Monthly Archives: March 2017

More To Magic Than Meets The Eye

Last week I wrote about a grandfather, non-magician, who wanted to do some magic for his granddaughter’s birthday party. That’s why you guys and gals didn’t get hired. The birthday girl was 3 and he felt he could handle it. This was 3 days before the party. Better late than never. When he left I told him I wanted to know how he did. He also happens to be a friend.

By coincidence, really and truly, the next morning another grandfather and grandmother came in as he wanted to do magic for their grandson’s party. Look at all the business you’re losing with these grandparents! Anyhow, the 2nd grandfather did magic many years ago and showed me his torn and tattered Magic Coloring Book Coloring bookwhich he hadn’t used in 20 years. He asked if they were still available. Yes. So we put one aside for him. Then, as we continued with other effects, grandfather #1 comes in. It seems he practiced with his wife as audience and she said he was much too obvious and wasn’t fooling her. He took out the Double Color Changing Hank double colour hankthat he bought and asked if I would do it for him to see how I handled it. So I did and grandpa #2 like it so much that he bought one too. Then a third magician, well known in Montreal and area came in. It was quite hectic in our little shop, I must say. I think Phil even looked up from his computer. Anyhow,  I digress.

Grandfather #1 also couldn’t get The Growing Ball Outdone quite right. growing ball outdoneI straightened him out with that too. He called me two nights ago to tell me he was a success at the party. It was good for him, good for the party girl and good for me, as the party girl has 2 cousins that are older and they want to come to the magic shop, so I guess he did do just fine.

A good time was had by all!



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The Things Magicians Take For Granted

I’ve been in this business of selling magic for over 40 years. Some things never change. When we speak of tricks as classics, we’re talking about things that have been popular in the past, way back when; they are popular now and they will be popular in the future.

Nickels to Dimes, Colour Changing  Hank, Cups and Balls, Linking Rings, Sponge Balls, just to name a few. As I dealer, I can do them all, not as well as you perhaps, but well enough to make the sale.

Today a grandfather came in, who also happens to be a friend, but not a magician. His granddaughter was having a birthday and he wanted to so some tricks at her party. Nothing difficult, nothing expensive. Before I continue, I would like to add that I can always tell what a person is really like by the way they react to magic. I will never forget how some person was so angry that she had been fooled by a card trick that she actually reached over the counter and pulled the cards out of my hand. That was the last trick I ever showed her.

I showed this grandfather 3 tricks, Hank Moorehouse’s Magic Coloring Book, which you are all familiar with, I’m sure, Double Color Changing Hank and Growing Ball Outdone. He took the three of them.

The thing that impressed me so much was his sheer delight when he saw each trick. It energized me. However, the party is tomorrow so I offered to show him how they worked. Now any one who does the Coloring Book knows just how simple it is to perform, so when I taught it to him and he performed it for me, I realized how much more there is to it than flipping pages. To me its second nature, how to hold the book, what moves to make when you’re changing positions, and the patter, yes the patter is so important. Of course after 40 years I should know what I’m doing, but my point is that we take it for granted that it should be obvious that all those things have to be considered. We considered it when we learned how to do it properly and now who even thinks about it. We just do it. When he flipped the pages you couldn’t see the pictures. I took the book and tried it to see why not. What wasn’t he doing that I was doing? You have to turn your wrist over while flipping the pages. Just flipping the pages doesn’t cut it.  I’m sure he’ll figure it all out, I just hope he does it in time for the party.


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Magic Book Lovers

There are two distinct types of buyers when it comes to magic. There are the readers, that enjoy following the directions, reading the theory and usually come out with something that has a lot of themselves in it.  Then there are those magicians who like DVDs. They find it less tedious than a book. They like to see what they have to do and what the result will be. One type is not better than the other, just different. Vive la difference!

Golden age of magic postersThere is a tremendous choice in both these mediums. And they touch on every aspect of magic. One book  just came out that is a cross between the two. It’s  visual. No tricks but lovely to look at.  “The Golden Age of Magic Posters”.Its a beautiful book that even the DVD lovers would love.


But if you are looking for a great book to delve into,  The Aretalogy of Vanni Bossi is a must. AretalogyHighly recommended, written by Stephen Minch with a forward by Roberto Giobbi.

I must admit I didn’t know what Aretalogy meant so here it is…  ARETALOGY-n. A narrative about the deeds of a miracle worker.



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Do You Know Who Ted Lesley Is?

I would bet, if I were a betting woman, that if you’re thirty or under you never heard of him. Correct me if I’m wrong. In my post of two weeks ago, I wrote about “those old time Magicians”, whose shoulders you happen to be standing on, by the way. Ted Lesley is one of them. One of the greats.  Here are some of his awards.

  • “Mentalist of the Year” with the “Dunninger Award” (1992)
  • “Writer of the Year” from “Magischer Zirkel von Deutschland e. V.” (Magic Circle of Germany) for his book “Mental Mind-Ups.” (1993)
  • “Leslie P. Guest Award” from the Society of American Magicians (1997)
  • Guest of honor at Docc Hilford’s “Weerd Weekend.” (1998)
  • “Siver Medal of Honor” of the Zauberfreunde Berlin e.V. (1998)
  • Gold Star Member of the Inner Magic Circle from the Magic Circle of London. (1999)
  • Creative Fellowship Award from the Academy of Magical Arts (April 20, 2001

We happen to carry 2 of his DVD’s. They retail for $53.50. One of them, “Cabaret Magic”  is on our “For Sale Items” for $18.00.

This is what it includes for $18.00.

  • Six Card Repeat – An ultra-easy version of this magical classic with a surprise ending guaranteed to fool even those in the know!
  • Borrowed Bill in Borrowed Cigarette – One half of a borrowed bill is discovered in a truly impossible place – inside a cigarette that was also borrowed!
  • Comedy Rope Trick – The Professor’s Nightmare turned on its head! A length of rope is clearly cut into three equal pieces yet the pieces are shown to be three different lengths. They become equal yet again and one piece is thrown into the audience. The other two are tied together and then instantly restored into a single length – which may be examined!
  • Comedy Mindreading – Three playing cards are selected and, after several vain but amusing attempts to find them, the performer finally locates each in increasingly amazing and impossible ways.
  • The Fastest Card Trick in the World – Don’t blink as a signed playing card and a borrowed credit card make an impossible journey.
  • Coin Through Sleeves – A most-magical version of the classic Winged Silver as a coin mysteriously travels from one hand, up the performer’s sleeve, across his shoulders and into a glass held in the other hand. As a finale, the performer explains the process-using milk!
  • Bill in Lightbulb – A borrowed bill is torn in half. One half is vanished and travels into the most unlikely of places-the center of an ordinary light bulb that was burning brightly just moments before!
  • Bill in Lemon – If you think you know this one, you haven’t seen the Lesley version. Again, one half of a borrowed bill vanishes from an envelope held by a spectator and is found inside a lemon that was in plain sight throughout.

This is an opportunity if there ever was one. If you only got one of these effects, it would be worth it, but you’re getting eight. That’s $2.25  an effect. Get it now while they are still around. It’s top notch magic from a top notch magician.

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