I'm back after a short (very short, by the way) vacation. Spent some time with my family in San Francisco and had a great weekend, but it went by way too fast! Speaking of fast, can you believe we're already almost half way through February? And I don't think the extra day is going to make it longer (the leap year 29th).
We're gearing up for the Magic Castle Dealers Day, which will be taking place Sunday, March 2nd. Once again, we're honored to be invited by Mark and Nani Wilson to be the featured dealers that day amongst David Regal, School for Scoundrels' Whit Haydn & Chef Anton, Mike Caveney, Todd Carr, Shoot Ogawa, Tony Clark, and who knows who else? We did this event last year and had a great time, and we always enjoy our days down in Hollywood. So, if you are in the Los Angeles/Hollywood area, we invite you to join us at the Magic Castle from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM for a great time, demonstrations, products, chat, and fun!
And if that weren't enough, the day after our return, Monday, March 3rd at 7:00 PM, we'll be hosting a lecture by Mr. Joshua Jay. We're really excited that Josh could fit us into his 2008 World Lecture Tour, and it promises to be a fun-filled, magical evening. If you'd like to participate, we've set up a special page on our web site for more information. CLICK HERE!
Lots of new products hitting the web site on a daily basis. One in which we are particularly excited about comes from our friend David Goodsell called Golden Oldies. This is the perfect blend of mentalism, audience participation, nostalgia, and comedy! This is an excellent routine that is specially suited for any audience, and I urge you to take a look at it on our web site.
Also, we're very proud to announce that the highly anticipated Holy Grail DVD has arrived and is shipping to all our customers! This could very well be the Holy Grail of Torn & Restored Card effects of the year! If you haven't already done so, order your copy today because our stock is going fast.
We are extremely proud to announce that through special arrangement with Martin Breese, Hocus Pocus has obtained the US Exclusive of Terri Rogers' BlockBuster, an effect that took 20 years to make the correct way and one that will still fool you, even when you know how it works! Because of the intricate construction of each handmade unit, we will be receiving our first shipment of 50 near the end of this month and it could be several months before more will be available, so make sure you pre-order yours today to insure delivery. Regardless of what you may read elsewhere, Hocus Pocus is the only dealer in the United States to carry this item first, so you can order with complete confidence!
The big Blackpool Convention is just days away now, so stay tuned to our web site for all the new and exciting products that will be released immediately afterwards. We've been tipped about several already, and although we're not allowed to detail them here at the moment, but keep watching our site for details immediately following Blackpool!
Tony Blanco has been my faithful right-hand man for close to three years. No matter what needed to be done, I could always count on Tony to do it and then some! To say he is a jack of all trades is an understatement. A talented and eclectic performer, Tony can do it all from puppetry, juggling, mime, clowning, and magic. He excels in all. Since Tony's arrival here in Fresno from Las Vegas, he has literally turned the town upside-down as his weekends and weekdays were constantly filled with bookings and shows, several restaurants, zoo affairs, television, and more. His schedule becoming so full, there wasn't much time for Hocus Pocus anymore. Let's face it: Tony's first love has and will always be performing. It saddened me when Tony told me that he wished to venture further in his performing career, but who can blame him? As hard as it will be with Tony gone, I know he has made the best choice for himself, and I wish him all the best. Tony's a pro and will always have a soft spot in our hearts here at Hocus Pocus.
A New Face In The Crowd
With Tony's departure, his blog will now be filled by our good friend and performer Paul Romhany. As most of you know, Paul is a full-time working pro who has so much knowledge and experience to share, he promises interviews with other performers, honest product reviews and insight on the world of magic. His first blog, published just yesterday, is already up and ready for your perusal, so check it out HERE!
Do you feel the love?
Well, Valentine's Day is just around the corner (next Thursday). Don't forget that special someone in your life. My special someone, Betty, and I plan on going out to a nice restaurant the day before Valentine's because the restaurants are always packed on that particular day, with waiting times STARTING at 1 hour... So start planning your special Valentine's evening with your special someone. Don't forget: they're the ones who've heard you time and time again say "Pick a card, any card..." You know what I mean.
Until next time,