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Topic: My Halloween Show on DVD
Message: Posted by: TommyJ (May 21, 2010 01:52PM)
Release date: June 15th, 2010

Hi everyone! I am SO excited about my new DVD coming out in June!

I am posting this here on Little Darlings because it IS a kids show and it is for kid-show magicians who are looking for some great ideas for a Halloween show.

In October of 2009 I had my Halloween magic Show videotaped by a professional video service. It was a two camera shoot in front of a live elementary school audience of about 300 kids. The DVD will show my 45 minute Halloween magic show complete without interruption followed by a 30 minute explanations session. The show is loaded with material, all Halloween themed, and with safety tips added which helps to sell this show to schools and libraries.

The great thing about this DVD is that many of the props you will see me using are made by "Yours Truly" and can be made at very little cost . . . .

Routines on the DVD will include my musical opener with the Multiplying eyeballs (Fakini) with a surprise ending. The Silver Scepter performed in my own wacky style. Bunnicula's Castle (rabbit production). My rendition of The Cat made famous by one of my favorite magicians Trevor Lewis (a routine I know you will like and use!!!)
My handling of Flashlite Fun followed with the Ghost Gavel(a Gavel that is haunted by spirits!)

Also, The Haunted Jack-O-Lantern, a prop easily made and the perfect running gag for a Halloween show. The flying Ghost which is a hilarious 7 minute routine with an audience volunteer and a picture of a ghost. The floating skull of Dracula . . . you've probably never seen a zombie performed in this fashion before! My handling of Mike Bent's "Forgetfull Frankie" performed with a routine loaded with Halloween safety (The educators love this!)(Don't worry Mike, no secrets revealed, but I'm sure you will benefit from this video!) And what show wouldn't be complete without "The Viper!!!!"

I KNOW there is something for everyone on this DVD along with LOTS of antics and one-liners. I am hoping this new DVD will be a video resource for kid-show magicians for years to come.

The attachment below is a pic taken from a "still shot" from the actual video and shows my stage set up. Will be releasing on June 15. Retail price $34.95plus P&H. Pre order until June 15th for 29.95 plus postage. Pm me if interested. You WON'T be disappointed!!!

Tommy James
Message: Posted by: TommyJ (May 24, 2010 07:20PM)
Thank you for all the people who have pre ordered. When I make a promo for this dvd I will paste the link here!
Message: Posted by: TommyJ (Jun 6, 2010 11:09AM)
Update: The duplication company has informed me that I will have the DVD's in my possession by June 18th. Anyone who has pre-ordered . . . I have already notified you via e mail that I will ship them out to the you same day they arrive in my hands.

The show was recorded in front of 300 elementary school students in October of 2009.
On this DVD you will get to see first-hand how each routine plays out in front of a live audience and their reactions and responses to each routine. You will see that EVERY routine works in this show and there is something for everyone. I especially love the high-pitched screams from the kids as the "Skull of Dracula" begins to rise and then peek over the cloth . . . priceless!

Attached is the jpeg of the DVD cover. Anyone interested in pre ordering, I will honor any orders til June 15th. Send $32.95 to Pay Pal I.D Tommyjamesmagic@yahoo.com

After the 15th price is $34.95 plus shipping.

I LOVE THIS DVD!!!!! :)
Message: Posted by: kazam65 (Jun 9, 2010 07:34AM)
Tommy,

The picture looks great! I have a Magic Backdrop as well and love it. The added "Sign" you have at the top really adds to the look of your stage.

Do you include other ideas and tips such as how/where to get the shows?

Thanks,
Alan
Message: Posted by: TommyJ (Jun 9, 2010 02:31PM)
Hi Alan,

Thanks for the compliments :)

This is the first year I've used the sign and it really compliments the backdrop and whole theme of the show.I love Jeff's backdrops. I started with the standard one but after he offered the bigger one I had to purchase it.

I don't go into a lot of detail on the DVd about marketing the show. I really only market this to schools and libraries and offering safety in this show makes this a no-brainer to market. I mail a simple post card with a cover letter in an envelope to schools and libraries at the end of August and the calls start rolling in. When speaking to a potential client on the phone I tell them straight out that it is not an entire show of Halloween safety. It is a high-energy, exciting Halloween magic show with safety tips in parts of the program. I market it as;

"The Halloween Magic Show"
With Halloween Safety

It is the bottom line of that advertisement that I strongly feel markets the show, especially to the schools. The entire show is not safety themed, as that would be boring to kids. There are three skits that I perform in the show with safety tips. One is The Cat by Trevor Lewis which has a built in safety theme of "Wear something BRIGHT at NIGHT"
I also have included my routine with Flashlight Fun (You can tell I like Trevor Lewis huh? )
And I have come up with a nice routine utilizing Mike Bent's Forgetful Frankie which covers many Halloween safety tips . . . so the kids are learning and they don't even know it!

One thing I know magicians will enjoy on this DVD is my routine with the Zombie Skull, especially the ending which is hilarious if I have to say so myself! After the skull goes wild, I place the " Skull of Dracula" back into his box, and the lid slowly starts to rise and the kids go nuts . . of course I don't see it right away (look don't see) and I play it up a couple of times. I go into detail on how to make the zombie skull AND the box at the end of the DVD.

Expected delivery of the DVD is June 18th. I can't wait!

Tommy
Message: Posted by: kazam65 (Jun 10, 2010 10:37PM)
As good as the Zombie Skull routine sounds, a quick google search shows that it has been discontinued and is no longer available :( I am guessing you show how to rectify this with the normal Zombie ball?

Also...any luck with the Promo Vid?
Message: Posted by: TommyJ (Jun 10, 2010 10:59PM)
I made my Zombie Skull. Around Halloween season you will find styrofoam skulls in the craft store and halloween retail stores. They are very inexpensive and sell for 5-6 bucks. You simply cut a hole in the back of the skull to accept the zombie gimmick. I explain this all on the DVD . . . wait til you hear the screams from the kids in the audience during this routine!

I am getting together with the editor of my DVD Monday June 14th to make the promo and hope to have it up on You Tube Tuesday. I will post the link here when it is up.
Message: Posted by: Michael238 (Jun 11, 2010 09:29PM)
The Cat by Trevor Lewis is it explained on:
Childrens Lecture DVD by Trevor Lewis?
Message: Posted by: TommyJ (Jun 11, 2010 09:48PM)
I PM'd you. It was originally on a VHS by Trevor Lewis and Hank Lee has the manufacturing rights.
I do not go into how The Cat works, as it is a marketed effect and I was not at liberty to reveal secrets to marketed effects on my DVD. I DO explain the workings of my own tricks on the DVD. The other marketed effects I use are Forgetful Frankie, The Viper, Ghost Gavel (Real Cool for a Halloween show!) Flashlight Fun. Most magicians that will purchase this DVD will already know how these effects work especially if you have been into magic for some time.
Message: Posted by: TommyJ (Jun 14, 2010 09:11PM)
Promo Video now available on You Tube. Hope ya like it!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctf6DYU1JLk
Message: Posted by: jiayi (Jun 14, 2010 10:22PM)
That looks great Tommy!
Message: Posted by: Bill Scott (Jun 14, 2010 10:28PM)
Tommy, Wow, what a great promo video - can't wait to receive my copy of the actual Halloween Video. Many Thanks.
Message: Posted by: TommyJ (Jun 15, 2010 03:42PM)
Thanks guys. I've deleted the promo video that you watched and here is an updated one. The other one was too long at 7 minutes and after some feedback I decided to shorten it to 5 minutes.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3lHei7k2-o

I hope everyone that purchases a DVD not only enjoys it thoroughly but will find material that they can USE.

Tommy
Message: Posted by: magic4kids (Jun 15, 2010 04:50PM)
Looks like a lot of fun. Can't wait to get mine.

Perry
Message: Posted by: jskalon (Jun 15, 2010 10:40PM)
Great promo Tommy! It looks like a great show.
Message: Posted by: Harv (Jun 16, 2010 06:48PM)
Excellent...can't wait for my DVD!!!
Message: Posted by: TommyJ (Jun 19, 2010 09:31AM)
Thank you for everyone who pre ordered, your DVD's are on their way! Enjoy!

Tommy :)
Message: Posted by: Ken Dumm (Jun 19, 2010 10:11AM)
Wow Tommy..looks great...

Ken
Message: Posted by: TommyJ (Jun 19, 2010 11:17AM)
Thanks Ken :nod:
Message: Posted by: Bill Scott (Jun 21, 2010 02:54PM)
Tommy,

My copy of your Halloween DVD arrived this morning and I've had a chance to view the entire show.

You should be proud. What an excellent DVD!!!

You really did a masterfull job of entertaining and intergrating safety tips for the kids in this high energy Halloween show.

Thank you very much for sharing your work with us.

Bill
Message: Posted by: Michael238 (Jun 21, 2010 04:05PM)
Mine too
Message: Posted by: Michael238 (Jun 21, 2010 07:14PM)
This DVD is a 10 out of 10!
Skull Zombie is worth the price of the DVD alone.
Forgetful Frankie story is right up there with David Ginn's handling of Ben Carson(Air Head Rudy)
Buy this, it will not disappoint you.The Viper, Ghost Gavel Flashlight Fun are aall pretty much standard routines with an outstanding halloween twist.
Message: Posted by: TommyJ (Jun 21, 2010 09:05PM)
Wow Bill and Mike. Thank you both for taking the time to write your review! I am so happy that you like it!!!
Message: Posted by: magic4kids (Jun 24, 2010 06:03PM)
I just finished watching the DVD. I agree with the above posts that this DVD is a 10 out of 10. I will also add that I found the explanation portion of the disc to very insightful. A lot of creativity here.
Well done Tommy!
Message: Posted by: Harv (Jun 24, 2010 07:07PM)
I was really impressed with Tommy's Measle Teasel wand and decided to buy his Halloween DVD. I have to agree with the others...a solid 10 out of 10. The routines are excellent (the Floating Skull of Dracula is a riot..the reaction of the kids in the audience says it all!) The explanation portion is really thorough and Tommy shows how to make many of the props (Bunnicula's Castle rabbit production, Floating Skull and box, Haunted Jack'o'lantern and side table, Alien Impression to name a few) at a surprisingly reasonable cost. If you're looking for ideas for a Halloween show this DVD is a must buy.
Message: Posted by: Michael238 (Jun 28, 2010 11:01AM)
This is a must see DVD
Message: Posted by: TommyJ (Jun 28, 2010 07:45PM)
:) I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!!
Message: Posted by: Michael238 (Jun 29, 2010 10:33PM)
I will be saving some moola for a Measle Teasle Wand....but I have heard a rumor there may be another DVD in the near future?
Message: Posted by: TommyJ (Jun 30, 2010 07:48AM)
You've heard right Mike! I will be recording my "Read to Achieve" magic show in the Fall. Tons of material that I have been doing for years in schools and libraries. I will keep you informed!

Tommy
Message: Posted by: Michael238 (Jun 30, 2010 08:00AM)
Cool beans! I want one , put me on the list!
Message: Posted by: T.House (Jun 30, 2010 11:13AM)
I cannot find The Cat on the Hank Lee site. Does anyone know if it is still being manufactured?

Bruce
Message: Posted by: Brian Lehr (Jun 30, 2010 03:05PM)
Woo Hoo! My copy just arrived today. Looking forward to watching it tonight.

Brian
Message: Posted by: TommyJ (Jun 30, 2010 04:00PM)
[quote]
On 2010-06-30 12:13, T.House wrote:
I cannot find The Cat on the Hank Lee site. Does anyone know if it is still being manufactured?

Bruce
[/quote]

I JUST spoke with a rep from Hank Lee's. They DO manufacture it, and they only have one or two left in stock and I've been told they do not know if they will be manufacturing any more. So if you want one you'd better call right away.

Tommy
Message: Posted by: Michael238 (Jun 30, 2010 11:00PM)
Wellll...anyone have one for sale around here?
Message: Posted by: Futureal (Jul 1, 2010 03:56AM)
Looking forward to your reading show and anything else you release Tommy.
Message: Posted by: TommyJ (Jul 1, 2010 07:07AM)
[quote]
On 2010-07-01 00:00, mrlucky wrote:
Wellll...anyone have one for sale around here?
[/quote]

Call Hank Lee right away. Like I said, he only has one or two left.
Message: Posted by: TommyJ (Jul 1, 2010 07:08AM)
[quote]
On 2010-07-01 04:56, Futureal wrote:
Looking forward to your reading show and anything else you release Tommy.
[/quote]

Thanks so much!
Message: Posted by: TommyJ (Jul 1, 2010 02:13PM)
Update on "The Cat" Just got an e-mail from Hank Lee's stating they just sold their last two "The Cat" today. They were going to discontinue it but decided after selling these last two and getting a couple more inquiries due to my DVD, they are going to make another run of them. I was told they will be available in 6-8 weeks in time for the Halloween season . . . I'm going to buy a spare one for myself!
Message: Posted by: Michael238 (Jul 1, 2010 03:35PM)
They also have free shipping right now!
Message: Posted by: magicguyri (Jul 9, 2010 12:05PM)
Tommy. Once again you are right on the money. Great material, well executed DVD.
Thank you!
Message: Posted by: Michael238 (Jul 9, 2010 04:11PM)
For The Cat, to do it Tommy's way, you will need 2 white, 2 yellow, and 2 orange silks that are not included in The Cat from Hank Lee.
Message: Posted by: TommyJ (Jul 9, 2010 09:26PM)
Thanks for mentioning that Mike. I should have stipulated that. The original silks that come with the trick is an 18" yellow and a multi colored silk. I do not use Trevor Lewis' handling of the trick. I use six 18" silks. They are cheap enough these days.
Message: Posted by: MoonRazor (Jul 30, 2010 08:38AM)
Great Job Tommy........ I give it 2 Wands Up!
Message: Posted by: Paul Rathbun (Jul 30, 2010 08:46AM)
Does anyone have a link to the cat?
Message: Posted by: TommyJ (Jul 30, 2010 07:36PM)
[quote]
On 2010-07-30 09:46, Paul Rathbun wrote:
Does anyone have a link to the cat?
[/quote]

Hank Lee is supposed to have them made by September. Hopefully they will put an ad on their site advertising it soon.
Message: Posted by: magicone (Aug 6, 2010 11:17AM)
Just saw the promo (yeah, I'm late :) ) EXCELLENT !! Nice to see a DVD on this theme.
Message: Posted by: TommyJ (Aug 6, 2010 01:45PM)
Thanks! I've been getting e mails with compliments from around the globe! I just hope everyone that purchases a dvd will get plenty of material they can utilize in their acts.
Message: Posted by: Regan (Apr 10, 2014 11:12AM)
I know this is an old thread, but is Mike Bent's, "Forgetful Frankie" still being made?
Message: Posted by: Regan (Apr 10, 2014 11:35AM)
I know this is an old thread, but is Mike Bent's, "Forgetful Frankie" still being made?
Message: Posted by: TommyJ (Apr 10, 2014 08:09PM)
I THINK Mike still makes them. Did you check out his web site?
Message: Posted by: TommyJ (Apr 10, 2014 08:11PM)
I THINK Mike still makes them. Did you check out his web site?

Here is the link to his site and it says sold out. E Mail Mike and ask him when he will have more.
Message: Posted by: TommyJ (Apr 10, 2014 08:11PM)
Why did we just repeat ourselves?
Message: Posted by: charliecheckers (Apr 10, 2014 09:03PM)
After seeing this performed in Tommy's DVD a few years back, I hunted around and luckily got one from Hank Lee's right before his place closed. Now I see that Hocus Pocus appears to have them available here: http://www.hocus-pocus.com/magicshop/
I look forward to my Halloween Show all year, when I bring Frankie and friends back into the show.
Message: Posted by: TommyJ (Apr 10, 2014 09:41PM)
[quote]
On Apr 10, 2014, charliecheckers wrote:
After seeing this performed in Tommy's DVD a few years back, I hunted around and luckily got one from Hank Lee's right before his place closed. Now I see that Hocus Pocus appears to have them available here: http://www.hocus-pocus.com/magicshop/
I look forward to my Halloween Show all year, when I bring Frankie and friends back into the show.
[/quote]

Me too! I LOVE performing my Halloween show. It's just so . . different and fun. (Well, ALL shows are FUN)
Message: Posted by: charliecheckers (Apr 10, 2014 09:59PM)
Tommy - your Lopsided Cyclops is an absolute killer! It's the only time of year I do a Zombie effect, and I can already see the kids going nuts again this year.
Message: Posted by: TommyJ (Apr 11, 2014 08:07AM)
[quote]
On Apr 10, 2014, charliecheckers wrote:
Tommy - your Lopsided Cyclops is an absolute killer! It's the only time of year I do a Zombie effect, and I can already see the kids going nuts again this year.
[/quote]

Love to hear that!
Message: Posted by: Regan (Apr 19, 2014 08:13AM)
I did check with Mike. He does not have them right now. I can't find it at Hocus Pocus either.
Message: Posted by: charliecheckers (Apr 19, 2014 11:46AM)
Sorry to hear that. I suspect they are not currently available anywhere as a new item.
Message: Posted by: T.House (Apr 20, 2014 08:33AM)
I just listed Forgetful Frankie For Sale on Let's make a deal.