Archive for June, 2014

Your Cue for More Good Magic

Posted in Uncategorized on June 27, 2014 by hocuspoc

This week has been very productive for us. We got in several new items that are very noteworthy and also received secondary shipments of two red-hot effects that have been out-of-stock for weeks. Namely, Cue the Magic.

Both Betty and I are steadfastly gearing up for the July 4th weekend preparing to spend time with the family. My yard looks like a million bucks right now, but I’ve been putting in the hours so it no wonder.

As an update to my upcoming 3-man show with Mark Price and Tim Mannix later this year, I just received my custom-made Dove Cannon by Fairchild Magic.

I told Eddie exactly what I wanted and was confident that he would deliver a great-looking prop —  and brother did he ever. It’s a beaut! It works off a Co2 cartridge and will hurl “the dove” and feathers into the air for a very dramatic effect. It’s astonishing how receiving a new magic prop can instantly transform me into a 10-year-old in a matter of seconds. I cannot wait to use it!

My newest addition to my magic act, a Fairchild Dove Cannon!

My newest addition to my magic act, a Fairchild Dove Cannon!

You’ll mostly likely see my new Fairchild Dove Cannon in the upcoming video tour our the Hocus Pocus showroom and warehouse they are reshooting today. After shipping out a significant number of larger illusions this week, Max & Tim spent an entire day redesigning the showroom so an updated video is definitely in order. Look for it sometime next week.

Magic Castle Bound

Tim will be performing 31 library shows here in the Fresno area.

Tim will be performing 31 library shows here in the Fresno area.

After launching his summer library shows this week, Tim is now southbound for Hollywood and the Magic Castle this weekend for the ever popular brunch shows. It’s the only time the under-21 crowd can gain access to the Magic Castle and its world-class shows.

Tim said he’s been performing Silly Billy’s Princess in a Pickle in his library program and it’s going over like gangbusters! It’s total situational comedy with a marriage theme that gets the kids and adults laughing and having a good time.

Hopefully, Tim can get some tape on it for his promo reel as I know this is a great family entertainment piece. Here’s David Kaye performing it.

Devil’s Pitcher Makes Appearance

Kevin Curtin’s Devil’s Pitcher had some major exposure on America’s Got Talent recently. As we reported in last week’s blog, our friend and longtime customer, Mike Super was due to perform on last Sunday’s Special edition of AGT.

Mike Super won the judges over on America's Got Talent last Sunday night.

Mike Super won the judges over on America’s Got Talent last Sunday night.

If you watched the show you know that Mike performed the Devil’s Pitcher and utterly flabbergasted the judges with all four of them enthusiastically passing him on to the next level. Dare I say it? Mike you did a SUPER job and made a great showing for yourself and magicians everywhere!

Here’s the clip in case you missed it:

Now Boarding

Jeremy Pei’s new routine, Now Boarding rides atop the shoulders of the now classic Ring, Watch & Wallet scenario with a travel theme that plays well to audiences. It’s a worker’s trick for sure. Take a gander at the video and see if you agree.

Finally! Cue the Magic is Back…Temporarily!

We were one of the few fortunate shops to get a supply in of Cue the Magic, which has been so very popular with audiences.

Unfortunately there has been a manufacturing delay, so we, like others, have had to keep our clients wait-listed.  However, I am happy to say that all have shipped to you that have waited so patiently. We do appreciate your business.

And yes, as expected, they have been blowing out the door at a rapid pace. As of this morning we have 10 left, so don’t delay if you’re of a mind to own this phenomenal piece of showmanship. Apparently, it will be October or better before another shipment is available.

Well, that’s all the news that’s fit to print, so I’ll say goodbye for now.

Until next time my friends,

Paul

Magic is Sizzling in Summer 2014

Posted in Uncategorized on June 19, 2014 by hocuspoc

I’m taking off tomorrow so I can take my wife to lunch and to the movies later. We’re going to see Jersey Boys tomorrow to start our weekend off right.

Tim’s Recent TV Appearance

Last Friday our Tim Mannix appeared on the Central Valley Today show. They called to ask him back since they enjoyed his last visit so much. Here’s the clip:

It’s summertime. That means plenty of library shows for working family entertainers, so over the next four weeks Tim will be out of the shop performing 31 shows all over the county. Luckily, we have Cole here now to pick up any slack.

Tim will also be performing at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood for a return engagement for the brunch shows. If you’re in the Los Angeles area or going to be visiting, he’ll be there the last weekend of this month, June 28th and 29th. Stop by and check out his act.

This Week’s Hottest New Offerings

Okay. Can I just tell you that Sheer-Luck The Comedy Book Test by Shawn Farquhar and Christopher T. Magician’s new book, BEYOND Look, Don’t See: Furthering the Art of Children’s Magic, and the companion DVD, LIVE from the LIVING ROOM are flying off the shelves!

But first a few words about Shawn Farquhar’s Sheer-Luck. In short, it’s utterly brilliant! But, before I say more watch this clip from a show aboard the Disney Wonder.

As you can see it plays beautifully and the best part is it’s easy to do and has been thoroughly tested in the trenches from a top working magician’s repertoire, Shawn Farquhar.

Inspired by the magic of David Downs and Kirk Charles, Shawn Farquhar introduces this fun-filled comedy driven mentalism routine that is fun for all audiences. Created and first performed for the 42nd annual 4F convention, this routine is designed to be easily performed by ANYONE with even the most basic of skill levels.

Do yourself a favor and get Sheer-Luck by Shawn Farquhar NOW and get it shipped FREE worldwide.

A brilliant new book test that actually hilarious, fun and easy-to-do.

A brilliant new book test that actually hilarious, fun and easy-to-do.

This hilarious routine has fooled, amazed and amused audience all over the world and has been a part of Shawn’s show on cruise vessels and corporate events since its creation.

If you can READ, you can perform this unique mentalism routine.

Christopher T. Magician Makes a Splash

Christopher T. Magician is consistently one of the top children’s entertainers in the New York and New Jersey areas.  A graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and BMI’s very exclusive musical theatre songwriting program, Christopher is in a level and class all his own.  An experienced kid show specialist who takes his magic, comedy, and goofing around very seriously!

One of Christopher’s long-term goals has been to write a book about his take and approach on children’s magic. He did and called it BEYOND Look, Don’t See: Furthering the Art of Children’s Magic. And we at Hocus Pocus are pleased to tell you we have the EXCLUSIVE on it.

Delve into NYC magician Christopher T. Magician's proven and practical techniques for establishing more memorable magic presentations.

Delve into NYC magician Christopher T. Magician’s proven and practical techniques for establishing more memorable magic presentations.

Not since Silly Billy’s acclaimed book hit the shelves has there been such positive response to a book on the subject of presenting magic to children in a highly effective way. In short, it is essentially a roadmap and a new way of thinking about kids, magic and changing the way magicians think about controlling the little rascals.

And now comes, its companion DVD, LIVE from the LIVING ROOM, a 3-DVD set featuring a LIVE living room show with 7- to 9-year-olds, showing both the uninitiated and the veteran performer, the how-to’s of maneuvering the dreaded kid show market with technique, skill, humor and new ideas on scripting.

No joke; we sold all the books in the first shipment within 48 hours and now it looks like the DVDs will be gone within the same time-frame as well. Apparently, magicians are craving additional information on this rewarding and sometimes challenging genre of our business.

But, rest assured there are MORE on the way!

And both the DVD and Christopher’s book will be delivered FREE to your door, anywhere on planet earth.

The companion 3-DVD set to Christopher T.'s wonderful book on presenting magic to children.

The companion 3-DVD set to Christopher T.’s wonderful book on presenting magic to children.

America Really Does Have Talent

And finally, I’ve been keeping up with the significant number of magicians that have been appearing on America’s Got Talent and I am glad to see that several of them are continuing to give the Art of Magic a good name. Chris Philpott’s 100th Monkey was featured on the program not long ago to uproarious reaction — and rightly so.

Smoothini the Ghetto Houdini really did a fine job as you can see from the video below. It reminds me of the importance of how profound our magic can be on laymen. We just forget that the simplest, most direct magic can bring an audience to their feet.

What we’re REALLY excited about is our friend and longtime customer, Mike Super will be performing on this Sunday’s Special edition of America’s Got Talent. Be sure to watch.

Watch Mike on America's Got Talent this Sunday night.

Watch Mike on America’s Got Talent this Sunday night.

As is my custom, I’ll be spending time in the yard this weekend. Do have yourself an enjoyable weekend.

Until next time my friends,

Paul

Monkey Sea, Monkey Do

Posted in Uncategorized on June 13, 2014 by hocuspoc

Zachary now has Sea Monkeys!

Yes I know, I just got him settled into new ownership of his very own Ant Farm, but I cannot resist.  I seem to be building an empire for Zachary or at the very least his own private menagerie, but I remember how mesmerizing they were when I was young.

In fact, here’s the ad I remember seeing so many times in magazines.

I remember seeing this ad in the magazines when I was a kid.

I remember seeing this ad in the magazines when I was a kid.

2 New Exclusives this Week

We are thrilled to have gotten two new exclusives, The Divers Lung Tester by Jordan O’Grady and The Incredibox by Cosmo Solano.  Both are first-rate!

The Divers Lung Tester is a laugh-out-loud, gut-bustingly funny sight gag that will produce countless hours of hilarious fun for both you, your friends and fortunate onlookers.

With origins in the cinema, Vaudeville and English Music Halls, this gag is also surely a descendent of the classic flour-in-the-face and custard pie warfare featured in the Mack Sennett silent comedies as well.

This is utterly hilarious, you got to watch the video to fully appreciate it.

This is utterly hilarious, you got to watch the video to fully appreciate it.

It really is the ultimate gift for the Ultimate Practical Joker!

We realize at this price-point it may NOT be for everybody, but this priceless gag is for the guy that has EVERYTHING or someone who has the utmost discriminating taste in unusual comedic props.

DON’T’ TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT, look what Paul Daniels says:

“I took this gag on my last tour and it was hysterical. A great laughter making machine.Paul Daniels

The best convincer is watching the unsuspecting volunteer in action. So, watch the video below!

The Incredibox by Cosmo Solano

Cosmo Solano’s new effect, Incredibox is simply awesome. In short, a spectator’s SIGNED card appears inside banded matchbox that they hold the entire time and… the Spectator removes the card THEMSELVES!

YOU END TOTALLY CLEAN!

It really is the cleanest reveal of a signed-card-in-a-box EVER!

It really is the cleanest reveal of a signed-card-in-a-box EVER!

  • No Shuttles Pass, No Paper Clips!
  • Easy to do, no difficult sleights!
  • Video Instructions included!
  • Works with Cards, Billets, Bills etc!

NO ASSEMBLY, NOTHING TO ADD, READY TO PERFORM!*

What Professionals are saying about the Incredibox.

“the holy grail of signed card to box effects!” “a Brain Crusher”

“Even in Slow Motion I could see nothing, made me feel like a layman!”

The Cole Patrol Cleans Up

Cole has been busy, with Max’s help, rearranging the warehouse and shipping areas making them more efficient, and they’re doing a great job. My sister Jan is going to be so surprised. It’s amazing what you can achieve in just a few short days. Thanks guys!

Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads out there. Here’s a video my kids made for me. Apparently, I am Kung Fu Dad.

 

 

Until next time my friends,

Paul

Ant Farm Saga Continues…

Posted in Uncategorized on June 6, 2014 by hocuspoc
Hopefully the shipment will have a lower casualty level.

Hopefully the shipment will have a lower casualty level.

Tonight Betty and I are taking care of Zachary, so his Ant Farm will be delivered with him. Sadly, we experienced a mishap when the ants (shipped separately) arrived 10 days later with only SIX lone survivors.

Needless to say, Zachary’s mom got on the phone and reported the loss, so another shipment is due any day now. Hopefully, it will arrive today or tomorrow for the weekend and we can get Zachary’s Uncle Milton’s Ant Farm up and running. I’ll keep you posted on any new developments.

Zachary looks on as Papa helps him get his Uncle Milton’s Ant Farm set up.

Zachary looks on as Papa helps him get his Uncle Milton’s Ant Farm set up.

New Exclusive: Book on Kid Show Magic

We are pleased to announce that we have a new exclusive book that’s “HOT OFF THE PRESS” entitled BEYOND Look, Don’t See: Furthering the Art of Children’s Magic by Christopher T. Magician

Seasoned professional magician Christopher W. Barnes performs and writes under the psydeonem, Christopher T. Magician and has fulfilled a long overdue goal of penning a book of his pet routines, creatively routined for children.

With a background in theater and playwriting, Christopher’s routines are fully scripted leaving nothing out. Ideally, his concepts are meant to spur your individual creativity, but you can utilize his well-crafted routines verbatim if desired. Christopher underscores his techniques and precepts by illustrating them with many standard props you may already own.

Our Hocus Pocus introductory offer to members is $24.95 for a limited time.

A very informative and thought-provoking book on kids magic.

A very informative and thought-provoking book on kids magic.

Here’s the writeup on BEYOND Look, Don’t See:

Delve into NYC magician Christopher T. Magician’s proven and practical techniques for establishing more memorable magic presentations.

You are cordially invited beyond the red velvet rope for an up-close and personal tour through the Art of children’s magic as Christopher T. Magician describes in detail in his 25 favorite techniques for creating kid show hilarity. Along the way you’ll discover 25 fully-scripted routines direct from his decade-long stint as a sough-after children’s’ magician in and around New York City.

To demonstrate the versatility of each technique on the list he also provides 144 “Take It And Run With It” ideas — ideas you can take , run with, and make your own. Don’t worry. You won’t find “Look Don’t See” and Magician-in-Trouble in this pages! The goal is to take the art of children’s magic further. So join us, won’t you, as we go BEYOND Look, Don’t See.

“If nothing else, this book gets you thinking out-of-the-box about your magic and infusing more fun into your show rather than settling for the standard straight-out-of-the-box routines that accompany tricks. The Broccoli Story is probably worth the cost of the book alone.”Tim Mannix

If you are a committed practitioner of performances geared to magic for children, this book is definitely worth adding to your library and knowledgebase.

Lost & Found Treasure

Cole and Tim have been doing a methodical inventory of the showroom floor and all our Private Estate items shelved or in cubbyhole. What they’ve found is a number of items that have slipped through the cracks, so they’ve been relisting those tricks and props. It’s the magic shop equivalent of finding money in the cushions of the couch.

Cole and Tim are finding new things daily. Stay tuned!

Cole and Tim are finding new things daily. Stay tuned!

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Before I go, here’s a very humorous set performed by comedian Pete Holmes on the subject of magic. Enjoy.

Until next time my friends,

Paul