Ode to Dads Everywhere!

We get visitors in the shop weekly, but not like the one today. This little fellow, Bubba, meandered into our shop and must have known that it was a safe place for dogs as we are all dog lover’s. Luckily, he had a tag with his owner’s contact information, so they were able to pick him up soon after his arrival. That’s the value of having your dog properly tagged. Hello and goodbye Bubba, but it was sure nice meeting you.

Tim holding our visitor, Bubba.

Tim holding our visitor, Bubba.

In other news, we’ve just launched the Hocus Pocus Video Testimonial Contest and we’ve received several fun and creative videos already. We’re offering $50, $100 and $200 prizes for the best submissions. Click the image below for information.


As it’s Father’s Day weekend, I thought it appropriate to re-post my blog from several years ago about my dad, Marvin Gross. Every year I publish this about my father because it comes from the heart and truly epitomizes who my father really was. As I read it aloud to myself, it is just as powerful now as when I originally wrote it. Here it is:

Can you hear his words of wisdom? I’m talking about your dad, of course. How many times have you gone to your dad for help, advice, or just to talk? Where would we be without our dads? I noticed that it’s time to recognize all the dads around the world because, as you are probably already aware, this Sunday is Father’s Day! Let me tell you a little bit about my dad:

Marvin Gross, my dad.

My dad, Marvin Gross

My dad, Marvin Gross

My dad was instrumental in the creation of this business, believe it or not! When I was a mere 18 years old and decided I wanted to be in the magic business, my father was right there supporting me all the way. He taught me to work hard and do what it takes to be successful and not be afraid to go the extra mile. Although he may have had his doubts about my success in the business at first, he never once voiced them. Not once! Instead, he supported me, helped me get a bank loan, and he even came and helped me paint the walls and hang shelving at my first store! I learned from my dad how to be a good businessman, but more importantly, how to take care of my children and how to be a good husband. He was always the best audience whenever I got the newest magic tricks and wanted to perform them. If I could fool him, I knew it was perfect. If not, back to the drawing board.

Happy-Fathers-Day-Greeting-CardMy dad had a great sense of humor and was always the center of attention at any party or get-together he attended. He attracted people like a magnet. He stood a full 6′ 6″ tall, a bit intimidating when you first saw and met him, had a boisterous voice, however, he had a heart of gold. He would give you the shirt off his back and the last dollar in his pocket without hesitation if you needed it. He was honest, hard-working, and never selfish. He had literally hundreds of friends who I didn’t even know, and he was never a stranger anywhere he went. He was always there for my sister and me no matter what we were going through! Always supportive and overly patient, a trait of his I wish I had inherited, he was a great provider, and we always had everything we needed and then some.

He worked long hours, sometimes up to 14 hours per day, sometimes weeks on end without any days off to make sure his family were well taken care of, and he never complained. No matter how busy he was, he always had time for his family.

fosters_freezeWhen we were kids, our Father’s Day tradition was to let Dad sleep in on Sunday morning followed by the breakfast of his choice! Then we would go visit my grandparents, and the highlight was going to Foster’s to get a Root Beer Freeze! Sounds simple but it was a great time for us all!

It has been 24 years since my dad passed away, and I still think about him every day. Referring to his words of wisdom whenever it comes to making a life or business decision, I always find myself reflecting and repeating the words of advice and love he always gave me.

So, this weekend, my entire family will be here on Father’s Day. We’ll have a barbecue and enjoy each others’ company in the outdoors. I can’t think of a better way to spend my Father’s Day weekend. So, if you’re a dad, happy Father’s Day, and if you can, wish your dad the same.

Please enjoy your weekend.

Until next time,



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