Reviews of John Tudor’s Lecture “Slydini’s Great Question”
“Your lectures were inspiring on many different levels and had something for everyone.
All of the performances you gave throughout each of our conferences clearly demonstrate your unique and effective style of combining magical presentations with fantasy and drama. This was definately a “cutting edge” performance of magic – Bravo!
We wanted to be able to provide our attendees with the opportunity to spend time with crative performers whose work reflects a sense of artistry and a unique approach, as well as a considerable knowledge of their craft. You were extremely generous when it came to sharing your own magic. Thank you for devoting so much of your energy, spirit, and knowledge to our event! It’s great to have worked with you these two years.”
-Alain Nu, Phoenix Gathering
That pretty much sums up the opinion of your recent lecture here in Raleigh! As professional magicians, we both know how the average magic club member views lectures that aren’t all about “tricks”. And a lecture on theatre? “What do I need to know about theatre for?”
Well, you sure showed them. Your lecture “Slydini’s Great Question” was as entertaining as it was informative and instructional. Your selection of effects to demonstrate such theatrical principles as character and plot development were outstanding. Many of the attendees commented on how excited they were about being able to make the magic they already do stronger by applying some of the basic theatrical techniques you so clearly covered.
Everyone who was there was thrilled with what they learned, and everyone who was not there was envious. We’ll have to have you BACK! To other individuals considering having John Tudor bring his knowledge and expertise to their group, I not only highly recommend, but encourage, them to do so.”
-Bill Robinson, Raleigh, NC IBM Ring
“John Tudor is well known for his excellent magic and stage talent; with published material in “The Linking Ring,” “Genii,” MAGIC and MUM magazines. His lecture was two-fold: “Magic Theater” and “Slydini’s Great Question.” He gave us a lot to ponder about – performing and scripting of magic. John began with a very colorful production of an oriental tiger lilly flower, and how he got it to bloom in the palm of his hand. He did a smooth six-card repeat while singing a blues number. Poetry and theater are a great part of his act. Advanced coin work and a few new moves with the Linking Rings were shown. John likes to put the magic back into the spectator’s hands whenever he can. Quite a bit of humor resulted when he had audience participation with his balancing a piece of newspaper on the nose. Yes, it can be done, even by someone who has never tried it. John ended his lecture with a standing ovation, by introducing an adorable bunny. He showed us how magicians can still charm an audience by producing a rabbit from the hat. What a great lecture!”
-Charlie Ford, Myrtle Beach, SC IBM Ring
“What isn’t there to like? He’s not only professional but highly articulate and takes the lecture from the normal sleeper to a higher level. Very Entertaining! Ring 341 has had a lot of magic lectures as have many rings, most of which range from Excellent to OK, but John’s lecture carries a unique crispness and covers materials and concepts often disregarded in the magic world-but oh so very important! We were well pleased! Bravo!”
-Dale Kalinowski, IBM Ring 341
Tudor Proves He Is Quite The Character
By Mick Ayres, from SOLOCOMA, Newsletter of the Society of Lowcountry Magicians
Once upon of time, the great Tony Slydini gave a nine word lecture to a one-man audience. He wagged his finger, squinted at John Tudor and in broken English demanded, “Are you a magician? Or do you just do tricks?”
Good seed on fertile soil .
The confrontational question caused Tudor to adjust his views of the art of magic. And, judging from his lecture, Tudor has learned his lesson well.
Beginning with a few simple tricks, Tudor clearly demonstrates how to get a strong, emotional reaction from an audience. How? By combining acting techniques with dramatic story lines (even classic poetry) to enhance his presentations. The result? We witnessed elementary card tricks that drew an unsolicited ‘ooohs’ and ‘ahhhs’ from us all. A poem from ages past made a French drop with a half-dollar a wonder to behold . Truly that is the reward that comes from a study of drama and staging techniques!
During his lecture, Tudor laments the fact that most magicians ignore this aspect (dare I say it, discipline?) of our craft and too often believe that because they own the prop and have read the instructions, they must be true magicians…a falsehood and that hurts us all .
Highlights of the lecture include: One Card Pete, a comical story trick about a charlatan of questionable integrity; Wish Paper, a clever bar napkin trick elevated to onstage propor-tions; and The Silver Rings (Drawing Down The Moon), in which Tudor breathed new life into an old, tired effect by using all the techniques he had just explained.
As I watched the latter effect being presented, I realize that Tudor has come, well…full circle. The question asked of the young over-confident upstart all those years ago has indeed made him an older, wiser actor playing the role of a magician.
Now, here he stood in a place where, collectively speaking, there were many lifetimes of intense magic study gather together — and he poses a different but no less confrontational question: did any of us know that sometimes the real magic begins simply by dropping a hat on your head?