Q&A with Tom Isaacson
What is theory11 to you?
theory11 to me represents a platform to improve the art of magic on a mass level. Its a commitment to an ideal that has the potential to guide the next generation of magic in the right direction.
What got you into magic?
I was a teenager watching David Blaine's first TV special on ABC, I found myself totally captivated watching him. I had never seen magic performed close-up, I and remember thinking WOW - what an amazing ability to have with you wherever you go. I immediat
Do you have a favorite effect?
Too many to pick one, but IÕm always one to be constantly looking to seize opportunities to enhance an effect on the spot, elevate its impact.
Who is your favorite performer to watch?
Derren Brown - his ability to transcend tricks and create performance art by emotionally connecting with his audience is incredible. Dan Lacivita - one of my best friends in magic - unfortunately he sold his soul to the corporate gods but in his prime, I'
What do you see as wrong with the industry today?
Watching most magicians perform is like going to a bad karaoke bar with everyone singing other people's songs, in a horrible voice and deluding themselves into thinking they are ready for a record deal. Most magicians are nothing more than imitators of an
What's the last trick you saw that fooled the crap out of you?
One of my best memories in magic was back at the 2001 IBM in Orlando, Jerry Andrus did his 2 Card Trick for me, and produced 15 Morgan Silver Dollars from 2 cards right into my hands. Considering that he was 83 years old at the time, and the fact that he
What advice would you give to those that are just starting in magic?
Aside from practicing the techniques and performances until they become instinctive- command respect from your audiences. Don't jump and perform every time they ask; performance is an art. I think it was PT Barnum that said that the first rule of show bus