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by Tom Moore
January 31st, 2016, 6:05 am
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: Tenyo using 3D printing?
Replies: 25
Views: 9997

Re: Tenyo using 3D printing?

3D printing isn't very durable (other than the high end, laser based machines that are the size of a room) and even if you apply Moore's Law to the technology it's still a good 8-10 years before the unit cost of 3D printing reaches a point where it's comparable with other traditional plastic/resin m...
by Tom Moore
January 27th, 2016, 1:42 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Strong ITR?
Replies: 15
Views: 4220

Re: Strong ITR?

Ok, fluorescent lighting is the enemy of all filament based threads (which encompasses most "invisible" threads) so there's a need to think laterally here as almost any invisible thread you use is going to flare/glare under that lighting condition. I would be inclined to use a thin black c...
by Tom Moore
January 27th, 2016, 10:13 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Strong ITR?
Replies: 15
Views: 4220

Re: Strong ITR?

Stronger thread..... We're going to need much more information on your performing environment and technical needs than you have currently provided. I have an "invisible" thread I regularly use that can hold about 40lbs but it requires specialist pulleys and is only invisible to an audience...
by Tom Moore
December 24th, 2015, 8:12 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: If You've Received Tenyoism Please Post Here!
Replies: 100
Views: 19433

Re: If You've Received Tenyoism Please Post Here!

Arrived at my office in a dark distant corner of England today
by Tom Moore
November 23rd, 2015, 4:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Illusionists in the UK - reviews
Replies: 16
Views: 2941

Re: The Illusionists in the UK - reviews

I've already written plenty about the terrible machismo and lack of female performers in other shows as well as how the majority of the magic/illusion shows on the market are trapped in a terrible 90's aesthetic and mindset. It's worth noting that Derren & Dynamo's shows both manage to avoid usi...
by Tom Moore
November 23rd, 2015, 4:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Illusionists in the UK - reviews
Replies: 16
Views: 2941

Re: The Illusionists in the UK - reviews

He's in the Broadway unit. All of the "big" illusion performers on the Illusionist books are in the other units (Broadway, 1903) and not currently the West-End production. UK is MC'd by Colin Cloud with Andre Basso, Kevin James, David Williamson, Jamie Raven & Den Den. Ben Hanlin is ma...
by Tom Moore
November 23rd, 2015, 2:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Illusionists in the UK - reviews
Replies: 16
Views: 2941

Re: The Illusionists in the UK - reviews

I'm struggling to disagree with the reviews though - they are correct in that the show is VERY small compared to other Illusionist's productions with no real illusions to speak of bar KJ's pieces which he deliberately plays small. Roll in to this performers who've never been on a west-end stage befo...
by Tom Moore
November 22nd, 2015, 12:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: "The Illusionists" on NBC December 9 at 10 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 1650

Re: "The Illusionists" on NBC December 9 at 10 pm

The way it's shot, the colour pallet, the tone of some of the sequences (scorpions, nearly drowning, people set on fire...) everything about it makes it much more of a night-time show for grown-ups than an evening family show. All the other magic tv shows at the moment are pitching themselves square...
by Tom Moore
November 22nd, 2015, 6:34 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: "The Illusionists" on NBC December 9 at 10 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 1650

Re: "The Illusionists" on NBC December 9 at 10 pm

The style of this particular special is more grown-up than many magic specials. Whilst not strictly speaking an "adult" show it's certainly not something especially suitable for your more traditional family (aka kids) audience.
by Tom Moore
November 17th, 2015, 5:59 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic to Do - New Show on Princess Cruises
Replies: 20
Views: 4186

Re: Magic to Do - New Show on Princess Cruises

I'm definitely not saying that magicians are the bottom rung of entertainers but you did raise the complaint that only "magicians" should be presenting magic. We therefore really need to define what "a magician" is and decide precisely now many of them are needed to present an il...
by Tom Moore
November 12th, 2015, 4:46 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic to Do - New Show on Princess Cruises
Replies: 20
Views: 4186

Re: Magic to Do - New Show on Princess Cruises

I already produce a show that involves singers, dancers, actors and magicians, It's called Jonathan Pendragon's Theatre of Magic, I will be at the Magic Castle in the Palace mid-December. I come from theater as well. I have directed many productions. I have always argued for a source, where does th...
by Tom Moore
November 10th, 2015, 2:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic to Do - New Show on Princess Cruises
Replies: 20
Views: 4186

Re: Magic to Do - New Show on Princess Cruises

This is a revue show (focusing quite heavily on the music i might add) that has magic in it, it's not a magic/illusionist show that has swapped the expensive magician for a dancer. It's no different to the work Jim has done for Feld's "Disney" tours, Aladdin, Beauty & the Beast, Mary P...
by Tom Moore
November 5th, 2015, 2:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic to Do - New Show on Princess Cruises
Replies: 20
Views: 4186

Re: Magic to Do - New Show on Princess Cruises

I've seen it - it's a very good show and for a first-effort it was nothing short of stunning!
by Tom Moore
October 26th, 2015, 6:52 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Vegas show "Believe"
Replies: 11
Views: 2853

Re: Vegas show "Believe"

Believe is owned and controlled by Cirque du Soleil and they have the financial resources to keep any of their shows ticking over through low sales periods which is why (with an odd exception) you don't see their shows opening and closing within a few weeks. The "mistake" a lot of people m...
by Tom Moore
October 25th, 2015, 1:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel cancels shows
Replies: 26
Views: 4735

Re: Criss Angel cancels shows

In completely unrelated news, CdS confirmed this week that they are about to "radically refresh" believe before 2016 so that it has the legs to make it through to its 10 year target.
by Tom Moore
September 16th, 2015, 4:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How many ways can we drum up publicity ...
Replies: 14
Views: 2586

Re: How many ways can we drum up publicity ...

...and yet every day across the planet hundreds of performers successfully escape from things and no one knows their name whereas the few people who keep failing to escape are on the network news and being spoken about and shared on message boards and social media across the planet.
by Tom Moore
September 14th, 2015, 8:34 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: origin of "Dc shadow efx thru China wall"
Replies: 16
Views: 3617

Re: origin of "Dc shadow efx thru China wall"

It is a technique used in shadow puppet theatre, the "false perspective" created by different positioned of objects relative to a light source. That technique is (literally) ancient. The more traditional shadow box (that you keep discrediting) also utilises the same optical principle to ma...
by Tom Moore
September 13th, 2015, 12:27 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: origin of "Dc shadow efx thru China wall"
Replies: 16
Views: 3617

Re: origin of "Dc shadow efx thru China wall"

almost every shadow based illusion and shadow performance / puppet performance uses that "method"
by Tom Moore
September 13th, 2015, 6:22 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: origin of "Dc shadow efx thru China wall"
Replies: 16
Views: 3617

Re: origin of "Dc shadow efx thru China wall"

Shadowgraphy is something that's thousands of years old so the "illusion" of appearing out of nowhere by exploiting shadow principle is untraceable. I'll bet the DC GWoC prop was a Don Wayne / David Mendoza build (with dozens of secondary advisors) like virtually every other major illusion...
by Tom Moore
August 29th, 2015, 4:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Success of The Illusionists pays off ...
Replies: 14
Views: 5097

Re: Success of The Illusionists pays off ...

It's an interesting show, overall i'd say it's the ying to "The illusionists" yang - everything one show does badly the other does very well & vis-versa. It has sufficient legs to be revived and toured (indeed it's all but confirmed that it will be back in the west end next year as wel...
by Tom Moore
August 18th, 2015, 11:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Supernaturalists' 2015 Tour Dates
Replies: 6
Views: 1958

Re: The Supernaturalists' 2015 Tour Dates

It's possibly a different business model in the states but on the European & UK outings of "The Illusionists" they've gone with the Vegas business model of a very high list-price for tickets but also a market flooded with discounts and offers so that basically no-one will actually be p...
by Tom Moore
August 17th, 2015, 10:55 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magic in BoingBoing
Replies: 536
Views: 83566

Re: Magic in BoingBoing

Classic magician's logic there Brad, you loose 10 points. Just because magicians do something to provoke a reaction and the audience then reacts doesn't mean that the audience is reacting to what the magician thinks they are re-acting to. Audiences gasp and are amazed by jugglers, i'd suggest that 9...
by Tom Moore
August 15th, 2015, 4:36 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Intellectual Property Question
Replies: 11
Views: 5619

Re: Intellectual Property Question

Broadly speaking, if you're hired in to work on a show then the show will "own" whatever you create or contribute to the show. They might not have an exclusive right to it (ie you can continue using it) but if they paid you to create/develop/refine it then they own it. If you bring in an &...
by Tom Moore
June 1st, 2015, 11:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jamie Raven comes 2nd on Britain's Got Talent
Replies: 16
Views: 3149

Re: Jamie Raven comes 2nd on Britain's Got Talent

Having your material exposed in the press has been an occupational hazard of being a magician for only the last 150 years or so; I can understand why it still surprises and shocks so many magicians. Ironically though by all these magicians posting links to the article on other forums / websites / so...
by Tom Moore
May 31st, 2015, 6:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jamie Raven comes 2nd on Britain's Got Talent
Replies: 16
Views: 3149

Re: Jamie Raven comes 2nd on Britain's Got Talent

A very interesting result with some important lessons to learn for all magicians His semi-final performance went terribly wrong (it was a massive mistake to try and make a close-up magician in to a stage illusionist) and was widely ridiculed and yet his semi-final performance got the highest vote ou...
by Tom Moore
May 16th, 2015, 5:10 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Magnetic Matrix
Replies: 15
Views: 4432

Re: Magnetic Matrix

Back when i worked in a magic shop we sold an effect that was a pad with magnets in, magnetic coins and banknotes with shims in - it was basically a self working matrix as the different strength of the magnets made the coins automatically attach to the banknotes (and the pad) so that the matrix happ...
by Tom Moore
May 15th, 2015, 12:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: One Trick Phoney
Replies: 171
Views: 17946

Re: One Trick Phoney

I don't see where "most investigated" robs the word, "psychic" of its meaning. He is not using that preface as a subtle wink, but as a boast. It doesn't But you said that on his profile he was claiming "he is psychic" when actually that's not what his twitter profile s...
by Tom Moore
May 15th, 2015, 12:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: One Trick Phoney
Replies: 171
Views: 17946

Re: One Trick Phoney

He still says he's a psychic on his Twitter profile No he doesn't - he say's that he's "the most investigated...psychic" which is a subtle but fundamental difference. Its these careful choices of language (which readers quickly misread and misremember) that a lot of magicians and mentalis...
by Tom Moore
May 15th, 2015, 11:24 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: One Trick Phoney
Replies: 171
Views: 17946

Re: One Trick Phoney

Out of curiosity Tim, do you have any references / links / proof of anything in the last 15-20 years - ie since he stopped publicly claiming genuine powers and started being the host/producer of one of the biggest TV magic show brands around? I'm genuinely curious as to how many years you feel would...
by Tom Moore
May 13th, 2015, 9:18 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: One Trick Phoney
Replies: 171
Views: 17946

Re: One Trick Phoney

Why wouldn't you have made any comment at all? Is it because you know that based on your morals and ethics that it would be wrong? The point is that he should have declined to participate in the first place. He said he was contacted by a top Malaysian government official, and that he gave them some...
by Tom Moore
May 13th, 2015, 7:25 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: One Trick Phoney
Replies: 171
Views: 17946

Re: One Trick Phoney

There's a lot of accusations here about him giving false hope / tricking the relatives of the malasia plane vanish - however after a burst of googling I cannot find anything at all other than the quotes that Tim mentions above or one of (thousands) of syndicated articles or social media comments tha...
by Tom Moore
May 12th, 2015, 8:07 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Crowdfunding websites and magic?
Replies: 8
Views: 1578

Re: Crowdfunding websites and magic?

I'd also argue that a lot of new releases in magic are already "crowdfunded" without using official crowdfunding companies - how often is a book / gimmick / routine promoted on forums then put out for presale / reservation weeks or even months before the actual product is available. Whilst...
by Tom Moore
May 11th, 2015, 10:12 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Teller's tech essentials in this morning's WSJ
Replies: 4
Views: 1059

Re: Teller's tech essentials in this morning's WSJ

It's true but it's false... When you fully explain ALL the mechanisms and principles (right down to stuff like how a particular principle exploits physiological quirks in how your eye works for example) it is genuinely wonderous stuff - but it is a LOT of data to express & explain (it took me 10...
by Tom Moore
May 9th, 2015, 8:45 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: One Trick Phoney
Replies: 171
Views: 17946

Re: One Trick Phoney

I applaud Tom Moore for being a stickler for accuracy, however he loses credibility saying about Geller "his own (weirdly successful) TV format that has gotten more out and out magicians on prime-time network TV than Masters of Illusion, WGM, Fool us & Wizard Wars combined." Obviously...
by Tom Moore
May 7th, 2015, 10:50 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: One Trick Phoney
Replies: 171
Views: 17946

Re: One Trick Phoney

I see Gellar as a modern-day "quack" of magic, akin to what Dr.Oz is becoming. However, people identify Oz as a doctor, whereas Geller has never been identified as a magician (in the public's eyes). ....me again. Maybe not in America but on this side of the Atlantic you'll find Uri has be...
by Tom Moore
May 7th, 2015, 8:46 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: One Trick Phoney
Replies: 171
Views: 17946

Re: One Trick Phoney

To your point, Tom, Sawing was not a fair comparison to spoon bending in the first place, if one believes there is a difference between a professional psychic and a professional magician. Sawing was more like a spook show. And, as I mentioned before, there was (and is) a cultural identification ass...
by Tom Moore
May 7th, 2015, 6:20 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: One Trick Phoney
Replies: 171
Views: 17946

Re: One Trick Phoney

. Whatever people thought sawing to be when it first came out, at least it was presented by someone calling themselves a magician (with the cultural understanding of what that is). Conversely, Geller has always and continues to present his "tricks" as demonstrations of his supernatural po...
by Tom Moore
May 4th, 2015, 6:21 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Success of The Illusionists pays off ...
Replies: 14
Views: 5097

Re: Success of The Illusionists pays off ...

I have an invite though at the moment it clashes perfectly with the dates of the Edinburgh festival that I have 4 shows I have designed/consulted on running in so it'll be dependant on how easily (or not) they get through rehearsals as to whether I can make it down to London in time.

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by Tom Moore
May 3rd, 2015, 4:42 am
Forum: General
Topic: Penn and Teller
Replies: 3
Views: 1366

Re: Penn and Teller

It's a hybrid of the big bits from the vegas show and the smaller iconic bits they did in their original boradway show.

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