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Theatre of Magic Club


By Nilroc

6 years ago



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#1 6 years ago

All things Theatre of Magic!
Thought I'd start a club because I couldn't find one.
Everyone with a TOM can chime in or those of you that have played a TOM.
This is my first pin I bought and the whole family loves it.
Always 4 players on it at a time!
Share Mods,Repairs,Stories, Pics etc.

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#2 6 years ago

I am in process of restoring a routed beater. Will post pics when completed. TOM is the eye candy of pins for sure.

#3 6 years ago

I have 4 pins, Tom, Tron, Hulk LE, TSPP.... when "civilians" come over, TOM is the overwhelming favorite. 20 years later, the magic tricks, etc hold up.

#4 6 years ago

I have fond memories of this pin and really had fun with it during the honeymoon phase. However it really shows it's lack of depth after you give it some serious play. At one time I owned all three (TOM, TOTAN, CV) Seeing all three together you notice how very similar the layouts are. Still own the CV as that was always my favorite. I ended up trading for a nice WH2O and Whirlwind...Don't miss it at all. Hope I don't come off as raining on your parade. It truly is a work of art and I'm glad you're getting some enjoyment out of it.

#5 6 years ago

The TOM I have is totally original and has no mods.
What is the best mod for the TOM?

#6 6 years ago

Tiger saw blade and red velvet side panels! Just sold mine right after the Super Bowl...

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#7 6 years ago

When this pin first showed up 18 years ago, it was state of the art. I played it for hours on end. Lately it seemed a little bland compared to some of the other pins. All it took was adding a little color scheme with strategically placed LEDs and several color changers to update its condition and once again make it a centerpiece of the gameroom.

#8 6 years ago

I have one restored with Tiger saw, mirror mod and LEDs.
Asking 5K.
I have to sell off a bunch of my collection to turn my gamrage back into a garage for my vehicles.
I just got hit for another 100 bucks worth of gas and I have to replace the destroyed filler neck so I need to sell off 6 games.
Last week they got my Perlux fog lights.

#9 6 years ago
Quoted from Nilroc:

The TOM I have is totally original and has no mods.
What is the best mod for the TOM?

Tiger saw mod with the v1.4 home ROMs.....saw works during modes and not just when you hit the switch

#10 6 years ago

I like the gold tiger saw, the upgraded and lit marquee and the gold chains. Those are the only ones I would do for sure. But you can go hog wild and put on rabbits, a magic hat, a clock, and a few others. Pretty nuts.

I loved this game for a long time, but got bored by the lack of interesting wizard mode. The truck is still one of my favorite toys ever in pinball though.

#11 6 years ago

Selling mine at the Atlanta Swap Meet next month for those going that might be interested.

#12 6 years ago

Let's see how many Pinsiders are TOM owners.
Post if your a TOM owner.

#13 6 years ago
Quoted from Nilroc:

Let's see how many Pinsiders are TOM owners.
Post if your a TOM owner.

You can go to the archives and go to ToM and it will show you how many pinsiders own, want it

edit-419 own it

#14 6 years ago

Love my TOM! I just finished playing it 2 minutes ago. I added gold rails, legs ,lockdown & shooter, color coordinated LEDs , saw blade mod, invisiglass, pinball pro speaker kit & I just installed Treasure coves latest side decals. I'll post some pics soon. Enjoy your TOM

#15 6 years ago

I love my TOM which has custom made brass trim, active gold tiger saw, PDI clock tower, mind orbits shooter rod and Drano's gold mirror blades. Deep game play it is far from it but the shots feel right all the time and always popular with anyone that comes over to play.

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#16 6 years ago

Kinda have one,Got it in the fall. It sat for years folded up in a garage so I immediately tore it down had the PF cleared and now it sits waiting for me to finish my other projects.

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#17 6 years ago

What the heck, I like clubs...
Here's mine

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#18 6 years ago
Quoted from Nilroc:

Let's see how many Pinsiders are TOM owners.Post if your a TOM owner.

I've had mine for about a year now. Added the tiger saw and lighted mirror. It's my wife's favorite so it won't be going anywhere. Also one of the favorites of guests. One of the best looking pins IMO.

#19 6 years ago

Love that red velvet on the sides!
NJ...are you selling yours?

#20 6 years ago

Ted...
I've got it up for sale, yep....

#21 6 years ago

Well, I might have to visit you again....

#22 6 years ago

Come on by! At the moment everything is up and working....

Looking to buy or just smack around my balls?

#23 6 years ago

As usual...both!

#24 6 years ago

I just don't know how to take that

Well come on by if you want...just let me know when and I will do my best to not take apart CV before you come over...

#25 6 years ago

Lemme check my schd. Maybe over the weekend. Thanks!

#26 6 years ago

I've had a ToM for ~1.5 years now.

centerflank, did you custom make those velvet sides? I really want to add that to mine!

#27 6 years ago

They really give the game a different look!

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#28 6 years ago
Quoted from Linolium:

centerflank, did you custom make those velvet sides? I really want to add that to mine!

Some guy on ebay, he has black panels too. just looked he still has them for sale.

#29 6 years ago

I don't think it is wise to toboggan with a TOM

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#30 6 years ago

You Canadians are crazy. I don't think I could ever put a pin in the snow.

#31 6 years ago

Hey, does anyone have issues with air balls from the trap door? It seems like the metal flap is too thick causing massive air time when going for the right ramp. Its laying flat and down all the way, but its a huge height difference from the playfield. I am thinking its the wrong piece on mine. Are anyone's that thick or do you have a thin one like the bottom of a ramp flap?

#32 6 years ago

Just picked one up his past weekend at TPF. Pretty fun pin. Looks great and seems to be pretty popular with guests. Max, mine doesn't seem to have any issues with the trap door being too thick. Still learning the pin and rule set. Did break a million tonight on a game but don't know if that's good on TOM. Very happy to have it in the collection.

#33 6 years ago

you mean a billion?

#34 6 years ago
Quoted from Max_Badazz:

Hey, does anyone have issues with air balls from the trap door?

I am not sure what you are saying here. The trapdoor shouldnt pop the ball into the air ever. It should be held close to the PF by the springs.

#35 6 years ago

Had ours for a couple years. No mods, but easily the most popular game with guests. Beautiful game. Am looking forward to getting a CV someday.
Thanks for starting the club. I like hearing about the mods...and I like the red velvet.

#36 6 years ago
Quoted from PDXGeek:

You Canadians are crazy. I don't think I could ever put a pin in the snow.

Was thinking the same thing...

#37 6 years ago

Ok, Im joining the club. I loved playing it at the local mall arcade when it first came out and bought it as my first dmd machine around '02. Beautiful to look at, flows like the Nile and still puts a huge smile on my face after all these years. Nice work JPop!

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#38 5 years ago

I feel very lucky to have just picked up a, no kidding, home-use-only Theatre of Magic from the original owner. I can't believe my luck. The machine came with the original envelope that contained the unused manuals, schematics, service bulletins, key-chain fob, stickers, and spare bulbs. It had been so rarely used and rarely serviced that the lock-down bar "beer seal" became glued to the glass and had to be pried off. It also appears to have the original batteries (that did not have an expiration date which are common with modern batteries) which by some miracle did not leak.

I'm in the process of fixing some minor items and cleaning it up. Pictures to follow.

Any advice on removing the ramps for cleaning? Is it as straightforward as finding each screw/bolt and removing it or is there a gotcha?

#39 5 years ago

Broke 2 billion the other day. Still digging this pin!

#40 5 years ago

Congrats on your TOM purchase!
Welcome to the club.
I picked mine up just over a month ago and now on the search for second machine to put beside my TOM.

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#41 5 years ago
Quoted from Max_Badazz:

Hey, does anyone have issues with air balls from the trap door? It seems like the metal flap is too thick causing massive air time when going for the right ramp. Its laying flat and down all the way, but its a huge height difference from the playfield. I am thinking its the wrong piece on mine. Are anyone's that thick or do you have a thin one like the bottom of a ramp flap?

Yes. All the time. It pisses me off because: A) It makes it very hard to shoot the right ramp; and B) I've lost many a good ball from bounces into the right outlane

#42 5 years ago

I like Nilroc's pictures. Perhaps all machine owners in the Theatre of Magic club should post a picture of:
1) Rear cabinet sticker
2) Magic trunk
3) Whole machine picture

#43 5 years ago
Quoted from nosro:

I feel very lucky to have just picked up a, no kidding, home-use-only Theatre of Magic from the original owner. I can't believe my luck. The machine came with the original envelope that contained the unused manuals, schematics, service bulletins, key-chain fob, stickers, and spare bulbs. It had been so rarely used and rarely serviced that the lock-down bar "beer seal" became glued to the glass and had to be pried off. It also appears to have the original batteries (that did not have an expiration date which are common with modern batteries) which by some miracle did not leak.
I'm in the process of fixing some minor items and cleaning it up. Pictures to follow.
Any advice on removing the ramps for cleaning? Is it as straightforward as finding each screw/bolt and removing it or is there a gotcha?

No 'gotchas' with a playfield tear down on TOM. One of the easier ones I think.

#44 5 years ago

Could someone take a picture of the area just to the right of the magic trunk and behind the white stand-up target? I may have a missing post or two and can't find a reference picture.

Like the one below, but lit better.

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#45 5 years ago

No one noticed in the other thread, but here are some coin door insert graphics to replace those boring "push to reject" inserts:

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#46 5 years ago

This help ?

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#47 5 years ago

or this ?

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#48 5 years ago

Yes, that did it! Thank you. It seems I am missing one post.

#49 5 years ago

The post I believe your referring to is the Achilles heal of this game. The ball will get stuck between that post and the trunk and will often result in breaking the post off flush with the playfield.

#50 5 years ago

being restored

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