Monthly Archives: December 2018

Break A Leg, A Showbiz Term

Break a leg is a showbiz term entertainers use in English. Piano Lessons - Beginner Piano LessonsIn French its altogether different and I won’t go into that. I’m focused on the break a leg. Phil should not have taken it literally.

The night before we left for Kitchener to visit Joan and Romaine (Monarch of Manipulators) Phil twisted his ankle, he thought. I begged him to go to check it out at the hospital but he wouldn’t listen. Next day it looked much better. We drove to Toronto first to visit my cousins and then to Kitchener.

Phil had 6 piano gigs here. He always kept a sock on as he had ointment on his ankle as well as an ace bandage. When I finally got to see his foot I put my foot down. “You’re going to the clinic and that it!”  He said that when he got back to Montreal he would go. I said,” Don’t complain to me when they chop it off.” That kind of convinced him and the clinic happened to be 5 minutes from his gig that day. So after his gig which was from 1-200pm we drove to the clinic. The clinic closed at 3 because of the holidays. We were there by 2:20pm. By 3:30pm, we filled out the forms, he saw the doctor, had X-rays taken and was told he had a broken ankle, and got a prescription for antibiotics and an air cast which he’ll have to wear for 6 to 8 weeks. He takes it off to go to sleep but that’s it. The pharmacy was attached to the clinic and they fitted him up with the air cast and medication. We were done at 3:30. The clinic stayed open an extra half hour for him but turned others away. He had been walking around on a broken ankle for 10 days. He had to cancel his New Year’s show! I didn’t see why he couldn’t play piano but he said he couldn’t play without using his feet. Go know!

It ‘s his right foot. He can’t drive. I drove back to Joan’s but I won’t drive on the 401. I’m terrified of it.  I called my daughter Julie, who immediately volunteered to come down here to drive us home. We really didn’t want her to do that. She put out the word about us and a friend of hers said she was visiting her parents in Toronto and was coming home on Thursday. She said she or her husband would drive us in our car back to Montreal with one of her children, and the other would drive their car back with their other 2 children. It was not the only offer she got.

So I called my cousin and told her and she said she and her husband are coming here tomorrow to pick us up so one of them can drive us back to her place in Toronto and we’ll stay there until Thursday. I am overwhelmed by the kindness of everyone. Phil feels terrible putting so many people out but its good to know that there are such kind people in the world.

So,  G_d willing, I’ll be in the shop on Friday. I hope to see you then or in the near future. As the new year approaches Phil and I wish you and your loved ones a happy and healthy 2019.



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Magic For Success

With Christmas just around the corner people come to the shop to buy gifts girl magicianfor their spouses or children and we are prepared for that. Today a man came in who looked familiar but I just can’t remember everyone anymore. He said he was here a while back to buy things for his son and when he told me what he bought I remembered him as he was very generous with this son of 10 years old. He said I was very helpful last time and wanted to get some other things for Christmas which he did.

Then he went on to tell me that his son was cold in his attitude which kept people away from him and that he hoped that magic would help him as he likes magic and is forced to talk and do the patter thing and so he’s getting used to talking to people. I always said that magic is wonderful for shy kids because the attention is on the tricks and not on them and that gives them the freedom to feel more at ease. They are the center of attention and admiration without having the spotlight actually shining on them, so to speak.

Then the man told me that he did magic as a kid and he really believes that he would not be the success he is today if he had not been involved in magic when he was younger. It left me feeling pretty good, especially when he said I was really good at what I do. I told him anything I do, anyone can do as I am not really a magician and I’m not, but I guess if you do the Svengali Deck for forty years you get pretty good at it. So if you have a child or a niece or nephew who’s on the quiet side, get them some magic tricks. You’ll be getting them confidence at the same time even though they may never realize it was you who brought them to the road of success!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!


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What a Difference 60 Years Make

The first thing I want to do is thank you all for your good wishes. I actually wrote this on our anniversary, but Bobby Parisi who had stopped by, photograhed the article that Elaine Cohen, mother of Mike Cohen, wrote about us when it was our 55th Anniversary and he put it on facebook so I figured you had enough, but then again, once I wrote it… so here it is.

Sixty years ago I was getting ready for my wedding. There was a huge snow storm that day. I got dressed at the synagogue. Phil forgot his belt. He was as skinny as a rake back then and his uncle had to go to his house to pick us his belt, otherwise, his pants would be around his knees. It was a big wedding, but that was long ago.

One goes through a lot in sixty years It reminds me of something Albert Goshman once said when we took him to the Brown Derby. Anyone out there remember The Brown Derby? After the meal the waitress asked him if he enjoyed the food.

“Well,” he said, “there was a lot of it and some of it was good.”

“I’ll go a step further and say most of it was good.” I’m talking about our 60 years. It was only the past 40 years that we’re in the magic business. Frank Garcia was once sitting in our living room and said, “You’ll never become a millionaire in the magic business.” He was right, but then again we never expected to. You can’t measure everything in dollars and cents. Over the years we did a lot of traveling because of the magic business, through the States and Canada, many times with the children going to different magic conventions and taking them to all the tourist attractions on the way, Trout Haven, the  Corn Palace in South Dakota, New Orleans, Wisconson Dells, Baraboo (Circus Home and Museum), Rock City in Chatanooga, where I became parallized on a narrow suspension bridge over a deep canyon, holding the hand of my 6 year old son. I couldn’t move. I don’t know where Phil and the other kids were  but a man saw I was in distress and came to take my son away and then came back for me.

When we passed through White Pigeon, Michigan, Hank and Jackie Moorehouse insisted we stay overnight at their home. They knew we had to go out of our way to see them. Hank said, “No one ever just passes through White Pigeon.”

We made many good friends. Unfortunately, many have passed away. One of our well-wishers asked what our secret was. The first thing is, you have to live long enough!

When Phil was in his 30s he was a heavy smoker. With a “little” coaxing from me he quit cold turkey. I doubt that we would be celebrating this event if he hadn’t quit when he did.

Now we are enjoying the fruits of our labour.  Our four children are grown and on their own. Unfortunately two of them live far away so we don’t get to see them as often as we’d like to. Our eldest grandson lives in B.C.  But we are lucky that two of our children are here in Montreal, and our two young grandchildren are here and live about 15 minutes away, so I’m not complaining. Our younger grandson is having his Bar Mitzvah in February. Just yesterday he was a little kid and now he’s taller than me.

I studied Chaucer while at McGill. One line he said stayed with me. And I quote, “The life so short, the art so long to learn.” I’m still learning. Happy and healthy holidays to you all and thanks again for your good wishes.

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