Archive for February, 2010

Just One More Day

Posted in Uncategorized on February 26, 2010 by hocuspoc

Well, we are gearing up for tomorrow’s Big Event and putting the finishing touches on everything. So without writing too much, take a look at the video below, and we hope to see you here tomorrow. We’ll be back next week with a full update.

Until next time,

Paul

It’s Almost Time.

Posted in Uncategorized on February 19, 2010 by hocuspoc

Every time we get ready for the Big Event, I begin to get nervous and anxious at the same time because I’ve thoroughly lost my mind this time and literally pulled things out of every nook and cranny of this building. Each day for the past 3 weeks, we’ve been working on pricing, setting up tables, and working on all the final arrangements. All in all, I know it will all come together as it does every year we do this, but it’s my Virgo personality that doesn’t allow me an ounce of slack. If you don’t believe me, take a look at this picture of just some of the stuff we’re offering you. I know it looks a bit messy now, but wait until next week.

Just check out some of this hard-to-find stuff. What could be inside those ATA cases?

Looks a bit messy, but wait until next week!

Hundreds of packaged items, some I haven’t seen in a long time!

Organized chaos

Vienna Magic Vanishing Radio

An original Abbott’s Modern Chair Suspension. Believe it or not, I have 2 of them!

Botanias, ventriloquist figures, and 2 (yes, I said 2) Vanishing Dove Cages

And is our stuff isn’t enough, there will be other vendors selling their stuff as well. Don’t forget our lecturers, Lee Alex and Michael Ammar with special appearances by Greg Wilson and Mark and Nani as well (who will have a special gift for all those in attendance). I’m still working on a big surprise, which I’ll be able to announce next week, hopefully. So, if you’re anywhere near Fresno, California, we’re right in the middle of Los Angeles and San Francisco, we hope you’ll make the short drive either way. Reservations for the lectures are filling up and we have a limited amount of space available so make sure you RSVP today. No reservations are necessary for the all-day Swap Meet. Call us today at 800-407-4040 or 559-266-5150.

Until next time,

Paul

Two Weeks and Counting

Posted in Uncategorized on February 12, 2010 by hocuspoc

Another week has flown by as we continually prepare for the Big Event, which is only 2 weeks away. We’re having to make room in our already vast warehouse and showroom. We’ll be setting up a mini-theater in our warehouse that will be able to accommodate an audience of around 130 people for each of the 4 lecturers booked. If you haven’t already reserved your space for the lectures, please do so soon as we are almost at capacity. The Swap Meet has no restrictions as far as attendance is concerned so no reservations are needed for the Swap Meet. Our last Swap Meet, we were able to accommodate over 300 people without issue. For those of you who have attended in the past, you know how much fun it can be. For you first-timers, be prepared for one of the most fun-filled and magic-packed days you’ve ever experienced. I’ve got a lot of surprises in store, not to mention some great free drawings, prizes, and more! And the best part: it’s all free! I really hope to see you here!

On the web site, you might have noticed Mike putting up a ton of Private Estate items. Almost as fast as he’s putting them up, they are sold. One of the most unique items we put up the close of business yesterday was a rare Okito Wrist Chopper, one of only two ever made!, and within a few hours, it found a new home to a very lucky collector. Just today, Mike put up a rare Gerlitz piece, and as I’m typing this, it just sold to another lucky collector. If you haven’t checked out the Private/Estate section, do yourself a favor and check it out to see some of the cool pieces we’ve obtained from this vast collection. If there’s something in particular you are looking for, give me a call at 800-407-4040 or 559-266-5150. I might just have it.

I’m really excited about a new product from our good friend, Joe Monti called 3 Card Joe. It is rare when a full-time pro like Joe releases one of their pet routines for the magic fraternity. First of all, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Joe perform this several times live, and the routine always kills! Joe has taken 25 years of trial and error to perfect and hone this routine to perfection, and he’s giving it to you! When you purchase the effect, you receive a special set of cards made entirely of plastic for durability, a DVD of Joe performing it in front of a live TV audience, and an step-by-step instructional DVD that covers every aspect of the routine! What’s really incredible about this, though, is the price! At only $112.00, it shocks me that he didn’t charge a whole lot more! This effect is suitable for any performer for any size group. This gets my highest recommendation as one of the best buys of this year. Check it out HERE for more information and demo video of the routine.

It’s always sad to say goodbye. Yesterday, the magic community lost one of the greats: Patrick Page. He was called a walking encyclopedia of magic. There was no facet of magic that he could not perform or talk about. I had the privilege of seeing Patrick perform 2 years ago at the Academy of Magical Arts Awards Banquet. The magic community has lost a great entertainer and creator. You will be missed, Patrick.

This Sunday is Valentine’s Day, so guys, don’t forget your loved ones. Betty and I will celebrate tonight at our favorite restaurant in order to beat the crowds on Sunday. So however you decide to celebrate Valentine’s Day, make it special and safe.

Until next time,

Paul

How Is It Friday Already?

Posted in Uncategorized on February 5, 2010 by hocuspoc

Sorry for a short blog this week but to say that this week has been extremely busy here would be a severe understatement, and I couldn’t be happier! We’ve had several guests visit us from all over this week, Trade-In Days has proven to be a massive success with tons of goodies coming through the doors daily, including an original Okito piece! Mike has been sick with the flu all week, so look for some of this great magic to start appearing on the Website as soon as Monday.

We’re still putting a lot of work into the Big Event, and some of the local magicians are trying to get a sneak peek at some of the merchandise that will be displayed, but we promised all who reserved a spot that it will be first-come, first-served. And speaking of the Big Event, Daryl has signed up to be a dealer for that day and Greg Wilson has announced that he will debut and perform his full manipulation act on that day as well! Nice! There are a few seats available, so do yourself a favor and reserve your spot today.

All the above combined with your orders going out, my inbox filling up with emails as I type this, and the phones ringing off the hook, I think this weekend will be well deserved. Excuse me, but my phone is ringing.

Until next time,

Paul