Getting By With A Little Help From Your Friends

Monday night we held a benefit auction at Hocus Pocus for our friend, Tony Blanco. Tony, a full-time magician, is ill and has not been able to work for several months. For you long time Hocus Pocus members, you’ll recall that Tony worked here about six years ago.  Tony is a good person and an active

Tony Blanco

member of the Fresno magic community so we wanted to do something for him.

We got the word out to the local Fresno magicians and it was decided that we would hold an auction of magic effects with all the proceeds going to Tony.

For two weeks before the auction, local magicians dropped off their donations. Combined with what Hocus Pocus donated you would not believe how much there was to choose from, some items were even brand new and never before used. While we were setting up for the auction on Monday, my son-in-law Jonathan decides to pick up the microphone and pretends he’s an auctioneer. A star was born, he was a perfect auctioneer for the evening.

Magicians previewing the auction items

We had a great turnout for the auction – the Fresno Magic Club and magicians from 90 miles away showed up ready to support Tony, have a good time and spend some money! A Perfect Storm for an auction.

The doors opened at 6 p.m. for the previews and people were still dropping off donations! It was just so great.

At 7 p.m. we started the auction. Jonathan was the auctioneer, Tim and I held up the items and gave descriptions and Dexter kept track of the winning bids. Teamwork at its finest!

The bidding was crazy!

In all my life, I have never witnessed something so hysterical. Husbands and wives were bidding against each other; one participant drove the price up on an item from $10 to $40 all on their own — no one was bidding against them!

Bidding on the auction items

This just goes to show you the generous spirit of the local magicians. Everyone was here to help out one of their own, and help out they did. The auction was very successful. I want to thank everyone for their help and generosity in making this event a great success. It’s times like this that make me very proud to be a part of the Fresno magic community.

One final look at the auction…

Have a great weekend.

Until next time,



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