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by Tom Moore
June 15th, 2017, 3:28 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 10877

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

They are experienced contestants in the "got talent" world, they know what they are doing and have follow-up acts. Hiding the fact they are twins and revealing it later is a reductions idea as that final reveal would undo all the magic they had created previously and leave an audience bitt...
by Tom Moore
June 9th, 2017, 3:09 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 100
Views: 14046

Re: America's Got Talent performance

Bill- at no point in any of the judges comments did they say he "fooled" them. They say how impressed they were, how spectacular and unusual and visual what they had just seen was but they never say the F word so I am confused why you keep asserting that they were? As a more general note; ...
by Tom Moore
June 7th, 2017, 9:47 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 100
Views: 14046

Re: America's Got Talent performance

He didn't fool them (in any magic sense) he dazzled them, wowed them, showed them something they'd never seen before but 10 seconds looking at the online public comments shows that he didn't fool them.
by Tom Moore
June 5th, 2017, 5:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 100
Views: 14046

Re: America's Got Talent performance

For the camera (with distance and a little lighting) it looks great. There's a LOT of experience using this exact technique in close-up situations; it works incredibly well and is a surprisingly robust technology in the harsh environment of live close-up performance; To choose 2 performers familiar...
by Tom Moore
June 5th, 2017, 6:47 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 100
Views: 14046

Re: America's Got Talent performance

The argument about an effect being "too perfect" or "too proppy" is an incredibly modern one that most magicians don't even begin to understand, much less have a clear reasoned personal decision as to their stance on the matter. Outside of performers who presented themselves as p...
by Tom Moore
May 1st, 2017, 5:33 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: On Magic in Las Vegas
Replies: 2
Views: 1675

Re: On Magic in Las Vegas

For listeners familiar with the current Angel & Copperfield shows it's worth listening to this to note the huge disparity between what actually happens in performance (the subtleties, the motivation, the convincers) and what the lay audience remembers happening - there are sequences that the res...
by Tom Moore
April 13th, 2017, 8:49 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Håkan Berg at Le Plus Grand Cabaret!
Replies: 4
Views: 1629

Re: Håkan Berg at Le Plus Grand Cabaret!

Monique also owns probably the most powerful & important variety/circus booking agency in Europe - so has a huge database of tried and tested acts & a formidable reputation to protect. She also very actively tours Europe visiting smaller gala shows and productions looking for undiscovered ac...
by Tom Moore
March 31st, 2017, 8:09 am
Forum: General
Topic: Derren Brown announces New York dates - tickets on sale!
Replies: 8
Views: 5956

Re: Derren Brown announces New York dates - tickets on sale!

The VR elements have always been on the ride, they've just been beefed up in this re-tooling. It's a multi-phase ride that is best described as an extreme horror maze rather than as a ride; You're batched in to groups of 50 and go through a series of rooms/experiences, part of that involves using VR...
by Tom Moore
March 30th, 2017, 6:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Blaine Live Tour
Replies: 21
Views: 5254

Re: David Blaine Live Tour

And, if memory serves, Dynamo's show was well received, was it not? Broadly speaking yes - it was essentially just his most iconic TV effects presented on stage so his fans loved it. The only real criticism that came out of it was that it was "act as known" rather than anything new, diffe...
by Tom Moore
March 30th, 2017, 4:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Blaine Live Tour
Replies: 21
Views: 5254

Re: David Blaine Live Tour

Thanks Tom ... any indication as to whether Dynamo's 'arena gamble' paid off ? I believe it was reasonably successful and profitable yes. They were able to book a "proper" arena tour with multiple performances in one venue and plenty of consecutive dates so that they achieved the best sav...
by Tom Moore
March 29th, 2017, 7:47 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Blaine Live Tour
Replies: 21
Views: 5254

Re: David Blaine Live Tour

From a "money in the performers pocket" point of view large theatres are better than arena's - the increased costs associated with scaling a show for an arena (extra tv screens, bigger sound system, physically bigger stage and set, more staff, higher venue costs. higher marketing costs) of...
by Tom Moore
March 28th, 2017, 12:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What separates the pro from the amateur?
Replies: 60
Views: 24797

Re: What separates the pro from the amateur?

"The Understanding of the importance of time" In the stage & illusion world I generally find the amateurs want to buy a routine/idea/prop all complete and ready to go and will be presenting it on stage within days of receiving it (I've seen people take delivery of one of my designs and...
by Tom Moore
March 18th, 2017, 8:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Copperfield Law Suit?
Replies: 9
Views: 2665

Re: Copperfield Law Suit?

Last week Yes he does have spectators on stage but it's only when absolutely needed (people were even brought to mic's at the side of the stage but not on-stage if they weren't needed to physically touch something on the stage) and every time there was a spectator on stage there's multiple crew memb...
by Tom Moore
March 18th, 2017, 7:10 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Copperfield Law Suit?
Replies: 9
Views: 2665

Re: Copperfield Law Suit?

It is noticeable in his current show the impact this and the previous law-suit have had. He's now the only person going inside any prop or standing in "drop zones", most of the stuff with spectators is done in the audience, the only time they are brought on stage is when it's absolutely es...
by Tom Moore
March 7th, 2017, 9:49 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 18849

Re: Magicians Documentary

he fact that no tag line was added to the film about the pedophile just makes the dishonestly of what is ostensibly an objective view all the worse. If they had then the public would have talked about it as "that paedophile magicians" film thus overshadowing the other story in the film an...
by Tom Moore
February 26th, 2017, 5:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hobson's Illusionarium getting good reviews ...
Replies: 17
Views: 5798

Re: Hobson's Illusionarium getting good reviews ...

Sad to see it going but the writing has been on the wall for a long time. There have been some operational issues, it was incredibly expensive to run (circus performers of equivalent reputation to the magic performers they had would be 1/3 the wage bill) and there were ongoing issues trying to sell ...
by Tom Moore
February 25th, 2017, 5:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hobson's Illusionarium getting good reviews ...
Replies: 17
Views: 5798

Re: Hobson's Illusionarium getting good reviews ...

Illusionarium is to close early May, the venue modified and be re-opened with an update of one of circus shows that has worked on their other ships presented in a revised dinner-theater format.
by Tom Moore
January 15th, 2017, 5:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Feld and/or public sloughs Ringling Brothers
Replies: 19
Views: 2799

Re: Feld and/or public sloughs Ringling Brothers

To claim that Ringling / Felds are representative of all circus is like claiming that Cris Angel is representative of all magicians and that the day his vegas show closes the writing will be on the wall for kids-party magicians. The Ringling shows were phenomenally expensive arena shows - teams of 1...
by Tom Moore
December 17th, 2016, 7:48 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 'Six Card Creations' - Robert Harbin
Replies: 7
Views: 1284

Re: 'Six Card Creations' - Robert Harbin

Yeah er lots of people have played with this method and there was even a version of it in a theme park show here in the uk 20 years ago for a little while. As Brad points out it's a very specific method with very specific application and very precise viewing/performance criteria that make the origin...
by Tom Moore
December 16th, 2016, 12:03 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon Cups: Myth?
Replies: 51
Views: 8723

Re: Vernon Cups: Myth?

Engraving wouldn't stop it flashing either (compared to regular mirror polish) which is probably the main reason why this story isn't likely to be true
by Tom Moore
November 28th, 2016, 11:56 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 18849

Re: Magicians Documentary

Whereas television shows tend to have a fee structure based around repeat fees and royalties, movies (even documentaries) are almost always "buy-out" contracts for everyone involved with no on-going revenues regardless of the success (or not) of the picture with all the money the movie mak...
by Tom Moore
November 2nd, 2016, 5:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stuff The White Rabbit - best magic series ever
Replies: 39
Views: 6670

Re: Stuff The White Rabbit - best magic series ever

I find it interesting that Jerry uses Bridge sized cards in a lot of his tricks. I experimented with it once and it really makes certain tricks easier. But I never stuck with it. On TV - Bridge sized cards look fine. But in real life they probably look a bit weird. That said - here in the UK - they...
by Tom Moore
November 2nd, 2016, 5:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stuff The White Rabbit - best magic series ever
Replies: 39
Views: 6670

Re: Stuff The White Rabbit - best magic series ever

An almost entirely irrelevant point there as you'll notice I've stuck squarely to the ethical and moral dimension rather than quoting chapter and verse of the legal statutes this impinges. The world of magic is a small one, largely self-policed and at the heart of that lies ethics and respect for fe...
by Tom Moore
November 2nd, 2016, 4:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stuff The White Rabbit - best magic series ever
Replies: 39
Views: 6670

Re: Stuff The White Rabbit - best magic series ever

That's a third hand report of a conversation where the producer said the best chance for someone in the uk to see the show is on a video tape (which as I mentioned before would be stretching the TV licensing laws but still just within them as the show is effectively being shown to license payers in ...
by Tom Moore
November 2nd, 2016, 1:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stuff The White Rabbit - best magic series ever
Replies: 39
Views: 6670

Re: Stuff The White Rabbit - best magic series ever

Okay - somebody has been in touch with me. I may have a way of been able to share the videos again. Cannot promise a timeline just now (probably be a few days). But I just want to throw the idea out - since if anybody is desperate to see these episodes, I want to do my best to help them out. So PM ...
by Tom Moore
November 2nd, 2016, 5:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stuff The White Rabbit - best magic series ever
Replies: 39
Views: 6670

Re: Stuff The White Rabbit - best magic series ever

Show rights are owned/controlled by the BBC and is unlikely to ever be re-released because all the contracts / licenses for it were for first-run broadcast only so there's 100+ contracts that would have to be renegotiated. YouTube will accept takedown requests from anyone who can establish a primary...
by Tom Moore
October 15th, 2016, 5:04 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Marko Karvo - World Class Magic
Replies: 4
Views: 2880

Re: Marko Karvo - World Class Magic

Plus Grand Cabaret du Monde is very actively produced by the host Patrik Sebastian (an iconic French TV presenter in the mold of Bruce Forsyth / Regis Philbin) with specialist advice & booking by Monique Nakachain who runs probably the biggest variety act booking / management agency in Europe. T...
by Tom Moore
September 18th, 2016, 8:56 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: The Trick that Fooled Einstein
Replies: 24
Views: 20957

Re: The Trick that Fooled Einstein

Uk coinage follows a similar rule - a bag containing £10 worth of coins of the same colour will weigh the same no matter what combination of coins it contains (ie 5p coins weigh half what 10p coins weigh, 2p are twice the weight of 1p) and about 20 years ago PD actually used the principle to add a t...
by Tom Moore
August 1st, 2016, 4:06 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child
Replies: 18
Views: 6280

Re: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

It is VERY well done. It has also upped the game quite significantly - it makes virtually every other magic show in the country look low budget, outdated and under-resourced; they also get praise for properly integrating magic across all departments with lighting, sound, choreography, projection and...
by Tom Moore
July 14th, 2016, 8:05 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: America's Got Talent 2016
Replies: 31
Views: 14241

Re: America's Got Talent 2016

Two kids presenting illusions that look like nothing the judges have ever seen before in a style that feels very fresh & authentic. -V- A magician who whilst technically very good and innovative (and away from this show I do love his work) looks to the judges and producers like every other sligh...
by Tom Moore
July 11th, 2016, 5:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Criss Angel show packed with magic and mood swings
Replies: 30
Views: 6634

Re: New Criss Angel show packed with magic and mood swings

But they did.... and it didn't work; early versions of believe were packed with original/unique ideas and effects but it didn't pay off in terms of boosting revenues, it also didn't seem to win any praise from the people who are now criticizing him for /not/ being original in the newest version. The...
by Tom Moore
July 11th, 2016, 5:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Criss Angel show packed with magic and mood swings
Replies: 30
Views: 6634

Re: New Criss Angel show packed with magic and mood swings

Tom, when you write, "Outside of Copperfield, P&T, Burton, King i can't think of anyone working in vegas who isn't essentially a clone act ..." you've named most of the magicians in big shows in Vegas (and Lance Burton has been retired for years). Who else is there doing a full show? ...
by Tom Moore
July 11th, 2016, 4:07 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Criss Angel show packed with magic and mood swings
Replies: 30
Views: 6634

Re: New Criss Angel show packed with magic and mood swings

It's a tough one... The first and second incantations of the show at the Luxor did have a lot of very unique stuff & nuances (routines that were and could only be done by in that theatre) however they didn't rate very well with audiences. The need to shut down the show and come up with something...
by Tom Moore
May 27th, 2016, 9:46 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Joys of TV Magic - Britain's Got Talent
Replies: 16
Views: 5162

Re: The Joys of TV Magic - Britain's Got Talent

I'll pre-empt the accusation of bias by pointing out up front that I have previously worked/consulted on various "got talent" shows around the world but haven't been involved in this season. I also do not know the performer so my comments should be taken as more general and based on the pe...
by Tom Moore
May 2nd, 2016, 4:45 am
Forum: General
Topic: Your First " WOW " Factor With Magic ?
Replies: 5
Views: 4477

Re: Your First " WOW " Factor With Magic ?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isOEPpOIHlo As clear as day i can remember being 7 and seeing this act on TV and suddenly realizing that magic didn't have to be chintzy tuxedo's and pointless fluff; it could be something genuinely unsettling and artistic. The original routine/concept was created by ...
by Tom Moore
April 18th, 2016, 1:22 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Impression devices for pre-show; do they fool?
Replies: 13
Views: 5713

Re: Impression devices for pre-show; do they fool?

Check out Osterlind's Imp pad. Watch the video from mind mysteries volume 4 I think. Do it as he teaches and you will kill with this. Best, Russ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oi_43EqKQzA His framing, patter and presentation in that are textbook examples - it's very very good and you can see the y...
by Tom Moore
April 17th, 2016, 7:37 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Impression devices for pre-show; do they fool?
Replies: 13
Views: 5713

Re: Impression devices for pre-show; do they fool?

It all depends how you use them and the importance you attach to them in your actions. There are far too many impression devices that look (or are used) like weird magician's props thus immediately drawing attention to themselves. For pre-show work i believe it should all be done by a bored looking ...
by Tom Moore
April 11th, 2016, 10:23 am
Forum: General
Topic: New P&T Magic Set
Replies: 65
Views: 17249

Re: New P&T Magic Set

Shirts / Hats / Bag's cost around $1 to make when you're buying in volume, yet will sell for $20 and up. In one normal suitcase you'd get several hundred of each of them - these sorts of merchandise items are considerably more profitable & practical than magic sets as a merchandise item
by Tom Moore
April 8th, 2016, 5:17 am
Forum: General
Topic: New P&T Magic Set
Replies: 65
Views: 17249

Re: New P&T Magic Set

They are writing different routines and actually planning on using a couple of props from the set in their stage show but in unusual ways specifically to prove the point that it's not the props but the routines and presentation you put around them that change a so-so trick into something different s...
by Tom Moore
April 1st, 2016, 4:35 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dynamo Live
Replies: 7
Views: 2715

Re: Dynamo Live

Except that the routine was so poorly constructed (with the phone & bottle going out of view many times in increasingly suspicious ways) and absolutely no identifying marks on the phone itself or the bottle the effect was effectively thrown away by such a basic (and entirely preventable) failure...

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