Johnny Thompson Live video Q&A: The Great Tomsoni:
International Stars of Magic & Comedy
Johnny Thompson and his wife Pam make up The Great Tomsoni: And they make up the greatest magic consulting persons there are in the past decade! Join us fr a read into their star-studed clientel and learn about one of magic’s true icons!
To describe Johnny Thompson the best, we’ll refer to this quote: “Tomsoni is to magic what Victor Borge is to music… Simply hilarious!”
— Jim Parker, Las Vegas Revue Mirror
Johnny Thompson AKA: The Great Tomsoni & Co. are versatile performers with a background of music, magic, comedy and drama.
As Penn and Teller quoted about Johnny Tompson: “When we need inspiration, we call Johnny. Nobody makes us prouder to be magicians. His technique is so subtle that you can’t admire the moves; it doesn’t look like there are any moves — it looks like magic. Fortunately, Johnny’s not just one of the most skilled (and funniest) men alive; he’s also a great teacher. He’s mined the best material and refined it over decades of performance under all conditions in theatres, night clubs, cruises, trade shows, and TV. When Johnny shows you how to do something, you know you’re learning from the real deal.”
— Penn & Teller
Recent Clients and Work:
Off-Broadway’s newest hit show “Play Dead”
Penn & Teller’s “Fool Us” on ITV in England
Criss Angel Mindfreak
Shaquille O’Neal’s “Shaq Vs…”
Tribute to Johnny Thompson:
By Fielding West
Fielding West, Penn & Teller and Tomsoni ; Johnny Thompson first and always is one of the only people I’ve ever met in show business that I could totally rely on.
He’s trustworthy … never revealing secrets outside our profession.
He’s loyal to his friends. He’s helpful to all magicians seeking to perfect themselves. He’s friendly to millions around the world. He’s courteous beyond belief. He’s kind, he’s obedient… if you don’t believe me, ask his wife. He’s cheerful, thrifty … (it’s possible…) and brave… ask his agent. He’s clean, ask his hairdresser. He’s reverent … but don’t ask him for any money for the church, see thrifty.
I think what I’m really trying to say, is that Johnny Thompson is not only Poland’s finest magician (as if there is a long line of these guys).
About Johnny Thompson:
Johnny Thompson (born c. 1934 )Las Vegas illusionist who performs under the stage name The Great Tomsoni with his wife, Pamela Hayes. They have a comedic slapstick act with the well-dressed Johnny Thompson and his gum-popping assistant, Pam, performing illusions while enduring a series of mishaps. Within the magician community, Tomsoni is considered a virtuoso, widely known as a mentor and teacher of magic, and a creator of tricks, as opposed to simply a performer. He has worked behind the scenes with magicians such as Penn and Teller, Lance Burton, and Criss Angel. In 1999, he was awarded one of the highest honors in the magician community, a Masters Fellowship with the Academy of Magical Arts.
Along with his wife Pamela Hayes, he performs a slapstick comic magical act in which he plays the role of a dapper but buffoonish vaudeville gentleman, with a gum-popping assistant, and they endure various mishaps during their performance. One of his trademarks is producing pure white doves on stage, which are trained to play along with the act once they have appeared.
He has been featured on many episodes of Criss Angel’s Mindfreak, the “Hair” episode of Penn and Teller’s Bullshit!, and the film The Aristocrats. His wife and assistant, Pamela Hayes Thompson, was featured in the film Women in Boxes about magicians’ assistants.
Magic Consulting and Directing:
“I have learned more about magic from Johnny Thompson than from any other source in the world. Now you, too, can learn from the master!”
— Lance Burton
Johnny Thompson, in the capacity of magic technical adviser, consultant and coach has provided material for several television productions including Hart to Hart, Fantasy Island, One Day at a Time, Beyond Westworld, Shaquille O’neal’s series Shaq Vs…, Criss Angel’s A&E series MindFreak and Penn & Teller’s Showtime series Bullshit, as well as their recent English ITV series Fool Us. His film credits include Michael Ritchie’s new film version of Off-Broadway’s longest running musical, The Fantistiks, Norman Jewison’s family film, Bogus, Turner Broadcasting’s cable release, Houdini-Believe and the Siegfried and Roy 3-D Imax film, The Magic Box.
As a theatrical special effects designer and consultant he has invented and presented a variety of unique optical illusions for trade shows, industrial shows, theme parks, musicals and plays. Bush Garden’s Williamsburg production of “The Ghost of the Globe,” a Shakespearean fantasy with over thirty-five unique special effects, was Thompson’s initial venture into theme park attractions. Many of his original optical illusions and special effects techniques have been featured in theme parks, The Smithsonian Institute, Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry and hundreds of trade shows, including the White House Conference on “The Industrial World Ahead Congress.” He currently is the magic consultant and special effects designer for Off-Broadway’s newest hit show, “Play Dead.”
Johnny Thompson has written and produced several magic-themed revue shows for the Nevada gaming industry. Among them were “Excitement 79″ for John Asquga’s Nugget in Sparks Nevada, “Les Sorcery,” an award winning magical revue for Reno’s Club Cal Neva and “Kaleidoscope,” a black-light revue for the Las Vegas M.G.M. Grand’s hotel & Casino’s “Grand Adventures” theme park.
As a magical consultant and illusion designer he has written, developed and provided material for magicians Siegfried and Roy, Penn and Teller, Doug Henning, Lance Burton, Criss Angel and David Blaine. John was a member of the magic staff for Penn & Teller’s “Sin City Spectacular” cable series and one of the writers for the Lance Burton magic specials. He’s penned the instruction sheets for Marshall Brodien’s TV Magic Cards and TV Magic Sets and recently completed the illusion designing, consulting and directing of all the magic sequences for the Sun City, South Africa extravaganza, “Beyond Belief,” which completed an unprecedented two-year run.
Find out much more on Pam and Johnny Thompson by visiting their website – The Great Tomsoni & Co.