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About philipmatlin

Perfect Magic is a magic shop owned and operated by Phil Matlin in Montreal, Quebec, Canada . We have been in business for 35 years. Besides selling magic to pros and amateurs alike, we have brought in many lecturers and held 2 day Magic Conventions, Magie Montreal, for 19 years bringing in top magicians from all over the world. Magic has changed in these 35 years and I, Evelyn Matin, enjoy writing about Perfect Magic Then and Now, the people we met, the incidents, and the magic scene in general. I hope you enjoy reading about it.

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.

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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:

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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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The Difference Between Magic And A Puzzle.

I had the strangest thing happen yesterday. Someone phoned and asked if we carried puzzles.

“What do you mean by puzzles?” I asked. Rubiks Cube is a puzzle. Could be a Jig-saw puzzle that he’s looking for.

Turns out he was talking about boxes that seem impossible to open and metal things that come apart, if you know how, etc.

We do carry a little clear box that you can’t open Treasure Box.jpgunless you know how. I also have something called Viz Escape that’s a puzzle. But that was the extent of my puzzles. Or so I thought. And I didn’t think about it any more until 5 minutes later a guy comes in and asks if we have any puzzles.

“Oh,” I said, ” you must be the person that just phoned me.”

“No,” he said, “I never phoned.”

So I was out of stock of the Treasure Box, mentioned above, and he wasn’t interested in Viz, which I think is excellent and only $3.50,Viz Escape.jpg but he was here in the store and I thought  that kords.jpg3 ropes of 3 different sizes that all change to the same size is a puzzle. Right? You can hand them out. They can check them out.  It’s a puzzle. So I did a demo for him.

Are not many magic tricks puzzles?  When you can hand them out without them being able to discover the secret its a puzzle.

After my demo he said he knows how I did it. He used to do magic and he complimented me on my performance.

In the end he bought marked cards.  But it got me thinking. Thumbcuffs.jpgThere are lots of puzzles in magic. How about Thumbcuffs?

So I have come to the conclusion that there are items that could be a puzzle or can also be magic. It all depends on the presentation.

Any thoughts on that?

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A Classy Classic Magic Act

Once up on a time there was this fabulous magician …..and last week to be exact he walked into our shop, a retired magican but a magician nonetheless. canvasEvy, Pat , Phil2.jpgHe told me he used to be a famous magician from Paris and travelled far and wide but that was a long time ago.

Does the name Pat Gueller mean anything to you? I had never heard of him. He told me to google magic with pipes  or magie de pipes which I did and we watched it together. Now this show was performed maybe 40 years ago. Standing beside me Pat hummed the music that was played along with the act and his hands did exactly what they were doing on stage, without the props. He had it timed perfectly then and now.

After talking awhile it seems he had been in our shop years ago, across the hall when we had a bigger place but he had stopped doing magic now. He said he’ll be back soon. I’m wondering if he would give magic lessons. Is anyone interested?

 

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Magic Memories

Some people are not only inspired but are also inspirational. Last week I wrote about Bobby Parisi and others. This week Bobby came to visit. He told us he was going to Japan and would be seeing Fukai. It reminded me that we knew Fukai. FukaiHe had actually been to our home.

It was our tradition that after the week-end of Magie Montréal, a two-day convention run by Phil and Wim Vermeys for 19 years, we invited the out of town performers and dealers to our home for a buffet dinner from the Brown Derby. It was always a blast!

So I remembered Fukai with his umbrella act and was inspired to write about it. When he came Fuka & Kamikainto the dinning room of our home I was at the far end of the table and I called him to notice my tiny paper umbrella that usually goes into a drink of some kind, and brought it down beneath the table top for an second and came up with a golf umbrella.   Of course I didn’t intend to fool him, but I thought it would be a fun joke which I think he appreciated.

So when I told Bobby that and found the Program from 1990, and that Fukai and Kamika were there, he got creative. He doctored up our old progam which was amateurish to say the least but we were on a tight budget. Check out Réseau Magik and if you were an attendee at Magie Montreal, any of the 19 of them, you will see the difference. He made it look like a millions bucks! Too bad we didn’t know Bobby then!

 

 

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The People You Meet In Magic Are Magic

Phil and I have been magic dealers for over forty years. In that time, as you can imagine,  people of all ages, of all colours, of all religions have come here to buy magic, personally, not just on line. There was no “on line” when we started. There is a deep brotherhood, or I should say  peoplehood, amongst magicians, as the women and girls in magic today are no longer magicians’ assistants but magicians in their own right. But I digress.

I wanted to bring out the fact that almost all of them are warm, fun loving people downloadwho love to bring a bit of fun into the lives of others. Some are extra special. Many are but the one I want to talk about today is Robert B. Breton Parisi, otherwise known as Bobby.

Besides being a magician, he is, in my opinion, a creative genius as well as an artist, interviewer, document maker and many other things and consider him my friend, our friend.

download (1)Without asking, he has translated some of my blogs into French. The latest one he did is the story of “Doug Henning and Phil”, which is a touching true story that took place when Doug Henning came to Montreal.  He did it beautifully  in two parts on the Réseau Magik Web on July 30, 2018, 1/2 and 2/2.

Throughout the years, many others have helped us with French translations as well,wym-vermeys-marcis-phil2 and I’m afraid to mention names as I may leave out a name or two but you know who you are and thank you. One I will mention, who was a competitor, imagine that in this day and age, but Le Grand Marcis, who had a shop and gave magic courses,  translated many instruction sheets for us just because he was a good guy.

A big thanks to all of you.

 

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Something About A Special Magic Trick

Every once in a while someone comes out with a great, and I mean great, magic trick. signature ed.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,lite 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.   cl up cardio.jpgIt’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.

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Does The Magic Bug Ever Leave You?

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!IMG_6063.JPGHe came in for flash paper. He needed it for the show and asked Ricky Bronson rick-and-mike-21.jpgwhere 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?

 

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Crazy But Spectacular Magic Sale

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. Sale sign.pngSome 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.

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