Tom joined the Society of American Magicians in 1975 and attended his first magic convention in Boston the same year. He attended the SAM conventions in Chicago ‘76, and in Philadelphia ’77 and in 1976 he performed a full stage show at Rider University Theater for about 300 people (for this effort he borrowed Teller’s Selbit Sawing in half and worked with Teller himself on the presentation).
Tom was the lead in a Periwig production of “The Spider” in Princeton New Jersey. He portrayed Chartrand, the magician for the play, and performed Robert Houdin’s second sight as well as a number of large stage illusions in a vaudeville like setting (not only did he need to learn and memorize all of the code for Houdin’s second sight but he had over 5,000 lines in the play).
He is an active magician member of the Academy of Magical Arts (The Magic Castle, in Hollywood) and a member of the international Brotherhood of Magicians as well.
In his twenties, Tom combined his martial arts with his magic and took on the name “The Magus: Master of Martial Magic” (Pronounced: Ma-gos). He has performed in large venues including the Hughes Space and Communications, and Boeing Satellite Systems as well as children’s shows and local school performances. He has invented a variety of martial magic tricks including dancing samurai swords, and a sightless vision (complete with play-do over his eyes etc, where he slices a watermelon in half on a audience member’s stomach with a samurai sword completely blindfolded). He also performs shows at local hospitals children’s cancer wards. He is an avid bibliophile of magic books, rare and not.
With Master Magician Lance Burton at the Magic Castle
The Magus and Teller (from Penn and Teller)
With Master Magician Mark Wilson
Performing for close-friend Rudy Tomjanovich
With Diane Bray and the Great Max Howard
With Jeff Mcbride teaching a Martial Arts and Magic Class
Melina, Johnny Ace Palmer and Tom at S.A.M. Gathering
With John Born and Allan Hayden