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Johnny Thompson dove production

Postby Carl Mercurio » May 24th, 2011, 9:17 am

Does anybody remember a video or DVD in which Johnny Thompson explained how to produce a dove from a body load, but instead of using silks for cover he used clear plastic wrap?

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Re: Johnny Thompson dove production

Postby erdnasephile » May 24th, 2011, 10:09 am

Carl:

If memory serves (and that's always a dicey proposition at my age!), I think it's on his self-titled L & L DVD's (Volume 3).

I don't have the DVD's with me right now, but I can look to verify tonight.

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Re: Johnny Thompson dove production

Postby Joe Pecore » May 24th, 2011, 10:15 am

This?

Volume 3 of "Johnny Thompson, Commercial Classics" has "No Body Load Livestock Production (Tony Marks) - The best non-body load production ever devised."
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Re: Johnny Thompson dove production

Postby Carl Mercurio » May 24th, 2011, 1:14 pm

Thanks guys, but this was a body load.

I'm pretty sure the commercial classics tapes only had a non-body load approach with silks and a top hat.

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Re: Johnny Thompson dove production

Postby Terry » May 24th, 2011, 6:34 pm

Check the Steven's Magic Emporium DVD.

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Re: Johnny Thompson dove production

Postby Alpen » May 24th, 2011, 11:09 pm

No, that particular dove production of Johnny's has not been published nor has it been explained on video.

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Re: Johnny Thompson dove production

Postby Richard Kaufman » May 25th, 2011, 12:41 am

You can find the essential mechanics in the issue of Genii in which Channing Pollock appeared on the cover after his death. Johnny does it slightly differently, but the essence is the same. He and Channing came up with the idea independently.
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Re: Johnny Thompson dove production

Postby David Oliver » May 25th, 2011, 1:18 am

As I recall, he and Channing actually worked on it together after a phone conversation with someone else who mentioned an idea to Johnny. The two were in the same room together, and one of them left the room, went to the kitchen, and came back with some "props" that began the genesis of this spectacular idea. And as my dear friend Alpen mentions above, this has not ever been officially in print or taught anywhere.

When I was still doing doves, I had the opportunity to discuss this with Johnny, along with other tips, original ideas, unique mechanics, etc. He graciously shared many of his dove techniques and thoughts with me, including the clear Saran Wrap production at length. We were backstage at an Abbott's Get -Together sharing ideas back and forth, and I was honored to have had him trust me with some of his pet techniques, and unique methods. (Imagine wearing Johnny's coat, and learning his steals from the master!) I was given his permission, and encouraged, to utilize any and all of the techniques he shared with me. Even after doing doves for more than 25 years, Johnny's tips certainly added to my skill set and improved my act. His only request - that I not do the Saran Wrap until he eventually puts it in print. I have honored that request.

Of course, now that I am no longer doing doves, I have no choice but to honor it. However, I still haven't done the Saran Wrap production, nor have I tipped any of the information he shared with me. That's one reason I am confident it hasn't been published. My friend Alpen happens to be very close with John and Pam, and he would know if they decided to release it.

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Re: Johnny Thompson dove production

Postby Carl Mercurio » May 25th, 2011, 1:04 pm

Thanks David. Good to know. Jamy Swiss confirms the same to me in an email -- that it was never officially published. I also met Johnny once while performing at Monday Night Magic. A sweetheart of a guy. He took 10 minutes just to show me how to fold my lapel hank. Funny, it's the little bits of kindness like that you remember.

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Re: Johnny Thompson dove production

Postby Carl Mercurio » May 26th, 2011, 8:34 am

Johnny also confirmed to me in an email that he never released this on a video.

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Re: Johnny Thompson dove production

Postby erdnasephile » May 26th, 2011, 10:31 am

Carl:

Did Mr. Thompson say if it was going to be in his upcoming book?

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Re: Johnny Thompson dove production

Postby Carl Mercurio » May 26th, 2011, 2:16 pm

He didn't, and I didn't ask.

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Re: Johnny Thompson dove production

Postby Richard Kaufman » May 27th, 2011, 12:20 am

Yes, it will be in his upcoming book.
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