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by Tom Moore
January 11th, 2018, 6:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Recommend me a dove act!
Replies: 17
Views: 863

Re: Recommend me a dove act!

You need to understand the context and evolution of "the dove act" to appreciate a lot of what makes acts good or bad. Obviously that's a luxury most lay audiences don't have and magicians are phenomenally bad at conveying the history and context of the art which is why dove acts are gener...
by Tom Moore
December 21st, 2017, 7:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts
Replies: 34
Views: 1807

Re: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts

I'm particularly interested to see not only who ends up in the role but also who their shortlist is - the most respected "scholars" in magic are really not particularly scholarly when compared with professors in other fields and will quickly be found lacking by any educational institution ...
by Tom Moore
December 4th, 2017, 7:52 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 21061

Re: Ennobling Magic

Your refusal to answer the actual questions asked, combined with your endless self contradiction bores me now. Somewhere in the nonsense you have spewed forth there was an interesting topic to debate but it is abundantly clear you lack the skills and experience (both of real performance and proper d...
by Tom Moore
December 4th, 2017, 6:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 21061

Re: Ennobling Magic

David Copperfield may not be "lie free" but most of his ilusions are basically mime and choreography. Is he s puzzler? You clearly haven’t seen him work in the last 20 years then - the current show (his most successful financially and critically) has massive; explicit outright verbal lies...
by Tom Moore
December 4th, 2017, 12:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 21061

Re: Ennobling Magic

A show of trustworthyness, yes you're right. That audiences must trust & believe you on some level is correct - however being honest and trustworthy has absolutely nothing to do with others perceptions of trustworthyness; there are plenty of incredibly honest trustworthy people who (to others) s...
by Tom Moore
December 4th, 2017, 4:08 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: "Water Into REAL WINE" by John Keyes
Replies: 17
Views: 2015

Re: "Water Into REAL WINE" by John Keyes

If you check the background you’ll see that experiment has been largely discredited - the “experts” are first year students and the process of the experiment was very biased (the time they were given “red” they didn’t get to freely describe it but instead had to choose words from a list generated ba...
by Tom Moore
December 3rd, 2017, 2:41 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 21061

Re: Ennobling Magic

That is a very poor characterisation of what I said. Feel free to provide a better, more succinct one then... No, I am saying that Society gradually catches on to how magicians do their thing (smoke and mirrors, sleeving, etc.) and will naturally realise that they lie as well. As it is unnecessary ...
by Tom Moore
December 3rd, 2017, 2:14 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 21061

Re: Ennobling Magic

so you believe that audiences inevitably know how your tricks are done, not only on a superficial level but that they understand the fundamental mechanics of the methods chosen to such a degree that they can differentiate between "necessary" lies and un-necessary ones and that finally they...
by Tom Moore
December 3rd, 2017, 1:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 21061

Re: Ennobling Magic

Would you please answer my question - if audiences are going to inevitably discover the lies of your moves and mechanisms then why do you feel that they will be very upset at catching verbal lies but not upset at catching physical ones?
by Tom Moore
December 3rd, 2017, 1:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 21061

Re: Ennobling Magic

Lies are a "let down". And people are going to find out about them, just as surely as they are going to eventually discover the moves and the mechanisms. 1) this tells us more about your performance ethos than you realise 2) if audiences are going to inevitably discover the lies of your m...
by Tom Moore
December 3rd, 2017, 5:23 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: "Water Into REAL WINE" by John Keyes
Replies: 17
Views: 2015

Re: "Water Into REAL WINE" by John Keyes

Again I have to stress that my issue here is the term “expert” I don’t doubt that the average wine drinker half drunk at a social gathering would be completely fooled (and not very critical) of miscoloured wine. However anyone who is an “expert” really wouldn’t be - by definition if they were then t...
by Tom Moore
December 2nd, 2017, 5:53 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: "Water Into REAL WINE" by John Keyes
Replies: 17
Views: 2015

Re: "Water Into REAL WINE" by John Keyes

Ah ok, so when you said expert, you don't actually mean expert.

Now I understand
by Tom Moore
December 2nd, 2017, 5:04 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: "Water Into REAL WINE" by John Keyes
Replies: 17
Views: 2015

Re: "Water Into REAL WINE" by John Keyes

Someone who cannot tell the difference between red wine and white wine with colouring in it cannot possibly be considered an expert; a wine expert could immediately recognise the grape variety used and know whether it was commonly presented as a red or white. A wine expert would also have a sufficie...
by Tom Moore
December 2nd, 2017, 2:42 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: "Water Into REAL WINE" by John Keyes
Replies: 17
Views: 2015

Re: "Water Into REAL WINE" by John Keyes

The OP refers to convincers that will fool "experts" which heighten the effect. If someone cannot tell the difference between red and white wine (blindfolded or not) then they are by absolutely no measure at all an "expert" at wine - what is being suggested is the equivalent of s...
by Tom Moore
December 2nd, 2017, 4:39 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: "Water Into REAL WINE" by John Keyes
Replies: 17
Views: 2015

Re: "Water Into REAL WINE" by John Keyes

If you’re hanging around with the sort of people who can’t tell the difference between red wine and white wine with dye in it then they definitely aren’t the “wine experts” you repeatedly claim the subtleties in this method will fool.
by Tom Moore
November 26th, 2017, 6:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 21061

Re: Ennobling Magic

The primary definition is "An intentionally false statement". You are using the common vernacular, the sort that misintertprets it as "Anything false or untrue". So to revert to my example - saying "lets bury your card in the middle of the deck" after top-changing it i...
by Tom Moore
November 25th, 2017, 5:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 21061

Re: Ennobling Magic

So when a magician takes a spectators signed selected card, places it in the centre of the deck, squares the deck and does "absolutely nothing" (classic pass) yet it suddenly pops up on top of the deck when he clicks his fingers you're saying that that isn't a lie, but if he does a double ...
by Tom Moore
November 25th, 2017, 3:20 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 21061

Re: Ennobling Magic

I consider The Art of Magic a challenge. The performer creates a mystery, and the viewer tries to solve it. If you consider magic to be a challenge then a) it's not an art b) it's no wonder audiences call out your lies since you're entering the performance with that in mind. Plenty of us create mag...
by Tom Moore
November 25th, 2017, 10:24 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 21061

Re: Ennobling Magic

There are 101 other factors in your performance that impact how your audience perceive you (and magic in general) far more than the legitimacy and authenticity of the precise syntax you use. A magician with terrible BO who forces his performance on a group of spectators who just want to be left alon...
by Tom Moore
October 27th, 2017, 4:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Champions Of Magic
Replies: 2
Views: 421

Re: Champions Of Magic

It's a good solid show with good solid performers- it's toured annually in the uk for many years - you'll have a fine time seeing it. In terms of budget/scale/production it sits below "The Illusionists" and above "Masters of Illusion" though it actually predates both of them by s...
by Tom Moore
October 4th, 2017, 3:54 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Lighting for closeup
Replies: 3
Views: 610

Re: Lighting for closeup

You'll notice the ad copy talks extensively about using the light for effects off-camera and in the background - With the exception of some incredibly expensive high end theatre lights (that literally have millions of dollars research and thousands of dollar's components) LED lighting isn't suitable...
by Tom Moore
September 28th, 2017, 2:54 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Long distance reels - flying silk / theatre
Replies: 2
Views: 477

Re: Long distance reels - flying silk / theatre

What sort of distance and what level of control (wireless, timer, someone pushing a button) - we've got units "off the shelf" but they are high-end and intended for automation integration so may be more precise and featured than you're needing.
by Tom Moore
August 29th, 2017, 12:12 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Clear table by CS illusions
Replies: 38
Views: 4854

Re: Clear table by CS illusions

We're getting in to really heavy design theory and persnickety details here... Bill - I'm fully aware of the tablecloth and how they used it in the demo video. I can also say as someone familiar with the technology (though not in any way connected with this table) that whilst it is helping in their ...
by Tom Moore
August 29th, 2017, 11:59 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Clear table by CS illusions
Replies: 38
Views: 4854

Re: Clear table by CS illusions

Fabrice - Yes i have seen the table; you need to read my answers more carefully as i am talking about the law and design aspects of this table & other technologies that invented BEFORE Lubor's invention. The Table isn't EXACTLY the same as the tenyo prop because that requires the striped backdro...
by Tom Moore
August 29th, 2017, 8:17 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Clear table by CS illusions
Replies: 38
Views: 4854

Re: Clear table by CS illusions

Again I refer you to my previous comment that it is clear the CS table was influenced by Lubor and their lack of up-front crediting is a little odd (this from someone who usually releases a 300+word summary of the influences and incorporated technologies of everything I "invent") and which...
by Tom Moore
August 29th, 2017, 4:39 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Clear table by CS illusions
Replies: 38
Views: 4854

Re: Clear table by CS illusions

I have to refer you to my repeated statements the Lubor did have a significant invention element to this, that no one else had used this specific technology in the same way before, etc he found an unusual way to utilise existing technology and principles to make a new magic trick idea and again woul...
by Tom Moore
August 28th, 2017, 12:59 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Clear table by CS illusions
Replies: 38
Views: 4854

Re: Clear table by CS illusions

specifically using the technique in a magic trick almost identically & on a similar scale- there's none. But other technologies using this lens system to mask and reveal objects there's plenty. As i referenced before early generation autostereoscopic monitors that i played with a lot use EXACTLY...
by Tom Moore
August 28th, 2017, 4:39 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Clear table by CS illusions
Replies: 38
Views: 4854

Re: Clear table by CS illusions

The lense is doing more than one thing and the parallels with what it does with the path of light and some of the other inventions mentioned are remarkable. I'm also 99% sure that the "existing product" he used as his jump off point was the raw material used in one of the existing inventio...
by Tom Moore
August 27th, 2017, 7:39 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Clear table by CS illusions
Replies: 38
Views: 4854

Re: Clear table by CS illusions

First and second generation Autostereoscopic 3D (that's tv and movie screens that enable you to see 3D without wearing any glasses or a headset) all use a lenticular / linear lens system in a similar way to lubor lens (taking a beam of light and bending/shifting in 1 plane whilst giving the impressi...
by Tom Moore
August 27th, 2017, 5:22 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Clear table by CS illusions
Replies: 38
Views: 4854

Re: Clear table by CS illusions

Bill It is safe to say the patent on this has been abandoned and expired - according to the records it's almost 10 years since the patent owners or their agents actually had any interaction with the patent office about this patent and multiple reminders and deadlines have passed on it so clearly the...
by Tom Moore
August 26th, 2017, 7:27 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: "new" disney magic show
Replies: 3
Views: 718

Re: "new" disney magic show

It's basically a retooling of "Disney Live - Mickey's Magic Show" The original DL-MMS launched Brad Ross & Alex Ramone but there were branding issues because "the magicians" were more magical and getting more famous/brand recognition than the disney characters so with each an...
by Tom Moore
August 21st, 2017, 6:09 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 5348

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

Bill - your clarification only highlights the important lessons here and the huge perception problems magicians have about what magic is; The cashier asked to see a magic trick, the magicians decided that that meant she wanted to see a complicated multi-phase card trick that required lots of concent...
by Tom Moore
August 5th, 2017, 11:31 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Reminder: "Fool Us!" starts new season tonight! 7_13
Replies: 13
Views: 2003

Re: Reminder: "Fool Us!" starts new season tonight! 7_13

It's common in non-live tv shows to shoot all the close-ups in the final rehearsal then shoot all the wide shots in the official taping, that's why you'll see a show jumping from close to wide shots and the 3 cameras who seconds earlier must have been on the stage are nowhere to be seen. Likewise au...
by Tom Moore
July 21st, 2017, 5:52 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: question a bout the creator of: Flying Box Illusion
Replies: 24
Views: 2805

Re: question a bout the creator of: Flying Box Illusion

I really don't see any direct correlation between the various "no-feet" illusions and the Flying Box. Yes there is a "secret support" but it's in a completely different place, size, shape, orientation and style - to claim that the flying box is based on the Andre Kole or Joe Kars...
by Tom Moore
July 13th, 2017, 12:49 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: question a bout the creator of: Flying Box Illusion
Replies: 24
Views: 2805

Re: question a bout the creator of: Flying Box Illusion

Rafael Van Herk from Belgium - aka "Rafael" www.rafael.be

Aside from being a very creative performer he has a library and archive of contemporary European magic performance/history. Just as Max Maven or Jonny Thompson is the go-to guy in the USA, Rafael in the expert in Europe.
by Tom Moore
July 12th, 2017, 6:27 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: question a bout the creator of: Flying Box Illusion
Replies: 24
Views: 2805

Re: question a bout the creator of: Flying Box Illusion

It was used in the TV series "The Paul Daniels Magic Show" 30 years ago but i don't have the exact episode to hand but there's a clip on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwqCL4xgueM this is a christmas special which was either 1988 / 1989 recording. It was not released as a marketed...
by Tom Moore
July 12th, 2017, 6:45 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: question a bout the creator of: Flying Box Illusion
Replies: 24
Views: 2805

Re: question a bout the creator of: Flying Box Illusion

The Cardboard Box variation / application of the principle was created by Ali Bongo with the most high-profile use of the effect being by Paul Daniels in the late 80's. All versions of the "floating cardboard box" illusion I've seen used have clearly been a direct lift from the Bongo / Dan...
by Tom Moore
June 21st, 2017, 2:36 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 5048

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

The editing made it a little choppy which made it a little confusing but overall i liked it. Contemporary aesthetic carried consistently through everything he did with plenty of attention to detail throughout. A nice twist to the handling which makes it almost impossible for lay audiences to deconst...
by Tom Moore
June 15th, 2017, 3:28 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 5048

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: 99
Views: 10117

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; ...

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