“A Stones Throw”
Two days with David Stone – By Jason Ring
How do you even begin to start an article like this? I suppose you just plunge right into the experience. A lesson easily learned just by simply following David Stone. He plunges himself into everything around him. His world is the world we share, and we don’t mind that he’s taking it! He controls the room, the situation, and the antics that follow are a worthy show.
David Stone was born August 14th, 1972 in Eaubonne, France. David was surrounded in the arts at a young age as his Mom bathed him in Literature, and his Dads love of Cinema inspired. At 19 through the hands of a friend an introduction into Magic became his life passion, working at the craft obsessively. By the time he reached 23 he was awarded the Diavol Grand prix. And two more prestigious honors in magic were to follow the very next year. (Winner of the Gold Dove & Close-up Grand Prix of South America) From this point David was destined for greatness in magic. And he traveled the world to prove it; Performing Table magic in some of the most lavish locales. In Saint Tropez, David honed his table presence for 7 years at the most luxurious restaurant in the Riviera - La Voile Rouge.
To me David had always been that larger then life character. His flawless coin techniques and posture seemed to me supernatural. Yet his obvious on camera humor offset the preciseness of his abilities to work magic like no other. The mix of the two, shear brilliance. And no doubt a part of his likability.
My friend for nearly 8 years Stephane Jardonnet is responsible for re-igniting my passion for magic. And in the mid 90’s directly responsible for launching David Stones career in instructional film. The two of them worked hard on a 2 part series and later released David Stones – Basic coin magic volume 1-2 on VHS. And now re-mastered with extra footage these two; now DVDs are still two of the top selling instructional coin production DVDs made. And for good reason, they are packed full of great coin magic material for beginners all the way up to the most advanced professionals. Since the release 97’ and 98’ David has been responsible for releasing nearly 15 additional magic related films including: Quit Smoking, The Cell, and the award winning Real Secrets of Magic Volume 1 – 2 with Jean Luc Bertrand. These instructional DVDs inspired me, and thousands of others to improve at the craft. Stone has also become a source of personal inspiration to me. When I learned that he decided to take a vacation to the States, and hit a few places along the way; including a possible visit to my friend, and home town. Well I nearly couldn’t believe it…
Stone and Jardonnet have remained friends over the years, and when Stephane received news from David that he would be coming to California. He Insisted that he stop through Sacramento for a few days. I received a call from Stephane asking if I would like to go on a day trip with him and David Stone! Umm Yeah!!! I could barely contain my excitement and my face must have looked ridicules. The blood pressure rose!
An hour later, they arrived I came downstairs, and David was out of the car with his hand ready to meet mine. Stephane has mentioned many great things about you. I’m totally speechless; me? I thought… “It’s a great honor to meet you Mr. Stone”. I replied.
I offer credit to Stephane, he continues to be a truly great friend, and supporter. We have been friends through each others ups, and downs. And we respect each others opinions, and outlooks. I jumped in the back seat of the convertible. David a little jet lagged still managed to keep us entertained on the road. And much to David’s credit, I soon became just one of the guys. I honestly felt more star struck prior to meeting him. After we met, we were just buds on a summer day trip to San Francisco.
After arriving in the city we headed our way towards the wharf. The sun was shinning, and the convertible top down, just a beautiful day. We took a slight detour to go down Lombard street, (Most crooked street in the world) and because it is such a landmark of the city tourist are always at the bottom of the street photographing. As soon as David seen the row of photographers: He jumped up in the seat of the convertible and shouted hands waving high in the air: “Please, no more photographs!” then quickly covering his face with his hand.
I don’t know who was laughing more, us or the people on the street corner. That is a prime example of David Stones mind at work, spontaneous, and free. We arrived in at Fisherman’s wharf, and had a celebratory drink or two, a quick lunch, all before taking the fairy ride. We circled the Golden Gate, and around Alcatraz Island. After we took a lazily stroll towards Ghirardelli square.
We stopped in at this great place called Cellar360, and sampled some wines from the region. If you go, ask for Jenn. She offered great service. (She’s a friend wink) We talked about everything from family, magic and his recent acting classes. We also discussed; what was then an upcoming release: “Window." The thing about David while he is very successful he is also very humble, and very kind. A quality of his that I found, super cool.
After our cheesy crackers and mild wine buzz we thanked Jenn, paid our bill, and thus started an early evening brisk walk. Soon we arrived at one of the Trolley stations. We jumped on for an impromptu ride. Exiting at Union square we decided to go up to the Cheese Cake Factory for dinner, and views of the city… While waiting for a table I nervously performed a few jumbo coin productions that I had been toying with, and to my delight David liked one of them, and asked if he could use it? I was honored; of course gave him my permission as long as he would give me credit for the routine if he ever publicized it. I didn’t mind! After all, David taught me everything else I knew in coin magic, so I felt it to be more then a fair trade. As soon as he had my permission he held the coin in the position I showed him. Pulled out his Phone and photographed his own hand holding the coin. He looked at me with a inquisitive look, and said got it! So funny! After an awesome dinner, we jumped back on the trolley to head back towards our car. Finishing an exhausting, but terrific day in the city with an idol turned friend.
Day two happened to be on Cinco De Mayo. I think this Holiday is bigger in the United States, and my town then in Mexico. Why? I would guess Americans insatiable need to party! A few of the Mexican restaurants’ in my area of Sacramento happened to be throwing a big party. So I invited Stephane and David. They happily came, but we all were a bit tired from the day before. So we had a few drinks met up with some of my friends and just enjoyed; yet another relaxing day on the Patio of Zocolo’s. Soon it was over, and we parted as good friends and the promise to meet up again.
All of us admire certain magicians, and look to them for inspiration and guidance, if you will. Prior to meeting David I admired him for his skills and the techniques he taught me in the many Magic DVDs produced.
After meeting David all of that dissolved away, and not in that it was forgotten. It’s just that it was no longer most important. David while he is a larger then life character at times, he is also kind, generous, and very thoughtful. It is no wonder that the world has embraced David Stone the man, as a favorite Magician and talent among many greats...