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Vortex by Tom Stone and Hermetic Press - Book
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A whirlwind of routines, tricks, ideas and opinions-- Inspired and inspiring.

Open this book and you enter the mind of Tom Stone, one of Sweden's finest professional magicians and one of the world's most wildly innovative magical thinkers. Within a few pages you will be swept up and carried away by the creative whirlwind that is constantly blowing in Stone's brain. As you are whipped from idea to idea you will be exposed to a level of professional thinking that leaves no area of magic untouched, from close-up to stage, from manipulation to psychology, routining to prop construction, presentation to stagecraft.

Challenging ideas demanding thought and development vie for attention with routines honed over years of performance. Vortex is a chronicle of a full-time performer's creative journey, with its fruits and challenges, presented with the intent that every reader will continue the adventure.

Vortex cuts a swath across the entire map of magic, from close-up to platform and stage. While doing so, Stone shows how these boundaries can be crossed, taking effects from one venue and adapting them to play successfully in another. The material in Vortex displays a unique melding of artistic ideals with realistic professionalism, guided by many years of performing experience.

Explained is everything from card tricks designed for three or four persons to sleek manipulation routines devised for hundreds in a theater. Among the more than 70 ideas explained in Vortex are signature pieces from Tom Stone's repertoire, such as

  • Gold Wielder, a linking finger-ring handling that avoids all the usual weaknesses and difficulties
  • Ambivalent Travelers and Mr. Fogg, two brilliant and practical approaches to the "Ambidextrous Travellers" A Toast for Charon, an elegant coin production finishing with the surprising appearance of a full bottle of wine
  • Benson Burner, which transforms "Benson's Bowl" into a striking stage piece with a visually stunning final production
Vortex is a record of artistic and creative quests, frustrations, triumphs and introspection, made by one of the most articulate minds thinking in magic today.

270 pages, 504 illustrations, in hardcover.

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 11th, 2012
I am only 1/3 the way through the book and I am amazed at the quality of the material. The thing I like about this book is it makes you think and analyze the way you perform. This work goes way beyond trick and explanation of most books but gets to the heart of psychology and the how and why these effects work-!be ready for some bold methods.

If you have read some of the articles in Genii - they are expansions on the concepts presented in the book. I will go back and collect all the past articles from my stack of Genii's to fill in the theoretical frame work.

There is material for all - close up to stage. I will defiantly purchase his new book - but I would start with this one.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 13th, 2012
Everything about this book screams class. The way the book reads, the tricks within the pages even down to how the book feels tells you this has been extremely well thought out and produced to the highest possible standard. This is more than a magic book, this is a lifetime of work given to you as a gift. The way it tells you the thought process behind the tricks and the little random boxes dotted with in the pages (a small deck of card, a med deck of card and a large deck of cards on a table what happens next?) Can only just get your imagination and creativity flowing. Buy this book!!!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 6th, 2013
This is a great book chock full of great magic and many new ideas -- everyone will find something they like.
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