Sunday, April 18, 2010

Spring Lecture Tour

We have just returned from our Spring Excursion, and we had a blast.  Joanne took a few pics as we travelled, first at DKOM with President Al Hitt, a great group, and lots of fun. then at Denny's Magic Shop, wow, the new place is awsome, and Denny stocks more great magic than anyone I know.  What a shop, and a great theater as well.  If you get to Baltimore, this is a must stop and shop.  He carry's only the best.  We had a great turnout.  Joanne took a shot of his theater before the lecture, it filled up fast and was a great evening.

Another treat was the lecture at Marc Desouza's Theater.  Marc has been a great friend for many years, and his hospitality is unparalleled. Marc has an incredible magic collection and even a huge collection of guitars from some of the greats.  Add to that his incredible theater, and this is a dream house for any magicians, and collector.

We had many other stops, but time did not allow for photos, if you have any, please email them to us so we can post them.  We had a great time at the SAM 21 in West Hartford, the Delaware Knights of Magic in Willmington DE, Magi-Whirl Washington DC, Lancaster PA, and State College PA Ring 352 with John Blake.  We are glad we had the time to meet so many new friends, and visit with so many old ones. Now its time to pack for FFFF and continue this madness we call magic.  See you out there.

Hint:  Click the photo for a larger view.  :-)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The 2010-2011 Lecture Tour Begins

See us at one of the following, all begins now.  Surprises galore, and if you have ever been to one of my lectures, which are not very frequent, then you know what to expect.  If not, you will be entertained, learn some really great stuff, have a fun night, see deals you will never see again, and be very surprised. But we added so much more. We will update each stop here as we progress.  Hope to see many of you there.


Mar 8 - SAM 21 West Hartford CT -

April 8 - Delaware Knights of Magic, Wilmington DE -

April 9-10 - Magi-Whirl Washington DC (Dealer Only)-

April 12 - Denny and Lee Magic Shop, Baltimore MD -

April 14 - Marc DeSousa's Magic Theatre, King of Prussia PA

April 16 - IBM Ring 352, State College PA -

June 9 - JMMRT,Magician’s Round Table, Edison NJ -
Sep 9-11 - Magic in the Rockies,Fort Collins CO -

Oct 15 - SAM Assembly 24, Albany NY -
.....................more in the works for the Fall of 2010


Feb 18-20 - Blackpool Magicians Convention  UK- Lecture -

May 9 - SAM Assembly 77 - LI Mysitics - Lecture

May 23-25 - IMX 2011 Las Vegas -

May 27 - SAM 136 - Lecture - Tucson AZ

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Blackpool 2010 - We returned

A place like no other.  One has to expeience Blackpool and all its charm to understand.

A walk back in time to a magical world full of history, Blackpool UK in all its splendor.  A town steeped in history, and featured in films such as "Funny Bones, "Shall We Dance" and a host of others. The Winter Gardens has hosted most of the greats in Entertainment from the Big Bands, Sinatra, almost all major Rock Bands, singers of standards and unique acts to the World's Greatest Magic for over a century.  A true treasure.  Blackpool is a place you have to visit to understand. 

Going through quite a resurection with Pedestrain Malls, street festivals, new shopping at its finests, a huge variety of restaurants, and the best part of all, the people who come.  We would not miss it for the world, and this years event did not disappoint, but left us wanting it to not end.  We laughed so hard we hurt by the end of the far too short event.  I think they will break all records when they host FISM in 2012.  This team, and I say team because that is exactly what it is, magicians, husbands, wives, and other family members, that work not only so hard, but so well together, continually do the impossible.  They draw over 3700 magicians from around the world for three days of entertainment and fun. 

There is not another place like it on earth.  This is Blackpool. Three days packed with worldclass lecturers, the world's best Close-Up Workers in outstanding  shows spread over two days, special events, competitions, Gala Shows, and over 120 dealers from around the world.  This is the Great Grand Daddy of all conventions.  Derek Lever and his crew never fail to give us an event they will long talk about.  Funny how each attendee comes away with a different perspective, and certainly their own personal favorite things they talk about.  There is truly something for everyone, young and old.

We love things not often seen in the states.  Old fashioned slap stick and comedy from an era gone bye.  Laughs you can not hold in, pure genius, physical and classic comedy.  Add to that world class magic, illusions, variety acts, comedy, and you have a convention that stands alone.  There are other line by line reviews, we just like to give you the flavor of Blackpool.  It is indeed our favorite convention, thirteen years running.  Next year they will host the FISM European Championships as part of the event.  It will start a half day earlier, and all that means more magic, and more fun.  Watch the Blackpool magicians site for early registration details.  This years event sold out in record time.  I predict next years will sell even more quickly.

A Tribute to three great friends. The Blackpool Magicians made a beautiful tribute to three great friends, friends of magic, and friends to us all.  We will miss them very much, they added so much to our personal lives, and to the Art of Magic. Mahka Tendo, Ali Bongo and Pat Page.  Their contributions to magic set the bar a little higher, and they will always be remembered in our hearts. We will miss them.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Blackpool - The World's Largest and Best

Blackpool is a convention we have been attending, performing at, lecturing at, and displaying our fine goods for over 10 years.  Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the 19th, 20th & 21st of February 2010, at the Opera House and Winter Gardens, Church Street, Blackpool, Lancashire, England . We would not miss it for the world.  This year, its extra special for us as the current Blackpool Magicians President, Alan Coventry is like familiy to Joanne and I.  We are very proud of Alan, and it will be great to be there to celebrate with him and his lovely bride. Come congratulate Alan, and have tons of  laughs with us, Jerry and  Marion O'Connell, Thom Dunlop my faithful manservant, and our band of merry wackos.  Not only is the Convention the best there is, but the magic never ends, day and night, and even on the streets.  Showzam! Circus, Magic & New Variety, Blackpool  12 - 21 February 2010.  Taking over the town of Blackpool for 10 days each February, Showzam! is the UK’s only festival dedicated to the dazzling worlds of circus, magic and new variety. This extraordinary and unique festival includes a number of high profile performers, street artists and never before seen acts, showcased throughout Blackpool’s famous landmarks and on the streets. 

The picture to the left is about half of the dealers area, the world's largest.  If you cannot find it here, it isnt available.  3700 people come every year because they know, it just doesn't get any better than this.  They come by car, train, boat and plane from all over the world.  We will be there with all our crazy friends.  Check out the latests details on their site at  Join us for a week of magic and fun.
Craig and Thom Dunlap