Perfect Magic was born over 35 years ago. We started it when Phil was still in the wholesale fruit and vegetable business. So I was the one looking after the magic business to a great extent. I had to learn some tricks to demonstrate although I was not a magician. The card tricks I learned consist of the Svengali, Invisible, Wizard Stripper and Mental Photo decks. Also the Rising Card. The next deck to come along that I loved enough to learn was Cardtoon. In all these years with all the hundreds of tricks that came out, the only other ones I learnt were Future Foretold and Bewildered.
They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. I was never interested in learning another trick. Not true. There is one other, The Ceremony of the Immortals, not because I wanted to learn it, but because it was so amazing to me. None of the above are new tricks, but they are as great today as they always were. Richard Sanders still blames me for him getting him into magic when I did Mental Photo for him. Ask him. He’ll tell you.
So I was content in my world of 7 or 8 cards tricks that I could do. I had all the patter down and the tricks are easy and as they say, every demo was a sale. So why should I break my neck, especially these days. At one time, before VHS, yes, VHS a person would come into the shop and ask what’s new and what’s good. We don’t hear that question any more. Most new customers don’t even care. They come in and say, “I saw this on Youtube or I saw Luc Langevin do such and such. Can you get it for me?” Not all, but many. Half the things they ask for we know they could never do and will never do and we tell them that, but they want what they want and so we get it for them.
Sometimes its unavailable, and I say “Let me show you something else.” I show them a Svengali deck. The look of amazement could not be greater if I produced an elephant. 9 times out of 10 they’ll buy it. I know they’ll use it and come back for more.
Then along came a deck that made me want to learn another card trick, The (W)hole Deck. There is one segment that is so magical it took my breath away. There are 3 magical things that happen, but the first one will leave your audience with their jaws dropped. Give yourself a treat and look at the video and you’ll know what I’m talking about. I saw someone do it in person and was amazed all over again.
Just thought I would share that with you. Enjoy!