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Back home

 I finally arrived back home after my trip away. It was an amazing time and got to see some incredible sites. Without a doubt the most memorable was visiting Hiroshima in Japan. I've been a full time magician now for just on twenty two years, since I left teaching and still am amazed at the places I get to travel in the world. I still feel like a kid with a dream to one day travel the world performing my magic - just like I read about my magic idols doing when I was a kid. I never take any gig for granted, or the face that clients are willing to fly me around the world to see my act. While the travel is exhausting it is still very rewarding. Next month I'm off to India, then back to China for another corporate show!


Here are a few photos from Hiroshima I'd like to share with you this week.


The Atom bomb went off just above this building (about 100 meters) and believe it or not, as you can see in the photo everything else around it was destroyed, but part of the building was left standing. The photo above on the right shows how it looked prior to the bombing and how it looked afterwards. 


Here's another photo of a castle that was just lovely.

VANISH MAGIC MAGAZINE 99% COMPLETE

By this time next week you'll be able to download for FREE the very first issue of VANISH Magic Magazine. This is definitely my best work yet. The magazine is filled with great articles that will help you take your magic business to higher levels. I've started performing two of the effects in there already. Andrew Gerard's routine is KILLER that he shares, and there are two gems by Ken Ring and Wayne Rogers. Also, Diamond Jim Tyler has something that you'll perform every time you have a Red Bull!! It's filled with cool tricks, marketing ideas and articles that will make you think. It's a whopping 75 pages. Stay tuned folks:) If you haven't already joined my free newsletter do so, that way you can be the FIRST to download the free magazine. As soon as it's ready I send out a newsletter letting you know that it's ready.


ROMHANY'S PICKS OF THE WEEK FROM www.HOCUS-POCUS.com

This week I've been on the phone to my good friends at Hocus-Pocus and Paul told me about the top sellers. He can't stop talking about The Vanishing. Mine is on it's way. This week here are the top picks from Hocus-Pocus.

The Vanishing

 

 It's another Hocus Pocus exclusive!

Pre-order yours today. FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD! Expected release date is last week of March or sooner.

"I almost hate to admit this, but when The Vanishing was presented to me, I couldn't figure out how it was done. Seriously, it both drove me crazy and excited me, and this is what makes The Vanishing such an outstanding effect. PLUS, it's easy to learn. What you see is exactly what you get, there is no special editing on this video!"
- Paul Gross, owner Hocus Pocus.

NO special clothing requirements!

Preface: This utility device will allow you to do miracles when it comes to vanishing an object or making it travel from one place to another. It is light to carry and can fit in your wallet. It's not bulky, and no necessary clothing requirements are needed. You can even use this gimmick naked if you wanted to.

Chapter 1: The magician borrows a small object, a coin, ring, etc. There are no switches, and the exact same coin is used the entire time. With a slow wave over the coin, it effortlessly vanishes. No funny movements, no sudden sleights. The coin is COMPLETELY gone. The spectator can FEEL your hands to make sure there's nothing there; because there is nothing...

At this point, you can either choose to end there, or continue, and make the coin reappear again on your hand or in theirs. You then hand out their coin for examination and leave them with a signed coin they'll never forget.

Chapter 2: The magician borrows a tic tac box and a tic tac. There are no switches whatsoever, and there are no alterations on the box or the tic tac. You cleanly place the tic tac inside of the box. And with no sudden movements, the tic tac visually melts through the bottom, and landing on your spectator's cupped hand. They can then immediately examine the tic tac and the box.

Chapter 3: The magician proceeds to use an ordinary coffee cup, and asks the spectator for a dollar bill (or anything that can be crumpled up into a ball). He cleanly places the cup over the ball. With NO movements whatsoever, he snaps his fingers and the ball is gone. You can then proceed to continue with your regular cups and balls routine; or you can continue to use the gimmick to make it a devastating cups and balls routine.

 

Micro Psychic by Nakashima Kengo and Kreis - FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE!  

Micro Psychic was one of the hits of the 2012 Blackpool Convention.

See why Micro Psychic has received rave reviews and comments from Charlie Frye, Michael Weber, Gaetan Bloom and many other top names in magic.

A spectator screws a nut onto a bolt about half way up and then you hold it at your fingertips. The audience can always see your empty hands. Suddenly the nut starts to rotate and unwind off the bolt and finally drops off the end. It looks like some ghostly power is unscrewing the nut and bolt. It can be done visually or under a cup or handkerchief.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ghostly Spirit Bell with Transport Case - EXCLUSIVE

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Imagine...

A question asked, an answer given and a bell mysteriously rings.

For centuries, this mystic event has taken place in parlors, in the tents of roaming Gypsies and in temples throughout the world.

The Spirit Bell is one of the most heart stopping effects in magic. The bell sits on the table in full view of everyone.

As a question is asked and answered, without a hand touching it, the bell rings out confirming the answer is a lie or a truth.

  • Beautifully crafted solid wooden base
  • Small Attaché Case w/ foam insert
  • Wireless Remote Controlled
    This Spirit Bell is LARGER and LOUDER than any Spirit Bell we've seen before. Perfect for large venues because it can be both seen (the bell visibly swings) and heard (with a very loud ring).

    Turn the lights down and call up the spirits for a chilling illusion!

    The brass Spirit Bell by itself measures 3 x 3 inches.

  • Currently in Hiroshima

     I am writing this weeks BLOG from Hiroshima. My show the other night went really well. What amazed me was the fact that there was a huge wall of video screens behind me - it took the entire show to a new level. My one man show has a video montages and footage when I perform certain routines - such as snow. I have snow falling in the screen behind me and I finish by Chaplin walking in to the screen. Having this video wall behind me was AMAZING!!! One of the best reactions I've had in a long time. I was so pleased.


    Tomorrow I will be exploring Hiroshima - will post a few photos next blog when I get home. 

    The trip over to Shanghai was very long. I was booked and confirmed and had a contract but no airline ticket right up until 1.30am the day I was supposed to leave! My agent was trying to get my ticket but they booked it at the very last minute - I have no idea why. So at 1.30am I found out I was flying at 10am. I told them I was not prepared to fly at 10am because it would mean I had to stay awake and head to the airport. They then managed to get me a flight at 2pm so at least I was able to get a few hours sleep before heading to the airport. It was a long flight - close to 21 hours with a six hour stop over in Malaysia. I arrived in Shanghai and picked up by a driver - only to find out I was performing that night! Normally in a job I would fly in a day early and have a good sleep - but when you work internationally you learn to be prepared for anything. 

    Fortunately the show went very well, even though I was exhausted. The show two nights later went even better so it's been good so far. I fly home in a few days after I finish up here in Japan.

    Next month I'll be in India - again another VERY long journey ahead. Trust me, while it might sound glamorous it really is very taxing on the body - plus I really miss my wife and our little boy. This is the hardest part about being away so I'll be cutting back on travel. I am used to having Natalie with me on my travels and not being able to share it with her isn't as much fun anymore.


    PERFORMING MENTALISM FOR YOUNG MINDS Volume 2

    Well the book is ALMOST ready - actually it IS ready I just need to get back home to send it to the publishers. It's the final part of what has become a very enjoyable project. I had no idea soooo many people performed mentalism for children. I know I have done it since I started performing Mental Epic when I was doing kids parties at the age of thirteen - so I never questioned it.

    No TRICK reviews this week as you can appreciate I've got very limited access to internet - so will get back to normal next week.


    Happy Magic

    Paul Romhany


    China here I come

    Another busy week coming up - hence another short BLOG. Next week I'm off to China, Japan and Korea - busy times ahead so I'm very frantic packing as you can imagine.

    MAJOR NEWS - VANISH - International Magic Magazine - and it's FREE


    For some time now I've been teasing you all with a major announcement. Well it's ALMOST ready but I want to give you more of a sneak preview. For the past few years I've been working on developing a new concept in magic magazine. It's a magazine that you can download and read on your computer, e-reader, iPad etc. and it's FREE! The first issue will be ready April 1st and you can download it from a lot of sites on the internet including my own.


    And now a sneak preview of contributors and articles - the idea of this magazine is to offer articles that will make you think about our craft, and hopefully inspire you to take magic to a new level.

    The cover story is about Chipper Lowell - one of my all time favorite comedy performers - this interview has lots of wonderful photos plus an amazing story of a boy who was brought up in 'the business'. There is a great story of him traveling to New Zealand with his parents in a show when he was a young boy, then returning years later with his own show on tour.


     How is the value of a commercial magician measured? - JC Sum essay that will definitely make you think.

    Evolve your magic - Magic Babe Ning tells us like it is from a female perspective.

    Bamboozlers - Diamond Jim Tyler shares a bar trick with a can of Red Bull

    It's Child's Play - Tony Chris AKA Zany Zak - an essay and effect for children's performers from one of the busiest guys in Canada.

    Magic Trick Reviews by Harry Monk

    The Magic of Mentoring by Nick Lewin

    Wrong Number - an effect by Wayne Rogers from New Zealand

    The Success Series by Cris Johnson - great tips on calling clients on the phone

    Magic FaceLift - Illusion designer Mark Parker takes a well known mentalism illusion and gives it a makeover.

    Income Marketing System for Magicians by Randy Charach - the Millionare magician gives away some amazing secrets

    From the Desk of Keith Fields - a full time professional who writes with increidble thought and asks some really great questions.

    Unprepared and Impromptu by Ken Dyne - well known UK mentalist talks about being prepared at all times.

    Dear Pemela - a great effect by the one and only Richard Webster.

    You Can't Buy Personality by Bizzaro - 

    Karate Shadow by Gerard - an effect using a stir stick and a shadow

    Tricks are For magicians silly rabbit - TC tahoe talks about connecting with the audience

    Magic 24-7 by Ben Robinson - from the trenches with a real pro.

    Real Coin in Bottle - a routine using a real coin inside a bottle by Ken Ring

    Flying Carpet/Chair Suspension tips by Kyle Peron - he wrote the book (literally) on the chair suspension so we are excited to have him share tips with us in Vanish.



    As you can see the magazine is filled with wonderful articles as well as loads of amazing photos and drawings for the articles and effects. We want every magician in the world to read the magazine as it's a way we can share our craft and try and improve our audience's perspective of what we do.


    You can go on my mailing list to find out when and where to download by clicking on subscribe above, and I'll email when the first issue and other issues come out.


    That's it for this week - back to packing!!

    Paul Romhany



    Away This Week

     This week we are away from Auckland as we prepare to move in to our new home at the end of March. It's been all go. For the past nine months we have been pretty much living out of suitcases due to our travels. We have bought a house just out of Auckland in an area called Stanmore Bay. it's a lovely area and walking distance to a lovely beach. We can't wait to get all of our belongings out of storage and set up a home.

    This week I've been busy writing the new Pro-Series book, which will be on my Headling Prediction routine with the bonus of Cris Johnson's brilliant routine as well. Three routines all up in a booklet that is over eighty pages. It is the biggest book so far in the Pro-Series. It will be out next month.

    I have 99% finished working on Performing Mentalism For Young Minds Volume 2. All the contributions are in and currently editing. The plan is to have that ready for April as well.

    To top it all off I have been working on the BIGGEST project of my writing career - the launch will be end of March and will be shaking up the Magic World a bit. The project will be available to every single magician in the world and it WILL BE FREE!!!!! I can't say more but it's been in the planning stage for several years now. Stay tuned to this BLOG to find out more at the end of the month.

     

    ROMHANY'S MAGIC TRICKS OF THE WEEK

    Elite Chair Suspension - EXCLUSIVE


    This week I had my own Chair Suspension arrive. Hocus-Pocus have exclusive on this amazing version of this wonderful illusion. I've owned several versions over the years including the most expensive Bill Smith version. Bill's version was great, however it was extremely heavy and hard to transport. The first thing I noticed about this version by Jay Leslie is that is was light. I have owned other 'cheaper' versions made from plastic chairs but wouldn't use them in any of my shows because I didn't trust them. This version by Jay has to be the best on the market for an incredible low price. For a self contained one person illusion you really can't beat this! Jay supplies really well made props that you can trust.  The great thing about this is that it will support an adult without having to worry if it will fall. Jay has added a few improvements that really make this a great prop. Everything has been strengthened to hold the weight of an adult. I got this to perform for kids shows and promotional work but will certainly use this for adult shows as well. I am building this in to my Chaplin act as well. I can honestly say I've not seen a well built chair suspension like this before. It is without a doubt the best out there and any magician wanting to add this to their repertoire should look at this version.

    Available from www.hocus-pocus.com


    This is with out a doubt the best Chair Suspension we have ever had the pleasure of offering.

    For years we sold the European Chair Suspension because it was the best we could buy, but we had difficulty keeping it in stock. So, we had our builder custom make an updated Chair Suspension.

    THIS IS NOT YOUR GRANDFATHER'S CHAIR SUSPENSION. Our builder made it better! There are significant structural changes that now allow for a weight of up to 325 pounds. This gives the performer much more opportunity when selecting an audience member to be the participant in the act.

    Five exciting improvements have been made to the engineering, making this the sturdiest Chair Suspension we have ever stocked. With the assistant centered, you can use adults or children with confidence.

    Three never-before improvements have been made to the cloth. These range from an optical illusion of making the assistant appear suspended further away from the chair to the way the cloth hangs and how it hides that certain something better then ever.

    Different and stronger chairs were used in the basic construction.

    The carrying cloth had been simplified to drop over the top and buckle under the bottom then you just carry everything with a strap that goes over your arm.

    This model has enough improvements to be considered "An advancement of the arts". All improvements were made by Jay Leslie, so you know a lot of time and effort was invested into thinking them out completely. All in all there are several never-before available improvements made to this standard illusion making it the NEW standard of the industry. After you watch the DVD and see Jay sit and effortlessly lay on the gimmick, without it moving, you'll know exactly whet we mean when we say that it's an advancement of the arts.

    A complete set of detailed instructions has been created, including an exclusive DVD to show how to use your new illusion. Because this DVD is specific to the advancements on this model it is available only to those who take advantage of this exclusive offer and we urge you to do so while they are available.

    Magician begins by placing two chairs on stage and places a wooden board across the top of both. He then invites anyone from the audience (up to 325 lbs) on stage to lie on the board. While holding onto the board at her feet, the magician removes the chair closest to her feet. Next, he yanks the board from under her, and she visibly remains suspended in mid-air with only her head resting on the top of the remaining chair! An impossible head-scratching illusion perfect for any type of performance venue!

    Don't confuse this with any other type of chair suspensions on the market today. This is solidly built and one that you'll use in every one of your shows.

    The gimmick portion of the chair is built of sturdy metal and this Chair Suspension can support a weight of up to 325 pounds, which means you can suspend either a child or adult without fear. This perfect illusion will fit in the back seat of your car for easy transport, enabling you to take it wherever you go!

    Supplied complete with everything you'll need including a carry sheath.






    Nice to be home

     It's great to be home again after a busy time away performing. I am keeping busy with various projects including a close-up version of Dream Prediction. I've been working on this for quite some time and can reveal that it is close to finished. The props include a wallet that has been especially made for Dream Prediction out of high quality leather. The wallet is designed with a few special features that make the effect easy to perform. It also includes the gimmick envelope that has been hand made for me. I have to say that I'm extremely happy with the final product.The first person to see the wallet was Richard Webster who immediately placed an order! As Richard noted, it's a high quality production that any mentalist would be proud to carry with them at all times. There is something very classy about having props that look and feel good - especially when performing close-up.


    Speaking of Dream Prediction - this amazing video came to my attention recently as James Holguin performed Dream Prediction at The Magic Castle for Valentines Week. You can see by the reaction of the lady on stage, and the audience how strong it is. This is definitely worth checking out, and James does a fantastic job. He also came up with a wonderful idea of clipping the prediction to ANY microphone stand.

     

     

     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrHVZok1sL4&context=C3a3e413ADOEgsToPDskJm8In4TUX0SWjlGmwd7EqV

     FREE MARKETING IDEAS

    A few years back I interviewed my good friend Alan Watson. Alan, for those who don't know runs a weekly e-zine magazine for magicians. It's filled with news updates and has over 16,000 subscribers! Alan is also a successful magician here in New Zealand performing kids shows, restaurants and trade-shows. He has to be one of the hardest working magicians I know.

    Be sure to check out the series of interviews because he offers some real insight and valuable information that will help any performers career. Visit them at: 

     http://www.youtube.com/user/AlanWatsonMagician

    WHAT'S HOT IN MAGIC THIS WEEK FROM www.HOCUS-POCUS.com

    Each week I take a look at what is hot in magic from my good friends at Hocus-Pocus in Fresno California.  

    Bearly Impossible Pro Series Volume 7 by Paul Romhany


    I have finally released the FULL version, complete with script for the opening of my mentalism show. This book is 57 pages and includes both the stage version and 'stand-up' version I have used. It's a fun routine where you predict a chosen object, the cost, and color. There is certainly something very endearing about a teddy bear, and the routine I use really connects with the audience. The reason I came up with this (thanks to my friend TC Tahoe for the idea), was because I wanted something that let me show some humor to the audience, had a kicker ending, and let them get to know me. It sets the tone for the rest of my one show. Included in the book are photos and drawings of all the props, including the latest version I had made by a design from Illusion designer Mark Parker.

    BONUS - there are three great ideas in the back of the book using Teddy Bears for other effects including a novel production for Paper Balls Over the Head, and two other mentalism style routines.

    For the past twelve years this routine has been the opening act of Paul's Mentalism Show, both land and cruise ship work. This book details the original method plus the updated method and equipment used. The book also explains a solo version that Paul uses in more intimate situations.

    This book also gives Paul's word for word routine, complete with gags and bits of business making this a COMPLETE package. BONUS ROUTINES: As a bonus Paul shares THREE different effects that use Teddy Bears including a Paper Balls over the Head Production and another highly commercial stand-up bear routine plus a great Bear Routine for kids performers.

    "There is something very endearing about using a Teddy Bear in a show - especially if you end up giving it away. This is one of my all time favourite routines to open my show as it immediately gets the audience on my side and prepared for the rest of the show."
    - Paul Romhany

    THE EFFECT: The performer shows a gift box, and talks about how he bought this gift for his four-year-old niece for her upcoming birthday. He then talks about 'coincidences' and wants to try an experiment. Audience members are asked to call out any color, any amount of money, a ladies name and a 'gift' is selected. The selections are written on a whiteboard.

    The lady is invited on stage and SHE TAKES OUT of the gift box a birthday card addressed to the magician's niece whose name matches the one called out ... coincidence ONE. She then takes out a gift certificate for the EXACT amount that was called out ... coincidence TWO ... she then reaches in and takes out the gift which matches her choice AND it is the exact color that was called out. The color, money, name and gift ALL MATCH 100%. Also, the SPECTATOR takes out the items from the gift box.

    Instructions by Paul Romhany
    Illustrations by Mark Parker

    Pages: 52 - 5" x 8" - Softcover - Perfect bound - Black and white photos and illustrations


    Populate by Mark Parker - book - FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE!

    Here is the latest illusion design from Mark Parker. I had the honor of seeing this illusion during it's working stages and then the final production. Let me just say that it is probably the strongest production illusion I've seen in a long time. Even though I know how it works I still couldn't figure out how the heck all those people were produced! This is so much more stronger than than the Jarret Box because this is shown completely empty just before the production. If I were to perform for America's Got Talent THIS would be the one illusion I would perform - it would blow the minds of the audience. When it comes to Illusion Design Mark Parker is without a doubt one of the most creative and original thinkers in the industry. This is why he consults for some of the largest names in the business.

    Populate - An illusionary appearance of a small crowd. Introduction by Eric Olsen of EDF Magic

    This is the first in a series of single illusion publications by renowned Illusion designer Mark Parker, author of illusion books 'Vivify' & 4E Illusion Design.

    Populate is Parkers take on the Guy Jarrett 21 person cabinet.

    In this version an elevated framework structure, screened with fabric is shown completely empty & revolved 360 degrees. In an instant the fabric is stripped away revealing the surprise appearance of 26 people.

    The illusion is self contained, performed away from any backdrops and requires no black art.

    A stunning and surprising appearance of a small crowd of people.

    The illusion is described in detail complete with dimensions and construction notes. The apparatus required is designed to break down into individual sections for easy transport

    Printed in glorious full color throughout, complete with detailed 3 dimensional illustrations.

    "Mark has a devilishly creative mind that scares me!"
    -Lu Chen

    "Populate is a wonderful & surprising illusion. Mark's elegant design solution to this plot is a must read."
    - Charles Bach - Las Vegas

    "Mark Parker is an explosive creative genius of illusion design! A rare combination of style and intellect --sometimes bold and sometimes practical --but always a thing to behold. Fascinating excellence!"
    - Brett Daniels - USA


    Always Remember to Floss by Dan Sperry - IN STOCK

     

    Finally Dan is releasing his famous Razor Blade routine - something I've been waiting to see for a long time. Having seen Dan perform this I can honestly say his routine will leave your audience with a memorable impression! What I like about this is the structure of the routine - it really makes sense. It is also something you can perform surrounded as it's very clean - everything is shown at the tips of the fingers. The idea of using Dental Floss is great as the props aren't 'special' and the audience can relate to them.
    Dan performs this close-up and on stage - so it's a very versatile routine.

    In recent years the gut wrenching Razor Blade swallowing illusion has become increasingly popular. What has always been regarded as a stage routine has now been adapted for close up and street performing environments by Dan Sperry. Using innocent looking every day objects that you can carry on you and set up in a matter of seconds Dan has created a simple yet diabolical switch method that is completely safe and sure to shock and amaze your audience.

    EFFECT:
    Magician displays 3 razor blades and places each blade on the open palm of a spectator. Next he shows a small piece of paper and a box of dental floss. To prove they are real he slices a small piece of paper. He next takes a length of floss from the box and begins to ingest it - showing he has indeed swallowed it by opening his mouth. Finally he places the three blades into his mouth apparently swallowing them as well. After a few moments he produces the 3 blades threaded onto the floss from his unharmed mouth.

    This method and effect can be performed close up and surrounded. The method is extremely simple and can be adapted to stage performance situations as well. There is no limit to the number of blades used in the routine, 3 is just used as an example for close up situations. The gimmick can be assembled in a matter of minutes and effect can be reset in less than 10 seconds - even in front of your audience!

    The effect comes complete with all necessary gimmicks.

    Razor blades not included.