Friday, June 20, 2008

103 Degrees?

I have to laugh when I look at my calendar as it says tomorrow is the official first day of Summer. I've got news: it's been Summer here for the last 2 weeks! The temperatures here have climbed to a scorching 103 by mid-afternoon. It's supposed to be 105 today, 105 tomorrow, and back down to the mid-nineties next week. Ooh, a cool-down. We're doing everything we can to stay as cool as possible, but it has been a tad difficult. I think my swimming pool and air conditioner will get a good workout this weekend; we're going to do everything to keep from melting.

On the home front, my son Max is excited to get his very first job! He'll be working as an intern for an auto enhancement company. As I've said before, Max is car crazy, and he'll be working with a company that does custom tires, rims and other hi-tech car customization. Betty and I are proud of him for going out and vigorously pursuing Summer employment. Today's his first day on the job and to say he's excited is an understatement. This would be his equivalent to my working at a magic store when I was his age.

Nani Wilson, me, and Mark Wilson

Exciting news from the Magic Land of Allakazam: Mark and Nani Wilson have been sending me glowing reviews of their son Mike's Show "Cirque Shanghai" Chinese Acrobat Troupe. I know how proud Mark and Nani are of Mike's success. Of course, he had great teachers. Other Allakazam news: I'm very excited about the new project that Hocus Pocus and Mark and Nani Wilson are working on. The final prototypes arrived just the other day, and Mark has given the thumbs up, so we're moving full-force. That's all I can tell you about this for right now, but keep your eyes glued to the web site for this new release. I will tell you that it is a classic of magic with Mark's perfected handling that will suit anyone's act.

Allakazam Hat is rapidly disappearing

Speaking of Allakazam projects, there are only 3 Allakazam Hats left. A limited run of only 50, these went super fast, and if you were one of the few who have not yet grabbed one for yourself, this could be your last chance.

Gambling Instinct


Around the shop, we're still staying extremely busy, which we appreciate. There are several brand new item that are worthy of your attention, including Phork, the new self-bending fork effect! There's a brand new demo video that Mike has put up of the Phork in action. Also, Gambling Instinct from our friends at the Magic Wagon is worthy of your consideration. The folks at Magic Wagon continue to amaze me with their incredible quality workmanship and creativity. These are just a couple of things that I think are particularly interesting, but don't stop there; check out the Hot/New section of the web site to see all of the newest items hitting our shelves.

Mike has now seen the Incredible Hulk more times in the last week than I can count (this is not exaggeration, it is fact). His enthusiasm was so infectious that even my son, Cole went to see the movie, and now they're on my case to see the film. Mike has even offered a money-back guarantee if Betty and I don't like the film. Interesting, considering that he has no financial interest in the film at all. Every day, instead of our usual good-morning greeting, Mike's first words are, "Have you seen The Incredible Hulk yet?" So this weekend, I guess I'll take the plunge even though I'm more of a Batman fan. I'll try to think green.

So that about wraps it up. Think cool, think green, and have a good weekend.

Until next time,


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