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by Tom Moore
February 20th, 2020, 3:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kudos to Blackpool Magic Club
Replies: 71
Views: 5051

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 and whilst this problem isn't unique to BMC they are in the unique positio...
by Tom Moore
February 20th, 2020, 6:20 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kudos to Blackpool Magic Club
Replies: 71
Views: 5051

Re: Kudos to Blackpool Magic Club

The convention has improved massively since the DL days (though I am a little concerned with the increasing hostility to Derek mentioned at the event; whilst much of it is earned there is no escaping the fact that Blackpool Convention wouldn't be what it is today without his 2 decades controlling an...
by Tom Moore
January 21st, 2020, 5:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sad News from Davenport's Magic in London
Replies: 27
Views: 2689

Re: Sad News from Davenport's Magic in London

It’s a sad end to an iconic brand but over the last 10 years the davenport brand has been diminished. I wish them nothing but luck but the chances of finding a venue within London they can afford and which has the facilities they need is very slightly less than zero. Bricks and Mortimer shops are de...
by Tom Moore
November 17th, 2019, 2:27 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Why nobody take action against the big hitech company ripping off patented magic?
Replies: 16
Views: 2658

Re: Why nobody take action against the big hitech company ripping off patented magic?

In the context of an outright magic trick... no However almost by definition every lens makes things invisible - they take an image at their focal point and reproduce it on their surface. Every theatre spotlight, telescope has objects between the image source and the display surface which are render...
by Tom Moore
November 17th, 2019, 4:54 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Why nobody take action against the big hitech company ripping off patented magic?
Replies: 16
Views: 2658

Re: Why nobody take action against the big hitech company ripping off patented magic?

Tom, who was? Lubor's Patent itself states that these things already existed and had been done before. My reading of the patent is that it is very specifically related to using a stripey background to improve the effect. Lenticular lenses and screens have been around for over 100 years (early film ...
by Tom Moore
November 16th, 2019, 3:20 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Why nobody take action against the big hitech company ripping off patented magic?
Replies: 16
Views: 2658

Re: Why nobody take action against the big hitech company ripping off patented magic?

and don't give credit to his creator,


Lubor did not invent the lenticular lens / screen / material and was not the first person to use a lenticular lens to hide things.
by Tom Moore
November 12th, 2019, 5:15 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Why nobody take action against the big hitech company ripping off patented magic?
Replies: 16
Views: 2658

Re: Why nobody take action against the big hitech company ripping off patented magic?

Lubor did not invent the lenticular screen, nor was he the first person to use lenticular screens to hide or disguise things (his patent acknowledges this) his patent relates only to the use of that particular method to make objects vanish as part of a magic trick and seems to consider the stripey b...
by Tom Moore
November 5th, 2019, 11:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Viva Las Vegas
Replies: 13
Views: 2278

Re: Viva Las Vegas

Close up is totally out of my areas of interest and expertise so I've never gone looking for it to be able to answer that question. The monthly "vegas wonderground" event has a lot of close up and bar magic in between the main stage acts; however as the event is effectively an "open m...
by Tom Moore
November 5th, 2019, 5:00 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Viva Las Vegas
Replies: 13
Views: 2278

Re: Viva Las Vegas

If you are expecting to see more of "80's rockstar" style copperfield then you will hate his current show because it is the complete antithesis of that and reading between the lines on the negative reviews that has been the crux of their complaint. If you want to see an evening of an absol...
by Tom Moore
July 30th, 2019, 5:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks
Replies: 219
Views: 32924

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

You’re not in a position to make that call, only the audience is....
by Tom Moore
July 30th, 2019, 2:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magician Empties and Refills a Full Lake Live at Cyberspeed
Replies: 10
Views: 2045

Re: Magician Empties and Refills a Full Lake Live at Cyberspeed

I’m struggling to remember who it was who did it before but my instinct says this wasn’t the first ever lake emptying; I have memories of seeing it performed before. Frankly if it’s the first doesn’t really matter; promo mega illusions like this are all about getting instant press for the actual eff...
by Tom Moore
July 30th, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks
Replies: 219
Views: 32924

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

. For me, I can still vividly recall the astonishment, wonder, and joy of being fooled by Blackstone's Floating Lightbulb (in the third row, no less!). You cannot take that away from me Brad, nor does knowing the secret. No, no one can take that memory from you but never again for the rest of your ...
by Tom Moore
July 29th, 2019, 12:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magician Empties and Refills a Full Lake Live at Cyberspeed
Replies: 10
Views: 2045

Re: Magician Empties and Refills a Full Lake Live at Cyberspeed

Don Wayne was involved in / consulted on this which is why it has copperfield overtones and a more familiar method but doesn't have the full production values. I quite liked the concept of the pitcher (it fits perfectly in to illusionist logic) my only comments on it would be the clash of high and b...
by Tom Moore
July 15th, 2019, 4:10 am
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks
Replies: 219
Views: 32924

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

And Tom M., you're making a false analogy. XX is not a manufacturer ripping off and selling other's creations. And nor is the young aspiring magician who chooses to try and build the trick (and yes, perhaps improve it) for themselves after watching the video. Firstly, even if he isn't a manufacture...
by Tom Moore
July 14th, 2019, 1:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks
Replies: 219
Views: 32924

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

I'm sure no kid has the money to buy a Losander Floating Table, but with XX's video maybe she could build one, and maybe she adds something to make it better. It’s barely 1% of magicians with money and ethics who actually bother to truely adjust, scrutinise and improve the props and routines they p...
by Tom Moore
July 4th, 2019, 7:14 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Multum im Parvo
Replies: 45
Views: 4331

Re: Multum im Parvo

We looked at doing it about 10 years ago but couldn't find a market to justify it. The maths for calculating the sizes is tricky even when you use simple cylindrical shapes (which is why every version so far uses simple shaped tumblers) but if you want a more natural looking glass you have to do som...
by Tom Moore
June 3rd, 2019, 9:55 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic on TV
Replies: 8
Views: 1936

Re: Magic on TV

Finals of BGT last night saw 2 magic acts in the top 3 (Ben Hart and the returning Marc Spellman who had entered in disguise) though it was ultimately won by a pensioner war veteran singing in front of a backdrop of poppies. This version of the show publishes voting figures after the show is over (h...
by Tom Moore
May 30th, 2019, 5:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic on TV
Replies: 8
Views: 1936

Re: Magic on TV

Paul dabek is massively underrated, he’s spent years working hard to refine and establish his material. If you ever have the chance to check out his performance you absolutely should!
by Tom Moore
May 30th, 2019, 2:23 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic on TV
Replies: 8
Views: 1936

Re: Magic on TV

And to add, despite his fears about how he’d look on this type of show John Archer did do two absolutely barnstorming performances and will undoubtedly do very well post-show from this.
by Tom Moore
May 30th, 2019, 2:21 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic on TV
Replies: 8
Views: 1936

Re: Magic on TV

I didn’t catch the show but the uk cast are James More, Enzo, Yu Ho-Jin, Adam Trent, Chris Cox, Paul Dabek and Jonathan Goodwin. John archer didn’t make it through to the grand final but very nearly did tonight. The uk version of got Talent uses the wildcard system for 1 act in the final and he woul...
by Tom Moore
May 27th, 2019, 11:58 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Blaine overreaches in Europe ?
Replies: 14
Views: 3864

Re: Blaine overreaches in Europe ?

Magic shows really don’t play in ireland (there’s probably half a dozen magicians working in the whole country) and culturally what little magic they do have is much more fun; “authentic” performance styles like Blaine are completely at odds with Irish sensibilities which counts against him even fur...
by Tom Moore
May 10th, 2019, 2:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Master Class with Penn & Teller
Replies: 30
Views: 5478

Re: Master Class with Penn & Teller

But the business model for masterclass is all about pushing users to the “everything” subscription which enables users to view all the masterclass programs so in exactly the same way as with YouTube there’s a very large number of masterclass users who are paying to view Ron Howard or Steve Martin vi...
by Tom Moore
May 9th, 2019, 5:24 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Master Class with Penn & Teller
Replies: 30
Views: 5478

Re: Master Class with Penn & Teller

If you pay, then it's not exposure. Paying makes you a student. So to play devils advocate for a moment; I have a YouTube premium subscription (which means i can watch all their content without any adverts or pop ups) and many of the popular YouTube videos the revenue from advertising or subscripti...
by Tom Moore
May 7th, 2019, 4:55 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Razor Blade illusions
Replies: 53
Views: 9405

Re: Razor Blade illusions

I've never quite understood what the magical effect is with this sort of thing. I can thread needles with my bowels? I'm impervious to stupidity? I'm pretty certain that whilst most magicians think the trick they are presenting it "i can tie stuff on cotton with my stomach" that most audi...
by Tom Moore
May 5th, 2019, 5:10 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Razor Blade illusions
Replies: 53
Views: 9405

Re: Razor Blade illusions

No one now has any hands on experience with razor blades as used in the truck or any real context of how dangerous they /should/ be whilst the handling of the blades by almost every performer who does this effect proves to the audience that they clearly aren’t very sharp or dangerous after all. Sinc...
by Tom Moore
May 5th, 2019, 5:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Elizabeth!
Replies: 15
Views: 2982

Re: Elizabeth!

My guess, since they know what the steps are going to be, is that they have the first three appearances figured out before they start. Most of the magic acts and circus acts on BGT this year have been “booked” rather than found and have a story arc consultant/producer responsible for ensuring they ...
by Tom Moore
May 3rd, 2019, 2:38 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: George Melies' Illusions
Replies: 19
Views: 7219

Re: George Melies' Illusions

Whilst i can't say for certain it is clear from the techniques he created for Film FX that he had a very strong working knowledge of black art. His mentors were all also experienced at BA though also all had very strong engineering/mechanical backgrounds - Maskelyne, deKolta, Robert-Houdin and he re...
by Tom Moore
April 21st, 2019, 12:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...
Replies: 57
Views: 10730

Re: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...

I’d love to read more of tom’s insights on the actual goings on in the biz. A short but content laden weekly or bi weekly newsletter would be cool - like the old PW torch from back in the day. That’s very kind of you to say - this sort of information and narrative is the bread and butter of our day...
by Tom Moore
April 20th, 2019, 3:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...
Replies: 57
Views: 10730

Re: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...

Despite the marketing hype the original show at Luxor was never sold out (I don’t know a single person who saw the show and wasn’t upgraded or witnessed chunks of audience being upgraded) despite the fact it is legitimately a good VEGAS show with some great moment. 5 shows per week is a much more at...
by Tom Moore
April 15th, 2019, 12:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...
Replies: 57
Views: 10730

Re: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...

I believe they are essentially 4-walling though on a slightly sweeter deal than is normal. The marketing uptick from doing FoolUs and their regular appearances on other tv shows are part of a deliberate promotional strategy that seems to have worked as they are producing very solid sales levels. I w...
by Tom Moore
April 15th, 2019, 7:35 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...
Replies: 57
Views: 10730

Re: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...

Famously Mac King is on something closer to an old-school contract. Donnie & Marie are on old school terms (but about to close permanently) outside of that i can't think of anyone who's on the traditional contract. The big Music star residencies are in a way - each of the mega theatres is operat...
by Tom Moore
April 15th, 2019, 5:10 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...
Replies: 57
Views: 10730

Re: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...

For anyone that /wasn't/ cirque the Vegas dream died 15 years ago as that's when it all switched to 4-walling and took away the incentives for the casinos to help ensure the show was a success. Cirque managed to tread water for the last 10 years but it's worth noting over that period they closed as ...
by Tom Moore
April 13th, 2019, 7:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Anthony Owen Has Died
Replies: 8
Views: 10209

Re: Anthony Owen Has Died

I was literally in the middle of a project With him and there was never any hint of illness or problems. He leaves behind three children who he loved more then words could express.
by Tom Moore
November 3rd, 2018, 8:40 am
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: BoM: Milo & Roger by Arthur Brandon
Replies: 51
Views: 40981

Re: BoM: Milo & Roger by Arthur Brandon

Well the name and the key traits of the character (wearing a turban of his dads, wearing a kimono of his mum, playing the part of a crazy eastern mystic inspired by films popular at the time) are all developed at the same time in a panto performance. So if in 1947 he was using the name “ali bongo” t...
by Tom Moore
November 2nd, 2018, 7:46 am
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: BoM: Milo & Roger by Arthur Brandon
Replies: 51
Views: 40981

Re: BoM: Milo & Roger by Arthur Brandon

Probably best not to get your facts off wikipedia Mark - technically his first network TV appearance was Good Old Days in 1965 but here is a Pathe newsreel recorded early 1964 which shows him performing what is clearly a well established act https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sclA7D4WO_I I have seen ea...
by Tom Moore
November 2nd, 2018, 4:45 am
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: BoM: Milo & Roger by Arthur Brandon
Replies: 51
Views: 40981

Re: BoM: Milo & Roger by Arthur Brandon

Ali was born in 1929 Medway magic society was founded shortly after WW2 By the early 1960’s Ali is appearing on tv & newsreels with his very developed and well known act by an established performer; not as a newcomer trying out something new. So absolutely nothing you’ve claimed is correct mark.
by Tom Moore
November 1st, 2018, 5:09 pm
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: BoM: Milo & Roger by Arthur Brandon
Replies: 51
Views: 40981

Re: BoM: Milo & Roger by Arthur Brandon

Only if amongst everything else he invented there was a time machine. The ali bongo character was established and working in the late 1940’s, milo and roger don’t start their career until the late 50’s. since they were all of a similar age it’s much more likely they all took similar experiences and ...
by Tom Moore
October 17th, 2018, 2:22 pm
Forum: General
Topic: A rarely seen video...
Replies: 6
Views: 1893

Re: A rarely seen video...

Actually (and I’m worried how old this makes me feel) the zombie was still relatively contemporary when this special was shot and Norm’s act was considered incredibly cutting edge and dynamic at the time. Vincent Price made several tv magic special appearances around this period - there was a handfu...
by Tom Moore
October 14th, 2018, 5:48 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The end of a magic institution
Replies: 5
Views: 2370

The end of a magic institution

It’s just been confirmed that “plus grand cabaret du monde” (the biggest cabaret in the world) European tv show will end after the current season. It’s hard to explain what a cultural institution this show is - a 2 hour show of pure variety (with 3-4 magic acts every episode) and no gimmicks other t...
by Tom Moore
September 30th, 2018, 3:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Magic Venue in London
Replies: 5
Views: 999

Re: New Magic Venue in London

There are plenty of megastar magicians in Europe equally as famous as those guys in their respective territories. There are plenty of magicians in Europe selling similar ticket numbers as those guys do. Again though focusing on the outliers is to miss the bigger picture; in the middle there are lite...

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