Magic Castle Swap Meet Beckons!

Twice yearly we go south to Los Angeles for the Magic Castle Swap Meet. One is in the Spring and the second, in the Fall, is THIS coming weekend.

Max Gross with LOTS of hair not so many years ago!

Max Gross with LOTS of hair not so many years ago!

Customarily, we always leave early enough to have dinner Friday night with Nani & Mark Wilson. Joining us this weekend is my son Max, who is now 21 and able to attend the Castle during the evenings.

Previously, we always had to leave Max in the hotel, where he was perfectly happy watching movies and enjoying as much complimentary candy as the Magic Castle Hotel could offer. Max was in HOG-HEAVEN; movies, no parents, and an endless supply of candy!

However, those days are gone, and he is looking forward to attending the Houdini Séance and Castle with girlfriend Lindsey, as a street-legal member of society.

Max is 21 now. He's on the right.

Max is 21 now. He’s on the right.

As a special treat for Max’s 21st birthday, Betty reserved the Houdini Séance. So after dinner and seeing a few shows, we will attend the Houdini Séance Experience as conducted by Leo Kostka, Resident Medium at The Magic Castle. Considering neither Betty nor I have ever attended the séance ourselves, I am really looking forward to it.

Also, joining us will be Mark’s son, Greg Wilson and wife, and Tim Mannix of course.

Betty has also indicated that she would very much like to go to the Farmer’s Market on Third street —  a very famous hotspot in Los Angeles.

In case you may not be familiar with it, the Farmers Market is an area of food stalls, sit-down eateries, prepared food vendors, and produce markets in Los Angeles, which first opened in July 1934, and is a historic Los Angeles landmark and tourist attraction.

The Farmer's Market on Third Street in Los Angeles in the 1940's.

The Farmer’s Market on Third Street in Los Angeles in the 1940’s.

Just south of CBS Television City, it has been the gathering place for many of Hollywood’s stars including James Dean, Marilyn Monroe and almost any other movie star you could possibly name. In fact, many of today’s television and movie stars go there and can be spotted taking in the scene.

Joel Ward stopped by today to pick up a few illusions for his upcoming Halloween shows here in Central California. It was a quick visit as he had to get back in town for a commercial audition and theater rehearsal.

Magician Joel Ward

Magician Joel Ward

And speaking of Halloween, we have a designated category on our site for Halloween for anyone needing themed material for upcoming Halloween shows.

Just go to Halloween Magic or to Fall-O-Ween for sale items.

More Than Temporary Holiday Help

When you call one of our cheerful staff members can assist you with your order or inquiries. Pictured below are two of our temporary holiday-staff members, Count Igor and Raven. Both are thrilled to be working and to serve you a helping hand, or a HEAD, on a platter. Ghoulish yes, but apropos!

Our cheerful staff members Raven or Count Igor.

Our cheerful staff members Raven or Count Igor.

We’ve got a van to pick up and load, so I’d better go. I’ll report back on the success of our Magic Castle Swap meet adventure in next week’s blog.

Our famous $1, $5 & $10 boxes are packed and ready!

Our famous $1, $5 & $10 boxes are packed and ready!

We never come back empty-handed, so continue watching the website for untold treasures.

Until next time,



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