Thanks to everyone who helped make the 2014 Get Together a huge success! On a fun meter of 1 to 100 most people attending put this at 99 and that is really the best judge of any convention - the fun had by those attending!
Beginning Memorial Day weekend and ending Labor Day weekend, each Saturday beginning at 1pm there will be a 30-50 minute magic show that the whole family can enjoy at Abbotts. Featured magicians such as Gordon Miller and B.J. Mallen will be doing the shows so make sure to visit us on Saturday this summer and have some fun in the Magic Capital of the World, Colon Michigan. Only $5.00 per person these are a great value for a fun family outing.
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! ...Mitchell Leary
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! --Keith Stickley of Dr. Scream's Spook Show Revival
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.... Rocky Clements
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. ...Rick Allen
Did you know that when you purchase anything (even a $4 dollar download) from Abbotts online store we include several magic freebies (the access info is at the bottom of your invoice). Currently we have 20 freebies available to you which is the most we have ever offered. Most of these are pdf files, one is a sound file that you can use on your Ipod (or similar device) to add the sound of chalk moving during a spirit slate routine. Below is a list of our current freebies!
Pet ideas and effects, only the cream of the crop have been selected. Ormond McGill is the author of this 61 page pdf and describes it as a "Scrapbook of Magic" which includes chapters of Scrapbook Card Effects, Scrapbook Mental Effects, Scrapbook Miscellaneous, Thoughts on Opening and Closing, and a Magical Sensation - Walking through a Keyhole.
By Eddie Joseph. You are about to behold a MENTAL MIRACLE and instead of only one subject which I usually employ I am going to engage the cooperation of FIVE for the express benefit of the sceptic. From this point the mentalist turns his back on the spectators and does NOT face them again until after everything is over.
Here are over forty of the most unusual, unique and amazing new tricks that can be worked with paper. Paper tricks are easy to carry and are most effective. Written by U.F. Grant during his stay with Abbott's in the early 1940's.
Tricks With Magnets includes 9 pages and is a very old manuscript from UF Grant from his days at Abbotts.
A girl’s head is locked in this small chest. The power is turned on and the electrical equipment on top of the panel buzzes and flashes on and off making a most impressive sight. The top, back and front of the chest are now opened and the girl’s head is completely missing. The performer places his hand to the rear, passes object to the rear, etc., so all can see that they are viewing clear through the cabinet. If there happens to be a back drop or curtain on stage, this is pulled aside so all may see the bare wall at the rear. This is one of of the most baffling effects ever witnessed in magic.
By Percy Abbott. Contents of “Secrets of Occidental & Oriental Mysteries” (which is also known as "Magic For Magicians") include: Fingertip Card Protection, It Hasn’t Started Yet, Mental Masterpiece, Double-over Card Steal, Testing Strength, The Game Of Thirty One, Thirty Cards, Twitching Muscle, Two To Four Ball Move, Novel Four Ball Production, Mouth Ball Move, The Last Ball Move, Closed Fist Ball Move, Four Thimble Vanish, Passing Thimbles, Body Load, Disappearing and Reappearing Coin Stand, The Hairy Match, Comedy Penetration, The Repeat Candle, Vanish Of Grains Of Rice, An Egg Bag Move, Flashy Pagodas, The Lung Tester, Dry Wine, A Novel Load, Wine and Water, Clink Coins, Double Effect Silk Transposition, Flash Cigarette, Handkerchief Box, The Haunted House, Strait Jacket Fake, The A.B.C. of Ventriloquism, Chapeaugraphy, Chinese Double Bowl Production and Five Trays, Chinese Rice Bowls, and much, much more.
Tops Treasury of Dove Magic was compiled by none other than Abbotts own Neil Foster. The manuscript is 29 pages long and all about dove magic and also the care of doves.
By “Sparky - The Magic Clown”. Forty-eight pages, thirty-seven different figures, type completely re-set plus fifty-five crystal clear Ed Harris illustrations and a special Ed Harris art cover.
Abbotts has quite a variety of Spirit Slates but one thing we like to add to a Spirit Slate routine is a sound effect. The sound file here should play on any Ipod or MP3 player and once it is played, you will get about one minute of silence before the chalk sounds begin (What I had to do was create a playlist for just this sound, that made it easy to find and also prevented a songe from playing after it is finished).
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!