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Last week I had the opportunity to attend Tom Frank's lecture, which he gave in a Chicago suburb. It was the 1st of a 40 city tour, I believe.

I'm old and have had an opportunity to attend a LOT of lectures and am probably overly cynical at this point, but I thoroughly enjoyed Tom. I'm always interested in hearing those that make their money from performing, especially on the streets. Tom seems to have avoided the harsh edge so many seem to acquire. I'm also intrigued by the choice of material. Invariably, successful street performers do good magic.

I'm sure street performers got some great tips on hawking stuff to the crowd.

One thing that really struck me was how Tom revered the Cups and Balls and felt like he was really presenting something of importance to his audience. Same thing with the Linking Rings. We've all heard it before, but he also said it again, classics are classics for a reason. His passion was clear.

Mike Powers was there, but I believe we lost him about 2/3 way through the lecture when he became intrigued by a really cool 3 card revelation/display that Tom explained. Maybe he'll show it to us - I'm sure he has it firmly down by now!

(I don't know if any other TMF members were there. About 20 were at the lecture.)

If he comes near you, I would suggest you seriously consider attending.

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Yes! Definitely a very fine lecture. I agree about Tom's reverence for the Cups and Balls. I met Tom years back. I think it was the MagiFest. Someone asked him to show me his C&B routine. It was great and still is.

Tom is a real pro and also a great guy. We went out after the lecture and jammed for a bit. Much fun!

The revelation is very cool. I had learned it a while back and forgotten about it. It takes a bit of practice but it's worth it. You don't see it very often.

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I saw Tom Frank lecture last week for my IBM Ring #244.  Excellent, excellent, excellent.  I picked up on the three card display referred to in the last two posts.  I have not mastered it yet, but I'll get it.  He first does a one card revelation that I definitely have down...the three card revelation is built upon it, but trickier.  It was obvious that Tom is a battle-tested street performer.  He performed his act, then was open to anyone's questions about any part of the act.  Good cups and balls, but even better Linking Runs (IMHO).  This lecture is definitely worth seeing.  He has ~25 more stops on his tour, so check it out if you can.

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Mike, under the category of "the simpler, the better," I was impressed by his four ace push-through, followed by the Erdnase first false cut.  Very gentle handling.
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I wonder whether he would consider doing an online lecture some time in the future?

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