It seems to me that certain things become popular all at once. At one time Doves were the rage. Almost every act had doves in it. Then it was over. Perhaps it was because of animal rights, who knows. So it was a surprise when I got an order for Dove Apparatus a few weeks ago. It was a bigger surprise when the manufacturer told me he stopped making them as the demand died down. I did manage to get some for the customer.
But if you want to do Dove Magic and are concerned about the doves, fret not, for we have Rubber Doves, and they look good.
The same thing with Cups and Balls. We used to sell tons of them. Now not so much. They start at $4.95 for a plastic set and go up to more than $100.00 for brass, etc. They all work pretty much the same. So now is a good time to take them out and start practising, because its a classic and this new generation hasn’t seen it.
Linking Rings is another one. If you do it right, there is nothing like it. I remember when Jeff McBride was in town, blowing everyone away with the rings in his night club act, and then several magicians came into the shop wanting a set like he had. I pointed to an ordinary set that was on display, and they said “No, no, we want the same set that Jeff has.” As fate would have it, guess who came into the shop at that moment. You got it. Jeff. I asked him if he would do his routine for the magicians that were there. I handed him the rings I had and he did it. The magicians were flabbergasted that he didn’t use special rings.
We had Albert Goshman, king of the sponge balls, as a guest and
when we went out to eat he’d start doing his Sponge Balls for the waitresses. No one got served. The staff all gathered around our table.
We have a set of books in the shop,
Hugard’s Magic Monthly http://bit.ly/2Dk9puS that has a fantastic amount of routines with different props, a compilation of tricks from the masters. They will open your eyes.
The classics aren’t called the classics for nothing. So get yours out and practice. If you don’t have them, we do. Come and get them. We’ll be happy to advise you on the best methods of learning. Everything old is new, to those who haven’t seen it.
Here’s a little quiz. How many of you can identify all these magicians who did dove magic at Magie Montreal?