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by Tom Stone
March 10th, 2020, 12:50 pm
Forum: General
Topic: International Women’s Day 2020
Replies: 65
Views: 5505

Re: International Women’s Day 2020

Maybe men are just more interested in magic than women, and this manifests as more men taking up the craft. That is a valid hypothesis that have been refuted many times already. I have access to Google Analytics for several magic related sites, and the demographic data tells a different story. For ...
by Tom Stone
March 9th, 2020, 2:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: International Women’s Day 2020
Replies: 65
Views: 5505

Re: International Women’s Day 2020

I’m sure that all art, entertainment and market would be a lot better if there only existed one single filmmaker, one painter, one author and one musician. The time for that is long gone though.
by Tom Stone
March 9th, 2020, 9:46 am
Forum: General
Topic: International Women’s Day 2020
Replies: 65
Views: 5505

Re: International Women’s Day 2020

However, it is a fact that there are very few women in magic. Probably ninety percent of performers are male. Your numbers are likely quite old. More women are entering magic now than before. And fewer women are leaving magic now than before. About 30% of the attendees are women at the magic conven...
by Tom Stone
March 9th, 2020, 2:58 am
Forum: General
Topic: International Women’s Day 2020
Replies: 65
Views: 5505

Re: International Women’s Day 2020

Chess, poker, and magic are just the three things that I have personal experience with. I feel sure there's probably a laundry list of of things that are numerically underrepresented by women. You say it isn't normal, but sadly, by definition it is. Two of those are games, and unfortunately, I know...
by Tom Stone
March 9th, 2020, 2:07 am
Forum: General
Topic: International Women’s Day 2020
Replies: 65
Views: 5505

Re: International Women’s Day 2020

The person who’s work tom is amplifying is his girlfriend, and I’m sure is a wonderful person who has no knowledge of what he has done. Sadly the only way any of us would have known about her and her blog is because of Tom’s advocacy. Regarding the blog, Google Analytics says otherwise. Regarding N...
by Tom Stone
March 8th, 2020, 8:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: International Women’s Day 2020
Replies: 65
Views: 5505

Re: International Women’s Day 2020

When attempting to be advocates. I'm a bit puzzled over the non sequitur - are you perhaps replying to the wrong post? I'm fairly certain that my post was about myself and my work - that I've found my creative range to be impoverished and pitiful, because I have been lacking influences that should ...
by Tom Stone
March 8th, 2020, 9:13 am
Forum: General
Topic: International Women’s Day 2020
Replies: 65
Views: 5505

International Women’s Day 2020

Today is the International Women’s Day 2020. This is the day when year long projects dealing with women's rights and women's health is being presented and initiated. Last year's theme was “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”, which put innovation by women and girls, for women and girls, a...
by Tom Stone
February 25th, 2020, 7:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Conjuring 2020 - Workshop in Sweden - 10-15 August
Replies: 1
Views: 838

Re: Conjuring 2020 - Workshop in Sweden - 10-15 August

The workshop is now full.
by Tom Stone
February 24th, 2020, 6:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kudos to Blackpool Magic Club
Replies: 71
Views: 4928

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? Hm... things are not always set in stone. Some things are more fluid, or malleable. Sometimes people rise to the occasion, if given the occasion. It is more interesting, and more d...
by Tom Stone
February 22nd, 2020, 1:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Conjuring 2020 - Workshop in Sweden - 10-15 August
Replies: 1
Views: 838

Conjuring 2020 - Workshop in Sweden - 10-15 August

CONJURING 2020 Workshop in Sweden - August 10-15 This is a 6 day hands-on workshop in conjuring, designed for adult magicians with some experience (anything from general knowledge to FISM-level expertise). The main instructor is Tom Stone , author of several technical books on conjuring arts. He wa...
by Tom Stone
February 22nd, 2020, 12:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Young Magicians 2020 - Workshop in Sweden - August 10-14
Replies: 0
Views: 1193

Young Magicians 2020 - Workshop in Sweden - August 10-14

YOUNG MAGICIANS 2020 Workshop in Sweden - August 10-14 If you know any young magician, girl or boy, please let them know about this. Feel free to spread it to magicians & magic clubs, both within and outside your own country. This is a 5 day hands-on workshop in conjuring for young magicians, b...
by Tom Stone
February 21st, 2020, 2:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kudos to Blackpool Magic Club
Replies: 71
Views: 4928

Re: Kudos to Blackpool Magic Club

Q. Kumber wrote:Tom, I'm curious as to why eight different women would specifically message you about their Blackpool experience.

Hahahaha, sorry. It is fewer, just at different occasions.
by Tom Stone
February 21st, 2020, 1:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kudos to Blackpool Magic Club
Replies: 71
Views: 4928

Re: Kudos to Blackpool Magic Club

There are a number of photos of the convention dotted around Facebook if you look (and they are a pain to link to here). That will give you a very good indication of the demographic. Not necessarily. Some only come for the shows and lectures they've decided to see, but avoid the dealerroom and othe...
by Tom Stone
February 20th, 2020, 10:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kudos to Blackpool Magic Club
Replies: 71
Views: 4928

Re: Kudos to Blackpool Magic Club

Of course it doesn't seem to have occured to anyone that perhaps the vast, vast, vast majority of women aren't particularly interested in magic in the first place. Statistics doesn't quite agree with that. This is this week's demographics for my workshops (female magicians: 52%): http://file.tomsto...
by Tom Stone
February 20th, 2020, 9:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kudos to Blackpool Magic Club
Replies: 71
Views: 4928

Re: Kudos to Blackpool Magic Club

Methinks it might be a good idea to find a way to bring women ATTENDEES to the convention before worrying about booking female acts. You bring them in my presenting events that aren't archaic. You've seen my girlfriend's facebook page, Mark. She loves magic, but other than the shows and lectures sh...
by Tom Stone
February 20th, 2020, 7:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kudos to Blackpool Magic Club
Replies: 71
Views: 4928

Re: Kudos to Blackpool Magic Club

Mr. Moore: Just curious: were the demographics of the attendees at Blackpool much different from the demographics of the booked talent? (At the last magic convention I attended, the demographics AND the talent were pretty much one and the same.) 30% of the attendees at Gay Ljungberg's Magic Weekend...
by Tom Stone
February 20th, 2020, 12:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kudos to Blackpool Magic Club
Replies: 71
Views: 4928

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... I felt embarrassed when I saw their program. Like there had been no evo...
by Tom Stone
February 10th, 2020, 7:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Chaos Within - by Nikola Arkane
Replies: 1
Views: 1346

The Chaos Within - by Nikola Arkane

Nikola Arkane just released her very first set of lecture notes, describing the act that made her the 2019 British IBM Champion of Close-up.
https://arkaneshop.com/shop/ebooks/the- ... k-edition/

The act:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0u3TV37Fi2Q&t=149
(Performance starts at 2:28)
by Tom Stone
January 11th, 2020, 11:20 am
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks
Replies: 222
Views: 30949

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

Why? Because the next part is the relevant part. See Jack’s post. The next part is the main reason Teller won his case. It says that a piece of work is protected only to the degree of the country in charge of enforcing it. So RK would be correct when he states that in the US your claims hold no leg...
by Tom Stone
January 10th, 2020, 7:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks
Replies: 222
Views: 30949

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

Brad Henderson wrote:According to WIPO one of the basic principles of Berne is:

Yes ?

Correct. Continue reading.
by Tom Stone
January 10th, 2020, 7:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks
Replies: 222
Views: 30949

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

The difference between plays/music and magic tricks is that plays/music are done verbatim.. So your artistic work can never be protected, only the documentation of it?. That is not how anything works. But I could watch you do "Benson Burner", and then go out the next day and do a sponge b...
by Tom Stone
January 10th, 2020, 7:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks
Replies: 222
Views: 30949

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

Tom, why can't you understand that the law you espouse does not exist in the USA, and is not enforceable in the USA. Most of us here are not outside the USA--we are IN the USA. Ok, so you are not party of the Berne treaty. And Teller did not win his case. What’s next? Your views on the flat earth t...
by Tom Stone
January 10th, 2020, 3:41 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks
Replies: 222
Views: 30949

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

Not right. The work has to be recorded (written down, recorded on audio or video) to be eligible for copyright. And then the recording is copyrighted, not the thing that was recorded. Ok, so when a playwright writes a play, only the script have copyright? If you copy a live production of said play,...
by Tom Stone
January 10th, 2020, 1:06 am
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks
Replies: 222
Views: 30949

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

Only his performance of it was covered by copyright, not the actual trick itself, and not the method. Hm. Yes, the Rome Convention (performers rights) is open to States party to the Berne Convention, but I thought you didn’t believe the Berne Convention exist. No, Dogge did not broadcast bootleg vi...
by Tom Stone
January 9th, 2020, 7:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks
Replies: 222
Views: 30949

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

I'm sorry Tom if you either did not understand, or simply decided to blur the distinction between the NON-Copyrightability of a magic trick and the copyrightability of an original performance , in Teller's case, "Shadows." You called my statement that a magic trick could not receive copyr...
by Tom Stone
January 9th, 2020, 6:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks
Replies: 222
Views: 30949

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

Magic tricks are not protected by copyright in the United States. Magic tricks are considered "ideas," and "ideas" cannot be copyrighted in the United States. For reasons I do not pretend to understand, Tom refuses to accept this. Ideas can’t be protected. Realised works can. Yo...
by Tom Stone
January 9th, 2020, 11:44 am
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks
Replies: 222
Views: 30949

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

You claim our craft & art lack the copyright protection that other artistic fields have, and to support that, you post a case where the magician’s copyright actually was protected?
by Tom Stone
January 9th, 2020, 8:25 am
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks
Replies: 222
Views: 30949

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

MagicbyAlfred wrote:Unfortunately, unlike the case with other creative art forms like music, literature and movies, the intellectual property laws in the U.S. do not yet afford copyright protection to the creation of a magic trick.

That’s nonsense. Of course it does.
by Tom Stone
January 8th, 2020, 5:14 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Tom Stone and Friends performance videos
Replies: 3
Views: 1587

Re: Tom Stone and Friends performance videos

Curtis Kam wrote:This piece especially.

Which piece? :-)
by Tom Stone
January 2nd, 2020, 2:05 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Too Perfect Theory
Replies: 171
Views: 12535

Re: The Too Perfect Theory

Raising the level of impossibility is the "sell"--the way in which we emphasize a routine' s impossible conditions, as Mike Close has pointed out. The ring box would be held in the spectator's hand--and acknowledged by the rest of the audience. The Kaps method employed by Wonder is not st...
by Tom Stone
January 1st, 2020, 11:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Too Perfect Theory
Replies: 171
Views: 12535

Re: The Too Perfect Theory

Mike Close does exactly that in his routine "The Big Surprise" which is another version the Hennig (Fred Kaps) card in box. Those who fail to understand the Too Perfect Theory would to well to study Mike's routine. While Mike's routine is great, it have problems that makes it play less th...
by Tom Stone
January 1st, 2020, 11:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Too Perfect Theory
Replies: 171
Views: 12535

Re: The Too Perfect Theory

If the spectator held the ring box at the beginning of the effect and handed it back to Tommy at the end, she would recognize the impossibility of her signed appearing inside from the deck. The only solution for her to follow would be a switch, and she would be correct. That is not what any member ...
by Tom Stone
January 1st, 2020, 9:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Too Perfect Theory
Replies: 171
Views: 12535

Re: The Too Perfect Theory

Exactly. The Too Perfect Theory cautions us that the method has to be commensurate with the level of the effect. Otherwise the trail will become obvious. That does not correspond with any known reality. Why didn't Tommy Wonder have the audience hold the ring box before revealing the signed folded c...
by Tom Stone
January 1st, 2020, 8:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Too Perfect Theory
Replies: 171
Views: 12535

Re: The Too Perfect Theory

Tom, I'm curious what your opinion is regarding having cards signed. It is necessary? Unnecessary? Does it really not add a lot of meaning or an extra layer of certainty in the mind of the spectator? It depend on the piece. To sign or not should be an aesthetic presentational choice. If you think a...
by Tom Stone
January 1st, 2020, 1:41 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Too Perfect Theory
Replies: 171
Views: 12535

Re: The Too Perfect Theory

That is an example of the performer being blind to the effect that actually is performed, while believing they perform what the effect description claim. The effect that is actually performed is going to require a method that does not leave a trail to the obvious solution. The effect that is actual...
by Tom Stone
January 1st, 2020, 12:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Too Perfect Theory
Replies: 171
Views: 12535

Re: The Too Perfect Theory

The Object to Impossible Location effect leads the audience to the possibility of a duplicate. How else? That is an example of the performer being blind to the effect that actually is performed, while believing they perform what the effect description claim. Roberto Giobbi believes the restored car...
by Tom Stone
January 1st, 2020, 8:08 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Too Perfect Theory
Replies: 171
Views: 12535

Re: The Too Perfect Theory

And I'm still wondering how to introduce an "imperfection" into it in order that others don't follow the same logical deduction that I did. I believe that so far no spectator has got anywhere near the method. "so far no spectator has got anywhere near the method" Yes, that sound...
by Tom Stone
January 1st, 2020, 12:57 am
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Becoming FizzWizzPop - a book on children's entertainment
Replies: 1
Views: 2675

Becoming FizzWizzPop - a book on children's entertainment

Nikola Arkane is a close up performer who recently won two IBM competitions and recently performed for a week in the close up room at The Magic Castle. But she is best known in her native Northern Ireland as FizzWizzPop - a children's magician. She have now written a book, Becoming FizzWizzPop - a ...
by Tom Stone
December 31st, 2019, 12:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Too Perfect Theory
Replies: 171
Views: 12535

Re: The Too Perfect Theory

(PS: I've never liked the "Too Perfect" theory. I think it is sometimes used to cover up poor trick construction and weak presentations.) "Too Perfect theory" is a misnomer on every possible level. It doesn't describe anything real, lack the consistency of a proper theory and ha...

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