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Larry Davidson
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Re. airplane jokes, one of my favorite short ones is Robert Wuhl's--"I recently flew on a really cheap airline called 'Axis Airways." They fly straight up, wait for the earth to rotate, and then land."
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As I am the maufacturer of the Phoenix Cups and Balls, I use the iron wood wand included in the set as well as the Phoenix Cups. Wouldn't use anything else! They take a licking, and keep on tricking! Getting down to the nitty gritty of my inventory. Amazing to have sold 1000 sets! Get them while I still have 20 or so sets left.

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Tom,

I just watched the video and I wanted to say that is was an excellent experience for me. Thank you for sharing that with us. I think what I enjoyed the most from watching it was that you really have a well defined character and you present this character so well to the audience that you could feel the audience react and relax with you by the middle of the routine.

There is a fun energy level you have, and the style of your speech seems to fit the character so nicely that it fits like a glove. It does not seem to be overstated or "out of character" so to speak.

I have seen so many perfomers try to be a character and personna that they simply are not nor can they convey it well. This just comes across to your audience as fake. To me, your character and speech and style seemed natural and without even knowing you, I felt myself liking not only the magic, but liking the performer. I think the audience related well to you because, by chance, they may feel that you really are just like them but only know some neat things you like to share with them.

I think that folks can learn so much from this video. Even taking away the great effect you show, they can still learn so much. You can really see the pyschology behind what it is you do and why you do it the way you do it. There really is a rhyme and reason for everything you are doing.

Even in the beginning, you successfully break down that invisible barrier that exists between performer and audience and let them know it is ok to come in closer. By stating to move closer and by getting them to interact with the oohs and ahhhhs really helps you to instantly break down that barrier and at the same time show the audience that it is ok to react to what they are about to see.

Thanks again. I really learned so much from this and I thank you for sharing your wisdom with me. Keep up the great work.

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Kyle and all the others thanks again everyone for all the feedback. I'm glad you liked it. I've never wanted to do anything else but make people happy with my magic. I love the art as much as I love performing. What a long strange trip it's been.
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Tom,

Let me ask this of you as a way of getting a discussion going from someone who obviuosly has done it and made it successful for himself.

My question is this. "How did you develop your current character and style and did you go through a lot of variations and trials and errors before really finding the essence of the street character you now convey?"

I think hearing your wisdom and experience on this might be a great way for us all to learn from what you have gone through. I thank you in advance.

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For me the answer is simple. I never set out to develop a character. My performing persona is kind of a quasi hyper extension of who I am in real life. Sure when I perform I try and turn "it" on a bit, but I'm not really trying to be anyone other than myself. As for the high energy and rapid pace this was born out of street performing. As a young man I was fearful of the audience leaving, hell. . . to some extent I still feel that way. So, I figured if I did my act before they thought about leaving. . . that, that would be good. It wasn't till I progressed to the Comedy Clubs in the late 80's early 90's that I realized that this new "Club Audience" was not going to leave in the middle of my act and that they were actually THERE for the acts. It was at that point that I started to slow down.

Maybe I should post some early footage of the same material and you can see the transformation.
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That would be really great. We could see the transformation of your own personna over time. Thanks so much for posting this information Tom. It is greatly appreciated.

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OK, maybe not so much of a transformation. I had already been working clubs and realizing that I could pause here and there. I loved the Comedy Clubs and worked them for a few years solid.

Possibly offensive don't watch if you are easily offended. WARNING

1987 Flash Back Footage
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Tom:

Great stuff. Thanks so much for sharing with us. You can certainly see a difference in character and mannerisms that you did back then to what you are doing now. You really captured a great sense of what to do and how to gear your character towards the market you were working. Great stuff my friend.

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On 2005-09-23 04:15, The Mighty Fool wrote:
I'm sure there was some wittisism that could have been used for when the plane flew over, but I can't think of one.

BTW, did you used to play Harvard Square?


"Hey! You're gonna watch the show, you come down here and stand with everyone else!"

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On 2005-09-23 12:17, Frank Starsini wrote:
Tom, I like that you're talking loud without yelling at them.
Well done!




I haven't seen the clip yet, (I'm at the library and the clip won't play here) but seems to me it's called "projection." Anybody that wants to learn it should take a theatre course. (Which has been suggested for magicians by magic writers for years.)
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On 2005-09-23 01:03, Tom Frank wrote:
By popular demand (why? I have no idea). Here is the cups and balls at the Pike Place Market Buskers Festival last weekend. Hope you like it.

Video Clip Click Here

Pic Here


Very nice! I liked your "humor impaired" line.
"There's no time to lose," I heard her say.
"Catch your dreams before they slip away."
"Dying all the time, lose your dreams and you could lose your mind.
Ain't life unkind?"
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Mandrake. I LOVE that line. That really helps you to let your audience know you are aware of the annoyance but does so in a very funny and entertaining way. =)

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I m on dial up but it was worth the wait to see Tom.
can the cups you sold me do all that too..
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Tom-

BAM! BAM! POW!!!!

Great line at the end!!!

Well done-Really entertaining,Great to watch

2 Questions!!

Do you enjoy the mix of outdoor shows combined with your indoor gigs as some of us "softys" prefer only to work indoors as to control enviornment etc

I also note you do a lot of front lifting/loading of the cups early in the routine which at times doesn't look right compared to your very good back lifts later in the fabulous routine!!-Just an observation!!

Well done -Loved every minute of it!!-Inspires me to get outdoors again & perform

Cheers

-Brent
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Wow Great cilps I love it you have the crowd Going right away. I am thinking of going to a pouch with my cup routine. What size do you use, and do you keep any other tricks in it? I just saw Gazzo and he uses a very large pouch. I will not be pulling a mellon from my hat at the end. Thanks again Magic Tad
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Tom, thanks for sharing that clip with us. I love your style and routine. I too would like to know more about your your pouch you used.

Snidini
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To tell you the truth, I thought you were going to hit the ground and yell, "Incoming!" and then go into a flashback line or two. I know you well enough to know that you would never let that one go by without using it again. Great cups and balls, as always. Guys, if you ever get to Seattle, you have got to see Tom perform on the street. You wouldn't believe what an experience it is. You can almost 'feel' it when he hits the cups and the table. Tom is very 'enthusiastic' when it comes to using his props. Well done, my friend.
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Interesting routine. I've never seen one like this before where the small balls are still there at the end along with the final loads. The final loads are usually a tramsformation effect, where the small balls have changed into the final loads. I like seeing someone have a original routine rather than just doing what most everyone does. Thoughts on this...?

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A friend of mine (former IBM ring President of two different rings - he moved around a lot) and excellent magician saw Tom earlier this year, and came back with all kinds of compliments for "that guy". He couldn't remember Tom's name, but as he was describing the routine, and said "he was standing on a newspaper box" I knew it was Tom Frank, and as soon as I said his name, he immediately said "YES!", man was he entertaining, and the magic was good too!

And I certainly agree with you Jim, it is always refreshing to see an original work. Tom is surely an original. But what would you expect, he is from Ohio!

Way to go Tom.

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Hey there Tom Maybe some of your viewers out there would want to see your street performers lecturer. I saw it recently his lecture and got tons out of it and I don't even do street performing. I am not sure if Tom is interested in doing this but he might if there is enough interest...you will learn a lot from him.
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Funny you should say that Brian, I've just been booked to lecture later this month in Coeur d'Alene Idaho. Should be hoot.
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