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scottlurowist
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I haven't had the time to digest more than disk 1 of this set. But waht I have seen has been worth the money.

I'm also reading the books concurrently.

I brought Books of Wonder Vol 1 with me to happy hour last Friday. Instead of reading, I was thinking about his DVD. and a routine with my credit card just kind of came to me. I sat there by myself for two hours and worked out a routine, inspired by Some of what Tommy has said.

He DOES say during the intro to the first DVD that he hopes that the DVDs INSPIRE the viewer. It has certainly done that for me, so they have been worth the money.

I don't want to be shown tricks... I want to be shown why things work, and why they don't.
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There are indeed so much details in his books about the special props and their measurements and dimensions, you'll get dizzy just by reading it.
I, personally, am thankful it is not on the DVDs. I guess these things are only of use to Mr. Lassen, Riser or Wayne...
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Ron Giesecke has a good take with saying"Tommy wonder is obviously an amalgam of magician and mad scientist--and thus enjoys the convoluted foray".

I think the series is excellent. His Tamed Card is diabolical. Worth the price of the series as far as I'm concerned.

The Doctor is BACK in the house!!

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Bombay, I completely agree! The Tamed Card worths the price of the whole 3 Dvds!!
I am already using it.

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I received them a week ago, I didn't post before because I was busy watching them again and again.

I can just say, "WOW!, very good, amazing, go get them."

Everything else Tim already said in his post.

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Okay,

It took me a while to acquire the old manuscript of Tommy's C&B routine, but I got it. It also took me a while to actually make the balls and pom pom as per his instructions, but I have just finished, and they are awesome! SOLID wool.

I got kind of creative with the bag, but my idea looks almost like the bag Tommy uses(I wasn't going for that).

My pom poms are orange, and the bag pom pom gray. The bag is gray as well, and when I am finished putting the whole schmeer together as a unit today, I'll try to post a small picture of the setup--beautiful. I will say that performing with props made by my own hands has a certain satisfaction.

By the way, Tarbell rope gimmicks are circumventable.
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Ron..How was "Tommy Wonder Entertains" and did you spot Kaps on the DVD..Tom
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"Tommy Wonder Entertains" is wonderful, and I'm pleased to own it.

I'll have to go back and check the classic performance, because I heard about Kaps.
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At the start of each DVD it states that "All commerical manufacturing rights are held by Tommy Wonder".

Considering that a lot of his effects require extensive and complicated gimmicks, do you think he is planning to release each trick sold with the required gimmicks. If not, maybe if we apply some pressure to Murphy's we will be able to perform some of the best magic ever created.

Sign me up for "Ring, Watch and Wallet" trick now... I'd be happy to pay $200 for that.
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I think he cares more about conviction than commercialising his own material. I happen to think that he was an arts and crafts tour-de-force in grammar school.

I also happen to think that a little toil on the part of the individual will produce a better prop than one that is mass produced (especially with regard to that ring and watch routine.

I have now finished making the props for the cups and balls--and I can tell you that it is some solid stuff--you'd think I bought it somewhere--bag, balls pom pom. . .everything.
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You are dead-right Ron. The fact that Tommy makes almost everything himself is part of his performance being so strong. His insights and technique go far beyond learning a sleight, using a gimmick and reading a book. All his material is fitted to the man, the way he moves, talks, gestures and works. To simply market something the way Tommy does it would not only be naive, it might even be wrong for anyone else.
Building something from scratch is not for everyone of us. But hey, there are lots of ideas in his books and DVD's that can be made. The cups and balls props being the most exquisite example.
And yes, it wil feel special to YOU, so that will also be felt by your SPECTATORS, which is something that would make you outstanding!

I think Tommy Wonder's tagline should be the same as Hugo Boss':
Don't immitate, Innovate!

It would make us all better performers.
"Things need not have happened to be true.
Tales and dreams are the shadow-truths,
that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes,
and forgot."
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Here's a link to a little webpage of mine that has a marginal picture of my new setup:

http://hometown.aol.com/rongiesecke/myhomepage/photo.html
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That's a mighty fine looking sock.
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Really it looks very cool Ron.
A sock...that could be a funny transpo: the bag is gone, you lift the cup to find...a RED sock...you lift your feet and there is the bag/sock on your foot!
(Really hope tommy does not read this hahahaha)
"Things need not have happened to be true.
Tales and dreams are the shadow-truths,
that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes,
and forgot."
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I just emailed Tommy Wonder and asked him if he plans to sell the gimmicks required for the tricks on his DVD's. Here is his reply.

Dear Nick,
Some of the props can be made to order, and may be in the future some may be
mass produced. But you understand most is not really suitable for mass
production.
Best wishes,
Tommy Wonder
Nothing I do can't be done by a 10-year-old...with 15 years of practice."
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You know, this just has to be one of those areas where people honestly differ. For instance, having been absolutely as thrilled with the DVDs as I was with the Books of Wonder, I didn't see a great need to go into a detailed schematic over the beeper, but not because I had the books. It was because I just have a sneaking suspicion if one were to make a quick trip to Frys, Radio Shack, the friendly neighborhood electronic parts supplier, that the solution is a quick trip away. If nothing else, I can see that one could easily cannibalize an alarm clock for the very same beeper effect. Some clocks beep so many times, and no more. The beeper doesn't need the clock to work, it needs the battery. Now, here is my point. I grew up with one of those McGyver fathers that could just about make a dump truck out of a paper clip, so it isn't hard for me to make something work. No, I don't have the extensive shop that Mr. Wonder no doubt has. I don't have the ability to turn brass, or cast things, or any of that. I do have the ability though, to decide what I need to make an effect work, and figure out a way to make it happen. I am not an electronic type, but I don't think a simple beeper with a nine volt battery needs one. Just my take, but I would like to add one thing more, if I might. If anyone isn't having their expectations surpassed, by all means, pass these DVDs on to someone who will. I can promise you that they will remain in my video library for some time to come. They are certainly Visions of Wonder, and everything Mr. Wonder promised me they were when I corresponded with him.
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Sorry, Guys. . .

I changed the picture to one with my daughter in it, so just to clarify--the sock references are legit--they are just referencing a picture that I had there that was a little more detailed on the props--and less of a (proudly) gratuitous showing off of my daughter.
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I have not yet seen the DVDs but bought The Books of Wonder when they first came out. In my mind the most important part in his books is the thinking processes that Tommy Wonder so clearly shares. The building and using of the various items described in the books is not necessary for performers to add to their acts. Incorporate the logic and thought into your act to improve things. You may utilize such thinking on effects other than those Tommy Wonder shares. I consider his creations to be examples of quality entertainment and good theatre - not merely blueprints for apparatus to make. Study the text not just the illustrations for truly priceless information and insights. There's a ton of good stuff in those books.
Jim
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What volume of the Books Of Wonder is the cups and balls routine in?
Where can the lecture notes regarding cups and balls be found?
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Is his coins across routine considered for the advanced coin worker? Or can an intermediate skilled coin worker do these?
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