Archive for February, 2011

Arrivals!

Posted in Uncategorized on February 25, 2011 by hocuspoc

Last week I told you, “It’s Coming”. This week it has arrived and what’s more is I have had more than one great arrival this week.

The Next Generation

In the magic business using the term, “The Next Generation”, implies a new introduction, with enhancements and improvements, and usually new packaging. And, “The Next Generation” can be used in many other industries also (think communications, internet, etc.), but for me, when you say The Next Generation it can mean only one thing:

 My GRANDSON, Zachary Paul, was born yesterday to my daughter Renee and her husband Jonathan. Yes, Betty and I are grandparents and the all is right with the world!

Zachary Paul

The Other Great Arrival

 Now, because this is a blog connected to a Magic Shop, I will share with you the other great arrivals this week. Hocus Pocus received the largest single Private Estate acquisition in our history. We are working with the estate of the late James Robinson to sell his magic collection. And, WHAT A COLLECTION IT IS! I’m overwhelmed, Betty is overwhelmed, the entire team is overwhelmed, and my friends from the local magic community who are helping sort through the thousands of items are overwhelmed! I always say “seeing is believing” and I have to tell you that I am truly seeing things that I only ever dreamed about seeing! Kid in a candy store can’t even begin to describe what it is like around here; maybe a kid in 3,000 candy stores all at the same time, at Disneyland, on Christmas morning, with every gift you’ve ever wanted and Santa is at the breakfast table with you. That good! It is going to take us weeks to get it all online, but we will work diligently to get it all done. If you have any requests, give us a call at 800-407-4040 or drop us an email at sales@hocus-pocus.com and we’ll try to locate the item that you’ve been craving.

Unloading the truck. Thank you Nate, Kyle, and Frank!

Boxes and boxes and more boxes.

Magic "candy"

A few of the more than 1000 books!

It’s like a magic bomb exploded! Wacko, Buster Balloon, and friend drove up from Hollywood to “inspect” the acquisitions.

Until next time,

 Paul

 

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It’s Coming!

Posted in Uncategorized on February 18, 2011 by hocuspoc

It’s coming very, very soon.

I can’t wait to share it with you.

It’s killing me to keep this secret.

The BIG announcement will be in a just a few days.

Seriously, the BIGGEST announcement Hocus Pocus has ever made.

All will be revealed next week...

THAT’S IT! I can’t say anything more about it until next week.

New Items from Blackpool

As many of you probably know, the Blackpool Magic Convention is going on as I write this and of course there will be many new and exciting products to come.

We’re especially excited that a few of the new releases hit our doors today. We’re most excited about the arrival of the long anticipated Infinity Wallet by Peter Nardi. Two years in development and worth the wait. If you were among the many who pre-ordered, it’s in the mail, we shipped them all today. If not, we have stock on hand for immediate delivery. Read more about it on the website at, http://www.hocus-pocus.com/magicshop/?p=14732.

Peter Nardi's Infinity Wallet

Private Estate Acquisitions

We had more Private Estate items arrive this week…too many to list and some are already gone, but here’s one of my favorites: Marcelo Contento Jumbo Rising Cards, long unavailable, these are the finest rising cards ever manufactured…in my honest opinion. We also received a very rare set of Paul Fox Cocktail Shakers.

Marcelo Contento Jumbo Rising Cards

Paul Fox Cocktail Shakers

 

Gearing Up to Be Grandpa

One more very important “thing” is coming, actually this is the MOST IMPORTANT “thing” COMING. I am scheduled to become a first time grandpa this coming week…well, that is my daughter is scheduled to give birth. That’s right, Grandpa Paul; has a good ring to it, doesn’t it? To say I’m excited about the prospect of grandparenthood is a HUGE understatement. I’m sure all you grandparents out there know exactly what I’m talking about. I’m so excited to be joining your ranks.

Until next time,

Paul

It’s The Little Things

Posted in Uncategorized on February 11, 2011 by hocuspoc

They say that it’s the little things in life that mean the most. This week, it has proven to be true. You might remember a couple of weeks ago, I admitted to being a geek about the Green Hornet. Little did I know so many of you out there were as fanatic as I was about him. I began receiving emails and phone calls and one of you even challenged me to Green Hornet trivia (which I won). So imagine how excited I was when I received in the mail a vintage Green Hornet lunch box! It brought back all those childhood memories again. I even had this exact same lunch box as a kid. And as if that wasn’t cool enough, yesterday, our good friend Robert Garcia came in and gave me a Green Hornet Black Beauty key chain! It doesn’t get better than that!

This week brought several new exciting products here at Hocus Pocus. First of all, the long-awaited Mother of All Book Tests 2.0 is finally ready! Our first shipment will be here the beginning of next week and all pre-orders will be shipped immediately. If you haven’t already ordered yours, check out the special offer we have valid until Tuesday at midnight HERE!

Devin Knight called Monday to let us know that his new manuscript, Retro-Gravity, was available. In case you haven’t heard, this has been the hot topic on various magic chat boards. After 2 years, Devin has finally decided to release it to the magic fraternity. We were especially excited that he granted Hocus Pocus the first dibs to be able to offer it to you! Check it out HERE!

Frank Velasco and Bob Klase have collaborated to produce their new effect, TimeGate. Here’s the effect: Claiming that he uses time travel rather than sleight of hand to perform magic, the magician offers a demonstration.  A card is selected, signed by a spectator and placed into the TimeGate.  The magician steps a few seconds into the future, removes the card from his future-hands and replaces it in the deck.  He returns to the present and a few seconds later (when the future arrives) the card visibly vanishes from his hands and is found face up in the deck.

Next, the performer offers to demonstrate that he can also travel into the past and change history.  A blue-backed duplicate of the spectator’s (red-backed) signed card is removed from a blue-back deck.  The front and back of the card is freely shown to be blue and the card is placed the table.  The spectator’s signed selection is again held in the TimeGate as the performer steps into the past.  Instantly the signed red back card visibly changes to a blue back (still signed) and may be immediately given to the spectator.  The unsigned card on the table is then shown to have a red back and both cards may be freely examined and even kept by the spectator.

TimeGate includes the gimmick which allows the vanish and color change (this gimmick has been around for many years in different forms and will last for hundreds of performances) plus everything needed to create the transposition of back colors except for two decks of Bicycle back cards (one red and one blue).  The updated handling and a time travel theme create a visually stunning effect.  It’s available in red-back Bicycle cards but any cards may be used to easily construct a new gimmick to be used other backs, faces and/ or brands of cards.  The instructions (DVD) includes the time travel (or TimeGate) presentation which may be easily adapted to a presentation that fits you and your character.

We thank Frank and Bob for granting Hocus Pocus the exclusive on this close-up mind-bender, and you can pre-order yours and get free shipping HERE!

Last but not least comes this great new twist on an old classic! Michael Mosher has created what I think is the best Topsy-Turvy Bottles set to date! Using REAL filled cola bottles, these can even be handed out for examination at the end of the routine with the help of a new style gimmick! Whether it’s children or adults you work for, I can’t recommend this one highly enough! Now that I have your attention, check them out right HERE!

Pavel

This week marked the passing of yet another great performer and creator, Pavel. We were very lucky to have had Pavel lecture for us on three separate occasions. Always a gentleman and extremely creative, Pavel’s talent will be sorely missed.

We’re only a few days away from Valentine’s Day, so let’s not forget our husbands, wives, and significant others. Remember, they are the most important people in our lives. In fact, instead of just celebrating it on Monday, why not make it a Valentine’s Day Weekend? You know, that doesn’t sound so bad; I think I’ll go get Betty and start celebrating right away!

Until next time,

Paul

You Never Know

Posted in Uncategorized on February 4, 2011 by hocuspoc

You never know around here what will come through the doors next. I can truly say there’s never a dull moment here at Hocus Pocus, and just a few days ago, something proved just that. As you know, we’ve been receiving several large private collections. So much so, in fact, that our good friend from Hollywood, Tim Mannix, spent the last week here helping us catalog, photograph, and list many of those items. A few months ago, as part of a massive private collection, while going through some of the last boxes, I came upon a stack of books in German titled, “Die Zauber-Welt,” meaning “The Enchanted World.” Considerably old (published in 1895-1904), I was intrigued as I went through them. This series of publications contains hundreds of magic effects published entirely in German. Although at first I didn’t understand why they were in the box until I opened the final volume, and it was all made clear: the books were owned and signed by Harry Houdini himself. A quick phone call to the owner to get more information about the books, and he told me that he purchased them through the Houdini Auction. Quite a find for one afternoon!

Interesting to note in his inscription, the word “bought” is misspelled

There are still several boxes to go through, and if this is any indication of what I may find, I can hardly wait. It was so exciting to me, I wanted to share it with you here. Stay tuned to the web site as newer and newer older effects get posted.

Until next time,

Paul