Archive for October, 2015

Tricks that really ARE Treats!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 30, 2015 by hocuspoc

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We had a small film crew in the shop today shooting some b-reel shots for inserts on a video project we’re supplying the magic props for. Tim will be acting as a consultant of the shoot next week instructing the actor (CEO of a local company) how to perform the magic.

They’re producing a corporate video for their annual Christmas party with the company head posing as a magician on America’s Got Talent. They will intersperse real AGT footage into the film so that it appears the CEO is appearing as a contestant on the show.

Shooting in the Hocus Pocus showroom for a video project.

Shooting in the Hocus Pocus showroom for a video project.

Last year’s reel had the boss-man appearing as each of the members of the Village People during a rendition of the band’s famous YMCA single. Apparently, this gentleman is quite a fun guy, who likes to give his employees a laugh for the holidays. I suspect this will be the best video yet since it sounds like they’re going all out and Tim is helping them. Besides, how could you go wrong with magic? After all, last year’s winner was a magician!

The picture above was posted to our Instagram account by my son Max, who keeps Instagramers up-to-date on the happenings and offerings of Hocus Pocus. Thanks to Max’s efforts we now have over 5800 subscribers. Thanks Max to bringing us into the 21st Century.

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Now to my point….those Tricks that really ARE Treats!

I wanted to call your attention to several new releases that have gotten my attention. Not only are they good tricks, but they are surely treats for the eyes to behold.

First, Tora Magic’s Die to Lady in Garden-of-Flowers. Quite honestly, you won’t’ find a better, more compact and affordable illusion. My highest recommendation for return-on-investment. Secondly, Florian Sainvet’s Moneyer is strong, visual magic. Instant cash at your finger tips. Watch the video and see if you don’t agree.

Thirdly, Milk To by Bazar de Magia takes the old Ink to Goldfish effect to the next level. It is far superior, with a better gimmick, and, at the price, you can’t go wrong.

Finally, Shoe Business 2.0 by Scott Alexander & Puck combines the old Cake in Hat and the classic Vanishing Bandana into a contemporary effect for today’s audiences. All of these effects are worthy of consideration provided they fit into your repertoire.

Here are the descriptions and videos.

Die to Lady in Garden-of-Flowers Illusion by Tora Magic

A jumbo stage version of the Bob Kline’s original transformation effect!

From Tora Magic, the Die to Lady in Garden-of-Flowers is an easy-to-perform illusion, which leaves your audience completely baffled and elevates your show to the next level!

If you’re seeking an effective, compact illusion that can be performed surrounded AND with little or no rehearsal time, you cannot go wrong with Tora’s Die to Lady in Garden-of-Flowers. Without hesitation, we can truly attest to the fact that THIS is the best BANG FOR YOUR BUCK illusion you’ll find on the market today!

For those in the know, this illusion was created and introduced to the magic fraternity by Bob Kline as a Dice to Doves. Later, Harries of Sweden released their version of the effect as Die Surprise. Tora Magic Company has taken this stellar parlor-sized livestock effect and produced it in a grander size befitting the stage.

Now, with simple instructions you can effortlessly produce the birthday party kid or your lovely assistant instantaneously with a impactful illusion that will fit compactly into the backseat of your car. Plus, the unexpected and surprising Garden-of-Flowers finish perfectly concludes the production of a live person.

One of the most effective, low-cost illusions you can buy!

One of the most effective, low-cost illusions you can buy!

EFFECT: The magician displays a enormous red die resting atop a platform with casters. It is encased in a metal framework, which he removes and then gives the die a 360º turn allowing it to be seen from all angles. Next, he places the aluminum framework back over the die and finally a large black foulard obscuring the die from the audience’s view.

With a magical pass, the magician whisks the foulard away for all to see that his lady assistant has appeared in place of the die. Yes, a complete transformation to a live human being!

But, wait. He’s not done!

Lifting the metal framework upwards the girl is immediately surrounded in a garden of colorful feather flowers. Not only have you performed a strong transformation, but the surprise ending beautifully concludes this knock-out Illusion.

Produce a dog or an mid-sized animal, the CEO of the company for the annual holiday party or a product for its official launch. Anyone who can crouch down and fit inside will make a stunning appearance.

The Die to Lady in Garden-of-Flowers Illusion comes complete with everything required including an instructional DVD.

This illusion is a very deceptive and an undeniably surprising transformation skillfully manufactured overseas by Tora Magic Company.

HURRY: With but a few units available, it would be wise NOT to linger if considering this effect.

Moneyer by Florian Sainvet

Instant Money from nowhere: Moneyer: The ultimate answer to the question: can you make money appear?

Nothing to make, Moneyer is on you, ready for use whenever you want.

Highly visual and really easy, Moneyer is the tool that allows you to take money out of any borrowed object or bare hands.

Shoe Business 2.0 by Scott Alexander & Puck

This is the newest version of Shoe Business with all new jokes told by your personal smartphone assistant. If you have an iPhone you know the voice we are talking about. She gets so many things confused in this hilarious reboot of our widely successful original Shoe Business.

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This deluxe edition comes with a custom made polyacrylic cup, mock smartphone, audio track featuring all the new jokes and bits of business we have developed since version one came out.

This one is even funnier than the original.

Milk To by Bazar de Magia

An easy, simple-preparation and care trick to perform, having a high impact on the audience. It includes glasses and a silk!

Such a clever gimmick, so much better than the original that we all knew growing up.

Such a clever gimmick, so much better than the original that we all knew growing up.

This is pure magic at your hand. Turn milk into almost ANYTHING that will fit into the glass …  your audience will go crazy.

Watch this video and see if you don’t agree that THIS version is considerably better than the former one most of us grew up with.

Happy Halloween

We trust you and yours will have a safe and wonderful Halloween. It is a busy time for magicians and we appreciate your business. Tomorrow is the 89th anniversary of Harry Houdini’s untimely death, that today is celebrated as National Magic Day. National Magic Day is celebrated by magic lovers across America each year on October 31 as part of National Magic Week.

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Since it’s such a magical time of year, I thought I’d leave you with something, a video, from one of my favorites — a man that singlehandedly changed the course and direction of my life — Mark Wilson.

So, here he is, mister Mark Wilson performing the Cub Scout to Rabbit trick on the The Magic Land of Allakazam with the lovely and talented Nani Darnell and Rebo the Clown.

As always, have a great weekend my friends.

More news later,

Paul

 

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The Hero’s Horse

Posted in Uncategorized on October 26, 2015 by hocuspoc

We recently traveled down south once again to pick up a most unusual and magnificent prop, the Hero’s Horse by Owen Magic Supreme. One of our customers is flying in this next Monday to personally have a private demonstration before he purchases it.

The Hero’s Horse is a very artistic and imposing piece that can be displayed in one’s home or office and no one would ever believe that it was actually a very sophisticated magic trick.

One of only SIX ever produced, this extraordinary prop commands a $25,000 price tag. Its inner workings and engineering are so complex and impressive that it’s a study in mastery and inventiveness. In fact, so clever is it, you’re actually tempted to divulge its secrets.

Rather than stumble through an explanation, let me allow our online description to paint a picture for you of what an onlooker experiences.

Hero’s Horse by Owen Magic Supreme

One of six ever made, Owen has recreated and embellished one of the Alexandrian “Temple Wonders” first described in a manuscript by Hero of Alexandria nearly 2000 years ago.

We are pleased to announce our new association with Owen Magic Supreme. Hocus Pocus will be representing an array of Owen high quality magic props and paraphernalia from their vast product line. Known worldwide for creating props and equipment for top working professionals, the Owen name is recognized as one that is synonymous with magic of the highest caliber.

Owen Magic’s James Olsen has recreated and embellished one of the Alexandrian “Temple Wonders” first described in a manuscript by Hero of Alexandria nearly 2000 years ago. A stunning golden statue of a horse stands atop an ebony and brass base.

Alexia Zagorsky of Owen Magic Supreme with the Hero's Horse and a stock photo (below).

(Above) Alexia Zagorsky of Owen Magic Supreme with the Hero’s Horse and a 1980’s stock photo (below).

Effect: The performer twice passes a solid steel sword through the horse’s neck from top to bottom, yet the horse’s head remains firmly attached.

Commenting that the horse may be thirsty after such an ordeal, the performer offers a glass of water, which the horse drinks down with a “slurp.” The glass is put down in a strategic spot, and after a moment, nature takes its course in an unexpected way. On the spectator’s command, the horse immediately stops what it is doing to conclude the presentation on an amusing note.

“Hero’s Horse” is both esthetically beautiful and mechanically remarkable. The liquid effects are accomplished in a historically appropriate manner, without springs, pumps or moving parts. This museum-quality piece is only one example of Owen Magic’s custom engineering and building capabilities.

The entire illusion stands 60 inches tall and is 36 inches across and 24 inches deep.

Included is a custom built ATA case for safe transport.

The Geometrick Illusion

Also, as he is a serious Owen Magic admirer, our client has strongly hinted that he may be purchasing the Geometrick Illusion as well. Needless to say, we are very enthusiastically anticipating a successful visit.

Acquired from a private collection, the Geometrick Illusion>, leads the field in a new generation of innovative stage illusions that are 100% angle-proof!

Acquired from a private collection, the Geometrick Illusion>, leads the field in a new generation of innovative stage illusions that are 100% angle-proof!

The cooler weather is a welcome change making yard work far more enjoyable. I’m planning on having a great weekend. Hope you do too.

More news later,

Paul

 

Moretto Statue Comes; Big Fresno Fair Goes!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 16, 2015 by hocuspoc

Our friend, magician Louie Foxx has been in town along with several other magicians for the Big Fresno Fair. They’ll be finishing up this Sunday as the fair comes to a close. Ace Miles aka Capt’n Jack Spareribs and Dr. Solar (Terry Robinson) have returned for the fair. Each have paid us a visit and we are glad to see them once again.

For several years now, the specialty acts & performers featured at the Big Fresno Fair visit Valley Children’s Hospital here in north Fresno. As you can see, the kids really get a lift from this visit.

The performers from the Big Fresno Fair paid a visit to Valley Children's Hospital.

The performers from the Big Fresno Fair paid a visit to Valley Children’s Hospital.

Doctor Solar and friend brighten up this child's day with a cheerful visit.

Doctor Solar and friend brighten up this child’s day with a cheerful visit.

Magician Louie Foxx performs some magic for two eager onlookers at Valley Children's Hospital.

Magician Louie Foxx performs some magic for two eager onlookers at Valley Children’s Hospital.

Look for some upcoming products from Louie Foxx in the coming weeks.

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Stay tuned in the next few weeks for several excellent effects from Louie Foxx.

In Other News…

This week, we took in a remarkably unique art piece that is magic-related and definitely the only one of its kind. It’s Moretto statue of Richard Ross. Here’s the write on our site:

Moretto Statue, Richard Ross with Coin Set

Recently acquired from a collection, this unique work of art captures the essence and spirit of Richard Ross in magnificent detail.

No magician can think of The Linking Rings and not think of Richard Ross, and his perfect presentation of the classic. At a time when stage magicians were yearning for new illusions, Ross made his reputation by perfecting classics, and selflessly dedicating himself to helping young magicians.

Approximately a month before his untimely passing, he received a Performing Fellowship from the Academy of Magic Arts and Sciences, a last recognition for an incredible performer.

Richard Ross left behind a legacy of magic for an entire country, and will serve as he always did — as an inspiration to young magicians everywhere.

No magician can think of The Linking Rings and not think of Richard Ross, and his perfect presentation of the classic.

No magician can think of The Linking Rings and not think of Richard Ross, and his perfect presentation of the classic.

DESCRIPTION: Toni Moretto is an Italian artist who has been described as a “cartoonist sculptor” who creates “humorous ceramics”, and whose work can be seen in many contemporary museums. Moretto’s work perfectly reflects the innate humor or ridiculousness of his models, taken from everyday life, professions and scenes. One of the subject matters he depicts — is that of magicians.

Moretto’s genius comes in full light when he gets his inspiration from magicians. His true artistry shines through these clay magicians in the evocation of their faces, and the motion of their hands. Only Moretto has the ability to capture a magician’s look and gestures in clay, not to mention the slight irony of our profession.

Toni Moretto is an Italian artist who has been described as a "cartoonist sculptor".

Toni Moretto is an Italian artist who has been described as a “cartoonist sculptor”.

This rare one-of-a-kind statue depicts Richard Ross with Veronique performing his singularly sensational linking ring routine, which made him a instantaneous household name in the magic world.

This exceptional stature has been coupled with a coin set from Ross’ 1970 FISM act. The coin set is #39 of 43 sets released and is beautifully framed with a photo of Richard Ross and an image of his Grand Prix trophy. The coin was actually used by Richard during his Grand Prix wining FISM act from 1970 and accompanies a Richard Ross token.

Moretto's genius comes in full light when he gets his inspiration from magicians.

Moretto’s genius comes in full light when he gets his inspiration from magicians.

A note card from the Magic Art Center in The Netherlands verifying its purchase is included from Veronique Ross, Richard’s widow.

This rare one-of-a-kind statue depicts Richard Ross with Veronique performing his singularly sensational linking ring routine.

This rare one-of-a-kind statue depicts Richard Ross with Veronique performing his singularly sensational linking ring routine.

The statue itself is made from pure white clay that is oven-baked, meticulously painted, baked again, and finally varnished. The pieces that are released from Moretto’s workshop are not examples of craftsmanship, but rather PURE art. There is no mold. The characters are individually shaped by hand and each one is a unique piece, so no other exists.

Moretto never made two similar statues. This one-of-a-kind aspect makes them not only special, but truly rare!

A distinctive and irreplaceable piece expertly crafted by Toni Moretto of Italy.

Richard Ross’ award-wining FISM Act from 1970

Richard Ross at the Music Hall Theater in Paris, April, 1982

Collectible art pieces of this magnitude tend to be few-and-far-between, so your quick action ensures ownership of this Richard Ross Statue by Moretto, so buy it TODAY to avoid potential regret!

Back to the Fair for Diana Ross Concert

Betty and I are off to see Diana Ross in concert tonight at the Big Fresno Fair. I hope it doesn’t rain. And yes, you read THAT correctly — rain in Fresno. It’s actually happening sporadically over the past two days.

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Really looking forward to a great night and weekend.

As always, I’m hoping you too will have a great weekend my friends.

More news later,

Paul

 

Another Week of Intrigue

Posted in Uncategorized on October 1, 2015 by hocuspoc

We’ve been busy putting up items from a consignment this week. Some larger props as well as lots of books. And some of these props are quite intriguing to say the least. This mid-Century Thayer Vanishing Bird Cage made me want to consider it, but just for a moment. I have a really great one, so I don’t need it.

In fact, there are now over 770 books listed in our Private Estate section, so take a look because there are some fantastic books that we’ve not had on our site in over four years.

Here are just a few examples of items that went up:

Vanishing Dove Cage by Thayer Magic Company, Circa 1950's

Vanishing Dove Cage by Thayer Magic Company, Circa 1950’s

 

Abbott's Ultra Modern Suspension, looks like a plank that a pirate would walk.

Abbott’s Ultra Modern Suspension, looks like a plank that a pirate would walk.

 

Constructed by John Pomeroy, this Zig-Zag Illusion is now very SCARCE as so few were made by him.

Constructed by John Pomeroy, this Zig-Zag Illusion is now very SCARCE as so few were made by him.

Stayed tuned as we continue putting up items of interest to performing magicians, magic aficionados and collectors.

Tim is Off to Paris!

Actually, it’s true. But, the accurate spelling is Perris. He’ll be going to Perris, California for the Southern California Fair to fill in for a few days for our friend, magician Frank Thurston.

Frank works the fair circuit nine month out of the year, mostly here in California, and has two overlapping fairs, so Tim will be filling in for him so that he can make both of these engagements. Plus, this will give Tim some exposure into the fair market since the last fair Tim worked was 35 years ago, the Oklahoma State Fair when in his first year of college.

The Rootin Tootin Fun starts this Saturday, October 3rd.

The Rootin Tootin Fun starts this Saturday, October 3rd.

If you’re in the Riverside County area or somewhere in the Southern California area, you may want to stop in and see either Tim or Frank performing during the fair.

Adult tickets are $5 ($8 at the gate), children tickets (ages 5-11) are $3 ($4 at the gate).

Frank Thurston performing the Snake Basket at the Southern California Fair.

Frank Thurston performing the Snake Basket at the Southern California Fair.

Long Distance Card Trick

We just put this back up in limited supply and would suggest if you’ve ever been interested in it, you act now. I first saw Chris perform this routine live at Wizardz’s in Universal City several years ago and will never forget how funny this routine was. I knew we had to have it. Sadly, it became unavailable. However, it’s back now in limited supply.

“This routine slays them. I consistently perform this effect whenever humanly possible. It kills!” ─ Tim Mannix

“I can’t believe Chris Mitchell is marketing this routine. It’s the type of routine that I’m sure reads like nothing (or worse), but when you see Chris perform it, you instantly recognize it as a product of a working professional’s act. Many of you will probably think this is a bit pricey for what you’re getting, but you’re not paying for the props; you’re paying for a professional routine, perfected by years of actual performance. If you had hired Chris to write and direct this routine for you, you would have paid a lot more.” ─ John Lovick, MAGIC Magazine Review

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EFFECT: A deck of cards bound with a rubber band, is shown to the audience. Place the deck in a bucket dangling at the end of a four foot pole.

The laughter starts as the pole surprisingly extends 15 feet into the audience. Four spectators, at various locations in the audience, each peak at their own card. Without looking at the deck, you are able to psychically and comedically name each person’s card.

This is a fabulous routine. Strong magic. Unbelievably funny. Comes with everything you need including the extendable pole, bucket, special deck a performance DVD with Chris’ full routine, written detailed instructions.

As always, have a great weekend my friends.

More news later,

Paul