I was an honor to play my our necktrumpet for respected Max Maven and Johnny Thompson at the house of mystery Las Vegas with my our brother Jeff McBride in 2007 just after I made world news levitating in the gardens of the White house in Washington DC and Times Square New York where I showed that I want to make people wonder and that reality is not what people think that it is.. The necktrumpet was teached to me my Chand Pasha 11th generation traditional Indian magician,. May Chand Pasha and Johhny Thompsons spirits live forever. They are with us in word sound and image. And we continue our duties of the legacy of magic with their teachings in our hearts and soul. Thank you Jeff for connecting me to Johhny back in the days. Love to you my our brothers and siters that under- and overstand WONDER. Magician and mentalist Ramana Amsterdam, Netherlands May 15 2019

Story With Wouter Bijdendijk (aka Ramana)

Story With Wouter Bijdendijk (aka Ramana)

I was an honor to play my our necktrumpet for respected Max Maven and Johnny Thompson at the house of mystery Las Vegas with my our brother Jeff McBride in 2007 just after I made world news levitating in the gardens of the White house in Washington DC and Times Square New York where I showed that I want to make people wonder and that reality is not what people think that it is.. The necktrumpet was teached to me my Chand Pasha 11th generation traditional Indian magician,. May Chand Pasha and Johhny Thompsons spirits live forever. They are with us in word sound and image. And we continue our duties of the legacy of magic with their teachings in our hearts and soul. Thank you Jeff for connecting me to Johhny back in the days. Love to you my our brothers and siters that under- and overstand WONDER. Magician and mentalist Ramana Amsterdam, Netherlands May 15 2019

I've idolized Johnny Thompson for decades, but I didn't get to meet him one on one until I was 59 years old. I'd driven to Vegas from L.A. with Joan Lawton to see a show and we met up with Simone Marron and  stopped by Johnny and Pam's home late one evening. The conversation was all over the map: magic, politics, world events, Pam's health, Johnny's work. It's pivotal to the story to be aware that John didn't know me from Adam. But he took the time to ask me about the kind of magic I did and he gave me a few pointers. As we left the Thompson home that night, Johnny said, "I hope I'll be able to see you work sometime." I know I'm not alone in having a moment like that with Johnny. But it meant the world to me. I never got the opportunity to show him my work. But the fact that he showed an interest in a "nobody" made me idolize him more than I ever had before.

Story With Dave Egan

Story With Dave Egan

I've idolized Johnny Thompson for decades, but I didn't get to meet him one on one until I was 59 years old. I'd driven to Vegas from L.A. with Joan Lawton to see a show and we met up with Simone Marron and  stopped by Johnny and Pam's home late one evening. The conversation was all over the map: magic, politics, world events, Pam's health, Johnny's work. It's pivotal to the story to be aware that John didn't know me from Adam. But he took the time to ask me about the kind of magic I did and he gave me a few pointers. As we left the Thompson home that night, Johnny said, "I hope I'll be able to see you work sometime." I know I'm not alone in having a moment like that with Johnny. But it meant the world to me. I never got the opportunity to show him my work. But the fact that he showed an interest in a "nobody" made me idolize him more than I ever had before.

JOHNNY THOMPSON MIND FREAK SET STORY #1The first time I got to work with him, was on the MIND FREAK T.V. show – until that first day of doing a test shoot in costume & make-up, I had only admired him from afar at Magic Conventions or watching he & Pam work on Las Vegas Stages.The test shoot began early one morning backstage of the Aladdin Theater (which is now the Zappo’s theater in Planet Hollywood) in 2005. We were each dressed and put into make-up by a team of costumers and make-up artists. My costume consisted of pantyhose, slippers with a rose embellishment, a sheer silk dress that was dyed an earthy peachy/brown color that went from light to dark, (as if I had been walking in a dirty desert for some time, with the dirt staining the dress’s hem line ), wig, jewelry, glasses, & an umbrella.This was to become the character “Ginger – the Mother of Magic”As I came out of the dressing room – I saw my “T.V. Husband, Theo” for the first time – it was “The Great Tomsoni” in full stage costume I had seen him perform in with his wife for so many years. Standing right before me… it was a very surreal moment.We didn’t have much time to chat other than a quick greeting as the film crew was set up waiting for Johnny & I to do a test walk in costume & make-up to see how we looked & moved on camera.The camera was set up – up-stage left - about 3 feet off the floor on a tripod – aimed at a slight angle up and pointed down-stage right.Johnny & I were to start down-stage right and walk towards the camera with a slow pace, once reaching the camera, we were to turn and walk away from the camera in the same direction we had walked towards it. Since we were supposedly “husband & wife”, Criss asked us to walk arm in arm. I let Johnny take the lead, as he extended his left elbow allowing me to slip my right hand into it. We walked almost as if in a bridal march towards the camera – giving each other “loving looks” occasionally as we walked. It all felt so “natural” to me, as this man was a great actor and made slipping into this character a breeze, as he was in character…Once we reached the camera, we turned almost as if in a slow, loving dance. After three steps walking away from the camera, I felt Johnny’s elbow relax and his entire arm then moved. I “went with it” as Johnny’s hand then slid to my backside and his hand grabbed a handful of my left butt check. Without missing a step, I followed suit at the same time, placing my hand on his right butt check. We both walked the slow pace, gently massaging each other’s butt checks. Johnny turned slowly to me and smiled, cooing “That’s nice…”I just winked a him.The entire crew busted out laughing.And that began my love affair & admiration for this man…**********************************************************************JOHNNY THOMPSON MIND FREAK SET STORY #2The cast consisted of a Surreal Family of five. A unique vision and concept Criss had – but A&E never truly got on board with…• Johnny as Theo - the Historian of Magic• Myself as Ginger – the Mother of Magic• Antonio Hoyos as Lugi – Criss’ Body Guard• Stacy Shea as Kayala – The Sexiness of Magic• A 9-year-old boy (I cannot remember his name) who played the Conscious of HoudiniThe 9-year-old was a typical kid. Being around so much magic perked his interest in magic and I wanted to encourage that.Now before I continue with this story – I must explain where the idea came from I about to use with this When I was younger – I had seen an after school special about Mark Twain. Mark was in his living room when two young kids came to hear a story from Mark. Mark reached up to the mantle above the fireplace and pulled down a book with a feather in it being used as a book marker. The kids sat listening to the hour-long tale Mr. Twain told of an Indian named “Lone Feather” – at the end of the story – Mark twirled the white feather book marker between his fingers and proclaimed that feather was the actual feather Lone Feather wore. The kid’s eyes went wide as he asked them if they would like to have it. The kids hurriedly raced out the door with their new treasure that had so much meaning, thanks to the story Mark had just told. He smiled as they left, then reached into a small gold box sitting on the mantle above the fireplace, opened it and took out one of the many white single feathers that filled the box. He placed it inside the book and returned the book to the shelf with a grin.I always thought that was very clever – and I have adopted that with magic tricks & young wanna-be magicians. Over the years, I have collected old, beginners’ magic tricks from magic kits. These could be ball & vase, coin block, coin slide or color cubes. When I meet a young magician, I will take out one of those old treasures and explain that “this” was my first magic trick. I then perform it for them – followed with a magic lesson and finally – the gift of “my first magic trick” to them – with the promise, that one day, they must give that trick to some other young person who has an interest in magic…I took an old 1950’s color cube to the set with me one day just to teach the trick to the young boy and give it to him. As I was waiting for a break from his shooting a scene, I sat in the motor home with Johnny (as I did so many days) and told Johnny what I was about to do. I then asked him if giving such a collectible magic trick away was a smart thing to do? Johnny’s answer surprised me and lead us into an hour-long conversation about “collecting magic”.Johnny never collected magic. He felt it was the dumbest thing in the world to do! I asked if he had anything from his early days and he immediately bellowed “NO! Magic is not made to sit on a shelf, it is made to be used. Period!” I bantered back and forth with him about the subject for some time, and his reasoning seemed more and more logical.I handed Johnny the color cube I was about to teach and give to the young actor. The Color Cube Trick is a cube with round dots of different colors on each side. The cube is dropped into a container/box just big enough to hold the cube by a volunteer. The color facing up is remembered by the volunteer as the lid is placed on the box, sealing the color cube inside. The box is handed to the magician who then places the box behind his back momentarily *(To do the secret move)*, then brought back out and held to the magi’s forehead – the magi then predicts the color the volunteer chose. The trick may be repeated over and over.Johnny asked me to perform it. I did and he then showed me a handling that blew me outta the water! He had me pick a color and seal it into the box. I then handed it back to him and he held the box between his thumb & middle finger. With his other hand, he spun the box on its axis between those two fingers – showing me the box was truly sealed.He then handed me the box back and said, “you chose red”My mouth dropped.How?HOW could he know without doing “the secret move behind the back”????He then showed me his handling of the box, which was a combination of several other moves in magic (Think Okito Coin Box) – and a unique visual effect that makes it LOOK like you are showing ALL the sides of the box while spinning it on its axis.………………suddenly. I didn’t want to give that trick to that kid. LOLI did, and with Johnny’s permission, I taught the kid Johnny’s move he had just taught me.**********************************************************************JOHNNY THOMPSON MIND FREAK SET STORY #3The scene was called “Family Seeds”.The idea being, four of us “surreal family members” were to be raised from a packet of “family seeds” that was planted in the desert. The young boy was the Gardner who planted the seeds and then water us to make us grow.The first scene was just of the little boy holding a packet of seeds that read, “Family Seeds” – he sprinkles them onto the desert floor. Then takes a watering can and waters the newly planted seeds.Next scene has all four of us (Johnny, Antonio, Stacy & I) with just our heads resting on the desert floor.To accomplish this, the crew dug a deep “grave” and placed four stools in the opening. We were each carefully lowered down into this hole *(not an easy task for a man weighing in over 500 pounds at the time)* and we each sat on a stool.A sheet of plywood with four holes for our heads was placed over the top of the “grave” – with our heads sticking up thru the holes. A rubber sheet was attached to each hole with a star-cut pattern allowing our heads to pop up out of that hole. Dirt & sand was then shoveled onto the plywood around our heads – giving the illusion just our heads were laying on the desert floor.The line went from left to right – Antonio (who is a little person standing four feet tall, and had phone books stacked on his stool to elevate him high enough to have his head poke through the hole), then myself, then Johnny and finally Stacy.The scene called for the little boy to walk slowly behind our heads with the water can, pouring water on the back of our heads (so as not to mess up our make-up) – as if he was watering his garden… We were told not to have any reaction at all – as we were “just growing and had no feelings” – just keep staring forward at the camera *(which was hand-held on the ground level with our heads – giving us each close-up’s as the boy walked by “watering” us)As they were setting up the shot, I suddenly feel Johnny’s left hand grab my right knee gently. He then began to massage my pantyhose covered kneecap that had the silk dress over it… Not wanting to mess up my wig or make-up, I s-l-o-w-l-y turned my head to the right to look at Johnny. He smiled at me and cooed “That’s nice”. Without missing a beat, I deadpan looked him in the eye and said, “that’s not my knee”Johnny busted out a loud laugh and as he did – his laugh started with a burst of air “PHUUU-BAHHAHAHHAAAAAAAAAAAA” – my reaction was as if I suddenly was standing in front of a fan that got turned on, my eyes closed as I flinched from the reaction.Not only did Johnny’s saliva hit my face, so did dirt & sand, sticking to my lipstick, check make-up and eye shadow.Chris yells, “TINY!!!!” in desperation. The make-up department had to drop to their knees and fix my make-up quickly.With my make-up now sand & dirt free, we were ready to shoot the scene. Criss calls “ACTION!” and the little boy begins his walk pouring water in a row behind our heads, starting with Antonio, who is on my left-hand side. I am focused on not blinking or moving, no reaction at all *(as my co-stars were also to be doing).Suddenly we hear Antonio scream in his thick Cuban accent “JEZZUSS CHRIST ALL MIGHTY THAT IS COLD!!!!”I knew the scene was blown and we would have to start over again. I was pissed at him for blowing the scene, so I instinctively turned my head to the left to look at him. Criss had not called “CUT!” and the little boy continued with his action. As I turned to look at Antonio, here comes the water pouring directly over the left-hand side of my face! I quickly react by turning my head 180* to the right (now facing Johnny) to avoid anymore water, only to now have the water pouring over my right-hand side of my face!Johnny turned to look at me and busted out with ANOTHER burst of air “PHUUU-BAHHAHAHHAAAAAAAAAAAA”I turned my head back to facing the camera *(which was aimed right at my face), with my entire face & wig wet and covered with sand & dirt.I just looked into the camera, giving my best deadpan expression. I felt like Oliver Hardy after Stan had pulled some stunt, looking into the camera and slowly shaking my head in disbelief.Criss yells “CUT!!!!!! TINY!!!!!!!!!!!!!”Johnny never took his hand off my knee the entire hour we were in that hole shooting….

Story With Steve Daly

Story With Steve Daly

JOHNNY THOMPSON MIND FREAK SET STORY #1The first time I got to work with him, was on the MIND FREAK T.V. show – until that first day of doing a test shoot in costume & make-up, I had only admired him from afar at Magic Conventions or watching he & Pam work on Las Vegas Stages.The test shoot began early one morning backstage of the Aladdin Theater (which is now the Zappo’s theater in Planet Hollywood) in 2005. We were each dressed and put into make-up by a team of costumers and make-up artists. My costume consisted of pantyhose, slippers with a rose embellishment, a sheer silk dress that was dyed an earthy peachy/brown color that went from light to dark, (as if I had been walking in a dirty desert for some time, with the dirt staining the dress’s hem line ), wig, jewelry, glasses, & an umbrella.This was to become the character “Ginger – the Mother of Magic”As I came out of the dressing room – I saw my “T.V. Husband, Theo” for the first time – it was “The Great Tomsoni” in full stage costume I had seen him perform in with his wife for so many years. Standing right before me… it was a very surreal moment.We didn’t have much time to chat other than a quick greeting as the film crew was set up waiting for Johnny & I to do a test walk in costume & make-up to see how we looked & moved on camera.The camera was set up – up-stage left - about 3 feet off the floor on a tripod – aimed at a slight angle up and pointed down-stage right.Johnny & I were to start down-stage right and walk towards the camera with a slow pace, once reaching the camera, we were to turn and walk away from the camera in the same direction we had walked towards it. Since we were supposedly “husband & wife”, Criss asked us to walk arm in arm. I let Johnny take the lead, as he extended his left elbow allowing me to slip my right hand into it. We walked almost as if in a bridal march towards the camera – giving each other “loving looks” occasionally as we walked. It all felt so “natural” to me, as this man was a great actor and made slipping into this character a breeze, as he was in character…Once we reached the camera, we turned almost as if in a slow, loving dance. After three steps walking away from the camera, I felt Johnny’s elbow relax and his entire arm then moved. I “went with it” as Johnny’s hand then slid to my backside and his hand grabbed a handful of my left butt check. Without missing a step, I followed suit at the same time, placing my hand on his right butt check. We both walked the slow pace, gently massaging each other’s butt checks. Johnny turned slowly to me and smiled, cooing “That’s nice…”I just winked a him.The entire crew busted out laughing.And that began my love affair & admiration for this man…**********************************************************************JOHNNY THOMPSON MIND FREAK SET STORY #2The cast consisted of a Surreal Family of five. A unique vision and concept Criss had – but A&E never truly got on board with…• Johnny as Theo - the Historian of Magic• Myself as Ginger – the Mother of Magic• Antonio Hoyos as Lugi – Criss’ Body Guard• Stacy Shea as Kayala – The Sexiness of Magic• A 9-year-old boy (I cannot remember his name) who played the Conscious of HoudiniThe 9-year-old was a typical kid. Being around so much magic perked his interest in magic and I wanted to encourage that.Now before I continue with this story – I must explain where the idea came from I about to use with this When I was younger – I had seen an after school special about Mark Twain. Mark was in his living room when two young kids came to hear a story from Mark. Mark reached up to the mantle above the fireplace and pulled down a book with a feather in it being used as a book marker. The kids sat listening to the hour-long tale Mr. Twain told of an Indian named “Lone Feather” – at the end of the story – Mark twirled the white feather book marker between his fingers and proclaimed that feather was the actual feather Lone Feather wore. The kid’s eyes went wide as he asked them if they would like to have it. The kids hurriedly raced out the door with their new treasure that had so much meaning, thanks to the story Mark had just told. He smiled as they left, then reached into a small gold box sitting on the mantle above the fireplace, opened it and took out one of the many white single feathers that filled the box. He placed it inside the book and returned the book to the shelf with a grin.I always thought that was very clever – and I have adopted that with magic tricks & young wanna-be magicians. Over the years, I have collected old, beginners’ magic tricks from magic kits. These could be ball & vase, coin block, coin slide or color cubes. When I meet a young magician, I will take out one of those old treasures and explain that “this” was my first magic trick. I then perform it for them – followed with a magic lesson and finally – the gift of “my first magic trick” to them – with the promise, that one day, they must give that trick to some other young person who has an interest in magic…I took an old 1950’s color cube to the set with me one day just to teach the trick to the young boy and give it to him. As I was waiting for a break from his shooting a scene, I sat in the motor home with Johnny (as I did so many days) and told Johnny what I was about to do. I then asked him if giving such a collectible magic trick away was a smart thing to do? Johnny’s answer surprised me and lead us into an hour-long conversation about “collecting magic”.Johnny never collected magic. He felt it was the dumbest thing in the world to do! I asked if he had anything from his early days and he immediately bellowed “NO! Magic is not made to sit on a shelf, it is made to be used. Period!” I bantered back and forth with him about the subject for some time, and his reasoning seemed more and more logical.I handed Johnny the color cube I was about to teach and give to the young actor. The Color Cube Trick is a cube with round dots of different colors on each side. The cube is dropped into a container/box just big enough to hold the cube by a volunteer. The color facing up is remembered by the volunteer as the lid is placed on the box, sealing the color cube inside. The box is handed to the magician who then places the box behind his back momentarily *(To do the secret move)*, then brought back out and held to the magi’s forehead – the magi then predicts the color the volunteer chose. The trick may be repeated over and over.Johnny asked me to perform it. I did and he then showed me a handling that blew me outta the water! He had me pick a color and seal it into the box. I then handed it back to him and he held the box between his thumb & middle finger. With his other hand, he spun the box on its axis between those two fingers – showing me the box was truly sealed.He then handed me the box back and said, “you chose red”My mouth dropped.How?HOW could he know without doing “the secret move behind the back”????He then showed me his handling of the box, which was a combination of several other moves in magic (Think Okito Coin Box) – and a unique visual effect that makes it LOOK like you are showing ALL the sides of the box while spinning it on its axis.………………suddenly. I didn’t want to give that trick to that kid. LOLI did, and with Johnny’s permission, I taught the kid Johnny’s move he had just taught me.**********************************************************************JOHNNY THOMPSON MIND FREAK SET STORY #3The scene was called “Family Seeds”.The idea being, four of us “surreal family members” were to be raised from a packet of “family seeds” that was planted in the desert. The young boy was the Gardner who planted the seeds and then water us to make us grow.The first scene was just of the little boy holding a packet of seeds that read, “Family Seeds” – he sprinkles them onto the desert floor. Then takes a watering can and waters the newly planted seeds.Next scene has all four of us (Johnny, Antonio, Stacy & I) with just our heads resting on the desert floor.To accomplish this, the crew dug a deep “grave” and placed four stools in the opening. We were each carefully lowered down into this hole *(not an easy task for a man weighing in over 500 pounds at the time)* and we each sat on a stool.A sheet of plywood with four holes for our heads was placed over the top of the “grave” – with our heads sticking up thru the holes. A rubber sheet was attached to each hole with a star-cut pattern allowing our heads to pop up out of that hole. Dirt & sand was then shoveled onto the plywood around our heads – giving the illusion just our heads were laying on the desert floor.The line went from left to right – Antonio (who is a little person standing four feet tall, and had phone books stacked on his stool to elevate him high enough to have his head poke through the hole), then myself, then Johnny and finally Stacy.The scene called for the little boy to walk slowly behind our heads with the water can, pouring water on the back of our heads (so as not to mess up our make-up) – as if he was watering his garden… We were told not to have any reaction at all – as we were “just growing and had no feelings” – just keep staring forward at the camera *(which was hand-held on the ground level with our heads – giving us each close-up’s as the boy walked by “watering” us)As they were setting up the shot, I suddenly feel Johnny’s left hand grab my right knee gently. He then began to massage my pantyhose covered kneecap that had the silk dress over it… Not wanting to mess up my wig or make-up, I s-l-o-w-l-y turned my head to the right to look at Johnny. He smiled at me and cooed “That’s nice”. Without missing a beat, I deadpan looked him in the eye and said, “that’s not my knee”Johnny busted out a loud laugh and as he did – his laugh started with a burst of air “PHUUU-BAHHAHAHHAAAAAAAAAAAA” – my reaction was as if I suddenly was standing in front of a fan that got turned on, my eyes closed as I flinched from the reaction.Not only did Johnny’s saliva hit my face, so did dirt & sand, sticking to my lipstick, check make-up and eye shadow.Chris yells, “TINY!!!!” in desperation. The make-up department had to drop to their knees and fix my make-up quickly.With my make-up now sand & dirt free, we were ready to shoot the scene. Criss calls “ACTION!” and the little boy begins his walk pouring water in a row behind our heads, starting with Antonio, who is on my left-hand side. I am focused on not blinking or moving, no reaction at all *(as my co-stars were also to be doing).Suddenly we hear Antonio scream in his thick Cuban accent “JEZZUSS CHRIST ALL MIGHTY THAT IS COLD!!!!”I knew the scene was blown and we would have to start over again. I was pissed at him for blowing the scene, so I instinctively turned my head to the left to look at him. Criss had not called “CUT!” and the little boy continued with his action. As I turned to look at Antonio, here comes the water pouring directly over the left-hand side of my face! I quickly react by turning my head 180* to the right (now facing Johnny) to avoid anymore water, only to now have the water pouring over my right-hand side of my face!Johnny turned to look at me and busted out with ANOTHER burst of air “PHUUU-BAHHAHAHHAAAAAAAAAAAA”I turned my head back to facing the camera *(which was aimed right at my face), with my entire face & wig wet and covered with sand & dirt.I just looked into the camera, giving my best deadpan expression. I felt like Oliver Hardy after Stan had pulled some stunt, looking into the camera and slowly shaking my head in disbelief.Criss yells “CUT!!!!!! TINY!!!!!!!!!!!!!”Johnny never took his hand off my knee the entire hour we were in that hole shooting….

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