Archive for September, 2015

The 3 Amigos of Magic; A Report

Posted in Uncategorized on September 25, 2015 by hocuspoc

Mark Price, Tim Mannix and me teamed up to deliver the 3 Amigos of Magic once again at the Stars Dinner Theater in Bakersfield.

I was very happy that many people came out to support us including friends from Los Angeles. My cousin Lynne Santini from Redondo Beach even came to see the show. Alan Zagorsky (Owen Magic Supreme) and his wife Norma were there as well as our good customer and magician friend Danny Moreno.

I haven't seen my cousin Lynne in years. I'm so glad she came to see the show.

I haven’t seen my cousin Lynne in years. I’m so glad she came to see the show — all the way from Redondo Beach.

Roberto Cordova also was in attendance as well coming in for Porterville. Roberto recently purchased a Vanishing Dove Cage from us and will be using it in his one-man show. He performs in the mountains for campers and travelers of all kinds.

Doris and Les Cooper came in from West Los Angeles — AND — brought friends, for the SECOND time to enjoy our show. They were in attendance last year and had lots of nice things to say about our performances. Thanks Les & Doris for supporting the arts!

It was great to see you there.

It was great to see you there.

Also, I wish to thank by name several of the Fresno-area magicians, members of the Fresno Magic Club, that came out including Nate Delahay, Chris Reynoso and girlfriend (who I used for the Sword thru the Neck), Craig Grison from Chowchilla, and Alberto V. (aka Double AA Voltage).

The Show

The show went very well and our audience seemed to really enjoy our varied acts. Gus Flamingo (Mark Price) did his comedy card act, Tim performed some of his signature pieces including producing Max Factor the rabbit at the conclusion of his act and I performed the Hindu Basket as the finale to my act.

Mark performing is comedy card act for the people.

Mark performing is comedy card act for the people.

The old dove from streamers trick.

The old dove from streamers trick.

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The Amazing Linda is giving me trouble during my dove act.

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This botania is NOT working for me. I wonder if the Amazing Linda will be able to make it work?

Betty jokes that the first part of my act is a Owen Magic Dealer Demo since almost all of it is comprised of Owen props.

According to reliable sources, Alan kept saying, “That one’s mine!” and “That one’s mine too” all during my act, so what Betty says is true.

This Owen Magic Pitcher always does the trick -- literally!

This Owen Magic Pitcher always does the trick — literally!

The milk mysteriously vanishes!

The milk mysteriously vanishes!

Tim’s Long Distance Card Trick had Alan flummoxed and he kept asking about it for DAYS afterwards. It’s a modified comedy version of the Tossed-Out Deck that Chris Mitchell put out a few years ago. The telescoping pole is a visual that gets people laughing.

The classic baby gag helped Tim to get them laughing.

The classic baby gag helped Tim to get them laughing. Here’s a picture of the kids.

Alan just couldn’t seem to wrap his mind aro9udn how the Tossed-Out Deck worked. He remembered the audience members sitting down one-at-a-time, but that’s a tribute to how the mind works.

When Tim produces Max Factor the rabbit for his finale everyone loves it.

When Tim produces Max Factor the rabbit for his finale everyone loves it.

Other than a few flubbed music cues (welcome to the world of live theater) the show came of without a hitch and I think our little traveling magic act went over with a bang. It’s always a pleasure to perform and we are looking forward to the next time. We’ll keep you posted about our next engagement.

As always, have a great weekend my friends.

More news later,

Paul

P.S. Sorry we don’t have more pictures, but we’ll be more diligent about capturing the show next time.

 

The 3 Amigos Ride Again

Posted in Uncategorized on September 18, 2015 by hocuspoc

Finally, it here. Tomorrow night we, The 3 Amigos of Magic, once again take the stage at Stars Dinner Theater for a repeat performance.

The 3 Amigos of Magic include myself, Tim Mannix and Mark Price. Our fancy-schmancy bios are found below.

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The Comedy Magic Act of Paul Gross (Amigo) and the Amazing Linda

The comedy magic act of Paul Gross and Linda Davis began their performing career in High school, over 30 years ago. After an extended hiatus, they have teamed up once again at the insistence of friends, family and the magic community. Paul’s performances have been witnessed all over the United States for corporate shows, including one of the country’s largest banks, to theatres and more intimate settings.

The classic Milk in Light Bulb routine as performed by Paul Gross and the Amazing Linda.

The classic Milk in Light Bulb routine as performed by Paul Gross and the Amazing Linda.

Gross and Davis combine classic magic illusions and comedy to bring spectators a show unlike anything they’ve ever seen. Paul is also the proprietor of Hocus Pocus Magic, a family owned, Fresno-based online magic retailer that has been in business for nearly forty years.

The Amazing Linda may be in serious peril if this doesn't work out.

The Amazing Linda may be in serious peril if this doesn’t work out.

Magician Gus Flamingob (Amigo)

Mark Price’s alter ego, GUS FLAMINGO, has been performing his stylistically unique brand of comedy magic for over thirty years. A tour de force, Gus has attained a well-earned reputation for his quick wit and is considered by his peers to be an ad-lib genius.

Mark Price appears as Gus Flamingo, a flim-flam snake oil salesman of sorts.

Mark Price appears as Gus Flamingo, a flim-flam snake oil salesman of sorts.

Price is a seasoned performer who has racked up thousands of live performances at fairs, festivals, dinner theaters, comedy clubs and Las Vegas showrooms. A marvel with audience volunteers, Gus adds just the right blend of humor and good-natured fun to maximize the end result — laugh-out-loud comedy!”

This is not a caped crusader it is an escaped invader -- Gus Flamingo!

This is not a caped crusader it is an escaped invader — Gus Flamingo!

With years of audience-tested material under his belt, Gus delivers proven results.

Tim Mannix, Magician (Amigo)

A recent transplant to the Central Valley, Tim Mannix was formerly one of L.A.’s busiest variety arts entertainers with decades of experience.

In addition to being a frequent performer at Hollywood’s world famous Magic Castle, Mannix is also a three term past President of Hollywood Ring #21 of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, a magic lecturer and a current contributor to VANISH magazine, a trade periodical for working professional magicians.

Tim Mannix makes a magician out of an audience volunteer during one of his performances at the Stars Dinner Theatre.

Tim Mannix makes a magician out of an audience volunteer during one of his performances at the Stars Dinner Theatre.

Billed as a comedy magician, Tim’s experience includes everything from adult performances at corporate gigs with his stand-up comedy magic act to tickling the funny bones of children all over California.

And they all lived happily ever after....or something like that.

And they all lived happily ever after….or something like that.

As one customer described it, “Tim’s show is like a Disney movie where the parents get to enjoy it as much as the kids!” Mannix’s show is rated “H” for hilarious and has been called the “best magic show for kids in Los Angeles!” His celebrity clients have included Angelina Jolie, Hilary Swank, Roseanne Cash and Kate Jackson.

We even made in the local paper. Here is Stefani Dias’ article in the Bakersfield Californian about our show:

For some, the bonds of friendship can feel a bit magical. That is certainly the case for the Three Amigos of Magic, who return to the Stars stage Saturday for a performance of illusions and laughs.

Mark Price, aka Gus Flamingo, will team with longtime pals and fellow entertainers Tim Mannix and Paul Gross for the family-friendly extravaganza. The trio performed at the Chester Avenue theater last October.

“Rabbits, birds, floating girls — more magic in the first 30 minutes than you would see in an average everyday magic show,” Price said of last year’s performance.

More magic than you can shake a stick at...

More magic than you can shake a stick at…

Gross is the owner of the Internet-based Hocus Pocus store, one of the most respected online magic retailers in the world and recipient of the Hollywood Magic Castle Award of Merit. With the aid of “dipsy girl assistant” Linda Davis, he will perform illusions from a bygone era, including a Hindu sword basket and aerial dove catch.

Mannix, a longtime performer at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, exudes boy-next-door charm in producing a parade of tricks and gags in an unbelievably funny manner with the aid of tricky rabbit Max Factor.

As Flamingo, Price has performed his comedy magic act in “every conceivable venue over the years,” most recently at Gus’ Garage in northwest Bakersfield.

Visit bmtstars.com or call the Stars box office at 325-6100 for tickets.

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As always, have a great weekend my friends, I know we will.

More news later,

Paul

Long Weekend, Now Back to the Castle

Posted in Uncategorized on September 11, 2015 by hocuspoc

Hope you had a pleasant Labor Day!

Generally, Labor Day marks the end of summer and the beginning of cooler days ahead. And brother are we ever glad at the prospect of cooling off! The summer heat plus the California wild fires have made for some wonderful sunsets, but the air quality is LESS than ideal, especially for those with allergy conditions.

We didn’t post a blog last week since we took a long 4-day weekend to enjoy some much needed family-time at the beach. Betty rented a beachfront house in Monterey and the kids and the grandkids all came for a relaxing respite.

I’m a lucky man. I celebrated by 60th birthday at a rented beach house in beautiful Monterey, surrounded by loved ones. It doesn’t get better than that. Thanks to all who called and sent well wishes via Facebook and email.

Here are a few pictures snapped over the weekend.

A day on the beach with the family.

A day on the beach with the family.

 

Zachary mugs for the camera between mom and Papa.

Zachary mugs for the camera between mom and Papa while Grandma Betty holds grandbaby Clark.

 

Jonathan, Zachary and my daughter Renee on the beach in Monterey.

Jonathan, Zachary and my daughter Renee on the beach in Monterey.

 

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My advice: the next time someone says, “Go fly a kite!” — do exactly that.

Back to the Magic Castle Swap Meet

It’s that time again. We are off to the Magic Castle for the fall swap meet. We usually take a boatload of goodies to sell, but this time we’re going only to peruse and enjoy.

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There’s always something to buy and seeing and visiting with friends is always fun, so look for us.

3 Amigos of Magic

It is now upon us. Next weekend we are back at Stars Dinner Theater for a repeat performance of the 3 Amigos of Magic. This time we’ve been asked to perform not one, but TWO shows, Saturday, September 19th and Sunday, September 20th. The 3 Amigos of Magic include myself, Tim Mannix and Mark Price.

Paul Gross, Mark Price & Tim Mannix aka The 3 Amigos of Magic.

Paul Gross, Mark Price & Tim Mannix aka The 3 Amigos of Magic.

According to Mark’s recent Facebook post describing our show: One is all fancy-schmancy, big illusion magic in a well-fitted tuxedo with a snappy assistant. One is smooth and polished with smart patter and the cutest bunny is the world. And the other is Gus Flamingo. Two shows at Stars Theatre Restaurant – the coolest stage in beautiful Bakersfield Sept 19th at 7:30 pm and Sept 20th at 2:00 pm.

Come and have some fun! Just click on the image banner below to be taken to the Stars Theatre website to purchase tickets.

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As always, have a great weekend my friends.

More news later,

Paul