There are always two false rumors about Abbott's Get Together that go around this time of year - the first false rumor is this will be Abbott's last convention and the second false rumor is that the Get Together is sold out.
Neither of these rumors are true, however we do have a couple "sellouts" to mention.
First, the Abbott's 2015 Talent Competition is now full and we will not be accepting any other contestants. The competition will take place at 9:30am Friday August 7th at the Colon High School (contestants may want to be there around 8:30). All who are registered (full, youth, or daily) are invited to attend and vote for the "Peoples Choice Award Winner" which will be announced in the dealers room after the Friday evening show and firework show.
Second, Ron Carnell's 5:30 Thursday show at River Lake Inn is sold out, however he has added a second show, I'll let him explain ... We've added a second one. It's going to be the same show, the same place, the same time -- just a day earlier. Please join us at River Lake Inn this Wednesday, August 5, at 5:30 p.m. for "Inspired: A Tribute to Magic History." Eat, drink, be merry, and still have plenty of time to get to the high school for Abbott's big stage show at eight o'clock. 'Cause there's no such thing as too much magic in Colon!
Once again I would like to say that there are still good seats left for all the evening shows and plenty of bleachers as well. Full, Daily, and Youth Registrations also are available for magicians who want to enjoy the lectures and other scheduled events .
See you at the Get Together in a few days my friends.
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 (Straight) 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!
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!
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.
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.
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 24 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!
A huge collection of magic that contains 6 chapters, nearly 60 pages, and dozens of effects from East India. FREE WITH PURCHASE TILL FURTHER NOTICE
This effect is so baffling because there appears to be no feasible explanation as to how such a strange phenomenon is possible. FREE WITH PURCHASE TILL FURTHER NOTICE
This is one of the greatest card tricks ever invented! No sleight of hand. Easily performed. A real mystifier. By M.F. Zens FREE WITH PURCHASE TILL FURTHER NOTICE
Four methods plus the bonus "Phantom Orchestra" routine. FREE WITH PURCHASE TILL FURTHER NOTICE
The famous Abbott Wrist Tie routine complete with the coat changing routine. Includes secret, presentation, and patter FREE WITH PURCHASE TILL FURTHER NOTICE
Sixteen cards, four of which are the Aces are hopelessly mixed, then returned to the deck. These sixteen cards are then dealt into four heaps and the Aces end up in the heap chosen by the spectator. No skill. No moves. No preparation. Use any deck FREE WITH PURCHASE TILL FURTHER NOTICE
Carey's Paper Tearing Act Manuscript includes the 5 page book version and the original 6 page version (11 pages total). This is the one that has the cut out skeletons. FREE WITH PURCHASE TILL FURTHER NOTICE
This is an improved method of working the Annemann Magazine Test, speed being the feature of this test. FREE WITH PURCHASE TILL FURTHER NOTICE
Improved Muscle Reading instructions include 2 pages and has some very good methodology for what is also known as Hellstromism and cold reading. FREE WITH PURCHASE TILL FURTHER NOTICE
ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY! Over 30 page pdf. Rest assured if you are serious about learning to pickpockets all the information you need is here. Most books on the market today are simply variations on this technique. FREE WITH PURCHASE TILL FURTHER NOTICE
A complete effect, print it out, cut out the props, and you are all set. Includes 5 templates - 2 dollar sign effects, Christmas, Easter, and Halloween. FREE WITH PURCHASE TILL FURTHER NOTICE
In the Fall of 2011 Abbotts put together a collection of Halloween magic and articles that appeared in past issues of Tops magazine between 1936 and 1994. The "2011 Halloween Special" was so successful that we decided to compile the information into a pdf format. FREE WITH PURCHASE TILL FURTHER NOTICE
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 begins. Below is a demo of the Spirit Slates using the sound effect (and also a Glorpy)FREE WITH PURCHASE TILL FURTHER NOTICE