8 Days In

I hope your holidays were great and that you had time to spend with your family, friends, and loved ones. We’re only 8 days into the new year and so much is already happening. First off, we’ve been busier than ever, and we have you to thank for that. Next Tuesday, Betty and I have been invited to attend the SAM Assembly #112 Awards Banquet in Concord, CA. We’re very excited to attend this event and looking forward to meeting everyone there. I’ll report all about this next week.

Web Site News

This year, we will be making new changes to our web site. Some you’ll notice and some you won’t, but it’s our goal to make our site run, operate, and offer you more features quickly and efficiently. We recently changed servers, so you might have noticed that our site runs faster and visually, you may have noticed the addition of Cris Johnson’s brand new blog called Trick Talk! We chose Cris because of his credentials of being a professional entertainer and vast knowledge of magic. Those of you who know me know that I’m a straight shooter. I call it like I see it. When I initially asked Cris to be our new product reviewer, I knew he would be the right man for the job. His reviews are complete and extremely thorough. He also calls it like he sees it, which is the most important thing, in my opinion. We’re very honored to have Cris on board. If there’s a product you’d like reviewed, make sure to contact Cris through his blog. If you haven’t had the opportunity, check it out by clicking the banner below:

A Gift Just for You from Allakazam

Just spoke to Greg Wilson, and he, Mark and Nani are putting together a special free gift item for all Hocus Pocus customers! I think you’ll be very pleased with their generosity, and I’ll be posting more about this and how you can obtain this gift very soon, so stay tuned to the blog and web site for more details. You’ll be glad you did.

Ultracinese Update

This has probably been one of the most anticipated and sought-after new effect. Well, I have great news: I just received confirmation and all pre-orders will be shipped Friday, January 22. We thank you all for your patience with this product’s availability, and free shipping will be honored until that date if you have not yet placed your order. And, that’s free shipping anywhere in the world!

More Product Update Info

Mojoe by John Kennedy – Just received email confirmation this morning, and this will arrive early next week. So once again, all pre-orders will be shipped out immediately. This has caused quite a stir, pun intended, throughout the industry, and we’re very excited to get our hands on this one.

Lecture Update

On Monday, February 18th, we’ll be hosting a lecture by Shoot Ogawa. This is a brand new lecture for those of you who had the opportunity to see him 2 years ago. We still get great comments on his last lecture, and if you were here, you know it was standing room only. Click the banner link below for more information and to make your reservation:

The Big Event Update

We’re really excited about this year’s Big Event for a number of reasons: First of all, it’s a whole day of magic, swap meet, where you’ll be able to buy anything from a small close-up pocket trick to a full-blown large stage illusion. You be able to haggle and bargain like the good ol’ days. There will be several lectures, including Europe’s Lee Alex on costume quick-changes. This will be a lecture unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Our feature lecturer, Michael Ammar, is offering a brand-new, never before seen lecture, and it is garnering some rave reviews. There are even a few surprises soon to be announced as well! Oh, and did I mention the best part: the whole event is FREE! It will only cost you your time to attend. It’s our way of saying thank you for all your support over the years. Those of you who have attended this event in the past know how much fun it is, what great bargains you can find, and the great fellowship shared. So don’t delay; you must reserve your seats in advance for all lectures. Click the banner below for more information:

So not too bad for just the first 8 days of the month. I can’t wait to see what the rest of 2010 will bring.

Until next time,

Paul

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