Magic For The Stars

Bye-Bye Zig Zag 

Bye-bye Bud West Zig Zag

This week I had to say goodbye to the Bud West Zig Zag. Yes, it was for sale and yes we wanted to sell it, but I loved having that Zig Zag here; it was a piece of art. It was so beautifully crafted and in pristine condition. The upside to this is that I know it’s going to a good home. We’ll miss you, ZigZag!


Holy Smoke! This is NO TRICK!

We were all stunned on Monday when we heard the news that the Magic Castle was on fire. The fact that it was Halloween didn’t escape us, but we soon learned

The Magic Castle on fire

that this was no trick. The phone calls started pouring in from friends in the Hollywood area who were witnessing this terrible fire. The Magic Castle is a treasure and houses a treasure trove of magic memorabilia so you know the panic that was spreading throughout the magic community at this point in time wondering what the damage was. You can imagine my relief when Nani Wilson phoned and said ALL the memorabilia was SAFE. The fire was limited to the attic and office areas. As more than 100 firefighters fought the fire, they removed pictures and other items so that they wouldn’t suffer water or smoke damage. GREAT BIG SHOUT OUT to the LAFD! The plan is to re-open the Magic Castle for business today; now we can all breathe a big sigh of relief.

 i-phone, u-phone, we-all-phone…

It was a great surprise and pleasure when Greg Rostami dropped in for a visit this

Paul with Greg Rostami

week. Not only is Greg a very friendly and engaging person, but he is brilliant. We carry his DVD, Stuck, which is a great effect and everyone should own this, but that’s not really what I want to share with you. Greg has developed an APP that can be used on iPhones, iPod touch and Android phones. IT IS BRILLIANT! You have never seen a mind-reading effect like this, he had everyone at Hocus Pocus entertained and mesmerized, we couldn’t get enough. Trust me when I say go to Greg’s website, and take a look at iForce. You won’t regret it.

We introduced our new EXCLUSIVE, Any Card Called For by Dennis Loomis, this week.  I was very excited to get this exclusive for Hocus Pocus because it is just that good. You can go directly to the card the spectator names…in a shuffled deck! But, don’t take my word for it, Jeff McBride says, “This amazing deck allows you to cut to any card quickly and easily.” Take a look at the video…

Boys Will Be Boys

Lucky me, I had both of my sons, Max and Cole, in the Showroom one afternoon this week. It doesn’t happen very often anymore, but when it does we do enjoy ourselves!


Max, Paul and Cole playing in the Hocus Pocus Showroom

Have a great weekend!

Until next time,



One Response to “Magic For The Stars”

  1. I really enjoyed reading your various blogs and looking at the beautiful pictures of your showroom. I also watched the youtube showroom tour.

    It reminded me of Willy Wonka’s “Chocolate Room”.
    I shall be following your blog for updates.

    Thank you for taking the time create this little space.
    I wish you and your entire family health, wealth, and happiness!

    Devious in San Diego

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