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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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When and Where Did You First See Magic?

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. 27.jpgIt 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?

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Who Is Your Favorite Magician?

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. download.jpegWhy? 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 Bueugene-burger.jpgrger 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?

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Mysterion and Steffi-Kay

Perhaps you saw Mysterion and Steffi-Kay on Penn and Teller’s Fool Us the other day.mysterion.jpg

They had many  people in the audience draw any picture on a piece of paper, fold it up and deposit it in a box. Then they emptied all the folded drawings onto the floor of a glass telephone-like booth. Of course you don’t know what a telephone booth is, not this generation anyway. It’s a glass enclosed closet. Mysterion gets in, the door closes and a button is pushed or a switch is turned on and all those drawings go flying. Mysterion is blindfolded of course. He grabs one of the flying drawings as they go whirling around him.

Steffi is not in the box. She is a few feet away from it and she draws a picture, a flower. Mysterion unfolds his chosen drawing and its a flower. They look at other drawings in the booth and each one is different, a house, a box, whatever. So what do you you think? The  box was rigged, the drawings were rigged, the booth was rigged?

Let me tell you something. Not that long ago Mysterion and Steffi were here at Perfect Magic, no booth, no box, no nothing, and other people were here too and they were absolutely amazing. No one could believe what was going on. And to top if off, they are the nicest people! Oh, and they fooled Penn and Teller!

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Is Magic In Your Blood?

Maybe the question should be “Is Entertainment In Your Blood?” I started to think about it yesterday when a handsome young man came into the shop who I had never seen before. Now both Phil and I were born in Montreal and we’re not spring chickens any more. Phil is over 80 and you get to meet a lot of people during a lifetime, especially when you’re dealing with the public.

It turns out this man was from the states, Oregon, to be exact. He was here for the Fringe Festival and he wanted some stuff. His name is David Cantor. Now anyone who has lived in Montreal for any length of time knows of Cantor’s Bakery. There used to bEddie Cantor.jpege a Cantor’s Hotel in the Laurentiens. As a child we spent one summer in a hotel across the lake from that hotel and we used to row over there often. The same family. I went out with one of the Cantor boys before I got married, of course. So it was only natural that I asked him if he was related to the Cantor’s of Montreal, who had the bakery, etc. No, he didn’t think so, BUT you’ll never guess who he was related to! Any one remember Eddie Cantor?A cousin. His cousin. A famous actor, comedian, singer, etc. of the Vaudeville Days. When I saw this photo of Eddie Cantor I could not believe the resemblance.

So that got me thinking of entertaining being in the blood. It must be. Perhaps you had an entertainer in your family and you don’t even know about it. Or maybe you do. If so tell us about it. It should be interesting.

So the Fringe Festival is here till the end of the week -end so you may have a chance to see David Cantor if you go.  His show is called BAD HABITS. Go see him!

David, It was a pleasure meeting you.

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