Friday, September 14, 2007

Pod People

No, I'm not referring to the newest remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers with Nicole Kidman, I am referring to our newest feature created especially for you! In this day and age of Internet purchasing, it is difficult to make informed decisions about products without actually having them in your hand. That's where Mike Giusti comes in with his brand new podcast, "Trick Talk."

With almost 20 years of performing experience and over 10 years working with us here at Hocus Pocus (Mike is the graphics designer and web master supreme for Hocus Pocus, so almost 100% of these products comes across his desk), Mike has my complete confidence choosing between what is good and what is not so good as he has seen his fair share of gems and bombs (he calls them dogs), and he holds nothing back with his genuine and truthful revelations on this podcast. Many times, I defer to Mike and his honest opinion before we choose which products to represent or not. I value highly his opinion as it is always black and white with him. He has the same "call-it-as-he-sees-it" attitude as I do, so I know his opinion is subjective. Whenever his schedule allows, he will be updating the podcast as frequently as possible (hopefully once every week or so) and telling you all about the products that have caught his eye or those on which he's rolled his eyes. Nothing will be held back, and it's all done in the entertaining, zany fashion for which Mike is known.

We want you to know that with your best interests at heart, the candid opinions expressed on this podcast are our own, and that while you may not always agree with us, hopefully it will help you make an educated decision before spending your hard-earned dollars. At Hocus Pocus, we have your best interests at heart, and we are not beholden to suppliers and creators as some other reviewers may be.

Appearing soon for subscription on iTunes, we want to give you the heads-up on the very first podcast ready for immediate download simply by clicking the image below. Be sure to bookmark that page for regular updates.

Trick Talk

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Another bird, another cage. Shades of Blackstone and Blackstone Jr.

I can't tell you how excited I was this week to receive one of Harry Blackstone Jr.'s tuxedo's as worn for the cover of Magic Manuscript:

This is the creme colored tuxedo that Blackstone Jr. wore on his national tour leading into his Broadway show. Special thanks go to my friend, Joe Long, for helping me obtain this very treasured artifact for my personal collection. Currently, I am having two full-length cases constructed for the Blackstone Jr. memorabilia, including an original Vanishing Birdcage that was built by Harry Blackstone Sr.'s brother, Pete. This cage was used by Blackstone Sr. and then later handed down to Blackstone Jr. The other display case will house the Doug Henning costumes and other memorabilia. Hopefully, in the next two weeks, the project will be finished and I'll be able to share pictures with you on the blog.

The original Blackstone Vanishing Birdcage

7 Days & Counting

Exactly 7 days ago, we picked up Max's car, and I'd like to report that every single day since, Max has washed that car with much gusto! Now, mind you, we've only driven it around the block a couple of times since it has come home, but he is still washing it daily. He is in a panic, because he is going to the coast with a friend today and tomorrow, and he's hoping his car will be as spic and span as it is now. He's been conning me to wash his car while he's away, but I don't think that's how I want to spend my weekend...

So if you already aren't, become a pod person today, listen to Mike's Trick Talk Podcast over the weekend and send any review requests, suggestions and ideas to Mike to

Have a great weekend.

Until next time,


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