Archive for July, 2014

Snakes, Quad, Cube & More

Posted in Uncategorized on July 25, 2014 by hocuspoc

Yesterday, Betty took Zachary to see the reptile show at our local library. Zachary was afraid to volunteer because the first animal that was introduced was a Tarantula (admittedly not something many people would want to hold), but after watching other kids volunteer to help hold some of the reptiles, his interest began to peak.  Betty had the misfortune to witness what is certainly the largest frog she had ever seen.  For those of you who know Betty, she is not a fan of frogs, and this one the handler had to hold using both of his hands.

Zachary became a snake-handler of sorts getting to hold the GIANT snake.

Zachary (Second from the right) became a snake-handler of sorts getting to hold the GIANT Burmese Python.

By the end of the show, Betty had convinced Zachary to finally raise his hand and he got picked to hold the giant Burmese Python that concluded the show. The reptile handlers were kind enough to inform the audience that this snake is big and strong enough to kill any person in attendance – exactly what Betty and others in attendance wanted to hear.  Zachary bravely held with his one good arm the snake and smiled to the crowd.  This is the same summer series that Tim is involved in that attempts to get kids into the library and reading during the summer months, enticing them with a variety of performers and shows.  It is safe to say that after this show the library had a shortage of available reptile books.

Summer Library Tour Ends

Tim’s summer library tour of 31 Fresno County libraries ends tomorrow with a show at the Central Library downtown. This is his third summer here in Fresno presenting shows in the libraries and he says, “It’s been fun, but I’m ready for some time off.”

The kids at the Kingsburg Library are ready for a good show.

The kids at the Kingsburg Library are ready for a good show.

Quadrare Caan Opus by Diamond Jim Tyler – EXCLUSIVE

Another exclusive that we were lucky enough to land is the new Diamond Jim Tyler effect, Quadrare Caan Opus, that couples the Magic Square and Card at Any Number. It’s a lot of magic for only $29.95, and frankly, I think it’s largely underpriced.

But regardless, I cannot recommend it enough for those of you that have ever been tempted or inclined towards presenting EITHER one of these great effects.

A brilliant merging of two stellar effects.

A brilliant merging of two stellar effects.

Now, you’ve got a simple and relatively easy method of presenting both this lots of entertainment .

Learn and perform this routine and you’ll quickly discover that this effect gains much more than gasps. It garners authentic respect. Your audience will believe you to be a mind-reader, a math whiz, and a card mechanic all in a span of just five minutes.

Cube Sum – Limited Supply

I’ve got to tell you about a wonderful trick that is sure to be a hit with anyone who encounters it – Cube Sum. Trust me when I say, if we still had a storefront magic shop, this is one trick we wouldn’t be able to keep on the shelves. It’s that good.

And UNLIKE many tricks, it can be repeated with equally impressive different results.

Cube Sum packs a gobsmacking wallop for onlookers!

Cube Sum packs a gobsmacking wallop for onlookers!

On top of the fact that it’s easy to perform, it can be presented onstage to a larger crowd without diminishing its impact on the audience.

Watch the video and see for yourself.

A Short Visit

Chris Kenworthy came in this week for a short visit.  It was good to see him as we’ve carried many of his tricks over the years, and he was thrilled with our shop.

Unfortunately, we did not get a picture of him while he was here, but he had to catch a train, so our visit was cut short. Thanks for stopping in Chris and we’ll look forward to seeing you again in the future.

Have a great weekend my friends.

Paul

That’s the Breaks Kid

Posted in Uncategorized on July 18, 2014 by hocuspoc

It’s mid-summer and plenty HOT here in Fresno. We hope you’re staying cool wherever you may be. We have new exclusives that I want to tell you about, but first the LOCAL news.

Zachary Takes a Tumble

This week my grandson Zachary fractured his elbow when he fell off the couch. He has a cast and came in to spend some time with us yesterday at work. We had some bonding time yesterday after he took his great fall and he reminded me to be careful with him.

Zachary's cast protecting his fractured elbow.

Zachary’s cast protecting his fractured elbow.

A little quality time with Papa.

A little quality time with Papa.

Jay Leslie in Town

Jay Leslie is in town having picked up several library shows, joins the ranks of performers who are presenting shows around Fresno this month as part of the Summer Reading Program.

Jay also brought a great looking prototype of an effect he is producing, so stay tuned because you’ll see it soon as another Hocus Pocus exclusive.

Now, to those exclusives I previously mentioned.

Nick Lewin’s Lemon Aid – EXCLUSIVE

I’ve got to tell you about our newest exclusive from Nick Lewin. It’s a routine that’s been in his show since the mid- to late-1980’s, so he’s been developing it and honing the bits of business that work the best. This is a routine that once you watch the performance video supplied with this effect you will immediately grasp the commercial potential of Lemon Aid.

Nick Lewin's remarkable new offering.

Nick Lewin’s remarkable new offering.

Once you add it to your act you will probably never exclude it on a future gig. It’s that good!

Cube A Libre – EXCLUSIVE DEAL – $100.00 OFF!

If you’ve ever considered putting this effect into your show, now is a great time to get one. This trick is one that will leave their jaws agape. Watch the video to see it in performance. Top pros like Bob Sheets and others include this in their repertoires due to its extraordinary affect on audiences.

A really nice looking version of the perplexing trick.

A really nice looking version of the perplexing trick.

This is the LOWEST price that we’ve ever offered on this unbelievable effect!

Here’s Cube a Libre as presented on Japanese television. Of course, I believe this Cube a Libre is a better looking prop that this one, but this vide will give you the basic idea.

Travel Back in Time

If you have an hour, I recommend watching this wonderful telecast, Producers’ Showcase from May 27, 1957 called “Festival of Magic” hosted by Ernie Kovacs and starring Melbourne Christopher, Sorcar, Robert Harbin, June Merlin, Cardini (performing his complete act) and several others.  It was a simpler time and television was still in its infancy, but this is “Must See TV” from 1957. Enjoy!

Have a great weekend my friends.

Paul

Back to Work

Posted in Uncategorized on July 11, 2014 by hocuspoc

We’re just back from a wonderful 4th of July holiday weekend, hope yours was a good one. We went out to Fowler High School as we always do for the fireworks show. My daughter and son-in-law brought Zachary and we enjoyed a really great time. I can’t believe that such a small little town can put on such an incredible fireworks show. Of course, Zachary loved it.

Zachary and I having fun before the fireworks show.

Zachary and I having fun before the fireworks show.

This week we’ve been busy listing items from our showroom floor that have not previously been listed, so keep on the lookout as we add them daily.

Summer Reading Program

Tim is out performing library shows as part of the Summer Reading Program for the Fresno County Public Library. This is the first of 3 full weeks he’ll be performing 31 “Paws to Read” magic shows all over the county.

It's almost show time at the Gillis Branch Library.

It’s almost show time at the Gillis Branch Library.

Everyone wants a picture with Max Factor the rabbit.

Everyone wants a picture with Max Factor the rabbit.

Some of these libraries are located in small farming communities, so a real LIVE performing magician can often bring out larger crowds.

Max Factor is loaded into the Elusive Bunny Box, the Read a Libre is ready, the Mutilated Parasol is set, so on with the show!

Max Factor is loaded into the Elusive Bunny Box, the Read a Libre is ready, the Mutilated Parasol is set, so on with the show!

This is a rear-view of Tim's show table. I think that's Silly Billy's Princess in a Pickle down below on the right.

This is a rear-view of Tim’s show table. I think that’s Silly Billy’s Princess in a Pickle down below on the right.

Cobra in the Basket (Remote Control)

MAK Magic has released their Cobra in a Basket, which is a phenomenal card location trick that never ceases to get HUGE reactions from audiences. And if played correctly, it can be the highlight of any show.

They ordinarily retail for $495, but you can get yours for $295 as part of an introductory special if you hurry.

Check out the video below.

The Final Card by Dave Powell

Dave Powell has put out his version of Eric Lewis’ classic card trick, The Last Card, calling his, The Final Card.

Dave’s props are always fine-looking and the trick itself is always completely implausible to laymen.

Dave Powell's Final Card.

Dave Powell’s Final Card.

The Final Card is a pretty straightforward trick. After shuffling and selecting a card it is lost in the deck. The cards may be reshuffled if desired, after which the top sixteen cards are distributed on a four-color display stand. After a “no-force elimination. The last remaining cards are redistributed and again the elimination process is repeated until only ONE card remains.

The FINAL CARD is turned over to reveal the spectator’s chosen card.  If it appeals to you, you may want to consider getting one since he’s only producing so many during this run and it may be some time before Dave’s produces them again.

Have a great weekend my friends.

Paul

Happy Birthday America!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 3, 2014 by hocuspoc

On July 4, 1776, we claimed our independence from Britain and Democracy was born.

The United States is truly a diverse nation made up of dynamic people. Each year on July 4, Americans celebrate that freedom and independence with barbecues, picnics, and family gatherings and we’ll be celebrating America’s birthday attending a barbeque and fireworks display.

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Last week we moved a number of larger props, so it was necessary to give the showroom a new look. Since we reconfigured all of props in the main showroom, we decided it was a prefect time to reshoot a new video, so here’s the latest and greatest tour of Hocus Pocus.

We hope you and yours will have a wonderful holiday.

Happy Birthday, America!

Paul