Our goal at Vanishing Inc is not to push the newest trends or the latest releases. It’s to equip the dedicated magical student with the right tools. And if you’ve been in magic more than a week, you’ve heard the name Tommy Wonder. He is, perhaps, our generation’s greatest magician. He died a few years ago, way too soon, but with a legacy we can all be grateful for. And Visions of Wonder is the best way to sample this wonderful man’s magic. It is the best and most comprehensive footage of him that exists, and it should be considered essential viewing. It may not be a new release, but if you passed it by years ago, now is your chance to pick it up.
Tommy performs a variety of close-up, cabaret, and stage material, so you get a very good feel for his style and how it looks in many different genres of magic. You will most certainly learn some PHENOMENAL tricks on this set, but pay particular attention to Tommy’s performance style: he is commanding but passive, endearing but mysterious. There was only one Tommy Wonder.
The best parts of the DVD are the explanations, because Tommy takes the time to tell us how the HELL he thought of all the crazy inventions he performs and their evolution to near-perfection. Some of these explanations (especially the watch to sealed box) will make you LAUGH because they’re so clever.
Pay close attention “The Tamed Card,” perhaps the most commercial and beautiful wild card routine ever devised.
Watching these DVDs will undoubtedly make you a better magician. Tommy Wonder is the perfect role model in magic, whether you’re new to the art or a longtime student. Highest Recommendation.