Tuesday, November 23, 2004


How fast the year's gone by, and I have a lot to be thankful for! I have a beautiful wife who supports and believes in me and what I do every single day, I have four healthy children who I am very proud of, lots of close family, and true friends I can count on!

I'm thankful to be able to do for a living what I enjoy the most. Hocus Pocus has grown exponentially (in leaps and bounds) every single year, and none of this could have been possible without you. So I thank you, our loyal Hocus Pocus family! As this year comes to a close, on behalf of my staff and I, we promise you that the best is yet to come! There are so many new projects and plans in the works, we are all very excited to be able to bring them to you!

So, as you sit down with your loved ones for your Thanksgiving meal, remember what and who you are thankful for. Take time with your family to enjoy them and enjoy what you have. Don't get too caught up in the Holiday Hubbub; stay safe and enjoy this time of year!

Below are some of the comments we've received about this blog. It looks like it is becoming a very popular edition to the site. Here are a few:

Dear Paul,

Great Offering! I love having a chance to see you, the store, and hear a bit about your life. Seeing Carl Ballantine is a treat too. Your life and efforts I'm sure, have effected many others in wonderful ways you may never even know...both in your performing, and now in helping to provide performers with the best possible tools of the trade. I commend you, and wish you many more years of fun and growth in this most magical world.


Lawrence Lemon



Thanks so much for an informative blog to read about Hocus Pocus. Magic is something that we all love. It gives us a kinship, no matter how far apart we are. As you know, I was in a bad auto accident four years ago. Magic has been a big part of my rehab. I'm grateful to Hocus Pocus and other magic friends for helping me be a part of life again. I will be speaking at the Magi-Fest in February 2005 about "Hope Through Magic for People With Disabilities". Thank you for your wonderful service for all those who love magic, beginners and advanced.

Dr. William Jarvis


Hey Paul,

I've been meaning to tell you that "A Note From Paul Gross" is a nice touch to your web site. I've been fortunate enough to visit your shop the November 2 note gave those who may never have the opportunity to visit you shop a virtual tour. I have enjoyed reading them all. Well done, keep them coming.

Your Friend & Patron,

Patrick Bryan


I just “found” your message page. (I usually leap right into the product listing.) Great idea! I enjoyed being able to put faces with names and a visual of your operations with the name Hocus Pocus. While this wasn’t a true interactive experience, I felt as though there was a “connection” made which made Hocus Pocus more “human” and real.

Thanks –


1 comment:

Gary Haigh said...

Hi Paul,
nice to put a face to a name that I now associate with friendship. Even though we have yet to meet our conversations on the telephone are always a joy.
On behalf of all professional Magicians here in England I would like to wish all of you at Hocus-pocus my best wishes for Christmas and the coming year.
Hocus pocus is the finest magic dealer I have EVER dealt with & I will continue to buy all of my Magic from you in the future.
Merry Christmas one and all..........Gary