Friday, May 04, 2007

Have Fun Stormin' the Castle!

Hi, kids! Mike Giusti here with another exciting episode of "From the Desk of Paul Gross," who has left for the Magic Castle a day early to help prepare and set up for Dealer's Day this Sunday! I'll be there after a gig tonight, Tony will be there as well, and this Sunday, May 6th from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, if you are a member of the Magic Castle, lots o' fun will be had. And, if you are not a member of the Magic Castle and wish to attend, check this little secret out:

Simply tell the Magic Castle receptionist that you are a guest of Hocus Pocus and you will be able to attend the event! How cool is that?

We hope to see many of you there, and please stop by and introduce yourself to Paul, Tony Blanco, and myself. There we will be showcasing and demonstrating some of our most popular products, signing autographs, and taking pictures!

We've been packing up for this event for a week (you know how Paul is), and we've even rented a truck to help us get all the merchandise over to the Castle. I hope my back can take all this action and excitement.

Personally, it's been a feast as far as magic gigs are concerned. My phone, all of a sudden, has been ringing off the hook with requests for appearances and performances. It appears (and I didn't even know this) that my MySpace page is the number-one ranked comedy page in the Central Valley, and I've already appeared on television to talk about it. It felt weird not performing in front of a camera for once.

Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco

The highlight of all these gigs was last weekend at the beautiful, famous Fairmont Hotel on Nob Hill in San Francisco for the Board of Directors of a major hospital in this area. The gig was one of the best ever, and now the entire board of directors remembers a certain doctor who attended as "Dr. Viagra." Ask me about that some time...

Here are some pictures of that fantastic weekend:

A great hotel room offers all the comforts of home

Where, oh where do I set up my laptop?

The view through the window


Wow again!

I can see the terrace from up here!

The next day, we took in the city. Now having grown up in San Francisco, both Jules and I knew where to go, but we decided to go to the tourist spots together for the first time, so the first stop was, of course, Pier 39:

On a clear day, you get a great view, and the weather was terrific!

End of the pier at Pier 39 with a shot of the Golden Gate Bridge

Another great view: Alcatraz Island

Although Ghirardelli Square was going through some major renovations, Jules and I decided to walk over there from Pier 39 and have some lunch at a restaurant both of us truly enjoyed! If you are ever in the area, make sure to stop by McCormick & Kuleto's (pictured below at the bottom right of the picture). The view was amazing, the atmosphere was incredibly romantic, and I recommend it highly!

Walking back to the car with a great view (the background, too!)

After lunch, I decided to take Jules on a tour through the Presidio, where she had never been. It's like the Central Park of San Francisco, and the views are spectacular!

What a great day after a stormy night!

What a great weekend it was, and what a great weekend it will be as the Magic Castle hosts Dealer's Day this Sunday, May 6th. We'll have lots of pictures to share with you next week, so stay tuned. If not, we hope to see you there!

Until Paul returns,


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