Monthly Archives: September 2018

In A Corner of the Magic Shop

In case you’ve never been to Perfect Magic, or to any magic shop, I invite you to Perfect Magic. It’s not a big shop, but it has a lot in it. You’d be surprised how many magicians have never been to a magic shop. I had some people in from Vermont a few weeks ago, who came especially to see us. They said there is not even one magic shop in all of Vermont.

It’s not big and its not fancy, but one kid came in and said it was the best store in the whole world. Another one, about 13, wanted a trick that was expensive so he called his mother for permission. I think I mentioned this in a previous blog. He said “Mom, I’m at Perfect Magic, otherwise known as heaven…” We had a good laugh. She let him buy it. Just today a young man came in who is studying to be a doctor but is also an entertainer and he said, “This is paradise.”

I said, “So funny you should say that. I just wrote a blog on the subject” and told him what the  kid said. (I inserted his encounter after the blog was completed.)

So I took some photos of a section of the shop. If you want to see more, let me know. I thought you might like to browse through the booksBook shelf 6.pngBook shelf 2.pngBook shelf one.pngBook shelf 5.pngBook shelf 4.pngBook shelf 3.png

On top of the book shelves and beside it, we usually put the newer items.Top of filing cabinet.pngTop shelf magic.png

Hope you enjoy it.

 

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Paul Potassy -A Great Magician – Gone

Paul Potassy was born in Vienna, Austria and died a few weeks ago at age 95. P. Potassy.pngHaving been born in Europe he spoke and performed in 6 languages and performed in 44 different countries, in all kinds of venues, for celebrities and even the Pope.

One day, early in the magic business, maybe 5 years into it, we got a phone call from Paul. We didn’t know him personally, so it was a surprise when he told us he was performing at the Caf-Conc in Montreal and he asked if would we be his guests. Of course we would and I invited him and his wife for dinner and he accepted. It was a wonderful evening. It was just the four of us. We had raclette. How do I remember some 30 odd years ago what we had for dinner. We were in the dining room and the raclette machine got too hot and our beveled mirror over the buffet cracked. Funny the things you remember. We had other stuff of course but I have no idea what else because no other food destroyed our house!

After dinner Paul Potassy.pnghe gave us a private magic show at the table. He was superb with a deck of cards. Then we went to see his show. A class act if there was ever one. But when he asked a member of the audience to choose a card Phil knew he used a Stripper Deck. He came to sit with us after the show. Phil asked him why, after seeing him so skilled with a deck of cards in our home, would he use a Stripper deck. He said, ” When I’m on stage, I don’t want to have to think about the magic, I think about the people.”

I guess he connected with them because they really loved the show, even if he did use a Stripper deck!

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What’s New in Magic?

With tricks being churned out by the hundreds, a lot could be new. The question is, What’s new and exciting?

I have been editing the write-ups for our catalog for umpteen years. I don’t make the write-ups. I just read them and if they are too wordy I’ll cut out what I deem to be unnecessary. I do read them. I usually don’t get too excited. This week I got excited enough to want to know how they are done. I usually can figure it out without actually seeing the trick. I’ve seen a lot of tricks in 40 years.

I’m can’t wait to see DECODED. Decoded.jpg Prop-less mentalism. Bruce Kalver did a number with his 8 year old son when he was here for Magie Montreal. I think that’s where I saw him do it. It was close-up and casual. I think we were in a restaurant. The kid would ask someone for a bill and Bruce would tell us the serial number of the bill, even though he was at the other side of the room. I still don’t know how he did it. And it took no time at all with hardly any speaking between the two of them.

Not too long ago mysterionMysterion and Steffi were at the shop and blew us away along with other customers that were here. No idea whatsoever how they do what they did.

 

 

Frozen in Time Frozen in Time.jpgalso sounds fascinating and

In Plain SightIn plain sight.jpg that makes the Magic Square easy is also intriguing. No memory work, which appeals to me as mine is rapidly diminishing.

 

Mini Card StickersMini card stickers.jpg by Alan Wong  are adorable and so professional looking and I’m sure you magicians could find many uses for them.

One of the new items, SNAP, Snap.jpgI’m buying for my grandson. (He better not be reading this!) He’s a practical joker and I’ll try this on him before giving it to him. I have to get my kicks in too!

There were others that intrigued me as I wrote them up. Check them out. This is a great batch of new magic!

P.S. While you’re at it, you may also want to check out the fantastic savings on items on sale.

 

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The Wiz, The Best There Is, Bob Little!

I came across a DVD, Bob LIttle , Around The World In A Footlocker.

Bob Little dealer

Bob “The Wiz” Little – Hatboro, Pennsylvania

If you’re new to magic, the name might not mean anything to you, but if you were around in the days of Magie Montréal, you know Bob Little. There was always a crowd around his booth. A bit on the wild side and always entertaining.

We keep in touch. Bob still has Super Sundays but he doesn’t run them anymore. He hates the idea that he’s in his eighties. We tell him it beats the alternative! We had a lot of fun back then. Doves were the big thing. His Dovino Act was hilarious. When it was the rage for the magician to produce doves, Bob came on stage as a giant dove and produced tiny magicians.

Here’s a sampling of some of the Dove acts:

Goldfinger & Dove copy.pngLillo copy.pngAndreka copy.png

Rozon copy.pngJimmy Ray copy.pngGreat unknown copy.pngJames Ceilen copy.pngSalvatore copy.png

So, do you recognize any of these people? These photos were all taken at Magie Montréal.

 

 

 

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