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
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