The Quintessential Hospitality

We’ve been busy this week. Several consignments have come in as well as some trade-in items, so we’ve been putting items up as quickly as we can.

Also, a trio of Sacramento magicians came to visit us as well as Andy Amyx from the Bay Area, and that’s always fun to see people’s reactions whom have never been here or haven’t been for a visit in a while. The facial expressions are priceless as they peruse the showroom.

Those Promised Pictures!

But, before I address any other news, I promised more baby pictures since we didn’t have time in last week’s blog to include more of them.  And here they are:

Baby Clark and proud papa Cole pose for a quick shot.

Baby Clark and proud papa Cole pose for a quick shot.

 

A close-up of my grandson Clark, fast asleep.

A close-up of my grandson Clark, fast asleep.

 

Wrapped and ready to go in his new fuzzy coat.

Wrapped and ready to go in his new fuzzy coat.

 

After feeding and being up for a bit,, it's time for another long nap.

After feeding and being up for a bit,, it’s time for another long nap.

I’m going to spoil him just like I do grandson #1, Zachary.

Okay, now that I’ve fulfilled the promised pictures, I’ll tell you about the Henning prop that came and went this week.

In this week’s haul, we got in several illusions including Doug Henning’s custom-made Hospitality, a Malloy Twister Illusion and a Broom Suspension.  If by chance you’re in the market for illusions, we’ve got some new ones to add to our existing collection.

The Twister Illusion by Malloy Modern Magic.

The Twister Illusion by Malloy Modern Magic.

 

The Broom Suspension, a solid reputation-making magic effect.

The Broom Suspension, a solid reputation-making magic effect.

Doug Henning’s Hospitality

The most exciting piece of the three is of course, Doug Henning’s custom-made Hospitality – the quintessential Hospitality, if ever there was one.

It was designed to breakdown into an ATA case for touring and still had his original drink labels on it.

This Hospitality is truly an authentic piece of magic history now with the passing of both time and the late great Doug Henning. Since it was personally owned and used by Henning during his 1984 “World of Magic” tour, it is very a collectible piece.

Doung Henning's Hospitality crafted by Mark Evans of The Mad World of Magic of Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.

Doung Henning’s Hospitality crafted by Mark Evans of The Mad World of Magic of Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.

This one-of-a-kind Hospitality, the modern “Any Drink Called For” act, created by Jim Steinmeyer and explained in his book, “Modern Art & Other Mysteries,” was on our website less than 12 hours before it was snatched up by a very fortunate collector.

Henning's Hospitality, packed and ready to go on tour, just as he requested it be designed.

Henning’s Hospitality, packed and ready to go on tour, just as he requested it be designed.

For those not familiar with the Hospitality effect, here’s the description:

From an UNPREPARED milk carton you pour chocolate milk, strawberry milk, cola, orange juice, tomato juice, soda water, lemonade or any other drinks of your choice. Every drink is TASTED by the audience and verified as REAL. Then the milk carton is torn open, shown empty, and passed for complete and thorough EXAMINATION at the finish!

No flavorings or “essences” are used. The drinks are real. There are no compartments in the milk carton and nothing to add or take away. Nothing concealed on your body.

International magic star, Luis DeMatos, has presented this version on his network TV show in Portugal. Likewise, Lance Burton featured this routine for several years in his Las Vegas show.

Fortunately, a letter of provenance attesting to its authenticity and ownership by Doug Henning accompanied this historical prop.

It was specifically created for Doug for his touring show by Mark Evans of The Mad World of Magic of Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.

 

Doug Henning, as most of us remember him from his hey-day.

Doug Henning, as most of us remember him from his hey-day.

Doug Henning appeared on television, on Broadway and Las Vegas stages, Henning consistently toured with his magic act, maintaining his status as an acclaimed illusionist. He was credited with single-handedly reviving the public’s interest in magic in the 1970s and ’80s—after a long slump—by updating the performance art and combining it with music, comedy and flashy costumes to make it attractive to a whole new generation.

Remember, our door is always open for visitors, so stop in sometime and see us.

Until next time,

Paul

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One Response to “The Quintessential Hospitality”

  1. Paul congradulations to you and Cole on the birth of your new grandson and his son . Just saw this great news my friend

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