Tuesday, July 26, 2011
D.I.Y. Illusion Box to Produce a Balloon Animal, Stuffed Toy or Doll
THE IMPOSSIBLE BOX
Unique Design & Routine for a Production Box
BIRTHDAY CAKE TABLE
Magically Produce a Birthday Cake Surrounded
SUPER SAVER DELIVERY
A Girl Production Illusion that Costs Less than $100 to Build
THE FABULOUS MAGIC MACHINE
A Magical Scientific Contraption for Endless Possibilities
CLOAK OF INVISIBILITY
Magically Produce a Kid From a Wizard’s Trunk
THE GIANT CEREAL MYSTERY
A Multiple Colour Changing Cereal Box to Fish Aquarium Illusion
A Complete Vanish Climax for the Head Twister
These effects will help you be able to up sell your simple family magic show to the status of family Illusion show. Each are simple to build and perform and of course a few of them have spots where the Birthday child can be made even more of a star of the show. Some of these effects can be themed in many different style of presentations. I highly recommend this book for many reasons but first off because the idea that you can now offer much more to your family shows. The status of just one of these illusions in your show can give you the chance to also ask for a bit more money to your program and who doesn't like that concept.
Hope you get the chance to purchase this great book. If you are someone looking to have your product reviewed please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, March 08, 2010
More pic on my facebook account. Two more shows here in Fresno on Sat March 13 at Dianna's Studio 826 North Fulton 11:30 am and 5:30 PM. Tickets 7.00 day of the show
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Well its been awhile since I have posted and over a year 1/2 since leaving Hocus Pocus. I have been busy performing around the Central Valley of California.
I see more new magic coming out and as while as creating new shows. So I figure time to let folks know what going on in the entertainment biz. Hopefully those of you who used to read my blog will be able to chime in on whats happening with you also. I have had some time to also work in the gathering of friends on Facebook and Myspace so I hope some if not all of you will write in with new items or projects that you want to share to help fellow performers grow or items you want to sell.
If some of you want items, DVD's, books to be reviewed please contact me at email@example.com for my shipping address to review and post your new items. Just a quick note for now
Thursday, January 24, 2008
to promote yourself and so much more. In addition to invaluable information on becoming a successful restaurant entertainer, Jim also parts with his own pet routines, including "openers", "strong middle routines", and "closers!" A not to be missed insiders guide to the money making career of Restaurant Magic
From Cris Johnson comes his program " How to Make a Ton of Money Performing in Schools Program. Many aspiring magicians want to do school assembly shows, but their thinking about how to do it and what to offer is very flawed! For instance, most birthday show magicians decide to get into the school market because of the larger audiences and larger paychecks. Here’s the truth of the matter: If you don’t give school clients exactly the kind of program they want, then you’re NOT going to be successful in the school market! For starters, the pay is really good – Cris Johnson, creator of this course, makes between $450 (minimum) to $3000 per program performing all over the United States and Canada! Compared to other markets, schools are very easy to get into if you know the right techniques. Schools are on the look out for assembly presenters all the time. Unlike the holiday parties, Halloween shows or library shows, you can easily make a full-time living working schools 10 months out of the year, every year! What this means is this: if you want to perform in schools on a consistent basis, you must have educational material to present. That is what schools want the vast majority of the time. only by offering educational shows will you fill your calendar with shows. That’s where Cris Johnson’s new Course comes in! If you want to get into performing in schools: How would you like to: Learn how to perform on stage – not just get the gigs, but also find out exactly how to perform on stage in front of several hundred students? Know exactly what to present to school clients? How would you like to know exactly what to say to excite school administrators to say yes to hiring you? How would you like to have lists of contact names, phone numbers, addresses and schools in your area? How would you like to know exactly what to perform, what to say from a proven act, and how to get the booking? The “How To Make A Ton Of Money Performing in Schools” is actually a complete program…real marketing and complete performance script secrets that you can take and use in your performing career. After 15 years performing all over the United States and Canada, Cris Johnson knows what messages and concepts schools want for their assembly programs. He currently has three different school educational programs available to other entertainers, and they are, and continue to be, the hottest topics in schools. You will also recieve 3 complete performance script and analysis manuals. Cris' program is truly a great way to get your foot in the door of the school show market. So much more information about this program I recommend you check all of the write up information on our website.
Thanks for all of your help and kindness. Here's a blurb about me and some tips...
"I've been working in schools for the better part of two decades. I actually started off magic backwards from most in that when I was younger, I became interested inmentalism first and then went back later to traditional magic. I struggled for years to really build my career until i learned effective marketing techniques and in 1997 went full time when i lived in Pittsburgh, PA. I specialized in kid shows for several years and then in 2003 I moved to Niagara Falls, NY to get married. I took advantage of the new surroundings to concentrate on the school market, specifically elementary schools. Simply put, for me, there's no better market than schools for magic.
I want to give your readers some quick tips for those who venture into schools...
1. Realize that to consistently work in schools, you'll need character education programs, i.e. educational content. Anit-Drug, Self-Esteem and Bullying are the hottest topics.
2. Cater your programs to k-5 grades...those will be the most prominent. keep the show fast-paced and a lot of fun. leave the geek magic and mentalism at home - you're there for the kids!
3. I recommend bringing your own sound system. not only will you look like a pro, but at least %90 of the time, the people in schools have NO idea how to work the equipment!
4. Offer to do two back to back shows. This allows the school to split up the grades, which is to your advantage...because a kindergarten student sees and comprehends things differently than a 5th grader!
5. When offering an educational program, don't offer more than 3 main points - any more and you'll confuse the kids. This applies for adults a lot, too!
6. recap your points at the end to really "drive home" those key concepts
I could go on for hours, but maybe we'll save more tips for a later blog - Cris Johnson
1. Have a promotional item to give-away to EVERY child in the audience. Yes Every child needs to go home with your name, your contact information and your website. This is the only way to build your brand recognition among kids at your shows. Try this & you wil see by using promotional items like a magic dollar, a trick booklet, even a coloring sheet - you will see an increase in the number of shows you get from each show you do.
2. Arrive early at your show. Many times, more often than not, the school dropped the ball and forgot to tell the janitors or the music department that the magician needs the stage. You arrive & the stage is filled with TONS of band equipment, sports equipment or just storage. Arriving early helps you deal with potential issues which can & will come up.
3. Use coupons with a date for your offer. This technique has made me thousands of dollars in school shows because the school always wants to save money. When you offer them a discount by using your coupon, it creates an urgency and they must act now in order to save.
4. Follow Up. Always follow up when mailing to schools. They get so much mail and your really great piece may have gotten tossed away by accident. So by actually calling up the school and asking if they received your materials, you will have a better chance of getting a hold of the person who has the power to book or not book you.
5. When you book a show at a school, research the other schools in the area. Call up area schools and offer a discount to them since you will already be in their vacinity. You can also make this offer to the orignal school booking you; in other words, if they team up with another local area school within 5 -10 miles, you will offer them both a discount, as long as the shows are all on the same day- Brad Ross
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Our day started on Friday with most of the set up of things just falling into place including a tent for extra dealers in the parking lot and a convention like backdrops set up in the warehouse for the lectures. Then in the afternoon one by one our good friends started arriving to set up they tables. Dick Berry, Losander, David Regal, Jay Leslie, Suds, Daryl, Dean Dill arrived in the afternoon. It was great to see old friends and chat up whats been going on. Then that night Paul and Betty played host to a welcome dinner for all the vendors and lecturers. Again stories of shows and dealing with magical customers was the talk of the evening. Yet no one left hungry after a great Chinese meal at the Joy Luck. Well enough chat to bed for a 7 am set up for the vendors.
Saturday the day begins as it does this time of the year in Fresno, with morning fog and a bit of a cold front. Yet everyone was full of energy to warm up any room. After all the vendors finish set up doors open right on time at 9 AM. The crowds now had 3 spaces to visit with dealers and folks selling lots of collectable magic. Great deals were made. Remember one man's junk is another man's treasure. Lots of young kids learning, buying and being inspired to be the next future magicians (my favorite picture below of Bobby Reynolds) on this day.
Then the lectures 6 of them to be exact all day long. Suds, David Regal, Jay Leslie, Shoot, Daryl and Losander. All differnet styles of magic and all with amazing things to share with our guest. I was pretty much running between the Hocus Pocus table to sell and then get each lecture started. Then after each lecture Paul set it up as a drawing for give aways for our guests attending the lectures. Gifts included DVD's Trick's and T-Shirts. The grand prize was a complete set of Mark Wilson DVD's of the Magial land of Allakazam. So much for one day I know Paul will mention more on his blog on Friday.
Sunday see us back again with a group of 30 eager folks to have a private workshop with the Magician's Magician Daryl. One thing to mention Daryl is an amazing teacher. Now I am not talking about his magic which is fantastic to say the least. Iam talking about the man himself, he has such a wonderful life giving inspiring way to teach. Not one person ever seemed lost or confused. His way of talking and his manner is just so clear that everyone walked away truly inspired.
Well that is just a brief report of this the second Hocus Pocus Swap Meet and Get-Together. You know its an old Vegas thing for an entertainer to say on stage "I feel there is so much love in this room tonight!" Honestly that is really the truth when it comes to our event. Folks have sent emails and thank you letters already about how much this event is just that....filled with the love of magic. The folks visiting from the vendors and dealers to the guest just show us all how much magic is important to them. This inspires each other and we really do feel the "love" when we have this event. I want to thank all who came to the event and to those who help make it look so smooth. Honestly to do this is as they say a labor of love. We look forward to next year ...bigger and even better if that is possible. Check out my Tony's Tips for a photo journey of the event. Maybe we will see your next year!
From the days of Silent movie comedies to the modern high tech movie imagine having Smoke come out of your ears on command! Produce blasts of smoke up to 5ft both sides of your head. You can repeat it as many times as you like, with no reset needed. You truly will looks like a very expensive effect that you only see in the movies, but you can perform it whenever you want at an amazing price. Plus extra bonus included FREE!! Produce smoke from bare hands. With this addition, you can produce smoke quite literally from anywhere, bare hands / bottom / leg and even build it into props. Endless possibilities! Very safe, no ignition, no heat produced and most important no hard to find hazardous chemicals. Simply amazing!! Comes full instructions, Overload gimmick, suitable for any head, whatever size even magicians! One cartridge, these refill cartridges are available all over the world. Check out the online video. So don't miss out being a walking movie effect!
Dean's Triangle Deluxe
From the creative coin magic mind of Dean Dill comes a Coins Through the Table like you've never seen before! Comes complete with 10” tall table, coins, carrying case, and DVD Here is an effect that everytime Dean performed it at the Swap meet he sold one. Not only is the routine & magic awesome, the props (& case) are gorgeous. "If you chartered a plane and flew to the Bermuda Triangle, performed your best coin magic there, Dean's Triangle would still be more impossible - Michael Weber
"Turns a great trick into an unforgettable performance piece. Dean's Triangle is pure, concentrated magic!" -- R. Paul Wilson
"Yesterday, Dean Dill did his Triangle for me. It made my jaw drop!" -- Whit Haydn
"Dean fools me a lot but this took my breath away. Dean's Triangle is so visual. I did not believe my eyes!" -- Doc Eason. So if all these guys have this to say about Dean's Triangle you need to check out the online video. Dean's Triangle is also available as a deluxe edition with special 18” round base close-up pad.
Falling for You
Now here is one of those effects that the moment it was put up on the website all of you were calling in to get one. So its a hot selling and impressive item. A spectator is shown a small bunch of cards and is asked to remember one. The cards are mixed and dropped to the ground by a spectator or magician one at a time landing in a neat little pile, except for one. One card takes off and flies towards the person that thought of a card! The card is named, turned over and shown to be the one they thought of! No elastic, No reset, No threads No magnets, No wires, Self-contained/self-working "Finally, a genuine breakthrough in plot and method! I know everyone will be doing this." -- Paul Harris.
Three Button Monte
From the wizard of gadgets Sud's comes Three Button Monte. Sud's premiered this at the swap meet this weekend. We are happy to have such a clever little item like this on the website. I call it a "walkaround or pocket verison of the Wellington Switchboard". You get this clever little pine looking box with 1 light and three push buttons. The box only measures 2 1/4 x 2 x 4 inches...oh so small and cute. You give a spectator a chance to push any button they think will light up an LED but it doesn't light no matter how many chances they get! So you give a second spectator a chance. Still the LED does not light. Only when you push the button does the LED light. You can play this little game over and over and you always win. This is one effect that you will have so much fun with Suds' Three Button Monte that it will be with you wherever you go!
From Dean Dill and Rich Hurley is a utility prop that can be used as an ending for any finger ring routine. With a plot similar to "ring flight", (without the gimmick key chain) this routine does not require a jacket or reel. Best of all, it automatically resets for your next performance. After a borrowed ring is vanished, it mysteriously reappears inside a zippered purse along with a collection of beautiful rings the magician has "borrowed" from other victims. Depending on the ethics of the performer, the borrowed ring is either returned or sold on e-Bay. The Ring Finale Package comes with a genuine leather purse and three high quality costume jewelry rings. The custom made purse is composed of soft leather, and its size and shape fit comfortably in the hand and is perfect for this effect. In addition we've included a "ring hank" with a secret gaff. Ring Finale by Rich Hurley and Dean Dill is fun, practical and easy to perform. Just put it in your pocket and you're ready to go. Simple and powerful effect. I also recommend once you get this effect down you might want to add an Any Ring by Richard Sanders just to kick it up a notch.
The very impressive and great guy Dean Dill performing the Dean's Triangle
The Daryl Workshop on Sunday
Lots of folks learning for 2 Hours A Master Teacher at Work
One trick that blew Daryl away from this young magician
Two former Las Vegas guys finding more magic in California
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Starting at 9:00 AM on Saturday the 19th, the doors will open and the second annual Hocus Pocus Swap Meet & Get-Together will officially begin! Be a part of magic history where, in addition to a fantastic swap meet, there will be a fun-filled 2 days of lectures and guests, free gifts, and more!
Our lectures for this year include Suds, Jay Leslie, David Regal, Shoot Ogawa, Daryl, Losander.*Lecture fee for all 6 lectures is only $40.00*Individual lectures may be purchased for $15.00.*The Swap Meet is free to attend, however if you wish to sell your magic wares, tables are$20.00 each.*Special optional Workshop with Daryl is being offered on Sunday (11am -1 PM) at an additional charge of$30.00 per person (seating is limited, so make sure you register early to reserve your spot).
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Swap Meet 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM - Special Guest Lecturer Suds
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Special Guest Lecturer Jay Leslie
The Water Tree Inn is only a few minutes away from Hocus Pocus and has been host to many of our past guests, friends, and lecturers. This promises to be a fantastic, fun-filled 2-day event. If you wish to participate or attend (or both), contact us toll-free at 800-407-4040 to reserve your spot! Reserve January 19th and 20th on your calendar and be sure to show up at: Hocus Pocus 1492 N. Clark, # 104 Fresno, CA. 93703.
Remember, to attend the Swap Meet is absolutely free and won't cost you a dime! To purchase tickets for the entire lecture package or individual lectures, call now at 800-407-4040. Remember, to sell your magic items, you must reserve a table. To reserve your table, call now at 800-407-4040.
Nothing is attached to the performer or assistant. The gimmick will fit into a suitcase. Without a case, the gimmick will fit easily into the smallest of automobile trunks or hatches. No electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic or mechanical parts to fail. This is simplicity at its best! Jeff McBride was the very first purchaser of this illusion, and his insight and commitment to the art of magic are unparalleled, and his gracious support is truly appreciated by all involved with this project. His innovative spirit makes him the pioneer in simple, beautiful COMMANDO-style magic. This transaction exemplifies a perfect union of performer and concept. Please note each unit is custom built for each order. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. Please also note that no case or cloth are included, as these will be provided by the performer to match their own show designs.
THE BLACK ENVELOPE VARIATIONS - A classic (and amazing) prediction of a playing card, explained in detail with discussions of eight different presentational approaches, including:
A DREAM OF YOU, THE DEATH CARD, THE GAMBLER’S FATE and Eugene’s favorite, INEVITABILITY. Then FADING COIN - Imagination becomes reality! Invented by Tomoyuki Takahashi, and taught with his kind permission, this astonishing routine is nearly impromptu, and truly astonishing. Eugene has invested a great amount of thought into getting the most impact out of his presentation, and now he shares it with you.
INVISIBILITY POWDER - Discover how a simple presentational premise can turn a good trick into great one. OB-SER-VO - Inspired by a Robert Neale effect, this was developed as a “message” routine for corporate performances. Over time it has evolved into one of the strongest audience participation routines in the Burger repertoire. OUT OF THIS WORLD - Years of exploring countless versions of this Paul Curry classic have led to this approach. Eugene explains that journey. Problems are solved and strengths are emphasized, and the results are both practical and impressive. So I recommend this DVD and having Eugene expand your way of thinking and looking at the magic that you perform.
Become the Busiest Birthday Party Performer CD
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