Monthly Archives: December 2014

Christmas Magic

Rudy

I’ll take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas or a Happy Chanukah, whatever the case may be. I can’t help you with Chanukah tricks but I can with tricks for Christmas. This is what we have right now in stock.

The above is what we have left, and not many of those so if you want something, come on over if you’re in the neighbourhood. Remember we’ll be open this Saturday from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Merry Christmas!

 

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When Magic Doves Retire

Lillo Traina

Lillo Traina

There was a time when Dove Magic was the rage. We don’t see that much of it any more. When we went to conventions back in the day, every Magic Contest had 3 or 4 or more Dove Acts. It got to such a point that Bob Little, magician and magic dealer, owner of Guaranteed Magic, once did a comedy act at Magic Montreal as Dovino. He was dressed as a  giant dove and produced magicians. It was hilarious.

Darcy Oaks was on Great Britain has Talent and he did fabulous dove productions. Also at Magie Montreal we had Jimmy Ray, James Cielen, George Sateriale, Devlin and others. They all had doves in their acts. You have to be dedicated. You have to look after the doves, feed them, train them, travel with them. Not easy. I know. The late great Impossiblist Reveen once had a touring magic show and ended his tour in Montreal. He left us 8 doves and a huge cage. They were noisy and messy and soon began to multiply. You never saw anything as ugly as a new born dove. Only a mother could love…

We ended up giving the doves to Park Safari. Bernard and Ken were magicians there at the time.And while on the subject of Ken and Bernard, they had a cougar that claimed Phil as his territory, marking him from his cage. We all had a great laugh, except for Phil of course. My daughter Julie and her friend were with us and we all had lunch in their trailer. The whole thing was an experience we won’t forget.

The doves were free to fly around in a big area in the gift shop so we felt good about that and I’m sure they did too. I’m sure they, not those particular ones, will make a come back, but it’s so much easier to walk around with a deck of cards. People just don’t have the time that it takes, after all, they have things to text and games to play, so who wants to clean dove cages.

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Magic, The Next Generation

A customer and friend I should add, commented on my last blog about the various topics I have discussed in my posts throughout the years. I could not help but notice that he mentioned my grandson, which pointed out to me that I had never mentioned my grand daughter, who is six and will be seven on Christmas day. So the time was coming near to start thinking about a Birthday present. Last year she was into Lego and Lego Princess stuff, but what a difference a year makes.

This time she was emphatic that she wanted a Telepathic Power Magic Set and a Magic Coloring Book.  The Magic Set is really for 8 year olds and up, but she is mature for her age (says the grandmother) and it has tricks that involve math and it would be good for her. The Coloring book was a second choice. She really wanted the Vanishing or Shrinking Cigarette trick as the extra little thing but I told her it wasn’t appropriate for her. She watches me demonstrate in the shop and she and her brother were blown away by it. I asked her the other day if she changed her mind about the Telepathic Power Set, and I got a firm no. Then yesterday she showed me a list of her extracurricular activities, which included Pottery, Yoga, and a Wizardry Class which is taught by a popular and well known magician here in Montreal and she is excited about it. She is in Grade one. Her brother who is in Grade 3 also takes the course, but he couldn’t get in the first year or two as it was filled up immediately. It does my heart good to hear that. Magic is alive and kicking with this younger generation. Should be interesting years ahead.

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