Every once in a while someone comes out with a great, and I mean great, magic trick. 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, 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. It’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.
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!He came in for flash paper. He needed it for the show and asked Ricky Bronson where 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?
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. Some 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.
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. It 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?
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. Why? 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 Burger 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?
Perhaps you saw Mysterion and Steffi-Kay on Penn and Teller’s Fool Us the other day.
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!
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 be 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.
In my last blog I wrote about the sale and said it was ending June 1st. Guess what. It didn’t end and more items have been added and I’m not sure when it’s ending but if you want anything be sure to order while quantities last.
It’s not often we get a break like this. For instance AMBITIOUS CLASSICS World’s Greatest Magic was $27.50, now only $9.95, or Duvivier’s Intimiste (3DVDs)
was $121.50 now only $40.95. These are examples from well over 100 items to choose from and the list continues to grow.
To see the rest of the great deals and to keep checking daily for more items, click here.
Dans mon dernier blog, j’ai écrit au sujet de la vente et j’ai dit qu’il se terminait le 1er juin. Devine quoi. Cela ne s’est pas terminé et d’autres articles ont été ajoutés et je ne suis pas sûr de la fin, mais si vous voulez quelque chose, assurez-vous de commander jusqu’à épuisement des stocks.
Ce n’est pas souvent que nous faisons une chance comme celle-ci. Par exemple AMBITIOUS CLASSICS World’s Greatest Magic était 27,50 $, maintenant seulement 9,95 $, ou Intimiste de Duvivier (3DVDs) était de 121,50 $ maintenant seulement 40,95 $. Ce sont des exemples parmi plus de 100 éléments à choisir et la liste ne cesse de croître. Pour voir le reste des bonnes affaires et pour continuer à vérifier tous les jours pour plus d’articles, cliquez ici.
There is a huge sale at Perfect Magic. Why? Because Murphy’s Magic, a wonderful supplier of ours, has a huge sale and we are passing the saving on to you. Some of the items on our sale have a discount of over 80%. Perhaps its spring cleaning time. There are many wonderful items on this special which ends June 1. There are over 1700 items but I only put a sampling up and I’ll continue putting things up until June 1.
Now, if there’s anything you want and don’t see it in the **ON SALE category on our website, you can phone or email us and we will tell you if its on the list or not and how much it is if it is. If it’s not on sale, and you took the time to write or call, you will get a surprise. So give us your wish list before June 1 and we’ll see what we can do, so get in touch with us so make sure you get what you want while quantities last.
We look forward to hearing from you.
People often ask me when they come into the shop “What’s your favourite magic trick?” You may think my answer is ridiculous after all the tricks I have in the shop, but it’s the Svengali Deck. It’s shocking to anyone who isn’t already a magician. And that’s who you should be concerned about. You’re not out to fool other magicians. It’s those other people you are after.
If you want to fool magicians your best bet is a Pimpernel Wallet, if they don’t already have it. The most incredible thing happens here, beyond belief, if I may say so, and so would anyone who has it. Most people of the younger generation don’t, and it recently resurfaced. That would be my second favourite.
Scotch & Soda comes third as everything happens in the spectator’s hands. It comes in various versions such as Magnetic Scotch & Soda Tango and others. See Scotch and Soda.
Are these the best tricks in the world? To me yes, because I’m not really a magician. Over the years I have learned a trick or two. I can’t recall anyone who didn’t buy the Svengali deck after I did it. There is amazing stuff in the magic market now, but as they say, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. I did get one, however, from Alvin Ling that I really liked, with a new twist and is not difficult. Those are the operative word here, not difficult. It’s a prediction, but it has a lot of appeal. It’s called Magic Prediction and I only have a few and it’s not in the catalog yet, but if you drop in, it’s here. If you were at the Festival de Magie in Quebec City a few weeks ago you probably bought it as its hard to resist and Alvin was selling them there.
We’ll talk about parlour and stage favourites another day. Meanwhile what’s your favourite close-up trick and why? We’re a community and I’m sure your fellow magicians would love to hear from you, so share!