Monthly Archives: October 2017

Phil Matlin, Magic Dealer

When you come to Perfect Magic 99% of the time you will find owner, Phil Matlin at his computer. I will usually get up to welcome you to our home away from home, but most of the time Phil won’t even know you are there. Don’t be offended. He is engrossed in his computer and he isn’t playing games. He usually manages to greet you as well and sometimes even chew the fat as he did yesterday with a customer from Newfoundland. They had a lot to talk about and it was a good break for Phil.

You have no idea what goes into keeping a magic catalog up to date.  Where oh where are those olden days of paper catalogues when every year we would send you an up to date one? Now as soon as Phil is finally through with the new items he is working on, a new batch comes up. Everyday, thanks to the world wide web there are new tricks, new books, new DVDs. But all work and no play makes for Phil a dull day, so I thought I would show you another side of Phil.Zoe and Grandpa

Here he is with his beloved grand dog in the Laurentiens on Lac Noir. Zoe is watching the ducks that kept coming to visit. It was a lovely day, with no computers in mind.

P.S. One of my other grand dogs. One of Brian’s dogs. She’s much bigger than she looks in the photo. He has two Great Pyrenees dogs. Brian and his wife are involved with rescue dogs so if you’re looking for one, let me know.

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Perfect Mates, Magic and Halloween.

Are you ready for the monsters? We were chatting in the car. We had our grandchildren with us. I said how wonderful the weather was. My granddaughter, 9, said she loves the snow, especially the first snow fall. She wished it would snow now. My grandson, 11, said, ” What? You want snow for Halloween?” No, she did not. And here I thought they might be getting too old for Halloween, but it’s that bag of goodies I bet they’re thinking of.

As magicians you have the chance to make it more than just candies, or I might say you have the obligation to make it more. Here’s one. How about asking them if they have a nickel, then turn it into a dime (as in Coin Slide) before their eyes. It will only cost you a nickel. Of course you can also turn it into a quarter, depending on your budget. You can slip them a business card too. Doesn’t hurt. They will remember you long after the candy is gone. If you work with coins there are lots of things you can do. Any quick trick will leave an impression, if you do it right of course! The Sixth Little Finger is eerie enough for Halloween and so is the Creepy Hand and Voodoo  Doll.

For a Halloween party, it’s a whole other ball game. The Zombie Ball comes to mind, and seems to be making a comeback in general, but a Halloween its especially appropriate.

Whatever you do, have fun!

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