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Cuckoo’s Nest Magic Shop

Last night of class at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild and my weekly  trip to the South Side. Just before the sky grew dark and the giant hail storm arrived. I scoped out The Cuckoo’s Nest Magic Shop in a new location since June.

Juggling supplies,balls, clubs and rings,  nests of boxes, a vase filled with wands, colorful balloons you can sculpt into animals- a carousel of Folkmanis and Melissa and Doug puppets, decks of cards and and everything a magician  (or clown or bartender) needs to entertain an audience.  Matt was nice enough to demonstrate the Magical Block trick for me after I asked what was a good trick for a beginner to learn. You can purchase it for 4 bucks!   His masterful sleight of hand changed a penny into a dime, right before my eyes!


When Mark was in Kindergarten
he was a magician for the talent show
and poured a pitcher of plain water into two vessels
The water changed into blue and red.
It looked magical.  I made his a black cape
and he had a a tall hat and a wand.

6 responses

  1. Laura O.

    We have been to the Cuckoo’s Nest many times. Charlie does a magic/puppet show. He will be at the Children’s Museum on April 23. Great pictures!


    March 24, 2011 at 1:49 am

  2. Laura

    I think the boys would like that


    March 24, 2011 at 7:17 am

  3. Piraino

    You find the most interesting shops!


    March 24, 2011 at 7:37 am

  4. Bernadette

    I’ll miss you SouthSide pics. 😦


    March 24, 2011 at 8:02 am

  5. erica

    The stories you have with your own kids!!! Really fun!!!


    March 24, 2011 at 8:51 am

  6. joyce

    I can vividly remember that Talent Show and Mark doing his trick. I think Erin played the piano for that one. I can also recall a McGrath version of a popular TV show. What was the name of that show?


    March 25, 2011 at 10:15 am

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