Well here it is October and the season of ghosts and goblins is upon us. The Magic Shop moved from the Golden Triangle to the Highlands and we couldn’t be happier with our new digs – more free parking for our customers, no construction next door, and a new beginning in North Denver. I’ve decked out the big picture window for Halloween, and our October 1st Friday art and magic show was a smash hit. We’ve got some creeeeepy new merchandise for the Halloween season — The Fire Book- which bursts into flame at the magician’s command, The Skeleton and the Haunted House Stage Illusion – in which a skeleton magically dis-assembles and re-assembles himself, and a gorgeously illustrated Dia De Los Muertos Bicycle card deck. Also – skull earrings, eerie magic potion bottles, spider-web bags, tombstone necklaces and a new batch of bottled octopuses for our oddity-loving friends. Come on down and check out the Halloween Hullabaloo!
September finds us in our new, improved magic shop! I’ve been seeing hints of fall in the changing leaves and chillier nights. We are excited about our new location in the North Denver Highlands area. We said farewell to the old storefront on Cherokee Row on Sept 1st, and opened our new space Sept 2nd. The magic posters are on the walls, the magic is back on the shelves, the Oddities in their cases, and we’ve got some great new illusions — “Triage” by Danny Weiser, ”Mental Mysteries” by E.R. Hutchison, and the awesome “Bob’s Box” by Bob Swaddling. And we’ve upped the Oddity ante with a line of preserved specimens – Octopuses, Bugs, and Reptiles….Oh My! Make sure to attend our next FREE 1st Friday Event in the new shop — Tricks Treats and Halloween Hijinx - Closeup magic, Fortune Telling, Spirit Conjuring, Complimentary Treats. Happy Fall !
Well, here it is June and tomorrow is the first day of summer. We’re gearing up for a new season here at the shop, getting ready to do some interior painting, bring in new magic items, up the oddity ante, and keep hunting the back roads and out-of-the-way places for unique and unusual vintage and antique curiosities. We have a new visitor to Mago’s Cabinet of Curiosities to join The Fiji Mermaid, the Polar Piranha, and the Shrunken Head…THE MONKEY’S PAW! You know the old classic horror story by W.W. Jacobs…the monkey’s paw grants three wishes to an old couple – with horrifying results (of course – this was a horror story after all). Our Monkey’s Paw resides safely behind glass ready to grant it’s new owner three wishes…but as the old saying goes…”Be Careful What You Wish For…You May Get It”! Our First Friday Magic Show with Gene Gordon was an amazing night of magic and sleight-of-hand, which is Gene’s specialty. As a thunderstorm raged outside, we were cozy and warm inside enjoying the talents of one of our favorite magicians. Note: There will be no 1st Friday Magic Show in July, as it’s 4th of July Weekend. In the meantime, enjoy the launching of summer – season of festivals, backyard BBQs, and ….MAGIC!
Well here it is May and like magic it’s officially SPRING ! I recently returned from a cross-country trek visiting family in Minnesota and shopping for oddities with our faithful Pointer/Border collie Billie Baloney, while Max held down the fort here at the shop. I came back with some doozies — Taxidermy! Weird Anatomy ! Antique Glass Doll Eyes ! Vintage Skeleton Bank – he gobbles coins while his eyes pop out in greedy delight… EEEEK! Come on down and check out the weird and wonderful wares for spring. And talk about cool new magic — Houdini Thumb Cuffs Escape, Fire Wallet by Trickmaster, Criss Angel Mental Freak…and lots more. We’re so excited about our 1st Friday show with renowned Paranormal Illusionist Aiden Sinclair, opener Saia Marz, and art by Ian Gray. This will be one freakalicious triple threat, so don’t miss it!
Well here it is Magic March and spring is definitely in the air – (or under the snow) digging it’s way out slooowly but surely. We’ve got an exciting First Friday show coming up this week – the CIRCUS EMPORIUM SIDESHOW ROAD SHOW! March 6th 7:30pm at the shop – 313 W 11th Ave Denver. The shop is decked out with sideshow oddities, art and curious wares – step right up to see the POLAR PIRANHA ! RODEO CHICKEN ! KING TUT’S SARCOPHAGUS! PREHISTORIC BONE FISH ! ALLIGATOR MAN ! FIJI MERMAID ! and much more… We’ve also got some fun new magic - The Crummy Cookie Trick, which changes pennies to dimes, vanishes in thin air, and restores itself whole after being bitten….this one is deeelicious. And if you’re pining for a little spring to banish the snow blues our new Appearing Flower is just the ticket – no watering required. The snow may be a-flyin and Puskatawney Phil snuggled back in his den, but the shop is cozy and warm and Max is ready to show off his stuff so come out of the cold and into the magic…!
Well here it is February already, which means winter is halfway over, and time to start thinking of Valentines, Chocolates, Flowers, and of course…Magic! Treat yourself to some magic this month — Max is always ready and willing to perform a few tricks for customers, so stroll on down for a little friendly bamboozlement. And you’ll want to say Hello to all the new members of our Cabinet of Curiosities: The Polar Piranha, “Tank” the 7 foot Mummy, The Prehistoric Bone Fish, and the Rodeo Chicken! It’s all gearing up towards our March 1st Friday Sideshow Night – sure to amaze, astound, and titillate. We’ve got all kinds of new delights on loan from the Circus Emporium Odditorium, so come take a peek…if you dare…!
Well here it is 2015 at the magic shop and we’ve been in business for over a year…WOOT ! November and December were a blur, we did great on sales and made lots of new friends. Now it’s time to sloooow things down and get things done. Inventory, cleaning, re-arranging, tax prep… whew. We’ve got some great new products for 2015, including “On Off” by Nicholas Lawrence, in which the magician seems to lift his finger right off his hand…creeepy… Of course we will continue our first friday magic & art shows, they’ve become so popular at times it’s hard to fit everyone in the door, but we manage. And we look forward to hosting lots more talented local magicians. So if you haven’t come down on a first friday, 2015 is the year to see some cool magic and amazing local art!
HAPPY MAGI-DAYS FROM MAGO’S MAGIC SHOPPE ! Wow, December already and it seems just yesterday we were stuffing our faces with turkey and stuffing. Our one -year anniversary celebration Nov 29th was a blast – Misto the Magi astounded and amazed. We’ve stocked our shelves with new magic, oddities, vintage delights, super-fun novelties, jewelry, and gorgeous photo montages by artist Jess Godnai so come on down and check out the holiday madness. We’ve also acquired some fab new vintage magic, including my favorite – a 1960s Abbott’s “Torturette” bed of nails illusion…creeeeepy cool ! And say hello to our collection of vintage 50′s Santa mugs, Dapper Dan, our antique ventriloquist puppet, and our favorite new oddity…well, you’ll have to come in and see it for yourself. Matt’s favorite new card trick is an illusion called “Blizzard”….ultra cool – pop in for a free demo. Make Mago’s magic emporium your favorite gift-shopping, oddity-gazing, magic watching December destination. Cheers!
OK so here it is November, and Mago’s Magic Shoppe is gearing up for Christmas….yeah, yeah I miss the old days when the Christmas season didn’t start until after Thanksgiving too, but when you’re in the retail world sometimes you have to sell our soul to the retail devil. I will wait to decorate the window for Christmas however until after Turkey Day. We’ve got three big orders coming in preparation for the upcoming holidays, Criss Angel Mind Freak magic kits, Bag for Life (Matt’s favorite new illusion — it’s amaaazing!), Dean Dill’s Blizzard, Inception, Bill to Lemon and lots lots more! And now that Night of the Living Dead has closed (my annual show at the Bug Theater), I’m back on the hunt for oddities – prowling estate sales, junk shops and out of the way places for weird and wonderful merchandise. And watch for lots of new pieces of decopaged and repurposed art, locally made jewelry, paintings, prints, dioramas, terrariums, etc. Tis the season to create art ! WOOT! And don’t miss our First Friday Art & Magic show starring local legend Gene Gordon, with art by Cory and Jess Godnai, Max Mago, and Robbielee Coleman.
Can’t believe it’s mid-October already, and I haven’t carved a single pumpkin ! So far October has been creep-ariffic here at the shop, with our resident ghost “Mathias” on hand to chat with customers, and our super-cool new SWAMI FORTUNE TELLER MACHINE (vintage 1950s – featured on a “Twilight Zone” episode starring none other than a young William Shatner). Swami is busy dolling out fortunes and answering customers’ burning questions, and our brand new shop resident THE FIJI MERMAID has moved into our large glass cabinet, formerly occupied by the ALIEN SKULL. Matt and I are crazy busy between the shop and my annual production of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, a stage adaptation of George Romero’s 1968 classic, presented by The Bug Theatre (www.bugtheatre.org). Anyhoo, HAPPY OCTOBER, and come on down to the shop to see what’s shakin’, rattlin’, and rollin for Halloween. We’ve got gorgeous new merch from our resident artists– necklaces with tiny tombstones and zombies in tiny glass tubes, teeny zombie dioramas, skull earrings, zombie celebrity prints, creepy cemetery photos…..you’ve just gotta see it all ! Come on down….if you DARE……