Sojourn to Castle with Friends

Betty and I are taking Thursday and Friday off to run over to the coast for a brief getaway, so this week’s blog comes a bit early. There’s a tablecloth store she wants to visit and I have two special haunts, nurseries, that I like to peruse for anything that catches my eye for the yard.

It’ll be good to get out of town overnight.

Magic Castle Swap Meet Goes Well

We had another successful visit to Hollywood’s Magic Castle, the “Taj Mahal of Magic” as it’s been called.

This trip we took our Fresno friends Elaine & Joe and comedy magician and longtime friend, Mark Price and his wife Laurie with us.  Joe, Elaine and Laurie had NEVER been to  the Castle, and it had been too many years since Mark had visited, so we took them all for the weekend. It’s always fun to bring first-timers to the Castle to enjoy their reactions.

Mark Price and I just before walking over for dinner.

Mark Price and I just before walking over for dinner.

Mark & Nani Wilson joined us for dinner as has become the custom when we make the jaunt to the swap meet. Mark Price was thrilled to be seated next to Mr. Wilson and commented how attentive and detailed Mr. Wilson was regarding his questions to the legend. Laurie, Mark’s wife, had a great time and proved invaluable behind the table at the swap meet.

Nani was nice enough to get us the Houdini Séance Room for our dinner. And for the newcomers, seeing some of Houdini’s original props was a thrill — or at the VERY least, intriguing. .

The Houdini Séance Room is the ideal setting for Magic Castle dining.

The Houdini Séance Room is the ideal setting for Magic Castle dining.

Joe & Elaine are always good company and took it all in as best as non-magicians can.

We saw several shows, but the standout was a German magician named Timo Marc. His magic was superlative, beautifully executed and brilliantly conceived — and the audience responded accordingly. I was VERY impressed with his showmanship, likeability and creativity. After the show, I said “Now, THAT was a magic show!”

 

Sales Were Fast & Furious

As usual we were slammed during the thick of the swap meet and we ended up selling over 35 boxes of tricks, props and magic-related paraphernalia. Check out this quick video:

 

Now for some pictures of our crew during the swap meet.

Max, Betty and Lindsay man the table.

Max, Betty and Lindsay man the table.

Laurie concludes a sale.

Laurie concludes a sale.

 

No pushing, there's something here for everyone.

No pushing, there’s something here for everyone.

Lindsay seems perplexed by something.

Lindsay seems perplexed by something.

 

Magicians love our $1 and $5 boxes as Jim Thomson looks on.

Magicians love our $1 and $5 boxes as Jim Thomson looks on.

Back to the Grind

We got busy listing most everything we brought back from the Castle on Monday morning. Several things sold immediately. Here is a sampling of several props we were lucky enough to purchase.

Imperial Rabbit Vanish, really a Jack Gwynee Rabbit Vanish, but professionally modified.

Imperial Rabbit Vanish, really a Jack Gwynee Rabbit Vanish, but professionally modified.

Vintage Hank Production Box by SilRay Magic Company, Circa 1961

Vintage Hank Production Box by SilRay Magic Company, Circa 1961

A Bob Kline Doves on Perch, one of 24 ever made.

A Bob Kline Doves on Perch, one of 24 ever made.

Abbott's Arrowhead

Abbott’s Arrowhead

Abbott's Continental Cabinet

Abbott’s Continental Cabinet

Who can't use a guillotine in their show?

Who can’t use a guillotine in their show?

Athanor by Masklyn ye Mage; a RARE and unusual piece conceived and produced by the godfather of Bizarre Magick, Tom Palmer. RARE

Athanor by Masklyn ye Mage; a RARE and unusual piece conceived and produced by the godfather of Bizarre Magick, Tom Palmer. RARE

Hamilton Card Duck; this is one of the originals, the paint job on the houlette tells me that.

Hamilton Card Duck; this is one of the originals, the paint job on the houlette tells me that.

Presto Card Frame; a jumbo version of the classic utility prop.

Presto Card Frame; a jumbo version of the classic utility prop.

A colorful U.F. Grant vintage prop, Turkish Turmoil, sold immediately!

A colorful U.F. Grant vintage prop, Turkish Turmoil, sold immediately!

Sum Likes the Blog

No, that’s not an example of poor grammar it’s a fact, apparently.

I’ve been writing this blog for several years now, all the while never REALLY knowing if people read it or not. But nonetheless, since it’s a labor of love and I enjoy doing it, I continue. So it was especially gratifying to receive the following email from JC Sum:

Dear Paul,

Firstly, thank you for keeping your blog updated and going for the past 12 years. Ever since you started your blog in 2002, you have been posting it with articles and giving magicians a glimpse into your personal life and your love for the art. It is definitely not an easy feat. Moreover, with the Hocus Pocus shop (a name that would resonate with many magicians and them holding it dearly to their hearts) to attend to, it is commendable that you never stop sharing stories with us over at your blog.

You have written articles regarding TV interviews to acquiring magic items to the travels that you make to the history of magic… and the list goes on and on. If you were to ask me to pick a favourite blog post from you, it would definitely be hard. Nevertheless, I enjoy reading through your blog and will continue to read it in my free time. Looking forward to more of your sharing Paul!

– J C Sum

Thanks for all that support us in our endeavors, your continued support does not go unrecognized.

Until next time my friends,

Paul

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