Take the Milk Pitcher. What kid show didn’t have a milk pitcher in it? It’s so old that its new. That was way back then. Now there are so many new wonders on the market that a milk pitcher is boring, but only to the magician. That’s the wonderful thing about children. There are always new ones coming up and to them, especially when used with the Comedy Funnel its as hilarious as ever. You know, pumping the kids elbow with the funnel under it and the milk that you poured into him through the cone on his head comes out of his elbow that you are pumping. Hey, what’s funnier than that? You can even get a kid from the audience to do the pumping.
We used to sell 2 models, a standard Milk Pitcher and a Deluxe Crystal Pitcher. Now there’s a third model, The Jumbo Milk Pitcher. I think people are thinking about going back to the basics, the tried and proven effects.
By the way, if you don’t want to spring for a pitcher, we have it in the glass size as well. A pitcher is just more visible. Try it, you’ll like it!
As you may or may not know, Perfect Magic has been around for more than 40 years. We started having Magic Evenings on Thursday nights in our home before that to see if there would be an interest. There was.
Morrissey, Chandu and Cramer’s were the other magic shops at the time. Le Grand Marcis was giving magic lessons. He had a magic school.
Someone, who has been our customer over the years was 18 when he came to our home back in the 70’s for those magic evenings. But he has been ordering on line. Last week he came in. I didn’t recognize him at first, and I’m sure he wouldn’t have recognized us except when people come into the shop, they know who we are so he had a clue, but we didn’t.
It was Daniel Ouiment, known as “Daniel Le Bateleur”. He and Phil have a history as they were both involved with Supercool in the beautiful little theatre in Place Bonaventure where Supercool (the late Dave M.) put on magic shows.
Later on Daniel joined the Cirque de Soleil as a juggler. Phil tells me he did unbelievable stuff with the Devil Sticks but Daniel said he didn’t do the Devil Sticks for the Cirque, only juggling. Any how, there was a lot to talk about. Lots of good memories. Thanks for dropping in, Daniel.
We had many kids in the shop last week, mostly boys with their dads, and mostly around 12 years old. They were all serious about magic. There was one, a few years younger, but by far the most intense, who really knew his stuff. We also had a 12 year old from France. I think they have spring break there as well at this time. This kid was with an entourage. Anyone who has been in the shop knows that we have a lot of stock, but it is not a big place. His mother asked to take a photo of me with her son as I was doing the demonstrating and they had never seen a woman doing magic.
One kid who was in with his dad said it was the first time in a magic shop, but he had been doing magic for a while. Where did he get his stuff? Where did he learn? China and Youtube.
“Youtube?” piped up the younger kid. “That’s terrible. Most of them don’t know what they’re talking about.”
Phil looked at him in disbelief. It happens to be Phil’s opinion as well, but to hear such a little guy come out with that was a surprise, to say the least.
The father of the older kid said, after buying and being in the shop for almost an hour, ” It’s so much better to buy from a shop. We’ve been buying from China. It’s cheap, but then again, so was a lot of the stuff we got. Sometimes we were surprised because the items didn’t do what we thought they would, and other times they were poorly made. I don’t think we’ll be doing that any more.” He thanked us for the advice on choosing the appropriate effects for his son, for the demos, and he appreciated the quality of the merchandise.
I guess it’s hit and miss. I’m sure some of the items are good, but you never know until you see them. So if you haven’t been to a magic shop, go to one if you have one in your area. If you’re in Montreal, come and visit us. We’ll look after you properly.