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A Note from Montreal Magician Jean-Pierre Parent Who Fooled Penn and Teller

One goes about ones business everyday, doing what they do, but once in a while JP Parent PHotosomething happens to lift your spirits. JP Parent  who fooled Penn and Teller https://youtu.be/_-P4wjAROok took the time to write to me and with his permission I am sharing it with you. This is what he wrote.

“I love your articles you post !
The last one about being in heaven when you walked in the shop was my favorite. Ms Evelyn, you prob would not remember this if I told you ,but you where the first person to perform a magic trick for me in a magic shop.
I’ve never been in one.I had a magic kit and a magic book ,but never walked in a real magic shop!
I was 9 years old when my dad first took me to perfect magic.You performed a prediction involving a silk that had a queen of hearth printed on it. I was sold !
Little by little I was getting more and more interested and wanted to know as much as I could about the art.
Well long story short I got hired for my first cruise ship job at 20years old never looked back. It’s been 20 years this oct!
Since then I was lucky enough to travel the world, got to go on France got talent and fooled Penn and teller.
All this cause one time I walked in a shop with my dad and a sweet lady wanted to show me trick and gave me the bug!
All this to say , you never know what impact you can make on someone, even when he’s only 9 years old 🙂
Thank you so much !
All the best
Sincerely,
JP Parent”

Thank you JP. I’m sure everyone enjoys your success and is as proud of you as I am!

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Magic and Language

Language is sort of a touchy subject in Quebec, not so much any more but it is an issue for performers. This does not apply only to magicians. Phil is a piano player. He plays ragtime and the old favorites from the 20’s 30’s 40’s etc. I get him the bookings at senior residences as they love the old songs. Besides selling magic in the shop I’m also Phil’s agent for music gigs. The people who are in charge of hiring in many places ask if the songs are French. If I tell them music is international they say no, they want French songs. One place said it had to be 50/50 both languages. So he has to learn French songs, but we don’t know which are the most popular, “two solitudes” as they say. So if anyone wants to volunteer to let us know what the old favorite French songs are we would appreciate it. ( See how I veered away from the topic I was writing about. )

Back to magicians. In Europe they had 2 cboices, learn a bunch of languages or do a silent act. Pat Gueller, from Paris, who I wrote about recently,  had a silent act with music. He could go anywhere in the world with it. A customer of ours from Israel, Eytan Ayalon, was fluent in 5 or 8 different languages and was going on tour across Europe last time I spoke to him. He was in his 90’s at the time so there’s hope. They say magic keeps you young.

Sometimes you may like an effect but it involves talking, like 100th monkey.jpgChris Philpott’s fabulous mentalist effect The 100th Monkey. Fortunately it comes in 12 languages: Chinese, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Norwegian, Spanish and Swedish! The English version is sold NARCISSUS.jpgseparately.

Now Chris Philpott came out with a close-up version of The 100th Monkey callled NARCISSUS, also in multi-languages including French. The English one is sold separately.

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DAVID STONE WORD(S) The New Wave Book Test was available in English, French, German,  and Spanish, but now our suppliers only have English, but I have 1 French version in stock.

Sheer luck.jpgNow Shawn Farquar’s SHEER LUCK  comedy book test is available in French and 17 other languages. We are expecting English and French ones any day. If you want them in another language, let me know.

DVD’s of course are easier because of the nature of the beast, but we have quite a few bilingual ones.

So these are the special problems for performers in a special province.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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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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