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Magic Dealers at Magie Montreal 1988-89

Sometimes to get inspiration for a topic I look at old photos. I randomly picked up the year 1989, but I had lost those programs. Denise Tesher was kind enough to find me a copy but there was no cover, so I wasn’t sure of the year. Which was which? I went through the 2  years and thought what a gold mine we had then. These were  not guys that sat in their basement and invented a trick and put it on the internet. These guys were performers and entertainers. We knew them personally. Unfortunately, many have since died, some much to early, but at least we have memories and somehow they must in some way have influenced out lives. There was Hank Moorehouse for Abbott’s Magic, Al Cohen for Al’s Magic Shop, Bob Little  for Guaranteed Magic, Hank Lee for Hank Lee’s Magic Factory, Al Goshman for Magic By Gosh, Paul Diamond for Paul Diamond Magic, Pavel for Pavel’s Top Magic, and Marilyn for Hans Zahn Videonics…and of course there was also Perfect Magic…so take a look.

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A Sad Day For The Magic Community

Many magic effects released on the market start with ” This is one of the greatest secrets in magic and has never been released… until now!”   Well, I’ve always enjoyed writing my blog… until now. It is with a heavy heart that I write this. By now I’m sure the everyone has heard about Hank Lee. When I heard about it on Saturday I was in complete shock. But more than shock the feeling I was left with was sadness. We’ve known Hank for 35 years. We’ve had 19 Magic Montreal Conventions and I think he was at every one. Maybe he missed one or two. I don’t remember. He started Hank Lee’s Magic factory about a year before  we  started Perfect Magic. We were friends. Phil stayed at his house in Boston. We were one of the few magic people that were invited to his wedding, which we attended.  We were friends.

When Dave Cresey  threatened to walk out of a Magie Montreal Convention when I wouldn’t let him smoke in the dealers’ room, Hank went over to Phil and said, “I know Dave is supposed to be on the show today. I’ll gladly fill in for him if you need me”.

This is why  its so sad. You think you know someone. I don’t know what trouble he was in or why he did what he did, how he got caught up in it. I guess we’ll never know that part.

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The Dealers

There are dealers and there are  Magic Dealers, like Perfect Magic. A highlight at most magic conventions are the dealers. They come from all over the world. Some conventions have an older crowd. They come to see their old friends,  the shows, the lectures, and browse around in the dealer’s room, but alas, rarely buy. Their shows are set, they don’t want to start learning new tricks so unless something really special comes out, its tough.

Fortunately for us, when we had our conventions in Montreal, we had a young vibrant magic community. Thirty some years ago, Magie Montreal, put on by Phil Matlin and Wim Vermeys,was the first Magic Convention ever held in Montreal. It took place in the Quebec Pavillion on the Expo 67 Site. The dealers made a killing. Local magicians and some from Ottawa and Quebec City had never seen such a variety of magic.  Remember, no internet, no video tapes (What are video tapes?), just paper catalogs.  Here you had people with the props who knew how to demonstrate.

The word got out. After the first year the dealers would kill to get a booth at our convention. Some performers who also had products to sell, used to say we didn’t have to pay them. Just give us a booth.

Many are now retired, but perhaps you’ll enjoy a visit down memory lane. These are some dealers from Magie Montreal 1981. Hank Lee of Hank Lee’s Magic Factory, Arthur Emerson of Emerson amd West, Bruce Calver of Top Hat Magic, Bob Little of Guaranteed Magic, and Tricky Business and I don’t remember his name. Do You? There were probably others but that’s all I could find for that year.

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