It's been 5 years since Steve sat in the smoke filled front room of the old Denny & Lee shop in Rosedale Maryland and engaged in serious discussion with Denny about his plans. Steve had decided to transition from performing magic to making magic. Denny's opinion mattered almost more than anyone else. Denny knew the magic market, the gaps, and the excesses and what Steve had to offer the magic fraternity. Denny was extremely excited to see what Steve would do in his next magic chapter and we both wish he was here to see it.
Twenty three years of dedication to operating a haunted house was coming to a close. After 50 years of living in the same exact town we were moving. The kids were transitioning into adulthood. We embraced all the changes in our private, and business lives, and dove in to create Steve Myers Magic, a sort of dream that we never thought we would have time for.
I'm here to tell you, you need to make time for your dreams. Step out of your comfort zone, make the change, and MAKE TIME for what you want. Whenever I didn't meet the needs or expectations of people, including myself I used to say, "life gets in the way of the best intentions". My views and goals have changed. Now I say "nothing in life will get in the way of my best intentions". Steve's capabilities far surpassed our expectations and intentions for SMM. We thought we would sell a few cigars, Malini eggs, and a couple card boxes, but thanks to our amazing customers we've grown into a product line with over 50 items/variables to choose from. All made by hand, one at a time, by Steve!
Our aspirations remain as they always have been; a handmade quality product, and exemplary customer service!
Our advice for the New Year - Don't let anything get in the way of your best intentions or aspirations in 2023! -Jen
The most recent Bob Littles convention was a great way to see old friends and introduce new products! It seems the best seller this year was the chop cup loads, olives, strawberries and cherries as well as the hold out magnet and the ever popular hank pull! Thanks for stopping by our table!
SANTA STEVE will be busy being jolly and eating cookies for the next 6 weeks! We're still in the magic business, but please wait on custom requests till after the first of the year. Thanks!
Steve needs to feed his artistic desires!
The newest Steve Myers Magic items are lit and unlit old school fatty joints, lit and unlit classic cigarettes with filter, and the vintage 1940's Lucky Strike (unfiltered) lit or unlit.
Shims are available in all for an added $25. See our full line of smokin' manipulation goods!
It can't be fall ...but it IS. Custom orders are on hold until the first of the year!
Santa gigs are booking, and we're trying to prep for the next convention - Bob Littles Super Sunday is November 13th this year. We will have new products to bring with us! We've added cherries, strawberries, olives, BREAD!, Hey Pumpkin!, Olive it when you call me Big Poppa, and more! We are looking forward to seeing everyone in Bensalem, PA again!
Starting the day after Bobs, Steve will put magic to the side until December 26th. I will still package up orders, and offer the same great customer service and attention as always :)
Hope to see you at Bobs!
The newest collapsible rubber production item! It's the perfect production item to pair with our skull! Fits in with perfectly during Halloween, and with the classic ghost show.
BREAD - "LOAF LOAD" is a collapsible production item. Current intro price $40.
CHERRIES & STRAWBERRIES for cups and balls, and chop cup too!
Sold individually. $10 EACH COLD, $15 EACH HOT.
The economy, and general cost of living increases have pushed shipping charges to the point of becoming a luxury service. A luxury akin to flying first class, or drinking a bottle of Chateau Margaux Margaux....
Ok, maybe not THAT luxurious. We never wanted the leipzig cigar, or the malini egg to be a luxury item. We want them in the workers hands for a fair price. The cost of food and gas can fluctuate but I've never heard of the U.S. postal service lowering shipping costs. Until we can find a way to handle international shipments we have ceased most international shipping.
The cheapest way to ship international is USPS first class shipping. Unfortunately this shipping option does not track items door to door and offers NO insurance! If the package is lost in transit, the seller will need to refund the buyer, and will lose the money and the product. If the seller decides to re-ship items, now the seller loses even more money paying for shipping all over again as well as more unpaid stock, meanwhile taking a chance that the same issue will happen again. This is acceptable if you're a large business. Mom & Pops can't keep taking a hit like this.
Priority International shipping offers full tracking and insurance over $50 is extra. The cost has become prohibitively expensive! Insurance ensures we can fight to get money refunded when packages are lost or damaged. However, if we sell a $22 Malini egg to a customer in Germany, do they want to pay $68 to ship?
It has become such a fragile time for small businesses, and Boutique style shops that want to offer reasonably priced QUALITY items. The inhibitory fees to pay by credit card, and fees for international currency conversion are exorbitant.
For now we will continue to ship to UK, and current customers who have successfully ordered in the past. We will also consider shipping larger international orders on a case by case basis.
If you can, I recommend reaching out to magician friends, get a group order together and share the shipping costs.
Thanks for understanding!
Benjamin Franklin said, "Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing". In the world of magic there are so many books. Good books. Great books. Just when you think it's all covered, a new great book comes out!
Max Malini King of Magicians, Magician of Kings by Steve Cohen. A beautiful, thick bundle of blue and gold. With over 500 pages / FIVE POUNDS of details and descriptions of 95 Malini tricks, pictures of Malini's personally owned props, stories of Max's world travels, AND even a mention about where to find a modern egg for the Malini Egg bag. You guessed it. Right here. Thanks Steve Cohen for the mention!
Scott Alexander turned 52! Happy Birthday Scott. For his birthday he released yet another beast of a book! "52". The book cover is black and has a sleek white imprint. It's filled with 52 signature pieces and all the fascinating info about Scott's thoughts on presentation, creating effects, authenticity, stage deportment and so much more. We were also named in "52". Thanks for the mentions on our Final Fruit and Malini egg!
We are honored to be thought of so well by you and our peers in the world of magic.
If you need one more magic group in your Facebook life...
OUR MAGIC - BUY, SELL, TRADE & CHAT
We strive to be a simple group of magic lovers that want a safe place to buy, sell, trade and chat MAGIC. We encourage members to offer sale items of their used, new or hand made magic. We also offer many of our own newly made items to this group first prior to offering items on the website or publicly in other groups. Also, on occasion we offer exclusive specials to members of this group.
Many Facebook groups are so big there is just no way to determine who is legit and who could be a scammer with ill intentions. We want to keep the group small. Our goals are not about quantity but quality - all while keeping it a friendly atmosphere that doesn't feel stuffy and laden with ever changing rules.
Chances are - if you've made it this far on our website, then you're a legit magic lover!
We are scheduled to attend The Winter Carnival of Magic in Pigeon Forge Tennessee March 10-12. The current entertainment line-up looks....VERY entertaining. Here is the current list:
The current list of dealers:
The comedy legs table is ready for pick up! Unfortunately they are not ready for shipping. We're currently trying to work out shipping, handling, packing, carrying case etc...
If you're interested in a table and you're near the Eastern shore of Maryland, or know someone passing through our area please reach out!
This was our first magic convention together, and we had a great time! Who knew Philly had so many great magicians?! As always, It is exciting to reconnect with old friends and make new. Steve had not attended a Bob Little's convention in nearly 25 years!
Our most popular items were....drum roll please.... the Malini Egg, the Hank pull, and our hold out magnet! Surprisingly, these items all sold out! Looking at photos on a website can be fun, but nothing beats an in person experience. Not only do you get to see and hold the goods, but you get to watch the maker demo the product! Another plus, is no shipping costs! That alone is becoming a greater value than ever before!
Another winner for in person buying was our wands. Evidently, a "must see to appreciate" item! Steve offers very affordable hand turned and hand finished exotic wood wands in two styles (straight tip or a slightly flared tip) made with varying exotic wood species in a multitude of lengths. Also, we offer custom exotic wood wands as you wish.
A Final takeaway for me - a lot of people love to brag about themselves .....just let them!
When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen,
you may learn something new. - Dalai Lama
Thanks for reading! -Jen
We hope to see you at Bob Littles Super Sunday November 7th, 9:30 am -10 pm at the Best Western, 3499 Street Road, Bensalem, Pa, 19020. There will be lectures, dealers, shows and auctions!
We will be set up with convention only deals!
Text Jen if you're near Bensalem, PA and need more info!
TEXT only (302) 497 3115
Somehow I missed the May, June and July updates. I know how it happened, but I won't bore you with details. Here's some updates now!
Since the debut of Final Fruit, we live, eat and breath FINAL FRUIT. The feedback has been tremendously positive, and folks seem to be very happy with Steve's Final Fruit (which is more like artwork).
The most common request was to add a 4th Final Fruit to match Clementine, Lime, & Standard Lemon. So you talked, we listened; Adorable Apricot is the newest member of the Final Fruit Fam! Check it out here Final Fruit Apricot
Steve has also been working on a new kind of Final Fruit - The Cantaloupe. This is a monster melon and best for Final Loads! They will be offered in two different sizes. Keep watch for the next update, or text Jen for more info (302) 497-3115.
Wood Goods Update:
Humidity sucks. Seriously, try stepping out of the shower and pulling trouser socks on smoothly! Humidity has a direct affect on our production - especially of wood goods. Good news though, we do have a wish list, and many of you are on it! If you're not sure if we connected yet, just send Jen a text and get your name on the wish list.
Comedy Legs tables - all parts are procured! Also, Die boxes are cut, and prepared. Wood prices are coming down a little and sometime in the next 8 weeks the humidity will subside. Steve will be giving the word on availability soon. Those on the wish list will have first dibs when available.
YES! We are on for Magic conventions! So far, first up is the Winter Carnival of Magic in March 2022, Tennessee. Shout out to Daniel Herron of Ring 58 who has gone above and beyond to address my every concern and graciously welcomed us with open arms. This looks like it will be a magic convention for the ages, as they say and we're excited to be a part of it. Unfortunately, we are likely not attending any magic conventions until 2022! Steve's Santa gigs start booking around Thanksgiving, & we're limited on time to produce enough goods to keep the online store stocked, as well as extra goods for conventions.
One last thing for our customers who already own Final Fruit. The care guide we send with Final Fruit has been updated to add a tidbit of info we discovered. Our Final Fruit in general has a tackiness to it. Some of you love that aspect! The material is tacky to the touch when first used. Over time this tacky feel will go away as the fruit picks up oils from your hands, fine particles of dust, etc. If you wash the fruit lightly the tack returns. For those who do not want to experience the tack at all, and may perhaps not have time to handle the fruit enough to cut the tack, we found NU FINISH (from AutoZone) applied directly to the fruit with a cotton ball will remove tack. I cannot say if this is easily removed, so I wouldn't suggest to use this method unless you're in need of slick fruit.
All the best to you and yours! We appreciate the business, and the friendship!
Jen & Steve
Final Fruit Apricot
For now, we’ve made the decision to discontinue stocking certain Final Fruit. As of Jan 31, 2023, we will do our absolute best to maintain stock of the Standard lemon, Lime and Clementine. However, the Navel Orange, Liberal lemon, Pumpkin, Apricot, and Potato will be available only by special order, and since they will be made to order, may require a two week wait. This seems to be a better option than removing the items from the lineup completely. We’re sorry for the inconvenience, but these are tough times for many. The materials we use to make the fruit have reached an all time high, and are getting more difficult to find. We hope this supply issue and price hikes change soon! Please reach out if you have questions. Jen’s Text line: (302) 497-3115
Adorable Apricot with the perfect sun ripened shading looks great close up or under stage lights! Apricot weights in at an average of 2.7 ounces. Perfect to pair up with standard lemon, lime, and clementine to complete a 4 piece set! Works well with standard PF cups or any cup with a mouth diameter of 2.5".
Picture of all Final Fruit together for comparison.
Salisbury is the new Seattle. It rains 9 days a week! It's amazing how much productivity can be affected by rain. After months of waiting, the new workshop is finally seated, awaiting power! All machinery will be transferred to the new shop, re-situated, recalibrated and we're anxious to get started! Comedy legs tables are first in queue, followed by Die boxes, Lippincott boxes, Demon Card boxes, and Phantom Boxes. We aren't taking preorders but feel free to text or email Jen if you want to be put on the "wish list".
Steve and I are honored to receive such a great review! See Marc's Review below.
Props by Steve Myers Magic
Available from Steve Meyers Magic
Prices start at $18.00
Leipzig’s Cigars from Purse is one of those “holy grail” effects tackled by many close-up and parlor magicians. Since John Rogers stopped making his wonderful wooden cigars, it has been difficult to obtain good quality cigars. Well, the wait is over. Steve Myers has produced a worthy successor. In fact, I think these look a bit more realistic. They are custom molded and cast in resin, then coated with polyurethane to protect the finish. These are very durable props and they even come with a cigar band, if you wish to apply it. They handle really well for Cigars in Purse as well as the Repeat Cigar Production in the hands, regardless of the technique you choose. Speaking of technique, that will determine which size you will want to order. The type of palming or hand position you use to conceal the cigar will be the criteria to consider. I have pretty big hands, but due to the position I like my cigars to be in, I went with the smaller cigar. In fact, I had Steve custom make a different size especially for me. He can do that for you too, at a very reasonable additional charge.
His standard cigars come lit or unlit and both look very realistic. They are also available in 3 standard sizes and all prices listed on his website include shipping and handling in the CONUS. There are optional felt sleeves available for purchase to further protect the cigars in your case and there will be other variations and add-ons available in the future. Steve is an amazing craftsman and has some other terrific stuff for sale on his website. Check out his woodwork and custom wands, but the best thing is his fake egg especially made for the Malini Egg Bag. At $20.00, it is one of the best investments you’ll ever make.
BTW, you are only purchasing the cigars here. You will need your own routine and purses. There are a number of different handlings and routines out there. You might look for Leipzig’s own routine, as well as John Rogers’ or John Carney’s. If you currently perform the Cigars From Purse or a similar routine or are considering tackling this effect, I cannot recommend these cigars highly enough. I bought extra sets because these are not going to be around forever.
Finally, the pandemic B.S. seems to be easing up a little and we're catching up! We thought we could just tear down the old workshop and be back up and running by early spring, but life got in the way of our intentions. While that old workshop was being hauled away, tree trimmers got to work on the front and backyard jungle! That old shed had been a thorn since we moved in! Constantly springing new leaks seemingly along every inch of it's 28 feet. I mean, Steve IS a magician but damn you can only do so much!
Collected Wisdom, The Denny Haney Book by Scott Alexander
Steve's assistant, manager, BFF, go-to, collaborator, planner, biggest fan, P.R. girl. Oh, and wife.