Friday, July 08, 2005

What a Great Week It's Been!

First of all, I'd like to say that I hope you all had a great 4th of July Weekend last week. I certainly enjoyed my time off with my family. We had a great time on the 4th watching fireworks and eating lots of good food. There are so many things that have happened; let's start right away, shall we?

As many of you may know, next week will be the official Centennial Celebration of the Magic Circle of England. To commemorate this event, Colin and Sharron Rose of the Five of Hearts Magic Company have created a special line of museum-quality magic apparatus in limited quantities. Rare woods with historical context and importance have been used to create this very special line. Some pieces are limited to only one. We are extremely honored that they have made available to Hocus Pocus exclusively the entire line. In fact, these pieces are so rare and unique that we've created an entirely new category to represent them called "Trafalgar/Victorian," located within the site. Again, please remember: these are extremely limited pieces and will not be available for long. This is truly your chance to own a piece of history as well as unique magic. For the story, photos, and history of the Trafalgar and Victorian Range of magic, we have set up a special page on the Hocus Pocus web site located here.

In other big news this week, I have just purchased an entire collection of Alan Warner magic. There are 58 pieces in this massive collection. Some of them have not been available for years and some were done in extremely limited quantities like "Flight of the Falcon," "Spirit Cabinet," "The Millennium Collection," and so many more. If you are a Warner collector and are looking for specific pieces, I would urge you to contact me either by phone toll-free at 800-407-4040 or via email. Let me know if there's a particular piece you are looking for because there's a good chance it will be in this collection. In the meantime, you'll start seeing these being displayed on the web site. As you all know, Warner pieces never last for more than a day or two once we've listed them on the web site...

As if that wasn't enough, we've had a TON of products arrive in the store. A few things I urge you to check out are the new Graffiti effect, Table Lifter Set, and of course, the long-awaited CelebriTie! All of these I give my highest recommendation. Speaking of highest recommendations, yesterday we just received the new Marvyn Roy book, "Mr. Electric Unplugged," which I took home and read last evening. This is an incredible book by one of magic's most legendary performers and one of my personal favorites. I literally could not put the book down and was up until almost 2:00 AM reading it. If you are serious about magic in any way, pick up this book!

Yesterday, I was surprised when one of my very best friends from high school, Mike Baretta, stopped by for a surprise visit! Mike and I haven't seen each other in 4 years as Mike moved to Sacramento. We had a great time reminiscing about the old days, and my kids tried pumping Mike for information about dear old Dad in his prime of life. Mike is very excited about a brand new venture of his. He began a business called "Remember When Candy," in which he sells, for all you baby-boomers out there, all the candies from way back when we were growing up. We had a great time going to his web site and looking at all the different items he has to offer. If you have some time, check out his web site, and why not place an order there as well? Tell him Paul sent you!

I thought I'd share these photos with you guys from the 4th of July. It's our own Mike Giusti performing for the Copper River Country Club for their Annual 4th of July Celebration. Mike has worked this event for the last 4 years consecutively, and each year the event has gotten larger and larger. The photos were sent to Mike from the event coordinator, and he passed them on to me. Believe it or not, Mike was performing in those clothes in 104 degree heat and in a coat and tie no less. He's a better man than I.

So that about covers it. Once again, as I always say, there's never a dull moment here at Hocus Pocus. Have a great weekend!

Until next time,


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