Truckload of Tricks

Alice (Isaac ) Thru the Looking Glass

Around here, you just never know what the day will bring.

Early Monday morning one of our regular customers arrived to unload a large quantity of illusions and tricks that he was ready to find new homes for.  It took us over an hour to unload everything from his sizable car carrier.  Included in this haul were: Audience Dis-Member, a Neon Light Suspension, Yogano Pole Suspension , Pack-and-Go Zig Zag, Alice Thru the Looking-Glass, ”, Thayer Handkerchief Box, and a one-of-a-kind, custom-made “Cat-in-the-Hat Square Circle among many other things.

Audience Dis-Member by Bill Smith’s Magic Ventures

Our newest employee, Isaac, has been here over a month now, and she’s discovering things in her evolving job description that may NOT have been covered in her initial job interview. In the last week we’ve floated her, pushed her through a GIANT glass mirror, and sawn her in half. She started to cringe when we wheeled in the Zig Zag cabinet.

Of course, Isaac is a trooper, so she seems to go along with whatever is requested of her. Besides, it’s fun and makes life far more interesting. I mean, how many people can say, “They cut me in half again today at work!”

Flashes from the Past

As we were opening and sorting through more boxes of collectibles that came in this week, we found a vintage set of Peter Diamond Comedy Passe Passe Bottles.

Peter Diamond’s Passe Passe Bottles

It reminded me of the set I used to use in my shows and how much mileage I got out of a single trick. It always went over great.

I was telling Tim about my favorite comedians, Abbott & Costello and their antics in one of my all-time favorite movies, Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein. I personally own this movie and could watch it over and over again.

And speaking off this classic bottle trick….here’s a clip from their television show peforming the bottle trick:

They’re so funny and it brings back so many old memories.

A Light Dims in Bakersfield

I must regretfully mention that my friend and all-around great guy, Grant Schofield recently passed away.

Born in Las Vegas, Grant Schofield led a most interesting life. He served his country as an Airborne Ranger during the Korean War and his professional career was in the Juvenile Justice System, originally as a juvenile hall worker, then probation officer, supervising probation officer, and finally 23 years on the bench as a Juvenile Court Referee for the Superior Court, similar to a judge.

After his retirement, he had the opportunity to pursue his artistic talents through creating custom jewelry, metal sculpting, and stained glass. He loved automobiles and magic. He was a cofounder of the Bakersfield PT Cruiser Car Club.

My friend Grant Schofield, the ChickenMan!

Performing as the Great Granzini, the Traveling ChickenMan, he would don a half-man-half-chicken suit and have audiences in stitches performing his own unique brand of comedy magic.

Grant continued to develop his magic, particularly for children and the theme of his act was based on “chickens” – rubber chickens, live chickens, chicken jokes, whatever, hence the name – the Chickenman.

Grant was a member the Bakersfield Magic Circle often serving as president, a member of the Society of American Magicians, International Brotherhood of Magicians, Pacific Coast Association of Magicians (served as president) and the Magic Castle.

Grant was just a REALLY great man that would give you the shirt off his back and most definitely, a kid at heart. Grant you will be sorely missed, my friend!

As the holidays will be here before you know it, please do keep us in mind as you begin preparing your holiday shopping lists.

FYI: Be sure to have your packages sent by these dates to ensure holiday delivery:

Dec 3: Priority Mail International

Dec 11: Express Mail International

Dec 17: Global Express Guaranteed

Dec 21: Priority Mail Domestic

Dec 22: Express Mail Domestic

Start making those wish lists soon…

Until next time,

Paul

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