Tuesday, September 25, 2007


Just a bit of the Fall chill in the Air

As the seasons change I can tell you the work is still coming in. As a matter of fact this Saturday was one of those dates (usually 2-3 of them a year) that everyone wanted a party for they child. It was funny that I had a booking for this Saturday for a month now. Then during the week I kept getting calls for shows for the same time I was booked. I even got a call from one parent on Saturday at 10:30 in the morning to come to do a show at 1:00. It was nice to get calls but at that point here is the time you wished you were Twins or Triplets. Actually the gig I did was amazing how the parents had the arrival so well timed of the kids, that we started right on time. Now once that party was over back home and then out again for my Saturday night restaurant gig. This gig is actually picking up steam. I got the gig thru a local clown and now she will not be able to do her Tuesday night gig for them due to a medical problem. The restaurant made it a point to tell her to make sure then we have Tony here until you are well. Now that is the nicest comment one can get, knowing that you are like for what you do.

Hocus Pocus Lecture Series Continues

Hocus Pocus upcoming news is we thought we were done with lectures for the year until we got some amazing news. Hocus Pocus dear friend and magic legend John Calvert is going to be here December 10. It seems John is being honored in Las Vegas by his peers for his years of performing. John is a living legend not only as a magician, but as an actor John worked at a time when stars like Errol Flynn, Tyrone Power or Douglas Fairbanks ruled big screen. John also worked with most of these stars and did appear in over 40 movies during the Golden age of Hollywood. Along with his wife Tammy, John still performs and travels around the world. So I would mark your calendar for Decemeber 10th 2007 for an Evening with John Calvert at 7:00 $10.00 in advance and $15.00 at the daoor the night of the lecture.

Tony's Picks
Start getting ready for those Holiday shows. Lots of new items just in time for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. We will feature some of them in next weeks Tony's Picks.
Andy Comic Cups and Balls

From one of Australia's busiest performers, Andy Comic comes his Cups and Balls set. Andy has put together the ultimate Cups and Ball set up an incredible savings to you. If you ever wanted to perform the cups and balls, this is the best introduction to this classic of magic. The Andy Comic Cups and Balls Kit comes complete with a really nice set of jumbo copper cups (3.74" high and 3.82" wide ) large enough to hold a nice sized apple or orange. Also you get 4 balls (one is magnetic), 3 fake fruit final loads, Chop Wand (wand with a magnet inside) and a Special Floating Wand gimmick. Now if all this was not enough you also get a Cups and Balls performing pouch and Andy teaching all basic and advanced moves you on video. This is a once in a lifetime chance to get a complete act ready to go... well once you practice. Truly a marvelous set of Cups and everything you need to get started. Once we sell out thats it, so don't

Stop and Pop

From the creatively brilliant mind of Ton Onosaka comes another in his series of "packs small, plays big" effects. The Card in Balloon is a favorite among many magicians. Here's a version of card in balloon that packs flat, plays big. Have a card selected from an oversized deck which are cards that are hinged together. So no sleight of hand here as the performer deals them, one by one, until a card is selected. Then, a large pad of paper that has been in view since the beginning is used. On the front of the pad is a picture of a bright red balloon. The performer flips through the pages, and the successive pictures animate to show the balloon bursting, revealing... the chosen card. This is a great way of doing a card effect for either kids or adults. Visual and colorful is the key to keeping the audience's attention and as always Ton Onosaka come through with Stop and Pop

Instant magic Holiday Turkey

From our creative friends at Axtell just in time for the Holidays comes Instant Magic Holiday Turkey. Here is a production item is made from high quality latex with spring action foam inside for very fast pop up! It can compress down to 1/2" or more and instantly appear as a big 16 x 12 x 7" holiday turkey. Use it with a pizza box and produce Dominos' new pizza for the holidays. Add garnish like plastic apples and tomatoes around the edges and it looks like you just produced a full holiday feast. This realistic turkey has amazing detailed airbrushing on it. The turkey be used with your pizza box or produce it from any magical apparatus that it can fit in. Compresses down from 7 to 1.5 inches but yet is big on laughs when produced. Here is a grand finale for Thanksgiving Shows or Holiday Shows. Not to be missed as one of the cleverest and funny production items in a long time.

Cardshark Book

Darwin Ortiz is unquestionably of the top cardmen in the world today. As a expert's expert, Darwin has been called upon by many casinos for his knowledge of gambling and card work. In this book he offers you the chance to learn the routines that have earned him his living and his reputation, including all of the psychological insights, presentational angles and performing tips which could only have been gained from years of professional performance. Darwin's Cardshark book is divided into 3 parts, Impromptu Miracles, Presentational Showpieces, Gambling Routines and span some 187 pages in this hardcover book. Here is that time when a professional really shares not only effects but the thought process and insights into the mind of the spectator when you perform these great effects.

Masuda's Frozen in Time

From the creator of the most talked about card trick of this year WOW comes Masuda's Frozen in Time. Masuda's Frozen in Time allows you to predict a randomly selected time with nothing more complicated than a photograph. There are no electronic gimmicks to worry about, no complicated gimmicks, etc. There are two pieces of apparatus only; an ungimmicked plastic cover that is open on both ends and a photograph of a pocket watch sealed inside a block of Lucite. In the performance you explain to the spectators exactly what you have, a Lucite photo-block that holds a sealed picture of a pocket watch, inside a plastic cover. You point to it on the table. You then explain to the spectators that there are twelve hours represented on a watch and ask them to name any hour. When you remove the Lucite block from the cover, the spectator can see that when the watch was photographed, the time on the watch was the same as they predicted. The magician shows the block front and back and allows the spectator to feel the Lucite surface proving that it really is a photograph, frozen in time, stopped at their chosen time! This effect can be instantly repeated with a different outcome each time.

Tony's Tips

Whats in Your Wallet ?

That's the term we hear from that credit card commerical to make sure you carry the right credit card all the time. Well my, thought is what is the right magic you need carry to your show that you can't live without. Now I am talking about either your stage show or in your close-up shows. What would you consider the ammo that makes you blow people away with your magic. I know for me a set of sponge balls and a purse frame are in all my cases (Stage & Close-up). This is followed by both regular Bicycle cards and Casio cards (for signed card effects). Having a few sharpies in your close up bag is a good start. Four Half dollars, some quarters also Cocktail napkins both plain and the rose colored style. I have found that having a small balloon pump the hand held style is good to have, so much so that I have one in each of my cases ready to go.

Certain items are great to have with you. I have been teaching my weekend students knowledge is good also. Knowing moves like the Flip stick move means chop sticks, pencils, pens, drinking straws can be vanished at anytime. Having a knowledge of moves like the paddle move can turn any found object into a magic prop also. Keeping you mind and hands together as one can make you a "magical Mac Gyver" being able to do magic anytime with anything. Begin to store up a knowledge of effects that you can do using found objects when your performing in restaurants or in some one's home. One of my favorite "found" objects is the nice cloth napkins in fine restaurants or good dinner parties. So many effects can be done with a good dinner napkin.

So now what is in my stage show roadie case I can't live with out...hmm. Well having an extension cord is a must first for my sound system. You just never get that luckily having a outlet where and when you need one. Then it comes down to having extra hanks or spools of rope, extra decks of cards, sheets of newspapers and plastic shopping bags to clean up your mess after the show. So what's in your magic case?

Then we can think about the type of effects that you would carry if you had just a bag like a leather gym bag. Shows on the spot what would you carry? Again I would have a small sound system boom box CD player. Juggling Balls, Ropes, Silks, Scissors, cards and newspaper. One of the most interesting lines or sayings comes from my friend Jeff Mc Bride...."If you want to be a Master of Time and Space...You Need to get to the Space on Time". What does that mean, just show up on time? Get up Early? Honestly, its what you see and hear in it. For me its about Planning, Thinking Ahead and studying so you can being able to perform at the drop of a hat. Being able to do magic with anything. Wisdom is Knowledge. So gear up tricks that will be able to be done and work for all types of crowds.

As much as I do kid show/family shows with set routines and props, it is more amazing to do actual closeup magic to kids. Since performing in restaurants I have but a shorter time to perform so I dive right into coin and card magic, this for children of all ages. The response is much better sometimes then having to present a show in the formal way. Sometimes I feel as if I just really keep the magic visual and perhaps even silent you actual go over much larger.

Well, this week I seem to be rambling a bit, but since I have your attention. Let me start hearing more from all of you. I would love to feature our customers, even if its just a picture and a bio...send it. If you want to share a performing story, a funny thing happened to me at this one gig, send it to Tony@hocus-pocus.com

Thanks for reading,

Tony Blanco

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