Friday, September 28, 2007

MySpace or Yours?

Hocus Pocus goes MySpace!

Well, it's finally happened. It was only a matter of time before Hocus Pocus completely embraced 21st Century technology and joined one of the largest online networks on Earth! That's right; Hocus Pocus is now a part of MySpace! Check us out here and add us as your new pal:

There, you can check out some very cool features, including a nice slideshow of new pictures of the shop, guests of ours from the Lecture Series, and much more!

Question: How do you produce a porcupine?

Answer: Very carefully.

At least, that's what our friend Greg Carter says. Greg is a professional magician hailing all the way from Tennessee and while traveling through California performing school shows with his Urban Safari Magic Act, he stopped by Hocus Pocus for a visit and to pick up some supplies. Check out the picture of Tony, Greg, and his prickly friend. Yes, that's Tony holding up one of the quills. Ouch.

A Brand New Look

After an entire year, our brand new web site will be ready to launch next week. Some of you may have noticed this past week, that our new website was actually up and functional for a short period of time. We've done this to test and re-test before launching at 100%. I think you'll not only enjoy the new look of the website, but the new features and ease of navigation will make your viewing and shopping experience more pleasurable.

One of the new features I'm extremely excited about is a "New Product Update." This will enable you to have the hottest and newest products that are put on the site daily delivered to you in email format, keeping you abreast of the latest and greatest on a daily basis! When the new site launches, there will be a New Feature option on the right-hand column. Simply enter your email address, and you will receive daily email updates automatically. It will list all the newly added products for that day with direct links to each and every one of them. And if you'd like, you can opt-out at any time. Cool, huh? I thought you'd like that...

When the new site goes live, any of your comments and suggestions are always appreciated. We've put a lot of thought and effort into this new site and worked with some of the coolest programmers and site designers on Earth. However, ultimately, it is your input and suggestions that help us make the web site the best it can be.

Magic Live

In other news, Ray Lum, Mike Giusti, and Marshall Magoon have been working extremely hard over the last three months to bring you one of the best family-friendly shows in California, and you can see them live next Saturday, October 6th! There will be two shows: Matinee show at 3:00 PM and Evening Show at 8:00 PM. Tickets are on sale as we speak, and they are going fast, so don't miss out on this very exciting and entertaining show exclusively in California's beautiful Bay Area!

The Heritage Theatre in beautiful Cambpell, California

Heritage Theatre Marquee

Remember, there is only 1 week left to purchase tickets for Magic Live, Volume 1: Magic Without Camera Tricks Saturday, October 6th. This promises to be one of the best shows of the year! For more information, check out the link:

I'm continually overwhelmed by the numbers of those who have downloaded our new podcast, Trick Talk, and Mike is working feverishly to finish the next podcast, hopefully, by this afternoon. The numbers are staggering, and with the help of iTunes, it is growing in popularity on a daily basis! Who would'a thunk it? We've gotten a lot of requests for reviews at and Mike is working with some well-known performers for special interviews. This has become quite the project.

Are Two Heads Really Better Than One?

Bobby Reynolds sitting at my desk with a Pickled Punk

World-famous circus sideshowman, Bobby Reynolds thinks that two heads are better than one. Bobby has performed and traveled with his sideshow all over the world and now resides right here in Fresno, California. We always enjoy his visits as he regales us with his many experiences and stories. He is featured in several major books on the subject, including "Secrets of the Sideshow," by Joe Nickell and "Shocked and Amazed" by James Taylor. I wish we could put his life on film; it would be an interesting story to say the least. He truly has been everywhere and done everything!

As Summer ends and Fall begins, the weather is a little more crisp today with slight winds and breezes carrying the tunes of the Big Fresno Fair, which comes next week. Speaking of Fall, the holidays are now upon us, so it's time to begin thinking about those holiday effects you'd like to add to your repertoire.

So there you have it, another week gone by filled with many happenings here at Hocus Pocus! Have a fantastic weekend, and don't forget to watch for the launch of our new web site next week!

Until next time,


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