The winter is in full bloom here at the Magic Capital, but one great thing about this time of year is that the Abbott event schedule is full. Lets take a quick look.
31 Flavors of Magic - takes place April 22 2017. The entire village of Colon (all two or three blocks of it) will become a Midway of Magic, with each location and storefront hosting its own taste of mystery. All of the restaurants, all of the bars, all of the magic shops, will be participating. Visitors can enjoy close-up magic, parlor magic, stage, mentalism, street performers, and kids’ shows simply by walking out one door and into another.
Hank Moorehouse Flea Market and Auction - takes place 9am - 1pm May 13, 2017. Free to attend, seller tables are available for $25.00 each. Price goes up to $30 on May 1st. There will be one auction at the noon hour, and this will allow you to also put 1 items in the auction. Seller tables sell out early !
Abbott's 80th Magic Get Together - takes place August 2-5 2017. Be a part of Magic History as we continue the tradition started in 1934 and watch the population of a small midwest town double in size. Each of the four days ends with a world class magic and variety show held in the air-conditioned Colon High School Auditorium. These are not your average birthday party magicians and each show is different, with comedy, large illusions, variety acts, and much more. Intermission at each show will feature a Great American Sideshow event outside. Tickets for the show are $25.00 for reserved seats, $20.00 for a bleacher seat.
MAGIC FLEA MARKET MAY 13
Attendance in the Hank Moorehouse Auction and Flea market is free, you only need to purchase a booth/table if you want to sell magic.
Now over a quarter century old, the Abbott Flea Market/Auction (Renamed to honor its founder, Hank Moorehouse) is an annual event which takes place May 13, 2017. A limited number of Flea Market tables are available for $25.00 each (One table only please). Price goes up to $30 on May 1st. There will be one auction at the noon hour, and this will allow you to also put 1 items in the auction. Tables sell out early !
Remember, attendance in the auction and flea market is free, you only need to purchase a booth/table if you want to sell magic. For the latest info check out Flea Market Update PDF.
Side Show Coming To Town
Abbott's is very pleased to announce the "Return of the Great American Sideshow" will be at the 80th Get Together and open before the evening shows and during intermission of the evening shows. Each night will feature a different sideshow event such as "The Electric Chair", "The Girl in the Fishbowl", etc. The Get Together takes place August 2-5 2017 and we have many other exciting things planned in addition to the evening shows and lectures. You're going to love it!
Greg: Received book today (Abbotts Compendium). WOW WHAT A BOOK. That will give me something to read this winter. If not before. Thanks
I just thought I’d let you know that the box arrived safe and well at it’s new UK home yesterday….I ‘killed’ with it this morning! I am so pleased with the box, it’s quality and what I can do using the unique method it uses (I just beamed from ear to ear when I saw the method!).
A delightful effect, thank you so much for getting it to me!
Martin Jones - Shrewsbury, UK
Derek Kennedy here from Ft Worth Texas (Les Bartons friend).
I just wanted to thank for a couple of things.
First being a Magic Shop owner myself I know how hard it is to "Host" events (while you are open for business) like you did this past May for the Magic Collectors Weekend, so thanks to you and your staff for making it a really fun time!!! Also for going out of your way to help locate the Instructions for the Spirit Paintings!!! Now it makes sense. Again I really do appreciate it.
This was only the 2nd time I had been to Abbotts, the first was 30 years ago for the 1985 Get Together. And that year I was lucky enough to have been part of Abb Dickson's "Kitchen Act".
30 years is a long time, I had just opened my Shop in February of 85 and I am not sure how I could get away long enough to drive up and back from Texas!! Being a long (longer than me) time shop owner you would understand that more than most would. But wow, things have change in the last 30 year...we are in a unique business, the Magic business is not quite what it once was.
Anyway I enjoyed myself so much with being in Marshal and visiting Abbotts, (this past May) that I and my other half (Kathy) have registered for this years Get Together.....I figured that I had better not wait another 30 years before coming back!!!
Again thanks for all and looking forward to a fun time in a couple of weeks!!!
Best to you...
Hi Greg, I am very pleased with every single item you sent! I knew I would be happy with the Mammoth Silk and am quite pleasantly surprised at how nice the dark red 12 inch silks and the 9 inch "wand" silks turned out. Please tell Karin for me that she did a wonderful
job on this special order! I don't say this lightly as I am usually pretty particular about
what I want. She really knows her stuff, doesn't she! You are lucky to have her. And I
am lucky to now know who to ask if I ever have another silk dyeing request. (By the way,
thank you for sending the extra 9 inch "wand" silks.)
The best (Strait) Jacket is the Abbott's Jacket. That is the one we use. Email my friend Greg Bordner - He can get you the information you need
Hi Greg, received with thanks the floating light bulb. Now I understand the Abbott magic quality, I like the product very much and will surely order more from you. Regards from India,
Greg, I've done business with your company since 1975. I always prefer your craftsmanship over your competitors in that time. You were able to take a worn out homemade mini zig-zag and build a professional one in it's place. I've always have had great reception to this prop which was why it was worn out to begin with. I wish you the same as you put it on the market. I have some other ideas that might sell for you so I'll try to get down some time to see you and maybe even have another prototype to play with. Thanks again for a great job and may this year be a blessing.
Received the slates yesterday. Fantastic service, getting an out-of-stock item to me in record time. This is the first time I've come across and ordered from Abbott's website. However, when I got into magic some 45 years ago, Abbott's was basically the ONLY place for magic - I still remember the 1 1/2 inch thick catalog (or maybe I just remember it that way, as a youth). Anyway, I will reiterate. Fantastic service, getting an out-of-stock item to me in record time. Saved my New Years plans. Thanks so much.
I got my Vapr yesterday and it is WAY more exciting than I anticipated. One
of the best products I've ever purchased. I can't wait for my next show
to plug it in and use it. I am also surprised how easy it really is to use.
So many times, the promo videos make things look easier than they are but
this is simple and well thought out. You have added to my list of blessings
to count this Thanksgiving Day.
Dear Greg, The Eight Foot Jet Set arrived on my doorstep this morning. It is magnificent! What a clever design - it folds down to nothing but looks HUGE. I am really amazed at the stability of the Jet Set. You do have to be careful to steady it while putting the curtain over the stand, but once it's up, it is very stable, It only takes ONE PERSON around ONE MINUTE to put up. The stand fits perfectly into my Gator speaker stand case, so it hasn't really added any volume to what I already carry. I am very pleased, Greg. Thank you once again for having the red/black curtain made up - it was well worth the slight wait - and also for your excellent and courteous service. Regards,
Just got the Den-O-Zen and wow...what a nice job! It really looks great and if the paint scheme you did for me isn't now the standard for this trick...it should be. Again, thanks and nice job.
Just received my Mail Bag and wanted to say GREAT JOB! The construction is top notch! Great quality and I couldn't be happier! Thanks Abbott's!!
I'm loving my new Mutilated Parasol that I bought during the Get-Together! Thanks to all of you at Abbott's for the excellent quality--what a great piece of magic!
DARK MATTER SECRETS REVIEW
I have a library of over 4,000 books on magic and I feel qualified to state that it's simply the best Halloween resource of genuine Halloween magic secrets ever published...and you can quote me on that.
I got this book in the mail last night and feel like I owe Abbotts some more money. You get a LOT of magic for your money here. Individually these tricks, illusions and effects would have cost you hundreds of dollars. Abbotts is using a print on demand service so you get a REAL BOOK, not some plastic comb binding other dealers use. I can't say enough good things about Dark Secrets, I hope Abbotts does more of these projects. At $25 this book could easily have sold for three times the price and still been a bargain!
In a world where the "good stuff" is hidden in obscure pamphlets and magazines long forgotten, Dark Matter Secrets stands out as a real treasure. This book contains literally hundreds of usable pieces of magic you aren't likely to find on your own - all in one volume. The magic imps at Abbott's combed through their vaults in search of some of the best releases from their nearly 80 years in business, re-type set most of it, and put it in this beautiful volume. From close-up bizarre magic, to major stage illusions, it's all here. It's about time someone puts a QUALITY product on ink and paper for professionals and hobbyists alike. If "Halloween" and "spooky" is your thing, you are going to LOVE this book from Abbott's!
Greg, Thanks for a wonderful compilation of great Abbott spook magic. It truly is a must for anyone interested in the history or performance of such material, and a perfect product to come out of an old black building with skeletons on the front! Hope all is well in Colon.
Got my copy of Dark Matter Secrets on Monday (Ordered on Friday) What a trip down memory lane for me. I actually used the plans for the Burning Alive, Spider Girl and Headless Women back in the late 60's. It's a great book, thanks Greg Bordner.