Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Lights, Camera, Action!

We're really runnin' today! Since we sent out the 2nd Estate/Private Collectibles list yesterday, the phones and FAX machine haven't stopped ringing and the bell notifying me of new email is going off every two seconds! And boy, oh boy, do we love it! If you haven't had a chance to stop by the web site recently, we're excited about our current project with Paul Kozak! You might remember our last conversation we had with you about Kozak, and now it has become a reality. One of Kozak's pet effects is finally being released to the magic community, and you should check it out for yourself and see him in action via the online video.

You might also remember I said I would give you a full report on my son, Max's performance for his school play, The Wizard of Oz. Both Betty and I were proud of Max as he acted, sang, danced, and played multiple characters, and even underwent 3 different costume changes! This is the second year Max has participated, and he cannot wait until next year. He put a ton of time, effort, and determination into his performance.

Max (center stage) in one of his many characters

Jason London is slowly adjusting to life with his new daughter, looking more and more ragged each day as he fights for his right to sleep! We told him his days of sleep are long gone! Seriously, his wife Angela, brought Madaleine to visit the other day, and she's as cute as ever! Now we're bugging Jason for a little brother.

I spoke with Robert Baxt last evening, who has been hired as a consultant for a new film called "Jumpshot," starring Danny Devito and Kim Basinger. We've had the pleasure of supplying all the props being used in the movie, scheduled for release in early 2006. Below are a couple of pictures showing Robert teaching Danny the Linking Rings. Robert said of Danny: "He's a real quick learner. Who knows, maybe we're looking at a second profession?"

Robert Baxt with Danny Devito!

Mike says that Danny should play the part of Max Malini!

A little background information on the film:

"Jumpshot" is a film noir drama starring Danny Devito and Kim Bassinger, with Ray Liotta, Forrest Whitaker, and Kelsey Grammar in a tale of compulsive gamblers and how their lives are ruined by betting on fixed basketball games. Danny Devito plays the character of Walter the Magician; and the author of the screenplay, writer Robert Tannen, says that the character is based in part on famous magician, Tony Slydini.

So there you have it; there's always something exciting happening here at Hocus Pocus, and we couldn't be more excited about it!

Love hearing from you all and until next time,


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