N.B. If you are a Genii subscriber, you don’t need this ebook as you have internet access to all backissues
Tom is one of magic’s most original thinkers, pushing against boundaries most of us had never thought about before.Richard Kaufman (GeniiMagazine.com)
Within the pages of Scribbles 2009 you will find:
- The Obsessive Mantra
A total dissection of the question “What is the effect?” This chapter explains why and how we should be obsessed with defining the effect in order to add theatrical impact to our magic.
- The Notebooks
This chapter describes why and how a notebook is kept, and how that automatically makes anyone “creative”. Illustrated with pages out of Tom Stone’s actual notebook, with ideas for both close-up and stage.
- In the Gaps, Magicians reside
This chapter is all about how the limitation of human vision plays into the craft of misdirection. The essay includes a scientific breakdown on how to manage attention correctly. The techniques of John Ramsay and Tony Slydini are described and discussed in more granularity than any previous sources, illustrated with several practical examples. Futhermore, explanations of how we can use change blindness, confirmation bias and inattention blindness to our advantage are also included. In short, this is the most indepth and practical text on advanced misdirection that can be found anywhere.
- Avoiding Tautology
How to easily add depth and substance to the performances, simply by making sure that you don’t say the same thing twice or multiple times, regardless of how it is said; physically, verbally, emotionally…
- Honesty and Deception
In this chapter it is shown that candor can actually be a tool of deception. Being truthful in our presentations and to our spectators makes us more ‘real’ to our audience, with the side effect that our magic also packs more impact.
- …and more
This is a sensational read with a plethora of ideas and techniques for improving your magic.Gary Scott (MagicBunny.co.uk)
I found this material to not only be thought provoking, but I also found things that I knew were true, but couldn’t explain why they were true. In short, Tom has done an amazing job of explaining these concepts and telling you how to actually apply them to your craft. I consider these essays to be vital reading for students of Sleight of Hand.Steven Youell (TheMagicCafe.com)
emily (verified owner) –
Sensational, the Obsessive Mantra piece is at the core of what I believe magic is from an audience’s perspective and is a must-read for all performing magicians. I asked Tom for advice specific to an element of misdirection around a card effect I’m innovating. He was very helpful and his thoughts in Stonebound 2011 and Scribbles 2009 have helped considerably. Recommended and a great price for valuable information. Emily