Magic download (ebook) by Tom Stone ($19.20)
Tom is one of magic’s most original thinkers, pushing against boundaries most of us had never thought about before.Richard Kaufman
In recent years Tom Stone has been conducting university-level classes on the psychology of magic, and he has a particular interest in misdirection. This detailed analysis is an even mix of practical routines (with cards, with optical illusions, with chairs) that can be performed onstage or up close. And, it’s mixed with science-based articles on what happens in the eye and the brain when we’re watching magic.
Within the pages of Stonebound 2011 you will find:
- Cognitive Conjuring -A discussion on the power of ‘change blindness’ including the extraordinary ‘Cognitive Colour Change’. A sublime colour changing deck routine where nothing actually happens, but the audience is convinced you’ve performed a miracle.
- You Are Brilliant - A small piece on the misconceptions on creativity and intelligence.
- Slower and Slower does the Trick - The concept of ‘Time Resolution’ is discussed here. How to trick the brain with tempo/speed variants and the examples includes how to make the wonderful optical illusion ‘Rubins Vase’ into a stage illusion. Some things are too slow to be seen!
- The Dunning-Kruger effect - Discussing cognitive bias and how it effects us as magicians.
- Wonders of a Fragmented Vision - How to study ‘Change Blindness’ that naturally occurs within some already existing routines like ‘Card under Glass’ and ‘Cups and Balls’.
- No Script is also a Script - It’s not just what you say…but what you don’t say is just as important. How to avoid deluding yourself.
- Vision & Velocity Vectors - John Ramsay and Tony Slydini created the groundwork on how to use the gaze and movements for misdirection. But there are holes in their theories, which are patched up in this chapter. A complete breakdown with in-depth illustrations on how to make movements invisible. Almost a scientific approach to ‘what the audience see’s and doesn’t see’ and the result of many years research.
- …also include three videoclips as extras
It’s truly sensational. The incredible ‘Cognitive Colour Change’ is a must for all serious card guys. Stonebound 2011 also contains a stunning illusion idea with ‘Rubins Vase’… you need to read this.Gary Scott
This ebook is one of the most thought provoking pieces I’ve ever seen on Advanced Misdirection ever. Ignore it at your own risk because if you don’t understand the material in here, you’ll never jump to the level of excellence. The detail Tom gives in explaining how misdirection work and how to use it far surpasses anything I’ve read on the subjects. Stonebound have my highest recommendationSteven Youell
This book is excellent. Stonebound is without a doubt one of the best Ebooks I have! The book is full of great lessons in misdirection with excellent illustrations and figures, and the writings have sparked an extra interest in elements I’ve never considered in magic when I’m performing, including change blindness.. this is astonishing! ‘The Cognitive Colour Change’ is outstanding. In effect, your reprogramming a spectators mind with words and colour to achieve a colour changing deck and more importantly it is the best colour changing deck I have performed and it is such good fun. I give this book 10 out of 10.Joel Dickinson
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Customer reviews for Stonebound 2011
A phenomenally interesting read, original and thoughtful about misdirection. I did not notice any grammatical errors, mentioned by another reviewer.
No problems with the A-grade material. But why is there no mention in the product description that this is basically a collection of Tom’s 2011 Genii articles? Just bought something that I already have, thanks to the magazines.
I don't care how good the content of an article or book is, when there are so many grammatical errors it makes it a very dull and irritating read. And, by the way, I don't think a collection of half a dozen brief magazine articles should be advertised as a book - it's misleading. Should be a quarter of the price.