Magic History 101: Magic Shop Stories



MAGIC SHOP STORIES
Sideshow Steve and I reminisce about visiting the famous New York City magic shops back in the 1970s...

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Performance: Levi Tate - Gutz Cut

LEVI TATE
Our customer and friend, the very talented Levi Tate performs his own clever one hand card rotating GUTZ CUT!

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Promo for Wistia

WISTIA PROMO

An early promotional clip for Wistia, the company that was hosting our online videos at the time...

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Senor Wences- Ed Sullivan



Señor Wences
Señor Wences was a Spanish ventriloquist and comedian who made many appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show in the 1960s with his characters Johnny and Pedro...

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On the Road Again Geese

GEESE ARE ON THE ROAD AGAIN
One of the many flocks of geese who make a stopover at the Monticup pond every autumn.
They sure make a racket, but they have so much fun splashing around.
Wonder where they are going?...

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Music With Monticup: Desperado


DESPERADO

One of my wife Jackie's favorite songs, so I had to learn it!
Enjoy and mellow out as you listen...

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Performance - Houdini Now Show Opener

HOUDINI NOW SHOW OPENER

My favorite way to open my show is to make my entrance from the BACK of the theater.
It's a big surprise, it gets everyone's adrenaline pumping, it lets people know that excitement is about to happen- and it gives me an instant connection with them even before I reach the stage.
Here is the first of several segments from my HOUDINI NOW show...

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Zero Turn Racers

ZERO TURN RACES
Dirk and Jackie know how to make lawnmowing fun!

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Keith Clark Cigarette Act



KEITH CLARK
Keith Clark was a French magician most known for his cigarette manipulation act.
In this film clip from a 1957 French TV show, Keith Clark not only performs his impeccable cigarette routine, but also puts his own twist on several other popular magic effects...

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Performance: Levi Tate - Drawing Straws

LEVI TATE
Our customer and friend, the very talented Levi Tate performs a quick and surprising DRAWING STRAWS!

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Magic History 101: Vintage Magic Books



VINTAGE MAGIC BOOKS
A peek into two of the antique magic books in my library...

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Performance: Michael Medvigy - Pot Of Gold

MICHAEL MEDVIGY
Our customer and friend, the talented Michael Medvigy performs his version of the POT OF GOLD!

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Need Your Opinion: CC Chinese Coins

HOW DO YOU LIKE THIS TRICK?

Ready to give your input again?

CC CHINESE COINS
This is a clever and different effect, and I hope it startles you.
It will be available in the shop next week.
Let me show you the effect...

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Performance at the Shalom House

AT THE SHALOM HOUSE

My favorite shows are the ones performed for a more intimate audience- the reactions are stronger and more immediate.
Let me share with you some clips of such a performance from a few years back, for a group of about 100 people...

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Blooper Reel - Making Demo Videos

BLOOPER REEL
Sometimes we get silly filming all of those demo videos...

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Steve Martin's Magic Act



STEVE MARTIN
Long before he was a professional comedian, Steve Martin was a magician.
In his early professional career, he performed as a comedy magician, making numerous appearances on national TV.
Here are two of his TV routines...

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Showmanship Tips: Halloween

HALLOWEEN

Some tips on building a show around Halloween...

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Performance: Our Clown Family: King Of Hearts

OUR CLOWN FAMILY
Our customers, the very unique Our Clown Family, performs a clever KING OF HEARTS reveal with a gospel message!

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Magic History 101: Vintage Magic Props



VINTAGE MAGIC PROPS
A look back at some favorite magic props...

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Music With Monticup: Get Up and Dance!


Come on- GET UP AND DANCE!

Enough of the sitting on the sofa, binge watching Netflix!
Take a dance break!
Here, let me play a little something to get you moving...

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Need Your Opinion: Blank and Blue

WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON THIS TRICK?

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BLANK AND BLUE
This is a card trick I just developed, and I hope it interests you.
Let me show you the effect...

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This Day In Darkness- Todd Robbins Channel



THIS DAY IN DARKNESS
A fascinating daily video series by magician and sideshow celebrity Todd Robbins, "This Day In Darkness" is a daily chat about notorious doings on this date in history.
Sometimes eyeopening, sometimes shocking, sometimes hilarious, each episode grabs your attention and makes you want to learn more.
So take a walk with Todd...

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Magic History 101: Vintage Magic Catalogs



VINTAGE MAGIC CATALOGS
Before the Internet, there were the catalogs!
Here are my recollections of ordering from the giants of the mail order magic world...

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My Magic Adventures: Building a Paddock

My workday is never done!
Here is a clip of a recent project- building a new paddock area for our goats.
Yes, it was hard work, but Dirk and I love to play with the toys!

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Magic Origami: Pyramid


PYRAMID MADE FROM A $1 BILL

Great eyecatching item to include in any "mystic" routine.
The tutorial done by JEREMY SHAFER ORIGAMI on YouTube is very easy.
Give it a try...

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