Tuesday, April 25, 2006
We Are Moved In
Well, gang sorry to have been away for 2 weeks, but that's what happens when you have the van dudes. Opps I have become a Californian. All jokes a side, thanks to some great folks including master craftsman and Magician Jay Leslie and his friend Vaughn and staff and family and freinds of Hocus Pocus we moved into our new warehouse/offices. It has been an amazing push to move so many years of magic and knowledge from a small building to a modern sleek office space. Thank you all for Hocus Pocus' growth.
From the creative inventor and performer Peter Loughran comes Rainmaker. Telling a story of the ancient Indians and a stone used to produce rain you gather your crowd. Now the coolest thing you can image. After chatting for the stone to make it rain, tell the crowd to look up and it is raining droplets of water. You will have to read the full description on the website but, trust me this is going to blow your close-up crowds away. Done indoors or out and is a pre-order Hocus Pocus Exclusive.
Mind Reading Wizard Puppet
For those of you who remember Bobo the Magic bear now comes the Mind Reading Wizard. The wizard has a magic bag with 5 colored tablets upon which a spectator chooses one. This happens when you the magical puppeteer's head is turned. The choosen color tablet is placed in the wizard's mouth. When you turn back you know the color of the tablet. All self contained and automatic. Great looking puppet for walkaround, parties and stage shows. Many clever ideas will present itself. Here is athought of mind, If you own a copy (or get a copy ) of Bill Abbott's DVD Stand Up Magic for Kids, you can even get ideas from his Chico the Mind Reading Monkey act to use for this wizard!
For the first time a magical efect that plays to even the smallest child. Telling a story of how it is a tradition that magicians produce a rabbit from a top hat. You now mention that recently your own hat got flatten, so now you have to unfold it to show it empty. As you fold it up you then produce several colorful rabbits. Plus on the back of the stand which holds the rabbits, you have space for a messege like Happy Birthday or your own name. Clever and as the name says very colorful
Wizzy Dizzy Milk
For those of you that like magic boxes here is one that is weird for sure. Showing a box that can be opened at the top and the bottom you pour a litle milk in. Turning the box over your pour in some more. This turn and pouring goes on for a bit till you actually produce a real full glass of milk. Now you place this on the table and with a metal tube vanish the glass of milk only to produce it from the box again. Clever version of a classic of magic very well made and a limited run so get yours now.
Thanks for reading....this week my blog will be a little short still busy here getting settled in.Thank you all so much for making this move happen.
If you care to share some magical ideas and tips please write me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For your magical knowledge and ordering the new address is
1492 N. Clark St. #104
Fresno, Ca 93703
phone number is the same 1-800-407-4040
Next week much more news and ideas to grow on.
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
The Move is on...........
I have to be remiss this week writing the blog as all of us are busy packing and loading the trucks and setting up the New Hocus Pocus...tune in next week or maybe the week after just in case.
With Magical Wishes
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
The New Magical Journey ( the Move) Begins
Well gang today started the first of many trips to the new shop/warehouse. After our main shipping/post man Ken did a super painting job, then the computer guy put in our new main line in, we started moving in some of the magic. Bringing in the Estate and collections magic, finding the right space to display the Illusions has been given to me to create Paul's vision of the fastest growing magic internet company.
It is almost a year (come May) that I have been here in Fresno, and its moving faster then any Vegas production show. I am so glad for all of you that have welcomed me into the fold of Hocus-Pocus. I am setting up a real space for many new creations for all of your magic needs. One of the things I love doing (amongst many) is to keep files for instructions for magic effects, so if you ever want to share instructions to add to my files please feel free to send them Our address is still Hocus Pocus Magic 2311 E. McKinley Fresno, CA 93703 USA till April 21st.
Speaking of sending, Paul asked on his blog, now I am asking, we wish to honor our performing family of customers. So if you can send Paul, Mike and Me your autographed 8 x 10's or posters and they will be hung in our new space with pride and honor. Our way of saying Thank You for your support of Paul's, Mike's and my dream of being in the magic biz. If ever your traveling in the Central Valley of California, please give us a call and stop by. We would love to see you, after April we would love to meet you and show you with pride Paul's new vision of Hocus Pocus. This move could not happen without of you....and we all Thank You.
Ed Marlo It's All in the Cards
One of the names I grew up hearing about was Ed Marlo. To the real card man Ed was one of those gods along with names like Vernon, Garcia, Dingle, Slydini that I knew I should study. Being a born and breed New Yorker I didn't get that lucky break to meet him, but now all of us can learn from him and his students. This 2 DVD set features home footage of Ed performing and telling his style of magic. Then Ed Marlo students such as Bill Malone and many others perform and teach you the genuis that was Ed Marlo. A DVD set for the true card magic fan.
From our good friend Bob Kohler Productions comes the hottest comedy inspiration Larry Davidson. Larry has spent over 30 years perfecting his comedy style and now shares his years and pet effects with you. This is a DVD set I look forward to see. Knowing Bob he seeks out the best in the business to help grow the magic community. Larry will show you as I said his best comedy routines and ideas for you to learn which have essays on Scripting, Motivation and Rehearsal. Larry’s knowledge is based on performing for thousands of people. Larry shares his thoughts detail. This is a tool that most magicians rarely share so this is truly a DVD to own.
Shimmed Bicycle Card
Well as the logo says "Your a Magican You Know what to do with It". Imagine finally have the best made and made in America a shimmed card. You can do so many effects such as PK effects, PK coins for a matrix acts, card throwing and so much more. In stock and ready for every card effects that you have ever dreamed off using a shimmed card.
As you know, my first magic career is about Family shows. So now comes "Kid Control" a book that takes you into the mind of working for those kids that may sometimes not be perfect. Julian Franklin shares his wisdom and knowledge along with over $25,000 of training as a student of behavior managerment with a working pro's twist. His insight is one that every performer can learn from. When I first read part of the book I knew that this is a book for those that want knowledge and not tricks. It is a concept book that will make you and your show look better. Remember my term of Look, Listern and Learn, this book does that and much more.
Rafael Benatar's Elegant Magic
With a title like that alone your attention should be perked up. Rafael is one of Spain's honored performers. Here is another artist who is sharing his pet effects and sharing his knowledge that has made him a star in the magic community. With that said you will need to read the website for all of the great effects that Rafael tips to you. I always look at things this way, we in USA see magic one way and those in overseas see it a differernt way. If you want to look and perhaps better sometimes a touch of the old world knowledge make a differance in class and style for your act.
This week's tip comes from a gig I did this weekend. I performed for a group of children who were 4 years old. Now in regards to the great series of books by Francis Ireland Marshall "Kid Stuff" as a performer she had said not to perform for any child under 5. That was written many years ago, but it still holds true because most children at the age of 4 everything is magic or confusing. So this is why warming up yur audience no matter what age is important.
I have seen the biggest names in showbiz come out after being introduced walking on clapping. Why? To teach the audience to clap, thats why. It looks humble because the audience thinks he or she is clapping for them but he is teaching them to clap. You would be amaze how many folks have never seen a live show and you have to teach them stage manners.
A warm-up could be a voice over while the curtain is down. The Smothers Brother do silly jokes over the PA system to let the audience know of the fun that's about to take place. Some performers use music and visual things as warm-ups. Carrot Top shows visual bloppers of sport shows to lighten the load of the crowd waiting for the show.
So back to the 4 year old's, I refer to David Ginn warm up booklet. One of my favorite is a hand rising gag asking the kids what they like. Then hit them with a question like "Who are bad boys and girls"? Those with hand in the air you got them. Even the song "If your happy and you now it" so I don't expect you to sing but you can talk the song and get them warmed up clapping, shouting, and stomping their feet.
So remember you need to warm up the crowd before you can wow them!
Thanks for reading each week and help anyway you can to help make our new store/warehouse a place for all of you to be proud of.
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