Tuesday, June 20, 2006


Celebrate Goodtimes

Good day friends! This is it 1 year of living in Fresno after leaving Las Vegas. It has been an amazing year! Much thanks to Paul, Betty and our great crew here at Hocus-Pocus and all of you. Words of praise from you my readers as well as my new friends the vendors that create the magic the we sell. I have had a magical year of meeting new friends that I honestly call my "new family" Thank you Bill A, Barry, Chris, Bill P, Bob K, Wolfgang, James, Losander & Luna, Lupe & Norm. These are some of the folks that help me make your magical performances a reality. Not to mention my new Fresno friends Mike, Dexter, Franco, Div & Ken, Jeremy, Lisa and many more. I do miss Las Vegas a bit but it is only a hour plane away. When I was lucky to be offered this job at Hocus Pocus the timing was perfect as one casino was taking over another, so a new chapter in my life was to begin that I really needed. Thank you all.

Tony's Picks

Well to start off this weeks picks, Paul has given me the power to give 10% to all of you who read each week for items that I recommend this week. That means even items that may be usually non-discounted. If you want one of these items mention this blog if you call in your order or if you order on-line mention it in the comment part of the order form. This is until Friday June 23 and does not apply to any current sale.

Those of you in the California area we are talking about holding magic classes. I will the one teaching and it will be a 2 nights a week event for a month. Cost will only be only $100 and supplies will be provide i.e. silks, cards, rope etc. Start to let me know if you would be interested in attending. Please email me at Tony@Hocus-Pocus.com

Bowling Pin Production by Michael Mode

The creative guy behind the Napkin Rose fame. This is the first of Hot new items that Paul has said "You recommended it, give our loyal shoppers 10% off if they mention your blog! I have recommended it a few blogs ago and think its a great hot item. Michael even includes a few paper rose samples in each Bowling Pin package. So this make it a even greater special for you.

New and Improved Stranded Book Test

Those of you who have heard of this amazing book test will be happy to know that it is actually coming back after a quick sell out New and Improved. Many have found a few new ideas and they have been added to this soon to be classic effect. Many have compared this to the Mother of All Book test. This is the finest book test on the market. There are many ways to tell you about it but first lets point out the yur can do this effect in 3 ways. Next no gaffs, hand it to the spectator, no cueing. Much more ideas so read the full write up on the website.

Emergency Cash

Steve Shufton (maker of the Floating Match ) has created a visual piece of magic that you must have. We are asked once someone knows that we are magicians to do something. So imagine borrowing a bill from a spectator after its been signed and folded and paper clipped. Then it vanishes right before their eyes only to appear not in one envelope but in a nest of five. Now this effect is great for walkarounds and resets fast without the use of a regular slide. Steve has worked out all the details to make you look like a hip street magic kind'da guy.

Colorful Rabbits

Is a kidshow delight for those of you workers. This prop is made so wonderfully made in both metal and wood & painted with black laquer . Image a cute top Hat that flips open and is shown empty. Then reach inside a produce a rabbit on a metal (painted black) in one color. Then show that same hat empty and produce 6 more rabbits, 7 in all. The the stand that holds the rabbits can be turned arounded to say a message, Like the birthday child's name or your name. This effect is so cool that it can be done as a running gag during your show. A creative performer can really get some mileage out of this effect.

Tossed Out Book

We at Hocus Pocus are always on the look out for the best new items. Vendors send us stuff in hopes of making a sale. We got a sample of this Tossed Out Book from Tri-City magic and put it on the web. An hour later we sold at least 10 of them. So that says you guys really know whats hot!! Based on a book test yet with ideas of a tossed out deck. Imagine one book and being able to have it tossed out to up to 10 spectators and being able to tell them what they are reading about. Clever in its ideas and workings.

Da Vinci Zone Book Test

Your going to have a hard time tonight choosing from all of the Book Test I have recommended. So lets make your choice even harder. From an idea of the master of mentalism Max Maven comes this ungimmicked book The Da Vinci Code made for book test performances. Yes I did say ungimmicked! The current trend of the book and the movie makes this book test right in style for the working pro. The gaff on this will blow your mind away. And I bet when the movie and book fame fade away you could use this gimmicks concept on another popular book if your clever enough. This comes with the real book by Dan Brown and a copy of Max Maven's "Exploring the Zone" and the real clever gimmick. So how can you go wrong with that.

Here is a sneak peak into something not yet on the HP website. In keeping up with the summer movies, look this week for a hot new item with a theme to the new summer hit Superman. A great effect for the family entertainer. This item is in stock now and yes it gets the same 10% off if you mention this blog when order. More details on the website this week

Tony's Tip

So much comes to mind each week to share with all of you. Be it for the working pro or the weekend performer. I honestly say that I travel in many circles of the performing spectrum. I can be on stage or be at a table for 4 people. You must think of yourself like a old doctor that covers all the patients needs. When you pick one type of performing I have always felt you miss out on the other fields. I have spent many hours on learning how to do magic as well as juggle, unicycle, eat fire, build my props, sew, and much more. My tip concept tonight is just that learn as much of the fields of entertainment that you can. When living in Las Vegas it amazed me how many folks were able to be what ever the gig called for.

Many musicians I knew ended up becoming entertainment directors because of the years of booking themselves. They knew the way of contacts, staging, and arranging a event. Being in this career you have choosen, stop and look at all the other ways you can produce a event and make money. Many of todays top magicians have careers as speakers that motivate a room full of sales people. Many magicians I know are called on as party arrangers. Providing everthing from the photographers, the food, the flowers. In this way you get to be the director of the event and still work as a magician. To be able to be a full service person when someone is booking a event means extra cash and return bookings even if you never do one card trick all night. You may find that you might even make more money hiring all the folks and just playing a host.

So Celebrate each event and offer as much as you can to your clients. Believe it or not some folks may not like magicians, but if you can make their event magical then you are a real magician. Find and contact your local florist, wedding photograpers, video companies, to get your name out there and promise them the same in return for their services. Commissions are a good inspiration are both parts. "You recommend me and I will give you a % of wht I book the show for and vice a vice. This way your name is getting out there with out you doing the selling. Never leave a stone unturned when working a event give your card to the cook, the waitresses, the bartender for these are the folks working each special event.

Thanks for reading each week and don't miss out on that 10% offer on my Picks this week from Paul

Let me hear from all of you. My offer still stands to make anyone that asks for a guest tippster blog spot.

Be Magical and Happy,

Tony Blanco

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