Christmas, Creatures and The Circus

HO! HO! HO!

We all know it’s coming, we look forward to it every year and we’re so happy when it’s done! What else can it be but Christmas? That wonderful Holiday Season is upon us! One of the things I like best about Christmas, from a purely magic standpoint, is reviewing the new product. And this year we have so many new Christmas items. It is so fun, so inspired, you just gotta love it! This year we put together a special holiday section on the Hocus Pocus Home Page to direct you to the Christmas product. One of my VERY FAVORITE NEW ITEMS is the Tommy James Comedy Christmas Magic Wand. This wand is very ingenious, but what really elevates it to the next level is Tommy’s routine, which he is so graciously sharing with everyone. Take a look at this and have a great laugh…

 

 

Creature Feature

Do you remember? Do you remember watching Creature Feature Saturday nights at 11 o’clock? This is back, way back in the early 1970s; a great television series. Every episode was a great creature or horror movie, made in the 1950s or 1960s and they were always filmed in black and white. I loved them AND I got this love from my grandmother. Yes, you heard that right, my grandmother. My sister Jan and I used to stay with our grandparents on Saturday nights and our grandmother LOVED horror movies and the old science fiction movies. She would have us watch these movies with her, movies like Them (1954) and The Blob (1958); we all loved these movies and this developed into my love of side-shows and all things associated with them. So now you’re probably wondering why I’m talking about this…well look right here and you will see why. I received this “creature” today, a “beautiful” Doug Higley creature, and it sparked so

Higley Creature

much conversation here in the showroom about the old creature movies. Some of us (that would be me and Jan) loved the movies and this creature, and others in the showroom, well not so much. But, we all agreed that this Higley creature could definitely be the “STAR” of a Creature Feature movie.

 

Happy Anniversary, Magic Circus

It has been 40 years since the first Magic Circus special aired on television. This coming week, The Magic Castle is celebrating the 40th Anniversary of The Magic Circus. On November 17, there will be a Castle Perk Interview/Discussion with Mark & Nani Wilson and many of the other people that were instrumental to the creation of these innovative shows. Mark Wilson pioneered the performance of magic on television and it was Mark who proved to the networks and sponsors that magic could amaze and entertain audiences via television. He effectively delivered quality magic to the masses. There were six shows, two per year in 1971, 1972 and 1973. This was the first full-color magic series on TV. Mark and Nani Wilson hosted guests such as Jay Marshall and Lefty, Dai Vernon, Carl Ballantine and Shimada on The Magic Circus.  Happy Anniversary.

 I hope you all have a great weekend!

Until next time,

Paul

 

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