Beginnings and Endings

The Wedding

Last weekend Betty and I, and our family and friends, celebrated the marriage of our son and now daughter-in-law, Cole and Amanda. It was a beautiful and touching ceremony (and it isn’t just me saying this – everyone said this) and a fantastic party afterwards! We danced the night away (well maybe not me so much, but everyone else) and wished them well as they started their new life together. Congratulations Cole and Amanda!

Cole and Amanda with the wedding party

Cole and Amanda

The proud parents – Paul and Betty

More Acquisitions

We had a very full week, with literally truckloads of Private Estate acquisitions arriving. Max and I, and a few extra people, have spent the last few days unpacking and then sorting through all these great new Private Estate items. Right now, I look at all these illusions and effects and don’t even know where to start, it seems like such a huge project. It will take a good week or two to get everything on the website, but we are working diligently to get this done!  Be sure to check the Private Estate category frequently because these items aren’t going to be around for long!

Paul and Max surveying a load of Private Estate items

RIP Tony Blanco

My friend, Tony Blanco, passed away earlier this week; the cancer just got the best of him. Tony died peacefully at home with the knowledge that people cared for him. The many, many well wishes he received on his Facebook page; the visits to his home;  and the Fresno magicians who participated in the auction to raise money all showed him that people cared and he would be missed. In the end, this is what made him happy.

When someone dies you start to reflect on your own relationship with that person and the others around you. Tony and I have been friends for a long time, he was a great magician and performer and even worked at Hocus Pocus for a few years. As is the case with many friendships, we didn’t always see eye-to-eye and we had some arguments, but in the end we were always friends and knew we could rely on each other to be there if needed; our friendship always survived the ups and downs. I will truly miss Tony and the times  when he dropped in just to visit.

Tony will be remembered by friends June 6 with a night of entertainment at Full Circle Brewing Co. that is open to the public. “An Evening to Remember Tony Blanco”  at Full Circle Brewing Co., 620 F St., Fresno. It will include performances plus raffle and auction items to help with medical and funeral expenses. 6:30 p.m. Suggested donation $10.

I hope to see you there.

Have a great weekend with your family and friends.

Until next time,



One Response to “Beginnings and Endings”

  1. frank collins Says:

    Tony was much larger then his frame, a giant in magic. Just last year I went to a very small magic shop in Hollywood, (next door to the old Hollywood Magic store ) after talking awhile I told them that I was from Fresno, right away the lady said “by chance do you know Tony Blanco,? I think he moved to Fresno.” I was honored to say yes I do.
    I didn’t always see Tony, saw him at many of his performances, always a pleasure. He will be missed. He even performed at my own 48th… He will be missed.

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