Thursday, August 24, 2006

College or Bust!

A view of St. Mary's campus

I'm writing the blog one day early this week because this afternoon, Betty and I are following my eldest son, Cole, to his new home at St. Mary's. His car is packed from stem to stern with all the things he'll need for the following semester. He moves in to his dorm tomorrow morning and is very excited to start this new chapter in his life. It's a beautiful campus and both Betty and I know he'll thrive in his new environment. No one is a stranger to Cole; he's got a great personality and is one of the most down-to-earth people I know! After we get Cole moved in tomorrow, Betty and I will drive to San Francisco where we'll spend the night and eat at our favorite restaurant, Scoma's.

As mentioned in last week's blog, hot new products from the recent F.I.S.M. convention have begun to hit our web site. The Kikuchi line of metal bending products is outstanding and is well worth your consideration. Also added is Lior Manor's Knight's Tour, a software-based version of this effect that is totally customizable for your presentations whether you work trade shows, stage, or parlor shows. This will pay for itself many times over.

Tony Blanco began his magic classes last week, and the phones are still ringing with requests for the next session, for which he is signing folks up. If you live in the area and are interested in learning magic from a real pro, contact us at 800-407-4040!

In other exciting news, because of Dexter's close relationship with Johnny and Pam Thompson, we are working on finalizing a date for Johnny and Pam to come and do a lecture here at Hocus Pocus! As many of you know, Johnny is not only a comedy and stage performer, he's also one of the finest close-up performers you'll ever see. A true well-rounded performer that you'll not want to miss! As soon as the dates are firmed up, watch the front page of the web site for a special banner to appear with the dates and ways for you to come and see a true legend of magic!

Things are shaping up on the chat board, the Round Table, and hopefully things will be up and running in the coming weeks. We thank all of you for emailing and contacting us with interest in becoming moderators and your enthusiasm for wanting to become a vital part of the boards. We're looking forward to bringing you something new and different than from what's out there right now. Our goal is to provide you useful and positive information to help better the brotherhood of magic.

It's getting busier and busier here as Summer comes to an end. The kids are going back to school and the holidays will soon be upon us. Don't forget, Halloween will be the first holiday of the Fall Season. Start your planning now and don't forget that by adding one or two seasonal effects to your repertoire, it makes your act more topical and more marketable.

I guess that's it for now. Time to hit the road. As always, thanks for taking time to read the blog, and I always appreciate the kind notes you send me.

Until next time,


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