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November 2018

 

Hello ...
News updates on Sharron, Blackpool & The Magic going forward...
Following on from my last Newsletter...I can now bring everyone up to speed, throughout the long silence Colin & I have been busy with the magic of course but I have been dealing with a few health issues which took me away from the main hub for a while, so e-mails and administration has been a little thin on the ground and Newsletters non-existent!! ...Some of you may know that in April I was coming to the end of a series of cataract surgeries which had proven to be successful and I was enjoying my new 'vision' of the World...Colin & I were looking forward to a nice Summer and pressing on with the various back orders & commissions. In July I received a cancer diagnosis which required urgent surgery so the next couple of months were taken up with various tests and treatments...July & August vanished into a complete 'black hole' and September was taken up with healing and recuperation. A few days ago I received some follow up information from my doctors about my recent surgery and the good news is that current tests confirm the cancer has been removed but further surgery is required sometime in the next 4-6 weeks to increase my chances of maximizing on my early diagnosis... My heart condition has caused some complications but this is the best way forward and the quickest way for me to get 'back to normal'... and that suits me just fine. So treatment is ongoing for the foreseeable future and I remain positive, BUT meanwhile I have got a .Magic Business. to run... so best get on with it!!!

Blackpool 2019...
Unfortunately for the first time in 'forever' we will not be attending this fabulous Magic Convention due to my ongoing health issues, we will after so many years of course, miss meeting up with you at this annual event but we do plan to use the 'break' to continue with my treatments and get my health & strength back as quickly as we can and all being well to develop some new magic for later in the year to offer our valued customers through the Website...We wish The Blackpool Magic Club every success and our very best wishes for 2019 Convention and our continued thanks and appreciation for their support & friendship over many years and during this recent period...and of course we look forward to reserving our usual spot at the 'bottom of the stairs' as soon as possible...

So whats going on in 'The Workshop'...
Well, currently Colin is busy working on a 'run' of Six Anniversary Boxed Magic Sets which have been scheduled for delivery in time for Christmas... there are a couple of Special Commissions which are also ongoing *(planned for early 2019)  and of course the Website Orders as they come in... there are also some remaining 'back orders' which have also been moved up to priority status just as soon as possible.... because of the various delays we have encountered this year we have not advertised any new lines or promotions simply because Colin had so much else to deal with...but it is hoped that by the end of this year things will be running a little more smoothly and lead in times will be reduced and back to normal...

The Magic Going Forward...
2018 has offered us a number of challenges, none of which were expected but nonetheless ,challenges that have enabled us to grow on many levels in a good way and in a positive direction...having Five of Hearts Magic has given us something else to focus on (other than ourselves) and keep us grounded in the reality of meeting our responsibilities, paying our bills and getting on with life generally, which in the grande scheme of things is no bad thing...
So for the moment we will continue with the Five of Hearts Website* although from time to time some products will be taken down to give Colin a chance to catch up on existing orders , and then relisted once he has caught up... he is still working full time in the workshop but has reduced his hours in order to facilitate my ongoing care. 
There are no real changes other than the fact that we are a little older and were starting to slow down a little anyway ; so my health issues are just 'side orders' on the main menu ...the important thing is 'The Restaurant is still open' and you can still get your 'Magic' here... 

* We will close off The Anniversary Boxed Sets for Website Ordering for the moment as Colin will be busy with this next ‘run’ for a while, however you can always e-mail me if you would like to pre-order one of these beautiful collectables from the next ‘run’ that Colin will be working on…sales@fiveofheartsmagic.co.uk

Some People say the nicest things….

During a slow period, I went over to visit Colin and Sharron Rose of Five of Hearts Magic at their booth to have a chat and pick up something I had ordered a while back. Colin is a remarkable craftsman with wood and they carry a stunning line of items. 2017 was the 20th anniversary for their company and, to celebrate, Colin created The Anniversary Boxed Magic Set. Limited to only 20, the beautiful wooden box (with wooden hinges and clasp) contains 20 tricks, both classic and new. Everything from the box itself to the pieces inside is handmade by Colin. In addition to the expected but beautifully made Ball Vase, Snapper, Obedient Ball, and brass-tipped magic wand, it contains a set of cups and balls (mine in blond wood), a Chop Cup with a special coin load finale, a Card Box (magnetic flap), spot paddles, a large money machine, billet knife, a spectacular flash card appearance in a wooden frame designed by Pat Page, a close-up size Tipover Box from which you can produce a fistful of coins and silks, and much more … too much to list here. But I can’t not mention the Coin Wand, a prop I’ve wanted since first seeing Al Flosso on Wonderama as a kid. Colin, it turns out, does beautiful work in metal as well. While the Anniversary Boxed Set sells for $1,500, its worth so much more and Colin’s already sold half the run! Colin’s products are often out of stock because he sells things the moment he makes them (or even before he makes them), and so you have to be patient when you order something. It’s well worth the wait. Wander over to www.fiveofheartsmagic.co.uk and tell them The Genii sent you.

 

 


Add some excitement to your next show with 'Russian Roulette'...Adult, Family Friendly or Children's Shows

‘Russian Roulette Routines’have always captured the imagination and racked up the atmosphere and nervous anticipation for the audience; this is one of the reasons why they have remained high in the popularity charts and why so many professional performers have looked to make a mark using their own particular style with this very old concept…it is still one of the most exciting magic presentations to perform and watch… We have for several years now been making a number of variants on a theme, Smash & Stab, Bish Bash Bosh & This Is Your Knife all have their roots in the idea that the magician is going to get hurt …BUT… of course through his magical powers he cheats the inevitable death, torture whatever fate beholds him and lives literally to ‘perform’ another trick…

**Bish Bash Bosh designed for Children's Shows with Egg Cup and the Cabaret Set which offers a Recess to place small objects as an alternative to the Egg

**We have been making this effect for almost fifteen years and it remains one of our most popular lines...

'This Is Your Knife' ...*'Cabaret Edition'...neat, compact and perfect for the more intimate performance...

'This Is Your Knife' Stage Edition *Limited ,Numbered & Made to Order...

Perfect for Television, Stage & Cruise Ship Performances...



Signature Magic…

Magic has an extensive history going back many years of Fine Craftsman ... but it is rare to find a ‘working magician’ who is able to bring thirty plus years of ‘performance’ and experience in the ‘The Magic Art Form’ to his work as a maker of quality magic effects & illusions… Many of Colin’s creations call for precise & detailed work….and in almost all cases, will take several weeks to complete, each stage carefully undertaken and completed before the next stage can begin…

The beginning of any project, is choosing the right wood… choosing each blank of wood carefully from his large stock of varied Hard Woods & Exotics…considering Colour, Grain, Character and Stability is an integral part of the process of making ‘signature magic’… development and experimentation is also part of the process in making sure that his creations not only look good from an aesthetic perspective but that they will work and give 100% reliability in performance…now as Colin celebrates twenty years as Five of Hearts Magic ... he continues with the same level of excellence and attention to detail and his reputation as a maker of Fine Bespoke Magic  has confirmed his place in this enviable Hall of Fame…

His magic collection reflects the Masonic Jeweller, The Turner, The Wood Craftsman, Cabinet Maker, and The Magician, concealed in the unique component parts he makes, the ‘box joints’, metal spring hinges, turned & bevelled edges and of course the understanding and knowledge of knowing what it is he is making and what it has to do in performance … in the guise of a modern day ‘Magic Engineur’ his abilities are not held hostage to one Magician, as in days of old.. He is available to all those who have an appreciation of Hand Crafted Bespoke Magic and an understanding of what ‘Signature Magic’ really means …


People Say The Nicest Things...about 'The Black Jack Briefcase Table'

"...Well as expected the quality and workmanship is second to none and the prop itself is just superb. It has transformed not just the look but also the whole feel of my cabaret/after dinner show! I kick myself that I did not purchase one years ago. There are so many good things to say about this that I will do in due course, for now I just wanted to say a massive thank you again for wonderful service and a beautiful prop!..."


Colin has been amazing over the last few weeks & months, busy juggling quite a lot of complicated ‘builds’ from the website and other back orders & special commissions…after twenty years he is getting quite good at ‘juggling’ but despite what you may think, there is a good side to being so busy in that it does allow him to alternate his work and keep it varied by switching back & forth… keeping his work varied and fresh while working on ‘small runs’ or building repeat issues…the large table in the studio is covered with various boxes containing component parts which will shortly emerge as the recognisable pieces of magic we all know & love… almost a chrysalis to butterfly transformation which I have watched over the years… still very much a process which I marvel at as much today as when I first saw it…meanwhile my role in all of this is to keep the teas, coffees and cold beers flowing and the orders moving down the Workshop Schedule in a timely fashion…with Colin making everything himself and with no outside help or subcontracting of any kind, sometimes the schedule can become a bit of a ‘Moveable Feast’ , but as many of you will understand the ‘hand crafted bespoke aesthetic’ is as much about ‘The Artist ‘ as it is about what he makes… that said some of the larger commissions are running behind currently, but Colin & I are not attending any Conventions so will be home throughout the Summer going forward and plan to have most completed and shipped over the course of the next few weeks…


 

'The Anniversary Boxed Magic Sets'

1997 -2017

Time passes all too quickly and the moments we share together are always worthy of celebration… as we approach our twentieth year of making beautiful hand crafted magic we feel that such a landmark in our personal journey is worthy of something special to mark its passing… We are offering a Brand New Commission “The Anniversary Boxed Magic Sets” in celebration of twenty years of ‘Putting Fine Art into Magic’… a Limited One Time Collection of Twenty Sets, one for each of the years we are celebrating… Each Set will be named & numbered and the Certificates of Provenance will be issued with the Owners Name. The anniversary dates will appear on the Issues but in view of the body of work Colin will begin taking pre-orders now ...

*Our journey began in 1997 and over the years Colin’s reputation as a maker of fine magic has been firmly established around the world, a vast body of work which has been used in magic performance and held in private collections worldwide…this new Limited Edition celebrates not only the past twenty years of his extraordinary work but ensures that his magic continues in these beautiful boxed sets for you to treasure,use and enjoy…

...you can see the names that are still available on the Website page and orders can be placed on line or you can contact me directly atsales@fiveofheartsmagic.co.uk for any additional information or assistance….

***'The Anniversary Boxed Set' Numbers #13 & #14  Available for Pre-Order Now***

He has done it again…

***** Five Star Review on ‘The Houdini’ #1 Anniversary Boxed Magic Set

“…I just opened it up and all I can say is it takes my breath away! I have not even taken the red tissue of the individual effects yet and I love it. I love the way you made the box itself with the wooden hinges and the wooden front clasp.... just exquisite! It’s just "Brilliant" I must say. I can't wait to go through each effect and look at what wood you used and the effect itself (some I own which you know of course). Well done to the both of you! You could have charged double and I would have paid it!”

Charles Van Horn


Companion Pieces…
…very often when building new material for your Show part of the enjoyment is to find effects, apparatus and routines that lead into each other and work well as ‘companion pieces’, very often we have a number of individual ideas which need to be linked together in an entertaining way…this helps with continuity and also adds valuable minutes to your performances… here are a few ideas that you may want to consider… Coin Wand & Coin Stand * Dollar & Half Dollar Editions Available, Orange & Rice Vase & The Shennong Bran Vase for a Classic Victorian Style Presentation, Baffle Box with Hoffman Coin Wand Or Chinese Chopsticks, Jap Box, Silk Wand and Ball & Silk Vase…
 
 
 

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