Tom Stone wrote:performer wrote:Tom Stone wrote:
Nope. Whenever it seems to be valid, it always turns out that the real problem is that the audience doesn't perceive the effect you've intended.
Tom. I can assure you that I am never wrong. I do know absolutely everything about magic after all. However, I have been backed up by such people as Wilfrid Jonson, Monk Watson, Roy Benson who are almost as worthy as myself.
Wilfrid Jonson, Monk Watson and Roy Benson were wrong. The 'Too perfect' phenomena is indeed a real thing, but it is never about anything being too perfect. Whenever it occurs, it is always about the performer not properly understanding the effect, hence putting 'convincers' in all the wrong places.
Jonson, Watson and Benson may have been wrong but I never am. I will concede that I am not overly keen on the expression "too perfect" and would prefer the expression "too impossible" instead. The principle is that some tricks are so impossible that it makes the secret too easy to detect. I do believe this but I will concede that this applies only to a few tricks. Therefore my philosophy is to be aware of the principle but don't worry too much about it. However, a few tricks do require some red herrings.