Joke Time: Random Thoughts

Posted by Peter Monticup on 1/4/2021 to Puzzlers and Jokes 1 Comments

How to get the big laughs by building your jokes- plus a bunch of related one-liners you can use!

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Our Christmas Message

Posted by Peter Monticup on 12/21/2020 to Monticup Speaks 11 Comments

MERRY CHRISTMAS!
From Peter and Dirk, and Jackie and Lizzie and Molly:
Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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A Couple of Lively Christmas Tunes

Posted by Peter Monticup on 12/20/2020 to Monticup's Music 3 Comments

CHRISTMAS MUSICAL FUN
Everybody likes to sing these Christmas favorites!
A little bit of "Holly Jolly Christmas" and "Frosty the Snowman" to put you in the Christmas spirit.

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Mall Santa Magic

Posted by Peter Monticup on 12/14/2020 to Showmanship Tips 2 Comments

THINK OUTSIDE OF THE BOX
Sometimes they want to hire you to do something impossible.
Rather than turn down the show, here's what I did to produce Santa at a crowded Christmas shopping mall event...

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Presenting Presents Magically

Posted by Peter Monticup on 12/13/2020 to Showmanship Tips 1 Comments

MAGICAL PRESENT-ATION
Make a gift so much more fun and special by presenting it in a magic way!

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It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas

Posted by Peter Monticup on 12/12/2020 to Monticup's Music 12 Comments

IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS
Only a few days away!
Get in the mood listening to my accordion rendition of a holiday favorite.
From a few years ago, playing the song to get George the Chihuahua into the Christmas Spirit!

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Magical Ways To Give a Money Gift

Posted by Peter Monticup on 12/8/2020 to Showmanship Tips 1 Comments

MAGICALLY PRESENT A GIFT OF MONEY
Ideas for presenting currency or gift card certificates with a magic flair!

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Remote Magic Tricks

Posted by Peter Monticup on 12/7/2020 to Showmanship Tips 1 Comments

VIRTUAL MAGIC
Get creative and get your magic skills ready for virtual celebrations!

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Jingle Bell Rock

Posted by Peter Monticup on 12/3/2020 to Monticup's Music 4 Comments

JINGLE BELL ROCK
Let's get into the holiday spirit- come on and sing along!!!...

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Thanksgiving Jokes

Posted by Peter Monticup on 11/24/2020 3 Comments

THANKSGIVING FUN
Let me entertain you with some PUNNY jokes for the Thanksgiving holiday...

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Need Your Opinion: Signature Wand

Posted by Peter Monticup on 11/23/2020 to We Need Your Opinion 6 Comments

HOW DO YOU LIKE THIS TRICK?

Ready to give your input again?

SIGNATURE WAND
This is a beautiful wand that actually has function, too.
It's a bit pricey, so it's not for everyone.
Let me show you what it can do...

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Thanksgiving with Dirk

Posted by Peter Monticup on 11/22/2020 to My Life In Magic 1 Comments

THANKSGIVING 2019
Remembering last year's Thanksgiving celebration with Dirk and his wife Carine.
Here's how you celebrate Belgian-style...

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Channing Pollock

Posted by Peter Monticup on 11/21/2020 to Magic Movies 2 Comments



CHANNING POLLOCK
Known for his charm, his good looks, and his absolutely stunning dove act...

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The Chipmunk Song

Posted by Peter Monticup on 11/19/2020 to Monticup's Music 3 Comments

THE CHIPMUNK SONG
Let's get into the holiday spirit- sing along!!!...

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Happy Birthday from Kreskin

Posted by Peter Monticup on 11/17/2020 to My Life In Magic 14 Comments

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FROM THE AMAZING KRESKIN
The Amazing Kreskin's delightful Happy Birthday message to Peter...

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Performance: Illusion Coins

Posted by Peter Monticup on 11/15/2020 to Monticup Performs 1 Comments

ILLUSION COINS
Practice makes perfect!
Even when I am in the packing room I take time out to do a little practicing...

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George Carl

Posted by Peter Monticup on 11/13/2020 to Magic Movies 0 Comments



GEORGE CARL
In honor of Peter Monticup's birthday, here is a film clip of his favorite visual comedian...

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Need Your Opinion: In Reality

Posted by Peter Monticup on 11/10/2020 to We Need Your Opinion 1 Comments

In honor of my longtime friend Bob Carroll's 200th Trivia Show on his Facebook, I perform an original card effect that will be added to the shop next week...

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What's On My Desk

Posted by Peter Monticup on 11/8/2020 to My Life In Magic 0 Comments

WHAT'S ON MY DESK
What is on my library desk right now...

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Art Metrano Comedy Magician

Posted by Peter Monticup on 11/7/2020 to Magic Movies 1 Comments



ART METRANO
You may not know his name, but you surely remember his comedy magic routine...

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Musical Interlude: Moonlight Sonata

Posted by Peter Monticup on 11/4/2020 to Monticup's Music 0 Comments

MOONLIGHT SONATA
One of Beethoven's most popular compositions for the piano, it was a popular favorite even in his own day.

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Can You Guess? The Spinning Coin

Posted by Peter Monticup on 11/2/2020 to Puzzlers and Jokes 5 Comments

CAN YOU GUESS HOW THIS WORKS?

Want to try and figure this one out?
If you can't, the solution is in the COMMENTS section!


SPINNING COIN
Let me show you the effect, and then give me your best guess about how this works...

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The Monticup Gargoyles

Posted by Peter Monticup on 10/25/2020 to My Life In Magic 1 Comments

THE MONTICUP GARGOYLES
Did you know that gargoyles are actually good luck protectors?
Take a look at some of the many guardians of the Monticup house...

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Performance - Spookshow

Posted by Peter Monticup on 10/24/2020 to Monticup Performs 1 Comments

SPOOKSHOW

In 1983, I created a full evening theater show loosely based on the old spookshows, with campy "creepy" magic performed by Dr. Bizarre (me!) and my crazy crew of magical assistants.
Here is the full version of my Creepy Thriller Chiller...

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Copperfield in TERROR TRAIN

Posted by Peter Monticup on 10/23/2020 to Magic Movies 0 Comments



TERROR TRAIN
This long-forgotten Canadian slasher film from 1980 features a 24-year-old David Copperfield playing a magician (no surprise!) who actually has a pivotal role in the plot of the movie...

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Performance: Kazar's Zombie Skeleton

Posted by Peter Monticup on 10/22/2020 to Guest Performers 0 Comments

A magician for over sixty years, Kazar creates most of his own effects and also builds props for other magicians.
Watch Kazar's spooky ZOMBIE SKELETON routine!

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The Ghost Bird

Posted by Peter Monticup on 10/21/2020 to My Life In Magic 0 Comments

THE GHOST BIRD
Just in time for Halloween, the story of The Ghost Bird.
This is our own ghost story, a real event from back in the day...

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Showmanship Tips: Non-Magic Essentials Kit

Posted by Peter Monticup on 10/19/2020 to Showmanship Tips 2 Comments

BUILD A NON-MAGIC ESSENTIALS KIT

Your magic props are not the only things you need when you do a show!
Let me give you a checklist for building your own essentials kit...

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The Big Hand

Posted by Peter Monticup on 10/18/2020 to My Life In Magic 0 Comments

THE BIG HAND
Yes, you have to HAND it to us!
We have the most unique greeter in the business...

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Magic History 101: Mystery Clocks

Posted by Peter Monticup on 10/17/2020 to Magic History 101 2 Comments



MYSTERY CLOCKS
Have you ever seen a Mystery Clock?
These are clocks whose hands move seemingly without any clockworks moving them.
How do they work?
Let me show you two Mystery Clocks from my collection...

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Carson's Copper Clapper Comedy Routine

Posted by Peter Monticup on 10/15/2020 to Magic Movies 0 Comments



MY FAVORITE COMEDY ROUTINE
Johnny Carson and Jack Webb perform a hilarious routine with impeccable timing...

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Need Your Opinion: Magi-Card

Posted by Peter Monticup on 10/12/2020 to We Need Your Opinion 6 Comments

HOW DO YOU LIKE THIS TRICK?

Ready to give your input again?

MAGI-CARD
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: Levi Tate - Gutz Cut

Posted by Peter Monticup on 10/8/2020 to Guest Performers 1 Comments

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

Posted by Peter Monticup on 10/8/2020 to Monticup Performs 1 Comments

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

Posted by Peter Monticup on 10/8/2020 to Magic Movies 2 Comments



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

Posted by Peter Monticup on 10/7/2020 to My Life In Magic 1 Comments

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

Posted by Peter Monticup on 10/6/2020 to Monticup's Music 2 Comments


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

Posted by Peter Monticup on 10/5/2020 to Monticup Performs 0 Comments

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

Posted by Peter Monticup on 10/4/2020 to My Life In Magic 0 Comments

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

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Keith Clark Cigarette Act

Posted by Peter Monticup on 10/3/2020 to Magic Movies 0 Comments



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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Need Your Opinion: CC Chinese Coins

Posted by Peter Monticup on 9/28/2020 to We Need Your Opinion 8 Comments

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

Posted by Peter Monticup on 9/28/2020 to Monticup Performs 2 Comments

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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Steve Martin's Magic Act

Posted by Peter Monticup on 9/26/2020 to Magic Movies 1 Comments



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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Music With Monticup: Get Up and Dance!

Posted by Peter Monticup on 9/22/2020 to Monticup's Music 0 Comments


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

Posted by Peter Monticup on 9/22/2020 to We Need Your Opinion 4 Comments

WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON THIS TRICK?

Ready to give your input again?

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

Posted by Peter Monticup on 9/21/2020 to Magic Movies 0 Comments



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

Posted by Peter Monticup on 9/19/2020 to Magic History 101 1 Comments



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

Posted by Peter Monticup on 9/18/2020 to My Life In Magic 0 Comments

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

Posted by Peter Monticup on 9/16/2020 to Puzzlers and Jokes 0 Comments


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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Need Your Opinion: Control Yourself

Posted by Peter Monticup on 9/14/2020 to We Need Your Opinion 1 Comments

WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON THIS SERIES?

Ready to give your input again?

CONTROL YOURSELF
This is actually going to be a SERIES of Instant Downloads teaching specific card skills.
Let me show you a sample, and then please give me your ideas for skills that you would like me to teach you.

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Showmanship Tips: Show Order

Posted by Peter Monticup on 9/13/2020 to Showmanship Tips 0 Comments

SHOW ORDER

Some tips on choosing the order of routines for your show, as well as selecting the best time slot for your show during the day's events...

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Performance: The Matchbox

Posted by Peter Monticup on 9/13/2020 to Monticup Performs 0 Comments

THE MATCHBOX

Playing around with a vintage piece of English magic from my collection, called The Matchbox...

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Robert Harbin Vintage Video

Posted by Peter Monticup on 9/12/2020 to Magic Movies 0 Comments



ROBERT HARBIN
Watch Robert Harbin perform his most famous magical invention, the ZIG ZAG GIRL...

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Magic Origami: Skull

Posted by Peter Monticup on 9/10/2020 to Puzzlers and Jokes 0 Comments


SKULL MADE FROM A $1 BILL

This skull is crazy- it has eyes made from the "1"s on the dollar!
The tutorial done by KEVIN'S DOLLAR ORIGAMI on YouTube is very easy.
Give it a try...

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Musical Interlude: Happy Together

Posted by Peter Monticup on 9/9/2020 to Monticup's Music 1 Comments

HAPPY TOGETHER

The best-selling 1967 hit for The Turtles, "Happy Together" was written by Garry Bonner and Alan Gordon, former members of the Magicians, a NYC garage band.
My friend and musical director Nick occasionally jams with me, piano to piano...

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Need Your Opinion: Jumping Joker

Posted by Peter Monticup on 9/7/2020 to We Need Your Opinion 16 Comments

WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON THIS ONE?

Ready to give your input on another product?

JUMPING JOKER
Let me show you one of my favorite original card effects...

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Performance: Zig Zag Girl

Posted by Peter Monticup on 9/6/2020 to Monticup Performs 2 Comments

ZIG ZAG GIRL

A VERY brief film clip sent to me by a friend who saw one of my stage shows in 1998...

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Magic Origami: Dollar Bill Ring

Posted by Peter Monticup on 9/6/2020 to Puzzlers and Jokes 0 Comments



RING MADE FROM A $1 BILL
Everyone loves the Money Ring!
This excellent video tutorial by Rob's World teaches you exactly how to make this popular novelty out of an ordinary dollar bill.
Give it a try...

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Magic History 101: Magic 8 Ball

Posted by Peter Monticup on 9/3/2020 to Magic History 101 0 Comments



MAGIC 8 BALL
Though we know it as a fun novelty toy, the Magic 8 Ball got its start as an authentic spiritualist tool.
It is a fascinating story...

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Dave and Dusty Visit the Magic Shop 1946 - British Pathe

Posted by Peter Monticup on 9/1/2020 to Magic Movies 0 Comments



DAVE AND DUSTY VISIT THE MAGIC SHOP
This 1946 film short is from the files of British Pathe.
Dave and his puppy pal Dusty explore the mysteries of a magic shop.
Watch as the little boy's curiosity gets the best of him...

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Musical Interlude: How Deep Is Your Love

Posted by Peter Monticup on 8/31/2020 to Monticup's Music 3 Comments

HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE

"How Deep Is Your Love" is a pop ballad written and recorded by the Bee Gees in 1977>
It's most remembered as part of the soundtrack to the film Saturday Night Fever.

In my opinion, Barry Gibb is one of the most talented songwriters who ever lived.
His compositions, like this one, are challenging to play, which makes it all the more enjoyable for me...

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Performance: Card Duck

Posted by Peter Monticup on 8/31/2020 to Monticup Performs 1 Comments

CARD DUCK

This one is always a crowd pleaser!
Especially when you choose a terrific volunteer...

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Magic Origami: PopUp Rabbit In Top Hat

Posted by Peter Monticup on 8/30/2020 to Puzzlers and Jokes 0 Comments



POPUP RABBIT IN HAT MADE FROM A $1 BILL
Origami is a lot of fun, especially when you can do it with money!
This excellent video tutorial by Jeremy Shafer teaches you exactly how to make his realistic rabbit design out of an ordinary dollar bill.
Give it a try...

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Showmanship Tips: Warming Up

Posted by Peter Monticup on 8/30/2020 to Showmanship Tips 1 Comments

WARMING UP

Giving yourself a mental and physical warmup before your shows is as important as all of your rehearsal and practice.

Here's how I do it...

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Orson Welles, Actor and Magician

Posted by Peter Monticup on 8/29/2020 to Magic Movies 2 Comments



ORSON WELLES
The most revered actor was also an accomplished magician.
Enjoy this rare film clip of Welles performing his magic on The Merv Griffin Show...

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Magic History 101: Fruit Crate Labels

Posted by Peter Monticup on 8/28/2020 to Magic History 101 0 Comments



MAGIC FRUIT CRATE LABELS
I get a lot of questions about how I decorate my back library, where I have been filming the demo videos.
A quick, easy to find and inexpensive choice is to use fruit crate labels.
Here are some colorful examples from my collection...

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Musical Interlude: Seven Singalong Favorites

Posted by Peter Monticup on 8/26/2020 to Monticup's Music 3 Comments

SEVEN SINGALONG FAVORITES
In my younger days, I used to hire myself out as a piano player, mainly to Elks and Moose lodges for their Friday night social gatherings.
I got a lot of work because I knew their favorites, the older songs that would get everyone in the place singing and clinking their glasses.
Whenever I had to audition for a different club, I would play this medley- and I'd get the gig every time...

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In Tribute: George

Posted by on 8/25/2020 to Monticup Speaks 10 Comments

TRIBUTE TO GEORGE

This week we lost a member of the MagicTricks.com family.

George has crossed the Rainbow Bridge...

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Performance: Steve the Magic Guy

Posted by Peter Monticup on 8/23/2020 to Guest Performers 1 Comments

STEVE THE MAGIC GUY
"Steve the Magic Guy" is the stage name used by our friend and colleague Steve Pittella (aka Sideshow Steve), when he performs his kids shows.
He is a master children's entertainer...

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Magic History 101: Phrenology

Posted by Peter Monticup on 8/21/2020 to Magic History 101 0 Comments



PHRENOLOGY
Phrenology is a quirky pseudoscientific idea that personality traits can be "read" by feeling the shape of the bumps on the head.
A replica of that head is in my collection...

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