Archive for August, 2011

The Dust Has Finally Settled

Posted in Uncategorized on August 26, 2011 by hocuspoc

After a great time at MAGIC Live we’re finally back home, unpacked and settled into our normal, daily routines.

MAGIC Live is the BEST magic convention around. Betty and I so enjoyed ourselves the entire time; it was just great to see so many old friends and make new ones. Thanks to Stan Allen and Kristee Watson who go the extra mile to make this a truly one-of-a-kind event. The events and entertainment are exceptional, the museum of magic they put together was dazzling, and the dealer’s room was great (thank you, Kristee, because I know you took care of us dealers!). I seriously CANNOT WAIT until the next MAGIC Live!

I have a few “magical” moments I would like to share with you.

 First, the museum…

 

This is the Death Saw from the David Copperfield show

 

 

Props from the Lance Burton show

 

From the Siegfried and Roy Show

 

 

 

The famous Hand Machine

 

The Half Humanoid used by Mark & Nani Wilson in trade shows

 

 

 

These are magic effects made completely of toothpicks

 

Second, a treasure I brought home; you can see the Levitation Automaton on our website…

 

Next, just because these were exciting moments and I like the photos…

Cyril at the Hocus Pocus booth to see Slomotion demonstrated!

 

Jeff McBride and Tim Mannix

 

Another great thing about MAGIC Live was that our booth was next to Mark and Nani Wilson’s booth.  We all know Mark and Nani are icons in the world of magic, but it was just so amazing to see ALL the people crowding around them. So many of us were inspired and motivated by Mark and Nani and The Magic Land of Allakazam and you could tell that the MAGIC Live attendees were thrilled to meet Mark and Nani and take pictures with them; they were lined up for autographs! The entire Wilson family attended MAGIC Live so we got to spend time with them all. It was just another great big plus to the whole MAGIC Live convention! 

 

Mark & Nani Wilson with their entire family and the original Train Sawing in Half

 

Betty and I are looking forward to enjoying the weekend for a bit of rest and relaxation. Please enjoy yours, also.

Until next time,

Paul

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MAGIC LIVE TOUR ON VIDEO!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 17, 2011 by hocuspoc

Tim Manix takes Hocus Pocus viewers on a tour of MAGIC Live! Enjoy!

More MAGIC Live!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 17, 2011 by hocuspoc

It’s been a great MAGIC Live 2011 convention! I wish you could all be here, but since you aren’t, here are a couple more pictures.

Go to our Facebook page, Hocus Pocus Online Magic Store, to view the entire album and see the videos!

Paul with Nani Wilson at Magic Live

 

 

Jansenson demonstrating Healing Hearts at Magic LIVE

 

Tim Mannix (what a transformation!) at Magic LIVE

 

 

 

 

Paul demonstrating Slomotion at Hocus Pocus booth Magic Live

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAGIC Live!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 16, 2011 by hocuspoc

Day 1 of MAGIC Live!

The excitement is palpable and  the product is exciting, but the BEST part is SEEING ALL THE PEOPLE!

Here are a few photos from Day 1, to see the full album go to our Facebook page at Hocus Pocus Online Magic Store.

If you’re at MAGIC Live! please stop by and see us!!

 

Tim Mannix, Paul and Betty Gross, and Jansenson at the Hocus Pocus booth

 

Paul speaking with Jeff McBride

 

Hocus Pocus booth at MAGIC Live 2011 (just part of it)

 

Jansenson demonstrating The Alchemist for Nathan Burton

 

Silly Billy and Paul Gross with The Beatles trick

 

Frank Klein, Michael Belitsos, AJPollizi; all Friends of Hocus Pocus

Las Vegas or Bust!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 12, 2011 by hocuspoc

The day is finally here…we’re packed and leaving for MAGIC Live in Las Vegas.

We started with a van, increased it to a 14 foot truck, then finally a 17 foot truck! That is how you edit; just keep increasing the truck size to fit everything you want to bring.

We’re keeping the blog short today because we left early to get to MAGIC Live.

Stay tuned…we will be posting daily updates to the blog from MAGIC Live!

 

Tim Mannix testing the truck for capacity

 

Max and Tim loading the Hocus Pocus truck for MAGIC Live

 

It's done...it's loaded...it's at capacity! We're on our way to Vegas!

 

The Final Countdown

Posted in Uncategorized on August 4, 2011 by hocuspoc

It’s the Final Countdown

We are at one week until MAGIC Live and one week from today we will be all packed up and heading out to Las Vegas. Until then, though, we have a ton of work ahead of us.

My very good friend (and I mean really, really good friend because only a really good friend would do this), Tim Mannix, arrives on Sunday to help with the absolute; no more changes; final quantity; it doesn’t matter how much I like it; it doesn’t matter how much will fit in the van; I can’t add any more items; selecting, pricing and packing.  It will take all week to get this done and I could never do it without Tim’s help. Thank you, Tim!

I am receiving phone calls every day from friends and customers wanting to know if I will be a MAGIC Live and what we’re bringing. I’ve had requests for Walt Noon Flea Circus (more than one!), Slomotion, Collector’s Workshop and Owen Magic Supreme items. We’re bringing them all and more! AND, we have a very FULL SCHEDULE of LIVE DEMONSTRATIONS to entertain you. We hope to see you all there. My excitement for MAGIC Live keeps building everyday…I cannot wait to get to Las Vegas.

 

Launch!

This week we introduced our newest effect by Jansenson, The Alchemist, produced and distributed EXCLUSIVELY by Hocus Pocus. The Alchemist is a mentalism routine using a jumbo deck of cards. You will be able to shuffle the deck and give it to a member of the audience to shuffle it, and after the shuffle you will be able to use the deck to divine cards, call out cards and weigh cards or whatever you want or can come up with. We repeat: AFTER an audience member’s riffle SHUFFLING.

Take a look at Jansenson performing The Alchemist  read more…

 

Full Circle

This week we saw our son, Cole, move back to Fresno from the Bay Area; we thought he would be in the Bay for quite some time, but that isn’t the case anymore. He and his fiancé, Amanda, have both relocated back to Fresno with great new jobs in their chosen professions. The warehouse has now become a storage facility while they wait for their new house to be ready.  It looks like they’re back for a while and Betty and I couldn’t be happier.

Test Drive

My grandson, Zachary, visited the Shop today (Renee, his mother and my daughter, brought him) to take a test ride on his Kangaroo since he wasn’t able to sit up on his own the last time he took the Kangaroo for a spin.

Zachary riding the Kangaroo at Hocus Pocus with Grandpa Paul looking on...

 

Life is beautiful! Have great  weekend.

Until next time,

Paul