Happy Thanksgiving!

November is the time to be thankful, a time to remember and to embrace those who enrich our lives. I’m thankful for a lot of things, but I’m most thankful for YOU, our customer!

Without out you, we would NOT be in business, that’s for sure. So, I say without reservation, that I am immensely grateful for your continuing patronage.


When did Black Friday Start?

The history of Black Friday actually begins on a Thursday and with a parade. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, created in 1924, has long been ushering in the Holiday shopping season, and of course, that season begins on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in the early days.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in the early days.

Jump to 1939, when Franklin D. Roosevelt–32nd President of the United States–moves Thanksgiving back a week to give retailers more time to peddle their wares. Roosevelt’s plan caused quite a stir as he announced the change in October. Many celebrated the Holiday in its original time spot that year and mocked Roosevelt’s Holiday as “Franksgiving”—it wouldn’t be until years later that the date stuck. In retrospect, we can’t help but wonder if Roosevelt knew what he was doing all along, because a year in which two Thanksgivings are enjoyed sounds like the opposite of a mistake to me.

FDR moved Thanksgiving back a week to give retailers more time to peddle their wares.

FDR moved Thanksgiving back a week to give retailers more time to peddle their wares.

It wasn’t until the mid-1980’s that the story of businesses getting out of the red and into the black financially, started to make the rounds. Savvy marketing professionals rewrote the story of Black Friday and today Black Friday acts as the busiest shopping day of the year, and the only day in which some people are willing to get up before six.  The mythology of Black Friday continues to grow each year as the deals become extravagant and the crowds become more and more.


Look for our Black Friday Sale in your email box. We’re sure to have deals for every magician’s pocketbook.

Global Winter Wonderland

Tim will be out of the office one-and-off over the next 6 weeks acting as one the ringmasters for the Circus of Lights, which is the show associated with the Global Winter Wonderland returning to the Tulare County Fairgrounds beginning this weekend.



Betty and I may take our grandson Zachary down to see this unusual event, which allows you to “Travel The World In One Night” seeing the iconic landmarks of the world illuminated. They even make it snow a couple of times nightly. There are rides, food, games and entertainment, so it’s essentially a carnival of lights.

The Global Winter Wonderland is occurring simultaneously in Sacramento at the Cal Expo with an ice rink and Acrobats on Ice show. So, if you’re not far from the Sacramento or Tulare areas, you may want to stop in and see what it’s all about.

Famous-Magician-ClipsAnd now, this week’s video. It’s a clip from 1980’s television. Doug Henning with Bruce Jenner performing a great magic routine with some desirable magic props.

Again, our deepest appreciation for your business. We know you have choices, and we’re glad you choose to shop with us.

Have a safe and happy holiday my friends.



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