Thursday, February 05, 2009

True Astonishment

The True Astonishment Project finally arrived Tuesday morning with a vengeance! The most anticipated and talked-about project that we began taking pre-orders for in December finally became a reality. Having just taken shy of 200 pre-orders, we certainly had our work cut out for us. Everyone was here helping out, including my son, Cole. We flipped it into high gear and got every single order out before 4:00 PM Tuesday afternoon. By now, I'm sure most of you received yours and are undoubtedly enjoying it. From the unique wooden puzzle box that houses all 9 DVDs to the included props, this was worth the wait for sure! Paul Harris has chosen the best effects from selected artists to showcase in this masterful collection.

The magic puzzle box that houses all the DVDs and props

Stacks of True Astonishment Projects awaiting UPS for their new homes

If you haven't purchased your True Astonishment Project yet, we have them in stock for immediate delivery. Check it out HERE.

On the home front, my son, Cole, just returned from his month-long trip to Italy and France and celebrated his 21st birthday! He'll be here for the rest of this week until he returns to school to start his new semester. My daughter, Renee and new son in-law, Jonathan, are away on their honeymoon and will return tomorrow, so all is well here.

You might remember a few weeks ago, I told you about a top-secret project that Mark, Nani Wilson, and I were working on. Mark cleverly kept me in the dark for a while until just last week. This is a project he has worked tirelessly on for the last year and a half! He and Nani came to Fresno last Thursday and Friday and spent time going over the details of what I believe will be the first of its kind ever offered to the magic community. This is an exciting project of which I will be revealing all the details very soon! I promise.

While they were here, they presented Betty and I with several gifts, but the one I will cherish the most is this original Mark Wilson Magic Set that was sold in various stores in 1954, an entire year before I was born! Another interesting fact that Nani shared with us, is that they hand assembled each one of these magic kits and one of their helpers was a very young John Gaughan -- the very same John Gaughan who builds illusions for magicians all over the world!

So those 2 days they were here were filled with much excitement, anticipation, and promise over this new project. Betty and I will be working closely with Mark and Nani finalizing all the details. Once done, the big announcement will be made. Here's a hint: if you want to be one of the first to find out, all online members will receive first notification and a little bonus. So, if you're not yet an online member, make sure you sign up to become one absolutely free right HERE.

So there you have it: from True Astonishment to the Magic Land of Allakazam, there's never a dull moment here at Hocus Pocus, and that's just the way we like it!

Until next time,


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