom Stone
January 30th, 2016, 5:39 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magic in BoingBoing
Replies: 536
Views: 93380

Re: Magic in BoingBoing

Bill Mullins wrote:
MagicbyAlfred wrote:Good point. But I wonder who, if anyone, holds the copyright?


It makes no difference -- magic tricks generally aren't copyrightable.

That's simply not true, but is a lie mostly propagated by crooks.
by Tom Stone
January 29th, 2016, 12:18 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magic in BoingBoing
Replies: 536
Views: 93380

Re: Magic in BoingBoing

P.T.Widdle wrote:
Jonathan Townsend wrote:Not sure I'm happy to see the shoelace trick up there
http://boingboing.net/2016/01/28/how-to ... s-app.html


When's the last time you performed it? :)

Why isn't the originator named? Is this Dave Hax claiming it as his own?
by Tom Stone
January 27th, 2016, 11:35 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A duel between JP and the Barbarian (Tom Stone)
Replies: 18
Views: 6600

Re: A duel between JP and the Barbarian (Tom Stone)

No kibitzing, this is mano a mano. I will be on Tour with Masters of Illusion and will be writing about life on the road and my efforts to humiliate Tom. Jonathan have obviously become addicted to pain. I tried to talk him out of it, and described all the benefits of cowardice, but he seems hellben...
by Tom Stone
January 25th, 2016, 6:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tom Stone's Factory Blanks
Replies: 20
Views: 6334

Re: Tom Stone's Factory Blanks

I did note that I personally have to stand back about 10 feet for the faces to vanish(under LED "daylight" lighting with a stationary card). If I go to a more typical "warm" household light, the distance drops to 5 feet. Be aware that patterns can play tricks on you, as they 'st...
by Tom Stone
January 25th, 2016, 1:13 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tom Stone's Factory Blanks
Replies: 20
Views: 6334

Re: Tom Stone's Factory Blanks

Jonathan Townsend wrote:
erdnasephile wrote:RK talks at length (and displays) Tom's creation ...


link to video?

I took some people aside after a gig and shot a performance video with a cellphone. Messed it up slightly, but I think you'll get the idea.

by Tom Stone
January 20th, 2016, 1:12 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stella of Gloaming (Reset)
Replies: 16
Views: 5042

Re: Stella of Gloaming (Reset)

Koudai Iwatou wrote:Stella of Gloaming
https://youtu.be/5jFO1BBNyVI

If you enjoy it, I am glad.

I did enjoy it a lot!
Thank you!
by Tom Stone
January 19th, 2016, 10:03 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: A very bad gig
Replies: 11
Views: 4018

Re: A very bad gig

Richard Kaufman wrote:This sounds so true: every detail is similar to things I've heard from other people.

You are asked to do thing A in advance, and upon arrival told that you're now in a competition doing thing B.

Crazy.

You can hear it from me as well. The story is painfully familiar.
by Tom Stone
January 18th, 2016, 9:49 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tom Stone's Factory Blanks
Replies: 20
Views: 6334

Re: Tom Stone's Factory Blanks

Inspired by Jim Steinmeyer's "The Emperor's New Deck" which appeared in Genii Yes, exactly! I discussed Jim's piece with him 6-8 month before it was published in the september 2015 issue of Genii, and Factory Blanks was a spin-off idea of that discussion. Those interested can look up &quo...
by Tom Stone
January 18th, 2016, 5:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tom Stone's Factory Blanks
Replies: 20
Views: 6334

Re: Tom Stone's Factory Blanks

Thanks Richard. Impressive to watch the cards in action. As you noticed, blank both sides. The playing card factories usually do 'blank runs', with unprinted sheets of paper, when they adjust the cuts after sharpening the blades. Cheap to use for practice, for example. That's how it is justified. T...
by Tom Stone
January 14th, 2016, 2:05 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Factory Blanks by Tom Stone
Replies: 8
Views: 8932

Re: Factory Blanks by Tom Stone

A review of the whole Session convention has just been posted. I'm flattered to see that Factory Blanks got mentioned. :-)
http://www.magicdaily.co.uk/news/review ... tion-2016/
by Tom Stone
January 13th, 2016, 3:26 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Factory Blanks by Tom Stone
Replies: 8
Views: 8932

Factory Blanks by Tom Stone

http://www.card-shark.de/bilder/Factory-Blanks.jpg At the recent convention "The Session" in London I debuted a little thingie titled "Factory Blanks". I became quite surprised by the reactions, and even more so to see it sell out in 1.5 minutes. Anyway, it have now been release...
by Tom Stone
January 6th, 2016, 12:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A Thought To Help Complicate Location of Internet Exposure
Replies: 111
Views: 14571

Re: A Thought To Help Complicate Location of Internet Exposu

And they usually decides that they don't really need to know, because it is extremely rare that anyone follow up on it. Exactly my point from the very start. Most people are not at all interested to spend time to find out how it is done. They enjoy the show and then move on to other interests. I th...
by Tom Stone
January 6th, 2016, 10:16 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A Thought To Help Complicate Location of Internet Exposure
Replies: 111
Views: 14571

Re: A Thought To Help Complicate Location of Internet Exposu

Really? Whom would you say that to? A child in the audience of a show? An adult in the audience of a show? A magician at the shop? A magician at your show? To anyone. I don't differentiate. People are people. I enjoy my work, I gladly talk about it with anyone. And they usually decides that they do...
by Tom Stone
January 6th, 2016, 4:00 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A Thought To Help Complicate Location of Internet Exposure
Replies: 111
Views: 14571

Re: A Thought To Help Complicate Location of Internet Exposu

No, I mean what I say. The idea of secrets as a whole is limiting. Specifically the notion that they are the ultimate ground of concern. ... If someone says "how'd you do that" - we can say "that's a secret" and move on to the next item. Or we can say "I gladly tell you. Co...
by Tom Stone
January 5th, 2016, 4:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A Thought To Help Complicate Location of Internet Exposure
Replies: 111
Views: 14571

Re: A Thought To Help Complicate Location of Internet Exposu

In response to my comment, "The best way for magicians to get great reviews is to give great performances," Tom Stone wrote: "That is patently not true." With all due respect, sir, it is patently not true for YOU , not for me. You are that confident that if you create a show tha...
by Tom Stone
January 5th, 2016, 4:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A Thought To Help Complicate Location of Internet Exposure
Replies: 111
Views: 14571

Re: A Thought To Help Complicate Location of Internet Exposu

People's appreciation of our art have always increased when learning more about it, I have never experienced the opposite. Right on. Not sure that's true for methods. You can get the second rate juggler reaction for skill or clever reaction for props but that's not the same as when they really don'...
by Tom Stone
January 5th, 2016, 3:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A Thought To Help Complicate Location of Internet Exposure
Replies: 111
Views: 14571

Re: A Thought To Help Complicate Location of Internet Exposu

The best way for magicians to get great reviews is to give great performances. That is patently not true. I would not have devised a solution to the problem, if the problem had not existed. And my solution would not have worked if the problem wasn't there. Do you sincerely think that reviews in gen...
by Tom Stone
January 4th, 2016, 8:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A Thought To Help Complicate Location of Internet Exposure
Replies: 111
Views: 14571

Re: A Thought To Help Complicate Location of Internet Exposu

Tom: I am not denigrating your shows, performances or programmes whatsoever - quite the opposite, in fact. I completely admire all of your works be they your performances, books, Genii column or whatever. I merely mean to (and get back to) the original point which centered around not using terms fr...
by Tom Stone
January 4th, 2016, 6:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A Thought To Help Complicate Location of Internet Exposure
Replies: 111
Views: 14571

Re: A Thought To Help Complicate Location of Internet Exposu

But when I google (Swedish magician sponge balls) the very first link is to a youtube video of Tom's Benson Burner routine (using that very title). And if I then google ("Benson Burner" magic) I get all sorts of useful things. Google knows everything . Well, no. Google doesn't know everyt...
by Tom Stone
January 4th, 2016, 12:21 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A Thought To Help Complicate Location of Internet Exposure
Replies: 111
Views: 14571

Re: A Thought To Help Complicate Location of Internet Exposu

I haven't read this thread properly so I don't really know what it is about. I am merely commenting because I saw the name of Henning Nelms. I have always thought the chap had no idea what he was talking about. It seems all you have to do is write a book and everyone thinks you are an expert. I hat...
by Tom Stone
January 3rd, 2016, 11:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A Thought To Help Complicate Location of Internet Exposure
Replies: 111
Views: 14571

Re: A Thought To Help Complicate Location of Internet Exposu

Then, rather than an audience knowing the secrets to your effects in advance, will it alter their "magical experience" if they learn all the secrets after they go home? Obviously they'll have a great experience during the performance (especially a Tom Stone performance.) But it seems diff...
by Tom Stone
January 3rd, 2016, 5:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A Thought To Help Complicate Location of Internet Exposure
Replies: 111
Views: 14571

Re: A Thought To Help Complicate Location of Internet Exposu

Then, rather than an audience knowing the secrets to your effects in advance, will it alter their "magical experience" if they learn all the secrets after they go home? Obviously they'll have a great experience during the performance (especially a Tom Stone performance.) But it seems diff...
by Tom Stone
January 2nd, 2016, 11:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A Thought To Help Complicate Location of Internet Exposure
Replies: 111
Views: 14571

Re: A Thought To Help Complicate Location of Internet Exposu

I'm not sure that I understand why it would be a problem if anyone researched the material afterwards. To me, it sounds both awesome and desirable. In every magic show I've made for theatre settings, I have had a full and very detailed list of credits for all the performance material in the theater ...
by Tom Stone
December 30th, 2015, 11:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Are we living in a golden age of magic?
Replies: 53
Views: 8755

Re: Are we living in the golden age of magic?

P.T.Widdle wrote:This is indeed a golden age of magic. Allow yourself to be excited.

That's my take on it as well. :-)
Brad Henderson wrote:From my perch I see more copying, more sameness than ever before.

Perhaps in numbers, but I bet not in percentage.
by Tom Stone
December 28th, 2015, 5:24 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Sweden Going Cashless
Replies: 25
Views: 5469

Re: Sweden Going Cashless

Not sure if there is a way to use it in an ordinary brick and mortar shop since 99.99% of porn is sold online. Never seen porn in a sextoy shop, so I'm not sure your statistics are valid. For example, I've never bought toys online. I've always went with the person I've currently been dating to an a...
by Tom Stone
December 28th, 2015, 4:10 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Sweden Going Cashless
Replies: 25
Views: 5469

Re: Sweden Going Cashless

Tom? There are companies like Epoch.com who will act as a payment agent for the porn industry. So - you use your credit card to pay for porn. But the payment goes via Epoch.com - and that sidesteps any moral issues the major credit card companies may have. I hope no company went bust because they d...
by Tom Stone
December 28th, 2015, 1:37 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Sweden Going Cashless
Replies: 25
Views: 5469

Re: Sweden Going Cashless

If I understand the Google translation of the first article cited, it has more to do with MasterCard and Visa trying to avoid violating "international banking agreements" rather than forcing their own (or American , if you choose) morals upon the Swedish people. No, it's the opposite. In ...
by Tom Stone
December 28th, 2015, 1:23 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Sweden Going Cashless
Replies: 25
Views: 5469

Re: Sweden Going Cashless

I've never visited an Internet sex shop, but I can't imagine that a credit card company would turn down money for any items purchased from a legitimate business. Not only webshops, but actual stores for walk-in customers as well. All sorts of small stores have been forced out of business by the cre...
by Tom Stone
December 27th, 2015, 10:30 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Sweden Going Cashless
Replies: 25
Views: 5469

Re: Sweden Going Cashless

Or, without explanation, prevent swedish customers from buying swedish sextoys from swedish webshops, because those things are considered "obscene" in the US. Hmmm ... not sure if this is a case of too much information or not enough. :oops: :lol: You probably need google or bing translate...
by Tom Stone
December 27th, 2015, 10:05 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Sweden Going Cashless
Replies: 25
Views: 5469

Re: Sweden Going Cashless

"Bills and coins now represent just 2 percent of Sweden’s economy, compared with 7.7 percent in the United States and 10 percent in the euro area. " Tom Stone, thoughts? http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/27/business/international/in-sweden-a-cash-free-future-nears.html It's very annoying whe...
by Tom Stone
December 24th, 2015, 8:54 am
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Saragossa Erratum
Replies: 2
Views: 4999

Re: Saragossa Erratum

During my own research, I found no other precedent than Roy Walton, so if Karl Fulves also have something I would be very interested to learn more about it.

I think John is underplaying the value of his contribution here. His choreography is more casual and versatile than my own.
by Tom Stone
November 17th, 2015, 8:24 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic to Do - New Show on Princess Cruises
Replies: 20
Views: 4382

Re: Magic to Do - New Show on Princess Cruises

Jonathan Pendragon wrote:. Now he states for those with the money that you don't need a professional illusionist or magician, he can teach the actors.

But did not Jarrett do the same? And did that stop magicians?
I am not worried. Anything that widen our nets and broaden our scopes are good.
by Tom Stone
October 20th, 2015, 10:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Return of a Controversial Blog
Replies: 255
Views: 58272

Re: Return of a Controversial Blog

performer wrote:That is a very expensive book.

I think the named sum is a suggestion on how much to donate if one want to see the blog updated daily ($5 a week), and the book is just a bonus for those who donate for a whole year ahead.
http://www.thejerx.com/blog/2015/10/10/ ... 1-the-book
by Tom Stone
September 28th, 2015, 9:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Version of Hippity Hop Rabbits
Replies: 11
Views: 2055

Re: New Version of Hippity Hop Rabbits

But I like to think that one of the things that is really good about performing for so-called adults... True. One of the best performances I've seen is by Søren Pilmark and Ørkenens Sønner for an adult audience. 1:00 hour in: https://youtu.be/LfQfniO8y2c?t=3601 (No sound, but it is in Danish so no ...

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