This lecture might not have been outstanding but it has been very solid. A lot has already been said
about the content, so I don't want to repeat that here. Yes, you have a lot of time being spent on
the "crossing the gaze"-technique and some similar approaches by Slydini. But I wouldn't go as far
as entiteling this a "theory"-lecture. The Zabrecky-lecture was one (at least the part that I did
see...), but I would rather say that Tom's lecture was about technique. Everything he touched upon
theoretically was at some point demonstrated in action - sometimes even in several applications. He
did also show some routines, even some I know "on paper" through "Maelstrom". But I'm not sure
wether I will really go to the extent to actually learn some of the routines. I think he even says
at some point, that he didn't teach the routines for the audience to actually perform it, but to
demonstate his misdirection-techniques. However, in the second part of the lecture there are some
short card routines, that are actually quite nice that will pretty sure find some friends.
big compliment to Mr. Kranzo, who has not always been my favourite host. But here, he was more
"reduced" that in earlier lectures I have seen. He actually appeared quite knowledgable when it
comes to the history of certain techniques and had a good sense for those rare occasions, where Tom
rushed a little over certain explanations, to focus back on the details that some viewers might not
A little downside for me however was the fact, that several apsects of the lecture
are also on the Tom Stone lecture that Vanishinginc sell - one that apparently was held in 2008. I
kind of hoped that Tom would not lecture on some of the same things he did 5 years before.
in all: not a spectacular lecture, but one that you will learn a lot from in order to improve the
magic you are already performing.
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I think this is the best conference I've ever seen. His theory about the techniques of slydini, how
to make him not stop to interest him is the type of magician that one wanted to be.
I think his
way of teaching is also very entertaining and like the first trick he does manage to get so many
advices on misdirection.
He explains all, HIS BOTLE PRODUCTION OR HIS WAY OF MAKING THE ERDNASE
CHANGE, including his gimmick for the invisible palm and finally his king castling that in itself is
a jewel. Highly recommended, for people who already know a little about magic.
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Tom Stone talks about what's in the very heart of our field, but seldom understood even by most
There are tricks in the lecture as well, a neat one coin routine
and a very fun bottle production to mention a few.
But don't get it for the tricks, they are
good tricks but you likely already have hundreds of tricks already.
Get it to learn more
about how you can improve those tricks with a deeper knowledge of misdirection.
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All the lectures from Penguin are great.
But when you can see a master like Tom Stone,
really makes your magic pop a dozen notches.
And since they also keep the FULL lecture in
download section for later reference:
How in the world can you go wrong?
So buy more lectures.
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I have long been an admirer of Tom Stone. He is one of the greatest thinkers to have ever practiced
our craft. It is that thinking which is the highlight of this lecture. Tom takes simple tricks and
as he explains them, explains why and how they work. He goes into the science of the human body and
how we can use that to make our spectators completely miss things right in front of them.
you are looking for numerous tricks to add to your repertoire, skip the lecture and purchase one of
his books (Vortex or Maelstrom). If you want to learn how to take the tricks you all ready perform
and make them stronger, add this lecture to your cart.
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If someone was starting out in magic like me and asked me which thinking tools he should use first,
I would recommend watching Rob Zabrecky's and Tom Stone's lectures.
This is the best lecture on misdirection I have ever seen. It will change my magic!
Tom Stone's 2013 lecture was excellent. the first hour and a half, was a careful analysis, and very
clear explanation of the principles of misdirection as they have developed through the work of John
Ramsey, Slydini, and of course, Tom Stone, who has added two new principles.
He did so through
the process of sharing a brief, but quite nice and very practical routine. HIs ideas on obtaining
and ditching a small, commonly used gimmick were excellent. His explanation and analysis of the
misdirection in two Tommy Wonder moves on the cups and balls was great, and though the misdirection
was complicated, Mr. Stone made it very clear.
I am slowly incorporating the clear-cut
principles of misdirection he gave. Feedback has been that my magic has gone from “good”, to “really
good!”. The nicest comment I got after using some of these principles was: "Ðude, you just blew my
mind, I wasn’t ready for that to happen". Three thumbs UP!
Tom stone has been one of my favorite magicians for a long time now. This lecture isnt packed with
tricks, but with an all you can eat buffet of the art and science of misdirection. If slydini, john
ramsay, gary kurtz, and vernon somehow happend to have a child together it would be tom stone!
This lecture is less about the tricks and more about presentation. Never the less, the knowledge you
gain from Tom is well worth the price of the lecture. He explains and justifies almost every move in
his opening sequence (except the striking vanish by David Williamson) and it is a very in-depth
analysis of what misdirection is and how to employ it to your advantage. This Lecture will make you
a better performer and make your tricks almost audience proof. Thank you Penguin and Tom Stone for
an excellent Lecture