Out of Town Notice

I’m out of town from March 19th, 2024 to April 8th, 2024.

No orders will ship or work on orders will happen during this time.

If you need something during this time, contact Hocus-Pocus.com as they normally have most of my products in stock.

The daily blog will continue to be updated below this notice.


Visiting Hocus Pocus!

I started my first long run of the year this week. It’s a 10 day gig in Indio, CA. I flew into Fresno, CA, rented a car and then drove 5 hours to Indio. The nice thing about flying into Fresno is that I got to swing by Hocus Pocus and dig through the boxes of magic there!

I’m also always on the hunt for old Cincinnati stock cards from the US Playing Card Company, and found a ton of them

old stock bicycle playing cards

One of the things I picked up is this shell game set (maker unknown) and it will make a great addition to my three shell game collection!

They had some oddities (mostly gaffs) there and that’s something that I’m into! Here are a couple that are for sale on their website:

While I was there I put a two things for my collection. The first is a “snapping turtle” which is an alligator in a turtle shell:

snapping turtle gaff

And the other is what a side show would call a mummified devil or mummified alien.

mummified devil

If you’re ever in Fresno, there’s a ton of magic there (and some oddities!) and it’s totally with the trip!


Out of Town Order Notice

This blog will still be updated everyday, so keep reading below this notice!

This is just a heads up, I’ll be out of the country from October 26, 2022 to November 18th, 2022. If you place an order during that time, nothing will ship or start being made until I return on the 11/18.

If you need something sooner, you can order most of my products at www.Hocus-Pocus.com and they usually have most of my stuff in stock!

This blog will still be updated everyday, so keep reading below this notice!


Color Match!

Currently I’m on the first half of a twelve day contract in Fresno, CA. I used to do Promystic’s Color Match in my show a while ago and I’m recently cycling it back into the show. At the beginning of the run I had one of the pens start to do strange things, so I ordered a replacement part for it…but that doesn’t help me for the rest of my current contract.

Luckily, Hocus Pocus is only 5 minutes from where I’m performing, so a quick trip there and I picked up one of Murphy’s Magic’s Anverdi Color Match sets.

Anverdi Color match at Hocus-Pocus

I honestly don’t think that the Color Match that Muprhy’s Magic sells is Anverdi’s…especially when at the beginning of the video they show how it’s different. It’s Murphy’s way of justifying something that may be an ethical dilemma.

I do like how the Murphy’s Magic set has an auto cycle off for the signals. That’s handy in 91% of instances, however in that remaining 9% it makes it harder on you as the performer. Yes, they do have a work around, but it’s not really practical for me. Method wise, I guess it’s solid, I’ve only practiced it, because somehow my Promystic gimmick that was acting funky, magically started work fine once I bought the Murphy’s Magic set.

While a few bucks more, I still prefer the Promystic Color Match set, I think it more solidly built. I also like that I can easily have two thumpers operate at the same time, where I don’t recall them mentioning that using two was possible with the Murphy’s Magic set.

I think I’m going to keep using my Promystic set as long as I can, as I prefer how it works. It could just be me being old and stuck in my ways…