Fall, Fair and Fun

Super Models on the Loose

We received some great new exclusive product this week: appearing guitars, floating guitars, mutilated umbrellas and more.  We took samples to Magic Live to get reaction and it was great! We placed the order immediately and just received them this week. Since these items are Hocus Pocus’ exclusives we had to do all the photography for the website. So we put out the call and to the rescue came our two TOP SUPER MODELS, Wacko and Tim Mannix.

On any given day, both Wacko and Tim are top notch entertainers that will keep you in stitches. BUT, put them together, in front of a camera and they are unstoppable. They kept everyone at Hocus Pocus entertained. I really want to get them to start making product teaser videos. I don’t think it could get any better than the two of them. THANK YOU Tim and Wacko!!!


Wacko and Tim Mannix with Four Appearing Guitars




Wacko with Three Appearing Guitars




Tim Mannix with Bag to Light Foulard




Wacko and Tim Mannix in Nosey Volunteers


Charlie Chaplin Where Are You?

We have a new picture of our littlest magician, Jon-Paul Romhany, kicking back in Canada wearing Daddy’s costumes. Can’t wait to have him riding The Kangaroo!



Jon-Paul Romhany



The County Fair is Here!

Wednesday was the opening day of The Big Fresno Fair. The annual county fair runs every October right after the main grape harvesting season and Betty and I have attended opening day every year for the last 20 years. Earlier in the day, we were a little unsure if we would be able to make it because there was a HUGE rainstorm (and this was VERY HUGE – more rain in one day than we had all of October last year) all night and throughout the morning, but Lady Luck was on our side and the weather cleared up for us by late afternoon (maybe we should have gone to the horse races, too).

We love the Fair, or maybe I should say we love the FOOD at the Fair because that is our main reason for attending.  Yes, yes, we look at the art, agriculture and home exhibits, but really we’re there for the FOOD. Did I tell you the world’s BEST cinnamon rolls are at the Fair? Not to mention the soft tacos and pretzels. Yummy!


The Big Fresno Fair



Magic Castle Swap Meet

Next weekend Betty and I will be heading to the Magic Castle Swap Meet. This year we have a couple of tables, which will be LOADED with MAGIC GOODIES, and you won’t believe the bargains we’re offering. Tim Mannix pulled double duty this week; not only was he one of our Top Models, but he scoured the warehouse and Private Estate section to select items for sale at the Swap Meet. Again, THANK YOU TIM! Come by and see us! Remember, seeing is believing! Not only are we selling, but I’ll be shopping, too.  I’ll be looking for great finds to post on the website when we get home. Keep checking the website because I always do well at the Castle’s Swap Meet.

Sad News


Burt Sperber

Lastly, I want to mention my good friend Burt Sperber who passed away last week. Burt had many accomplishments in his lifetime: the business he started as a 19-year-old grew to be on Forbes Magazine’s list of America’s 500 Largest Companies; was inducted into the prestigious Inner Magic Circle of England; Magician of the Year in 2011; he was a magic historian; Korean War veteran; and he headed up and contributed to many charitable causes. But, to me Burt was friend and mentor; he treated me like a son from the first moment I met him. He was the most generous, kind and very special person you could ever want to meet. You meet very few people like Burt Sperber in your lifetime. I can imagine that he touched 1000s of people’s lives, I’m honored that he touched mine.

Until next time,



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