Tuesday, January 30, 2007

 


Time for New Magic and a New Year

Granted the month of January is almost over, so why would I should I still be talking of a New Year. Well as we all at Hocus Pocus are still happy for the well turn out of our first swap meet. It is time to say lets look at the New Year of magic and shows that we hope all of you all get more work. The meet was a magical day. Planning was down to the wire, but factors could easily make it not work. Paul was concerned but as the magical guy I am (honestly over 30 years ) of conventions and trade shows it was going to be a good day! The spirit of friendship was here in California. Paul knew the right folks to ask to join us and all of us just played host (as one would at any party or event) and we have had lots of Thank You's from those who attended. So please check our site for our next Swap meet which if I twist Paul's arm will be within this year either June or Sept. The magical friendship was more then alive and well.

On that same note if your within the area on Monday Feb 5 (next Monday) we are going to have Bob Sheets lecture at Hocus Pocus. You all know Bob, comedy magician, Bar magician, Street magician and just all around funny guy. It will be a night to not forget. Hocus Pocus is now set to be the next lecture spot for the best of magic for the central Cal area. Don't fret to travel to visit as we have great places to stay and great places to eat and visit. We would love you to spend a day with us. Call me if you wish a chair for this lecture. $10 in advance , $15 at the door.....
1-800-407-4040


Tony's Picks

Corradin's Levitation

From the magical creative and ever producing mind of Anton Corradin comes the most amazing levitation. This could possible be the type effect the those street magicians would do on TV and make it look like a spectator from the audience is helping. You and I know its his helper. Either way Anton has created a effect that will blow the lay person away. This effect is so self contained its not funny how will be folks looking for wires above. As you can see it can be done anywhere as by the photo to the right. Amazing price for an effect that can make you look like a Las Vegas magician anytime, anywhere .







Masuda's WOW

What can I say about the most talked about effect on the chat rooms , and have it in stock and more then enough to fill the pre orders and more to sell. By the way if you pre-ordered and waited and waited and waited Paul is personally packing the orders and sending a gift to say thank you for waiting for it to come in. Those who cancelled your order, time to order and get what we have left. This effect has what is important in a magical effect magic and visual beauty. Signed card and visual appearance and a change. Easy to do and resets. Lasting magic, memories and maybe bigger tips when done in a tip type place. Don't miss it.



Avalanche

Well here is a effect that take the Snowstorm effect to a new level. The moment we have all been waiting for is here! The Avalanche, a patent pending special effect apparatus that presents a snowstorm without confetti! A snowstorm from your bare hands, and with NO MESSY CLEANUP, anytime during the show, from any place on stage! This self-contained apparatus will have you producing real, Evaporative Snow™, which will rise 6-8 feet into the air FROM YOUR BARE HANDS! A spectacular, memorable experience for the entire audience. You face the audience, show your hands empty, and then produce a beautiful snowstorm which rises 6-8 feet into the air. This can be done virtually surrounded, at any time during your act, at any place on stage, and/or as a finale. The Avalanche is one of the most revolutionary pieces of equipment in magic, today.

The apparatus comes to you ready to use and with a few moments of reading the brief instructions, you will be ready to perform miracles. No more external apparatus, loud motors, or oriental fans. With the incredible Avalanche, you will have a self-contained special effect apparatus that will emit "snow" just like the big machines. Both units are made of stainless steel, aluminum and machined metal as well as electronic components It shoot anything else in the air? The Blizzard will shoot confetti, glitter, playing cards, anything light weight. The Avalanche is designed to emit ONLY the Evaporative Snow™. What are these units? Both are a device that emits compressed air into the palm of your hand, creating a Evaporative Snow™ or Confetti snowstorm, card fountain, and more. How long does the air last? The air projects about 15-20 seconds each time. How loud is it? There is a small sssshhhhhing sound as the air is released, but no loud motors or fans. The sound can be covered with a soft musical track. Does it use batteries? Yes.

Both use two small lithium photo batteries. Where does the compressed air come from? It works with individual cartridges and uses two cartridges per show, or act. Cartridges come with your Avalanche and your BLIZZARD EFX-2000 Starter Kit and additional ones can be purchased from us, your magic dealer, Wal Mart, or sporting goods stores. The Blizzard Starter Kit comes with enough snowstorms and cartridges for about 5 performances. Don’t forget the bonus routines. The Avalanche comes with all of the items above, (except the confetti, which is not needed), and all you need to get started. Do you have to wear a jacket or long sleeves?No. Both devices are worn on the forearm and is hidden under a 3/4 sleeve. It is not noticeable at all if you are wearing a dress shirt. Either unit does use 2 cartridges for each performance. You are supplied 10 cartridges with every order. This would be enough for 5 performances. The price on the CO2 cartridges is $15.00 per dozen. Additional cartridges can be purchased from Wal Mart, sporting goods stores, or from us. To view a Windows Media clip of Avalanche check out our website. This is a totally kicker version of what you maybe doing or have everwanted to be doing!!!




Change Cap

Well can I say to someone smart enought to kick it up a notch to the old change bag. Some folks thought once we removed the handle its now hip and its a bag with no handle. Well now someone thought lets kick it up once more and make it it a hat. Hell from rappers to ever kid on the block wearing a hat backwards this could be the ultimate change bag. A baseball style hat that lets you
do all the change bag tricks you ever wanted. Timely , Hip and natural which is what magic is suppose to appear like when you perform it. Our job as magical personas is to make the everyday look magical. Using everyday objects to create magic!



Kate and Edith

What can I say about an effect that to this day I wish I had the poem stuck in my head. This is a effect that combines naughty and nice. An effect that is magical and poetic with a twist of the naughty. Here is an effect written and performed for many years by Kerry Pollack that some day I will get into my mind. Imagine telling a story of a King and two ladies and his concept of having the best of both worlds. This is done with the use of playing cards. It has become an underground classic when presented by Doc on his famous Bar Magic DVD which I highly recommend. Well without letting your mind wander it is a good yet fun story told only for the right type of crowd. Now after years of perfection Doc, Kerry and R. J Owens perform it live on this DVD so that you get the real feeling of a live performance to learn from. I look forward to see how the pro's make this naughty magical story work. When you have the right crowd this is a magical moment .


Tony's Tip


Sometimes if you have been a loyal reader to this Blog, it may sometimes be inspiring, sometimes a rant. The only thing each week I set forth to do is to inspire and open your mind. Let me take you back a moment. Was I ever going to be a magician? I was rasied in a working class life. My dad delivered bread, my mom a housewife. So how did magic enter my life? TV was my escape from working at McDonalds or selling Insurance. Mark Wilson, then Doug Henning showed me the light. Everytime you perform you are the magic that could make the next generation of magicians. If you saw last weeks photos from the last blog you saw Brady being taught by Bobby Reynolds, Tom Jogenson, and I saw also Patrick Snowden taking a moment to teach him. This warms my heart the same way my friend Jeff Mc Bride has master classes to teach the next generation. We who perform have been touched by someone. It is our job to share this knowledge and wisdom. This is why magic is the 2nd oldest profession. We won't go into what is the first.

I have been very lucky to be the keeper of so many secerts and learn more every day. If you buy tricks or collect old magic magazines to learn this is the way to keep our art alive. It was a honor to spend time last week with Mark and Nani. So in this way I stand high for the people that came before me. Max Maven is one person I admire who always says where the inspiration comes for his new tricks. Never ever saying its his trick but how he was inspired to move foreward from the minds that came before him. I personally always think since we all live in a closed world, we should honor the Billy Mc Combs, Jay Marshalls, U.F. Grants, Lewis Gansons, Slydinis, Frank Garcias, and so many mores that inspire that magic we do. Todays magicians will be doom to relieve the magic of the past if they don't remember the Gods that came before us. It is easy to learn and do but we are part of something special that regular folks don't ever know of the folks I just mention. It is had to say in the middle of you show like a singer would that this is a song made famous by the Bee Gee's I hope you enjoy my version of it. We can't! But don't ever forget you stand on the shoulders of the giants that came before you. Give credit where credit is due!! OK off my soapbox (email me if you don't get that term).

Here is wishing all the magic in you life every single day.....talk to me. Let me spotlight your career and share the magic for the next generation.

Tony Blanco

tony@hocus-pocus.com

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