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Robin Parker
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Was Santa good to you? Were your wishes, especially regarding any magic, fulfilled?
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Paul Curry’s World beyond.

Santa must be a fan also.

What about yourself Robin?

Best wishes

Scott O.
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Ah, yes. I knew this question was coming. My answer? Yes, my magical wishes were fulfilled.

I received The "Magic of Michael Ammar" and "Your Name Here".

I started into Ammar’s book last night. Some nice effects and thought provoking essays are to be found within this tome.

Your Name Here is a great effect for table hoppers. Essentially, you can make the writing on your name tag change with the wave of a hand. I like it.

We open gifts on Christmas Eve at my parents. When we arrived home again, there was another gift waiting for me (from me via Priority Mail Smile ) My copy of the Magic Menu the First Five Years was there along with Alpha Mind. Even though it was almost

1:00 am Christmas day I opened Alpha Mind and started working through the effect.

I like it too.

Then I read a bit in The Magic Menu. We did have 17 people coming for Christmas dinner the next day though. So,

I put down the book and went off to bed,

While visions of table hopping danced in my head. . . pleasant dreams.

Scott Smile


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I got a Dean Dill Close-Up Pad and I am in heaven!

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Yes Santa was very good to me this year and I was hoping that he was as good to everyone here at the Cafe.

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I didn't get any magic per se, but I did get some marginally related toys.

First, I got a new Gerber Legend 800 Multi-Tool. No illusionist or magician who works with anything that can break should be without a multi-tool, and this new Gerber is the beefiest one I've ever seen (this coming from a die-hard Leatherman fan, for those with any clue what I'm talking about :o)

Then, I got a nifty new wireless trackball for my computer, which makes surfing this and the other boards I frequent wayyyyy cooler (I'm now two clicks away from all three boards I contribute to, woohoo--and no cords!).

Finally, I got a stack of books on writing, which should prove valuable both to me and to all of you who read my posts, my column in Visions, my books, and my other writings.

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I had a GREAT Christmas!! I finally found someone locally who raises doves... I got a pair from Santa!!!

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Mya Angel
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I got a rock! Smile

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I got a changer bag (finally!!!) and an invisible thread reel...!

I've been wanting both of those for ages!!! LOL, hope everybody else had a great Christmas as well...
Back at the magic...
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I had a trade waiting for me at the post office!

Three Ammar Coin Videos, David Ginn Video, Five Minutes With A Pocket Handkerchief and Jaw Droppers...

Life is good and I'm pleased!

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I got 7 gift certificates man are those usefull

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Michael Peterson
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I got a $1.00 store deck of strippers, 2 decks of mini cards & 3 decks of cheap cards.

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No Paul Curry book that I asked for months ago Smile

Santa must not like me Smile Smile Smile

Jeb Sherrill
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I got all kinds of interesting stuff including an eight-inch Buddhist statue I'd been wanting. Oh yes, and a dvd player that actually plays dvds. What a novel concept.


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One Christmas years ago, I got a call to do my magic show on Christmas eve at a family home in Kalihi. A little girl there was ill with cancer.

December is my busiest month of the year and I was pretty tired from working overtime, but the Uncle who called me was persistent and phoned several days running, so I gave them a very reasonable quote and tried to figure out how to do a portable version of my stage show.

When I got there, no one was ready ("Filipino time" they told me), there were 9 children and adults coming. The more I thought about it, the more I tried to figure a way to do as much of my show in this small downstairs room as I could. Why not, it was Christmas Eve.

My screens were brought in and set up. It was very tight.

The people came in with a beautiful little 9 year old girl, not even in a real wheelchair, just a regular wooden chair with caster wheels attached. Bald from Chemotherapy and with an oxygen tube to help her breath.

Her eyes were wide and attentive. She seemed as excited as the other children though less active. I understood this would be perhaps her last Christmas on earth with her family.

I did my regular show with energy and a smile on my face though inside my heart was sinking. I was just wishing there was something more I could do. I felt like I was on autopilot, part of me standing back and watching. I did all the jokes and bits of business that make people laugh that I'd learned over my lifetime.

These people needed joy. They responded heartily and with tremendous warmth. For a moment everyday life was less important, that is the gift of the entertainer I guess. For once, I was not just "Happy to get everything to work", but very humbled.

Afterwards as they went to food and conversation, I packed everything away to get back and close down the house for my own elder parents who had physical issues to deal with. Here it was Christmas Eve and I was surrounded by mortality, yet I think God let me share what I could do and showed me sometimes it really makes a difference.

I could have used the money I suppose, but they certainly needed it more. The last gift was pressing the $100 in loose bills back into the smiling Uncles hand and saying "That's ok, I have nieces.. Merry Christmas"... His face lit up and he said "Oh! An honest man!" and went to tell his relatives. Maybe to him it seemed like a minor miracle. I had to turn away and leave quickly so he wouldn't see the tears in my eyes.

Being shown you can do something that counts, Isn't that the best gift someone can get? For me, it was the best Christmas gift I can remember.

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This is a true story. I met a relative this past year and learned the little girl had passed away not long after.

Every year and especially at Christmas I hope to do something for a family or Charity that can use what I do. My good friend and longtime assistant Cheryl is also gone due to breast Cancer. If you have any suggestions for things to benefit Cancer or Childrens medical charities I am open to them.

Certainly do yourself some good and go out of your way to do something for people who can really use what you do. Everyone is good at something. You may not always feel appreciated, but somehow, someway I suspect, you always are..

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