Another Bird, Another Cage

Busy, busy, busy. Whew!

Another week full of uncovering & discovering more amazing magic buried in boxes and filing cabinets. Initially, I thought this estate would take the better part of a year to process and get on the website. I’m now going to revise that assertion. I believe it’s going to take us well OVER a year! It’s THAT overwhelming and full of pieces.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. I just had no idea just how EXTENSIVE this collection really was until I started delving into it.

Unearthing Buried Treasures

Combing though one of the filing cabinets I found a Harry Blackstone, Jr. Vanishing Birdcage nestled amongst the files. And luckily, it had a letter of provenance with it from the Blackstone Magic Collection that was auctioned off in November of 2003. It is one of several that Harry used in his shows through the years.

It was really cool to hold the cage because Junior was one of my all-time favorite magicians that I idolized. His stage presence and distinct style really appealed to me.

Harry Blackstone, Jr.'s Vanishing Birdcage that includes a letter of authenticity.

Harry Blackstone, Jr.’s Vanishing Birdcage that includes a letter of authenticity.

The Vanishing Bird Cage is one of the classic effects in magic made famous by both Blackstone Senior and Junior. It’s a simple fact that few magicians have performed it better than Blackstone, Junior or his father.

 

 

I’m going to enjoy having it here for a while until it vanishes into the collectible magic abyss.

A Useful Solution To Hard-To-Find Magic Items

Cole is working on adding a unique feature to our website. He wants to make it easier for magicians to find those hard-to-locate props or tricks by creating a comprehensive list.

A simple opt-in box will be added to the landing page of our site where magicians can add their name, contact info and the exact item they’re seeking.

We're committed to helping you locate those hard-to-find magic items.

We’re committed to helping you locate those hard-to-find magic items.

The list will allow us to easily match seekers to props with greater efficiency because we’re committed to helping you locate those hard-to-find magic items. Great idea Cole!

Want to get started right away? Use the Hocus Pocus Magic Locator to add your name to the list. Click HERE to get started.

The UNIQUE and WONDEROUS MAGIC and SENSELESS HUMOR SHOW!

Our own Tim Mannix and my good friend of thirty-plus years, comedy magician & hypnotist Mark Price will be presenting their UNIQUE and WONDEROUS MAGIC and SENSELESS HUMOR SHOW next Friday night in Bakersfield at the Stars Dinner Theater.

Also known as The Gus Flamingo Comedy Magic Show w/ Special Guest Performer Tim Mannix, here’s the blub:

“Former boy magician Tim Mannix and gruff old Gus Flamingo will be performing their UNIQUE and WONDEROUS MAGIC and SENSELESS HUMOR SHOW, Friday, September 12th at 7:30pm at the Stars Dinner Theater in beautiful downtown Bakersfield.

The show promises to be a seldom seen and regal effort of dexterity and manipulation.  Plus, the ANSWER to the age-old question, “Is it safe to yell THEATER in a crowded firehouse.” — will be revealed.

Don’t wait, the front row is filling up fast. Call (661) 325 – 6100 NOW for tickets and information.

Clean Comedy — Ridiculous Rhetoric — Baffling & Bamboozling Feats of The Unexplained — Commercial FREE — Better than TV ‘Cause It’s LIVE!”

If you’re in the area or passing through, go see the show. It’ll be funny.

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Clean Comedy — Ridiculous Rhetoric — Baffling & Bamboozling Feats of The Unexplained — Commercial FREE — Better than TV ‘Cause It’s LIVE!

Magic on TV this Summer

What a summer of magic on television it’s been. Magic aficionados have been served a bevy of programming this year including; The Carbonaro Effect, Pell & Teller Fool Us, Wizard Wars, Masters of Illusion and most recently, HOUDINI starring Adrien Brody on the History Channel.

As there has been so much discord already expressed about the History Channel’s largely fictional version of Houdini’s life story, I’ll just say that Houdini’s life was perfectly interesting without adding to it. However, as a point of fact, I will say that Adrien Brody did make a fine Houdini.

Everyone likes a good story, even if it's slathered with fiction.

Everyone likes a good story, even if it’s slathered with fiction.

We often forget that the television medium’s prime directive is to sell soap, not necessarily to present the truth. But, one would assume that The History Channel presents historically accurate portrayals of historical figures, right? Maybe next time.

You have to admit, it WAS a good story though. Just NOT the one so many of us came to know growing up in magic.

Thanks to all of you who sent well wishes to me on Facebook and via email for my 59th birthday. It is very much appreciated.

As always, have a great weekend my friends,

Paul

 

 

 

 

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