Monday, December 12, 2005
The Long and Magical Journey
First of all, I wish to Thank all of you for the Support and Love you have give this week to our fellow brother of magic, Dean Dill. Dean was so surprised and Honored that this was done for him. Folks in showbiz can always be busy and sometimes self-centered. This week proved just the reverse. When it comes to someone we know getting a bad moment in life, show folks are always the first to lend a hand. So again Thank You all who sent a Tenner and much more Thanks to those who dropped a C note to help Dean and all the hospital bills and such. Look towards this as the reason you are part of our community of brothers and sisters that have a strong sense of purpose, understanding and magic for mankind.
This Weeks Picks
In Stock and Ready for Shipping
Shuftons Okito Coin Box (I think the finest ever made)
Appearing Pole Cue
From the creative mind of Eitan Klever comes this years most talked about secret effect. Those of you who have seen those street magicians on TV that send a magical spark though a spectator, can now have that skill too. Shocker has been talked about and even Advertised but now is here at Hocus-Pocus (should be in stock on Tuesday). It truly is the power to electrify, with no threads, no magnets and you can even
wear short sleeve shirt. There is a video on the site to see. Can be worn safe and sound and ready to go in any performance.
From the land of down under, Magician/ Surveilance Electronics expert Dave Everett comes Rhinesense. After several years of perfection Dave release his pet item which will make you truly the man with ESP powers. Using just 5 ESP cards, spectator has a free choice to pick one. Then the other 4 go in the pocket as you the magi feels the vibes coming off the card sandwiched between his hand. You can do this over and over again and always the correct card is told to your spectatator. A video is on the site and this is a "Pre-Order" for Mid January arrival here at Hocus-Pocus.
One of magic's newsest and hottest talents is Nathan Kranzo. Having seen and worked with Nathan at Michigan Magic Day (produced by our friend Chris Reesman of Encore Magic). I was blown away by his creative talents. This newest DVD by Nathan contains killer stuff for the close-up worker. Featuring effects with Cards, Coins as well as his pocket mangement theory (which) is worth the price of the DVD. Then if that wasn't enough his take on the Mercury Fold ( the way to fold a card in front of the spectator) is the icing on the DVD. Look for other items soon to be at Hocus Pocus by this young creative guy of close up magic.
One of the icons of bizarre/pyschic is Kenton Knapper. Kenton is got to be magic's most prolific writers and thinkers. I have had the pleasure to chat with him and he is always creating. If you have never heard of his Wonder Words series (a must have for every performer that speaks) comes his latest (of many booklets) on psychic magic. This is truly the finally thought on the Ultimate Prediction of having a committee write a statement weeks before your show then during the show you predict everything written by the committee.No switching! No Stooges! No Forcing! Kenton has been doing this routine for years and fools layman and pro's alike.
Impressionable Mind Board
Since I seem to be on a Psychic Magic chat tonight, comes the long talked about (on the chat sites) from James Bliss comes the Imprsessionable Mind Board. Having played with this today with Paul, we both could not believe its simplestic yet decieving way to do a Impressional Prediction. Many magi's have come up with ideas to try to create what James has come up with the simplest of looking items. This has got to be the what could the final answer in Impressionable Prediction perfomances.
Tony's Tips: The Creative Mind
Well, since I seem to have chatted about alot of Psychic magic tonight, lets talk about the creative process. A good friend of mine once said, "You know if a Psychic performer needs magic supplies he just goes to OfficeMax or Office Depot". What does that mean? Well to me it means that this performer has knowledge in his head and just needs the supplies to make his magic. That's the way all magicians should think. Sometimes its not about some flash box or gimmacked prop. Its about the magic you create with everyday objects.
This is why we at Hocus Pocus offer some of todays creative DVD's by today's young creative inventors with just real world objects. We go out of our way to keep inspiring your mind. One such type of DVD that comes to mind is Rubber Band DVD's. Common object with many magic possiblites. This is how you need to look when just going shopping. be aware look at something being something else. Our good friend Barry Mitchell once looked at a portable bed unit at Walmart and turned it into a backdrop. So be it at Walmart, Home Depot, Target, you need to see everything in a different light and know how to use objects for our needs as a performer.
Here is a example how I have seen some magicians think outside of the catalog. For one idea, taking a remote control car's backends and make it into a card fountain on the inside of a box or top hat. To use many items in toy stores, office supply store's as a magical prop is the way to look different. Let me know what you may have come up with and share with all of us. Write me and share
My two favorite places to discover new magic from old or in stock items is Walmart and Home Depot/Loews. If you want to become a creative person look around these type stores. I usually love to look and shop and find stuff, but sometimes the noise of kids and parents take away from my focus. This is why I wear a headset and have CD player with music I like. Call me artisty fartsy but one needs to be in a creative mood so when a creative ideas are needed you know where you can get the supplies. Its like making yourself a living catalog. Sign up for Toy catalogs, Woodworking catalogs, get gift magazines all to inspire your creative forces. How do you think folks like Jim Steinmeyer come up with creative illusions if they don't know what man-made products are out in the real world. Real World magic with real world knowledge. So to use a dumb term, Stop and Smell the roses so you can know, see, and create your one of a kind magic. This way someday you can create something that maybe someday you might be selling to fellow magi's here at Hocus-Pocus.
Thank you for reading each week. As Always please read the full descriptions of these items on the website (http://www.hocus-pocus.com/) of this weeks picks I recommend for you to have for your show. Some of the items I have recomended have videos to view also.
I would like to hear from you so feel free to write to me at:
Tony@Hocus-Pocus.com or snail mail me at:
Hocus-Pocus Magic Att. Tony Blanco
2311 E. McKinleyFresno,CA. USA 93703
Best Magical Wishes and Happy Holidays to you and your family from ours,