Every once in a while someone comes out with a great, and I mean great, magic trick. Martin Lewis, who I’m sure most performing stage magicians know, at least by reputation, created the Martin Lewis Signature Edition Sketchpad Card Rise, a wonderful trick for children and adults alike. The only problem was, when he came out with it, was the price, which was in the hundreds, so it wasn’t accessible to every magician.
Then he came out with an electronic version of it called Electronic Cardiographic, which cost a few thousand dollars, way out of reach for most.
And then, he came out with Cardiographic Lite which is under $100.00. We sold a lot of those.
NOW he has come out with Close-up CardioGraphic. It’s not available yet and even before we advertised it, we had a few orders for it by magicians “in the know”. Translate that into “this is a great trick and I’m ordering now as they will be sold out as soon as the supplier gets it” and it’s usually a long wait for a new batch to come in. We already placed our order so if you think you’ll want one order it now. First come first serve.
Like a fish, once you’re hooked, it’s hard to get away.
We had a visitor from New York yesterday. He’s a comedian and he had a gig at the Monument National last night. His name is Matt Richards and he’s a natural!He came in for flash paper. He needed it for the show and asked Ricky Bronson where he could get it. Ricky told him to go to Perfect Magic. Here’s a photo of Ricky at Magie Montreal. Ricky was performing Topsy Turvy Bottles and somehow managed to drag my son Michael up on stage as his volunteer.
Matt used to do magic but now he does comedy. He’s doesn’t do magic any more, he said. I wanted to tell him the two were not mutually exclusive but I didn’t have to. By the time he left he was back into magic.
Guy Camirand happened to come in while he was here and we had a great time. In magic you get to meet the nicest people. Did you ever leave magic and come back? If so, what brought you back?
List of items on JULY SALE (002) It’s impossible to list 1561 items with their prices in Canadian dollars, etc. I took about 80 items in no particular order to give an example of the savings involved here which are considerable to say the least. Some of the items were on the last sale, but most of them are not. The items are at least 50% discount, most are 60% discount, and some are more. It lasts until July 31, 2018 or before if items are sold out, so order now if there’s something you want.
You may not be interested in the items I listed ON SALE, but surely you’ll find something of interest in 1561 items. So this is what I decided to do. I’m attaching the complete list without prices. If there’s anything you want, send Perfect Magic an email of your list, up to 10 items, and I will send you their Sale Price and you can decide if you want them or not and we can make arrangements for payment from there. You can buy more than 10 items of course, but it would be hard for me to be looking up lists for 100 items at a time. You can send another 10 after you get my reply if you’re interested in more stuff.
I, for one, remember when I was maybe 10, and that was a long time ago, at least 65 years ago, I went to Belmont Park. How many of you know what and where Belmont Park was? It was the precursor of LaRonde on the Back River. I was there with my older brother, who I still won’t forgive for making me go on the Salt and Pepper Shakers with him, even though its his 80th birthday tomorrow!
There were all kinds of rides and shows on the fairway, such as Freak Shows, House of Mirrors, and a Magic show and more. To entice you to go to the magic show, there was an elevated platform with a magician who had an Arm Chopper and an assistant. Other guillotines and choppers, cut the carrot as the blade comes down, but not the person’s head. With the Arm Chopper you actually see the arm fall into the basket. It is a wonderful illusion especially when done with a volunteer from the audience. It’s still popular today as it’s easily portable as it sits on any table. It still is as clear to me as the day I saw it. He also had a sword box. If you paid a quarter you could come on stage and he would open the top so you could see inside how his assistant evaded the swords, but the trick was not as strong as the Arm Chopper even though I now know how it’s done,
Little did I know then that one day I would be in the magic business and selling the very trick that left such an impression on me. What was the first magic trick you saw and how did it affect you?
That was the question that a customer asked me today. He shocked me right off the bat, just by coming in on such a hot day. It was the first time he was here and was thrilled to find us. He wasn’t a kid but I could honestly say that he was my favourite audience. He considered whatever I did to be a miracle. He was so enthusiastic it was amazing.
But to get back to his question, I had a really hard time. The one I admire the most, at the risk of hurting anyone’s feelings, is Paul Gertner. Why? If you ever saw him do the Ring on Hourglass you would understand. I don’t know whether I watched his video on how he does it, or if I attended a lecture he gave on it but the thought and work that went into it is incredible.
I also attended a lecture that Eugene Burger he gave for Magie Montreal and I was so impressed by his advice and his performance, not only for magic but for any kind of public appearance.
Those two men are magicians that left a great impression on me. Who do you think is great and why?