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November 8 - I've added a number of new tricks since the last some great vintage vent books and magazines.  Be sure to take a look at the "New Arrivals" tab on the magic toolbar and the "Newest Listings" tab under the Ventriloquism tab.  There's some REALLY cool stuff, plus lots MORE really cool stuff on the way.  Stay tuned...and check back often!

--  Tom

October 26 - It's nearly Halloween for my friends and customers in the US....which means it's also National Magic Week!  I hope you're all "back to work" with shows - Zoom or "live" - and things are getting back to some semblance of "normal" for you. I've gotten LOTS of new magic listed recently, with a LOT still to go!  I'm also still listing vintage vent memorabilia on a nearly daily basis!  Please remember to check back often. The "Used/Collectible" section gets a lot of activity...that's because when I list an item in there, it's usually in a quantity of "one" only, and there are some INCREDIBLE deals that get posted in there!  Thanks for your continued business and support... it's truly appreciated!

--  Tom

September 23 - And I'm STILL adding new magic items daily!  I just received two HUGE shipments of new items and am photographing and listing new items each day.  Speaking of new sure to check out the Coffee Mug Chop Cup.  It's the finest one I've seen and is available while they last at an incredible price!

      LOTS of coin items that I'd run completely out of are now BACK IN STOCK....and I'm continuing to list MORE. Be sure to check the "New Arrivals" tab each time you visit the site to see what's new!

      I had a glitch with my site this past week...two days of headaches. I was forced to move to a new server not long ago and I should've been wary when they "guaranteed" that there would be NO problems whatsoever.  UGH.  I guess we all have a love/hate relationship with technology.  Anyway...thanks to those of you who gave me a quick heads up.  The site is safe - as it always has been - and orders are shipping daily.

--  Tom

September 14 - I'm baaaack!  Still working on digging through boxes of vintage vent memorabilia and uploading goodies, plus adding lots of new magic, too! A couple of new items have come in lately that have really impressed me... the CHOP MUG is one.  Looks like an ordinary coffee mug that you might have at home or be served at a diner...yet it hides the powerful secret of the well-known Chop Cup!  It is beautifully made and at a great price!  Check it out! Continuing to sell well are the Cylinder & Coins sets, plus the dollar-sized Hopping Half sets (with the Chinese coin) and more.  Take a stroll through the site and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me and ASK!

- Tom

August 5 - Hi again folks!  It's all a bunch of technical goobledy-gook to me, but this website recently was "migrated" to a new server. moved. The new host guaranteed no naturally, I've been dealing with one issue after another for the past week! Sincere thanks go to my webmaster John for staying on top of this stuff. I did have a major problem with photos inside of the trick descriptions just vanishing.  Well, they didn't exactly vanish...they left a big HOLE in the middle of the descriptions. I've spent three days straight re-linking photos and I HOPE I got them all.  PLEASE let me know if you see an issue with a photo, a video, etc. I really do want to have a 100% fully-functional site at all times, and the only way I can truly stay on top of that is with YOUR help!

          Now that the site appears to be fully-functional again, I'm going to be adding LOTS of new content. I've got not only new tricks, but TONS of vent ephemera to add.  Keep checking back...and always check the "NEW ARRIVALS" tab for the latest magic listings and the "Newest Listings" tab under the "VENTRILOQUISM" tab for hte latest vent-related goodies.

          Thanks again for sticking with me.... I've got some great stuff on the horizon!

-- Tom

July 30 - I'm still recovering from the recent Vent Haven Annual Ventriloquists' ConVENTion! We had a great time and it was so nice to see folks again after not being able to gather last year. Was it just me, or did it look like most everyone had aged at least a couple of years?  Hmmm.

              I'm working on scanning in new items and "new" vintage items.  Look out for a NEW vent-related book by one of my favorite authors, Al Stevens!

              PLEASE NOTE - I'm currently having a bit of website trouble. Many of the photos embedded in the text descriptions aren't loading.  WE'RE WORKING ON IT!

             Stay tuned....  I'll post again SOON!

-- Tom


July 8 - Hi folks!  June was a busy month with lots of new items listed on the site, plus lots of vintage vent memorabilia.

              The annual Vent Haven ConVENTion for ventriloquists is next week, so I'll be attending that...but not to worry, your orders will continue to go out in the timely fashion they always do. 

              Great new item ALERT: Be sure to check out this new one... the Jumbo Impossible Card Restoration. It really is as good as it looks in he demo, and it really is EASY TO DO!  See it by clicking HERE.

               I'm STILL working on a new newsletter... hopefully I'll manage to get it out a week or so after next week's ConVENTion!

--  Tom

June 7 - Another busy month adding more new magic and more vintage vent items to the site!  I'm going to do my best to get a newsletter out this week, too!  If you're not already subscribed, please do so!  You can sign up for the FREE newsletter on the homepage...bottom right hand corner. There's a red button that says, "JOIN NOW".  Click on it and it'll just take a moment (and you can easily unsubscribe at any time, should you wish).

             Summer is already upon us...the cicadas are here.... it's time to get back to normal!  Hope you're all doing well and staying healthy.... now go take a look at some cool magic!

-- Tom

May 12 - I'm back!  I'm still working on posting LOTS of new props - vintage props - vintage vent books and magazines to the site.  I'm also still compiling the latest Tom Ladshaw Magic newsletter... look for it soon! I just added an incredibly rare 1950's Max Andrews Vampire Magic Champagne Coin Pail.  It's the TOP OF THE LINE for any serious collector!  Go take a look!  Lots more added recently, too..... take a stroll through the site and see what's new!

--  Tom

May 6 - Hi again Folks!  Hope you're all doing well and staying safe. LOTS going on here!  I'm working on the next Tom Ladshaw Magic Newsletter... it should go out the first of this coming week. I've added LOTS of new magic over the past couple of weeks, and I'm continuing to add more and more each day... I'm still unpacking and listing a HUGE shipment that arrived recently. I also will be listing some really nice, high end collectibles this coming weekend. If you like that sort of thing, check back soon! Stay tuned!

-- Tom

April 21 - Yes, I know it's been a while since I updated this "blog"....Sorry about that!  I've been SO busy with developing NEW items for the site and working to revive older items that were no longer available. Stay tuned for developments on THAT front!  In other BIG news, I just received a MASSIVE shipment of BRAND NEW magic and I'm slowly but surely getting it all listed on the site. I'm trying to add at least a couple of new items each day. in addition, many items that I'd sold out of are now back in stock. If you don't see what you want right now, check back tomorrow...or send me an e-mail and ask!

        In addition to all of the new magic items mentioned above, I'm also continuing to list vintage ventriloquism items...books, magazines, etc. There are still full FILE BOXES of vent ephemera left to list.... I just hope I live long enough to get it all online (yes, there really is THAT much stuff!)!

        I sincerely hope you're all doing well and staying safe and healthy. I think we're just about through this crazy pandemic.... Please do your part and we'll all come out OK!

--  Tom

March 1 - Hi folks!  I hope by now most of you have thawed out! We had an unprecedented amount of snow last week, but we're finally "in the clear" and the weather is nice once again. I'm working hard on my March newsletter... I hope to have it out later this week. If you're not already subscribed, please do so!  Check on the red "Join Now" button at the very bottom right hand side of the home page to sign up.

          The "Cylinder & Coins" (a la John Ramsay) sets continue to sell nearly faster than I can get them in stock! I still have some at the moment... be sure to check them out! The Walking Liberty range of coins I sell are also some of my current hottest sellers.  ALSO... Here's a real "sleeper" effect: Check out the "Rubik-Con". It's a very well-made piece of apparatus that enables you to do several different tricks, all with a Rubik's Cube. The best part? It's a nice piece of apparatus at a GREAT price...

         Thanks again for your continued support...

-- Tom

February 1 - WOW!  What an amazing weekend.... My February newsletter posted last Friday night and I spent the entire weekend packing packages and answering e-mails!  THANK YOU!  There's still LOTS of great stuff available with a LOT of new items. Another large shipment of magic is on the way and should arrive this coming Thursday or Friday.  I'll start listing it as soon as it arrives.

          The HOTTEST new item is undoubtedly the Cylinder & Coins set made with the Walking Liberty Half Dollar replicas. It's an amazing set at an amazing price. I sold out of them almost immediately, but MORE ARE ON THE WAY. Check back Thursday or Friday of this week. Or you can let me know you'd like to order one and I'll reserve one for you. I don't normally do this when an item is out of stock, but I DID leave up the description of the Cylinder & Coins since so many people were  asking about it. You can take a look by clicking HERE.

          The other HOT SELLER right now is the Charlie Miller Miser's Dream outfit. it includes the perfect pail for the trick, eight coins of the right size and weight (why eight? Because that's what Charlie recommended!), and an exclusive booklet that tips all of Charlie's "work" on this time-honored classic.  See it by clicking HERE.       

          Thanks again for your's truly appreciated.  And if you haven't ordered from me in the past, I hope you'll place an order soon and give me the opportunity to be of service to you!

-- Tom

January 29, 2021 - We're almost through the first month of the new year and I hope all of you are doing well and staying safe and healthy.  I've gotten in LOTS of new magic during the past month. I hope each time you visit the site you remember to click on the "New Arrivals" tab on the toolbar to see what's just in.

          Several cool coin tricks continue to be my best sellers. The "Master Sets" I package - both in Morgan Dollar and Chinese Coin versions - are top sellers.  Most recently, the latest version of the classic Hopping Half trick that uses a Morgan dollar and a Chinese coin has been a best seller. The use of a Chinese coin with a hole in it really ups the WOW factor of the trick. It's especially perplexing to magicians who are familiar with the original! Another recent "hit" is the Magnetic Scotch & Soda. Yes, there have been magnetic versions of the trick before, but NOT like this one! This clever new iteration has minute ridges inside the gaff coin so that the insert coin can NOT "spin", as in the original versions! You can feel 100% confident when the gaffed coin is in the hands of a spectator!

          While on coins, I have to mention the Charlie Miller Miser's Dream. It's selling incredibly well and I'm running out of the instruction booklets.  When the booklets are eventually gone, that's IT. There will be no more. Be sure to check out the complete package I offer... the coin pail, heavy dollar-sized coins and the detailed instruction booklet. This outfit is available EXCLUSIVELY from me. If you've always wanted a routine that can play anywhere for any audience, the Charlie Miller Miser's Dream is YOUR dream! And it's not as difficult as some believe... spend a pleasant hour or two with the instruction booklet and props and you'll be doing it like an old pro in NO time!

          Finally, I have to mention the new Ramsay Cylinder & Coins outfits I have available.  The set comes with high quality Walking Liberty Half Dollar replica coins and is a WINNER.  Please read all of the details about it in the trick descriptions!

          There's STILL so much more I'm leaving out....  I'll post again next week to mention a few more choice items!  Until then.... STAY SAFE!!!

--  Tom

January 1, 2021 - HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! The New Year is FINALLY here! My sincere wish is that each and every one of you has an extraordinary 2021. Thank you so much for supporting my little business over the past year... it's truly and sincerely appreciated. I'm already working to bring NEW magic plus great used/collectible magic and books to you in 2021.  Stay tuned...the best is yet to come!

--  Tom

December 24 - It's the day before Christmas 2020....  Not a great year so far, what with the pandemic and everything, but we're looking forward to a nice, warm holiday with family. If you celebrate this time of year, we hope you're enjoying yourself, too. 

          Lots of new stock has arrived recently.  I'm still trying to post several new items each day, along with a collectible item or two. Keep checking back and always be sure to check the "New Arrivals" tab on the homepage... that'll tell you what's just been posted on the site!

          I'd like to take a moment to thank all of my loyal customers for sticking by me throughout 2020. I'm hoping 2021 will be a better, more prosperous year for ALL of us! 

          Stay safe and healthy.... and I'll post another message soon!  HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

-- Tom

November 7 - I'm in the office on a Saturday, taking care of business!  Thanks to you all for the overwhelming response to last week's November Newsletter. For those of you who asked about the new Magnetic Scotch & Soda sets, I'm expecting them to arrive this coming week. I'll notify those of you who asked to be notified...the rest of you, just keep using the search engine until "magnetic scotch and soda" comes up!

          I've still got tons to list....Stay Tuned!

 -- Tom

October 29 -  I'm continuing to add new products on an almost daily basis! I've recently acquired a large collection of books on comedy and will begin to list those shortly. I also still have several boxes of magic-related books and booklets to list. I'm working on my latest newsletter now and hope to have it post tomorrow - Friday the 30th - night. If you're not already subscribed, what're you waiting for?  It's free and I never send out more than ONE e-mail a MONTH! I know some magic suppliers send out literally several a DAY in some cases, but my opinion is, when you're getting that much sales e-mail from a single source, it's SPAM.  I don't want to send SPAM....I want to send a newsletter you look forward to! You can subscribe on the home page of this site, or just send me an e-mail and say, "Sign me up!" - 

       Thanks for your continued's truly appreciated.  I sincerely hope you're all staying safe and healthy out there!

-- Tom

September 17 - I'm happy to report that I've added a substantial number of new items to the site over the past two weeks, as well as quite a few used/old/vintage/collectable booklets and manuscripts. I still have another full filebox of books to add, too!  Plus new magic is coming in all the time, and I also still have many, many fileboxes full of old magic to list in the "Used/Collectable" section.  It's getting there!

          I'm preparing my September newsletter now...hopefully it will go out the first of next week.  If you're not already on the list, why not?  It's free and it informs you about the new items available, plus specials, etc. You can sign up on the homepage of this site.... when you're done reading this, just click on the big "TL Magic" logo at the top left of this page... it'll take you to the homepage, then look down at the lower right hand corner and click on the "Join Now" button.  Enter your e-mail address and you're all set!   Stay tuned....  More great stuff is on the way!

--  Tom

September 1 - Another month, come and gone.... and life (and the magic business, thankfully!) goes on. I've finally started listing the books I've been promising for so long.  I added a lot last week, and will add more over the next few days.  I'm also expecting a HUGE shipment of NEW magic in later today.  It'll take a few days to get it all sorted, but look for my September newsletter soon... like the first of this coming week.  It'll list lots of great new magic on it, along with the "usual suspects" (used/collectible items, more magic books, etc.).

       I've said it so many times over the past few months, but I sincerely appreciate you all for the support you've shown to me and my little business during these crazy times.  Stay safe and healthy, my friends!

--  Tom

August 20 - This has been quite the productive month so far! I've managed to list new items on the site each day, PLUS I finally got a HUGE stack of books scanned and image-edited. I'm hoping to get those listed on the site within just the next day or two. That stack includes a LOT of vintage titles.

          I'm also still unpacking a large lot that I recently acquired that consists of the unsold stock from a closed magic shop.  There's a LOT of really great magic that hasn't been available for some time, and it's all new/old stock...meaning never used and in most cases, never even opened!  Stay tuned for MORE!

--  Tom

August 8 - My latest newsletter goes out tonight.  Hooray! I sincerely hope you're all doing well and continuing to stay safe during this crazy time. I'm still working on finding and bringing to you the unusual magic and ventriloquism stuff you just can't find elsewhere. As always, take a look on the site...  click on the different categories and look completely through them.  You just might find a few well-hidden surprises!

          I'm still listing used books from a recent magic estate acquisition.... keep checking back often!  I've still got BOXES more to list next week!

--  Tom

July 12 - I hope you've been  checking the site often... I've added literally DOZENS of items this past week, both new and in the "Used/Collectible" category. I just received a huge shipment from a magic shop that has gone out of business, and there are lots of new/old stock items and many unusual items in the lot. I'll be continuing to add items form this lot over the coming weeks... it's  a LOT of stuff!

          I sincerely hope you're all doing well and continuing to stay healthy....

  --  Tom

July 1 - I sincerely hope everyone is holding up well under the continued oddball conditions.  Some states still have serious lockdown conditions, some less so.  Whatever your situation, I hope you're able to have some fun with magic and bring a bit of laughter to someone's day!

          I do with to express my sincere thanks again for your continued support. It's extremely gratifying to continue to receive orders when I know so many of you are currently out of work or working with severely limited incomes. It's incredibly humbling that of all the mail order dealers out there, you choose to honor me with your business.  From the bottom of my heart.... Thank You.

          I still have so many boxes of magic props and books to list on the site.  And I'm guilty of not staying on top of it as I should.  But keep checking back... I'm trying to add items every day!

Stay safe and healthy out there!

--  Tom

June 19 - Thanks so much for the recent orders... I've been overwhelmed at the new business and the continued business of my long-time friends.  I continue to list new items on a regular basis as well as some used/collectible items.  I have a stack of used books to enter next...hopefully I'll get to them this coming weekend. Still lots of new stuff in boxes to get listed on the site, too.  If you're not checking back regularly and looking at the "New Arrivals" section, you may be missing out!

          Stay tuned....there's still LOTS more great new magic to come.  Don't be left out!

--  Tom

May 17 - I want to sincerely thank all of you who have placed orders during the past few weeks. The support you've shown during this bizarro-world time of uncertainty has been gratifying and it's kept me busy packing orders and working on new releases.  I've managed to add quite a few new items in the past week or so, with LOTS more to come.

         I'm finishing up writing the instructions for a really gorgeous new set of Diminishing Cards that star out as JUMBO cards. All cards are custom printed and will come with instructions plus a container of fanning powder. I hope to get them listed on the site this coming week.

         One particular favorite item I listed this past week was "The Mysterious Skull of William Nord".  It's a 21st century high tech update of the famous Skullocation trick from the 50's. Be sure to check it out!

         Please check back often for the new items AND for the used/collectible items that are usually in quantities of ONE only.  Many of those items tend to be on the site for only a day or so (and sometimes less than a day!), so it's important to check the site often, just in case that gem you've been looking for suddenly appears!

        Stay healthy out there. If you're bored, maybe you need a new trick to practice!  And if you DO need some new magic.... I know a guy!

-- Tom 

May 9 - So...this "new normal" isn't so normal at all. That said, business here at Tom Ladshaw Magic continues to operate! Packages are shipped daily and we've even got new merchandise coming in on a pretty regular basis. In the past two weeks, I've added a LOT of brand new merchandise. Over the next week or so, I'm going to do my best to add a lot of used/collectible items to the site, as well as continuing to add brand new stock. Keep checking back on a regular basis... you never know what you'll see!  And, in the case of the used/collectible stuff, in 99% of those cases there will only be ONE of a given item, and if you miss it, you miss it!

          Stay safe out there. I hope you're all healthy and being cautious.  Thank you for your continued business and support....  I'm sincerely grateful.

-- Tom

April 23 - Annnnd.....We're still quarantined.  No worries....we're resilient and we're handling it! As Elvis used to say, "TCB!"  We're "taking care of business!"  And, in fact, I'M taking care of business!

          These last couple of weeks have been as busy as any I've ever had. THANK YOU all for the orders!  I guess there are a LOT of people who are stuck at home and BORED.  I'm still able to supply product and have been shipping packages every single day! I've also gotten lots of new product in and am spending some time each day putting up new items on the site.  I'm going to try to get out to my warehouse this weekend and pick up another box or two of vintage collectible items, too.     

          Oh, and there lots more new magic already on the way, too.... so keep checking back!  To see the very latest additions to the site, always click on the "NEW ARRIVALS" tab on the toolbar.

          Stay safe out there... and stay healthy!  Thanks again for your continued support.  It's truly appreciated!

--  Tom


April 3 - Well, well...  What a crazy world this has become, eh? The last couple of weeks have been unsettling for us us all, no doubt.  The good news is, I'm continuing to work from my own workshop and am still able to fulfill your orders (at least for the time being!).  I'm continuing to list new items on a regular basis as well as some great vintage collectibles.  Be sure to check back regularly.

       It's a scary time, but we're all in this together.  I'm impressed with the creativity of so many of my fellow magi....  I see on-line shows, lectures, tutorials, jams, etc.  While we're supposed to quarantine, there's no reason that we can't still "get together"....even if it's only "virtually".  Keep yourself occupied and entertained. Learn a new sleight. Show a friend a trick. Help a neighbor out (while maintaining a safe distance, if possible!).  Stay postive, and stay safe.  We'll see this through and somewhere down the road, this time will be just a memory.

--  Tom

March 16 -  I just returned from the annual Winter Carnival of Magic in Pigeon Forge, TN.  Tom Vorjohan, Daniel Herron and all of the other IBM Ring 58 members always put on a top notch event, and this year was no exception.  Excellent shows, great lectures, a top notch dealer room, and MORE!  The WCM is one of my favorite magic conventions. I always see so many old friends and manage to make a new one or two. Again, this year was no exception. Thanks for having me, guys....hope to see you there again!

       I've got LOTS of magic to inventory now and put into stock on the site.  Please keep checking back regularly.... you'll see some GREAT new stuff on an almost daily basis!

--   Tom

March 3 - I know, I know...I don't update this "mini-blog" nearly as often as I should!  Sorry....I'll try to do better!  Since the previous entry, I've added a TON of new items, plus lots of used/collectable/vintage goodies, plus lots of books (both new and used).  If you haven't just taken a "leisurely stroll" through all of the categories lately, you may wish to do so.  You never know what you might find!

          I'm headed out next week - on the 11th - to one of my all-time favorite magic conventions....the Winter Carnival of Magic in Pigeon Forge, TN. I attended my first one in 1987 and have been to many, many of them since.  It's more liek a family reunion than most magic conventions....I get to see lots of old friends and always have the opportunity to make new ones. It's relaxed and FUN.  IBM Ring 58 in Knoxville really knows how to put on a party!

          Keep checking back....I try to add new items daily.  And if you haven't already signed up for the occasional newsletter, please do so!  There are always lots of deals and one-time specials on it....

--  Tom

January 4 - Howdy folks!  I sincerely hope you all had a fantastic holiday season and are enjoying the new year! I've got LOTS of new product to list, along with several boxes of vintage collectible items.  Keep checking back regularly for the latest updates to the stock on the site.  A quick mention... i noticed in the latest Linking Ring magazine (monthly periodical for the International Brotherhood of Magicians) that Jack Shea has passed away. I never met Jack in person, yet I felt like he was a good friend. He was on my magic mailing list from the very beginning. He was also usually the very first person to respond to each list.  If Jack wasn't the first, Woody Landers (also sadly deceased) was... those two were always the first two to respond when I'd send out the lists. Jack and I corresponded many, many times (hundreds, I'd suppose) over the last nearly 30 years.  Never having met him in person, I didn't realize he was old as he was.... he certainly remained young at heart...and attitude.  R.I.P. Jack.... I'll miss your e-mails. 

          I also lost another dear magic friend recently.... Dick Oslund. Dick was a real trouper... very old school. He visited me in Florida...back in Louisiana...back in Florida....back in Louisiana... and finally here in Kentucky. I could write volumes about Dick and the many fun times I spent with him. Maybe one day I will.  For now, I'll just say, "Rest in peace old friend.... you were one in a million."

        Dang it... It just seems like too many old friends are leaving us.  I guess I'm getting to "that" age.  I don't like it.  Not one bit.

--  Tom

January 1  2020 - HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

November 28 -  To all of my friends and customers in the USA....Happy Thanksgiving!  And to my friends and customers outside the USA...Happy Thursday!  I'll be back next week with LOTS of brand new magic, plus LOTS of great vintage items and collectible props.  Check back SOON!

--  Tom

November 2 - Sorry for the delay in posting all of the latest magic I've acquired. Things here have been hectic and listing of new items has - unfortunately - had to temporarily take a back seat.  I have taken photos of much of the estate magic I recently acquired and will begin to post it on the site this coming week. In addition, I've got LOTS of new magic on the way and will also get it listed on-line just ASAP.  Lots of really great items will be going up on the site in the coming week... be sure to check in often.  There's no telling when I might post just that special item you've been looking for!

-- Tom

October 15 - Stay tuned.... I've recently purchased a large lot of great quality used and collectable magic. I'll start listing it later this week and you won't believe some of the stuff I've managed to find!  And, as always, it'll be at a GREAT price!  I'm also working on the next issue of my monthly newsletter.  If you're not already a subscriber, why NOT?  It's free and always has special deals for subscribers ONLY!  You can unsubscribe at any time with NO problem at all should you ever decide to. To sign up, simply click HERE.  You'll be glad you did!

--  Tom

October 10 - The big move is FINALLY complete!  Well...mostly!  My old vent-only site is now deactivated, with the original URL's now pointing to THIS site.  I'm still in the process of moving ALL of that vent stock onto this site, but I'm trying to move at least a couple of dozen items each day and work is moving along nicely. I'm also continuing to add new magic stock on a regular basis. 

          Please know that if you see an item on my site, that means I have it IN STOCK and HERE on the actual premises. I keep getting reports from customers who order from other sites (yes, it happens. I don't mind it because I don't carry every magic item out there, NOR would I want to!) and they then get a note from the dealer saying the item will be drop-shipped.  I get it...not everyone can stock everything.  But dealers, come honest and upfront with your customers.  Put it right in the description... "This will be drop-shipped from the wholesaler".  This drop-ship process sometimes creates a delay of a day or so, thus I think it's only fair that you're forewarned. Sure, I could sign up with a prominent wholesale supplier and list 10,000 items on my site, too.  But I like to do business the old-fashioned way.  I like to handle EVERY single piece of merchandise that comes through and goes out the door. That way, I can keep a handle on things and if there IS an occasional slip-up, I've got no one to blame but myself, and YOU know who to blame, as well. 

          Man, I must be getting old.  And STAY OFFA MY LAWN!  Heheheh.

-- Tom

September 21 - Yes, I know I haven't posted any news updates here in a while... but that's because I've been so busy updating the site with new (and used/vintage) vent and magic items on a near daily basis!  I'll try to do better in the future as regards these brief updates.  I'm in the process now of a HUGE update.... I just brought in another couple of boxes of vintage vent goodies from my climate-controlled storage unit, so I'm working on posting all of that in the coming week. I also brought in another large box of used/collectable magic, plus I'm expecting a HUGE order from a supplier next ALL of that will be posting on the site in the next week or so.  Please continue to check back often.... I try to add new items each day!

--  Tom

July 23 - The annual Vent Haven Ventriloquists' ConVENTion just ended this past weekend.  More than 500 ventriloquists attended from all over the world (more than a dozen countries were represented, including a first time attendee from Albania!).  Great workshops, shows, dealers and more were the order of the day...or week, I guess. So great to see lots of old friends and - as always - make many new ones! 
          Kristin L of "Oddballs & Orphans" fame (the cutest little vent figures and puppets ever!) was back in attendance after an absence of more than a decade!  Be on the lookout for new creations from her...she's BACK!  I managed to snag some of Dale Brown and Jimmy Vee's new book on marketing's called "Business of Ventriloquism" and it's well worth a read if you're serious about turning your hobby into a career!  You can go directly to it by clicking the link HERE.

          I'm sorry I didn't have more time to visit with friends old and new at the ConVENTion, but it's always such a busy time for me.  I'm hoping to maybe slow things down a bit next year...we'll see!

-- Tom

July 9 - The work continues!  I'm still moving vent material over to this website, and I continue to add additional magic stock on here.  I'll be working the annual Vent Haven Ventriloquist's ConVENTion next week (July 17-20) so won't be around much, but I should still be able to get orders out without too much troubleBe sure to remember to always check the "New Arrivals" tab on the homepage tool bar to see what's just been added to the site.  And, as always, if you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to contact me!

--  Tom

June 27 - I'm still transferring items from the "old" ventriloquism-only site and adding them to the vent section on this site.  In the past few days, I've also added more than a dozen NEW magic items on here, plus a number of magic goodies in the "Used/Collectible" category.  The work continues! Keep checking back often... and Thank You!

-- Tom

June 17 - I'm continuing to add products on an almost-daily basis. Keep an eye out...later this week or first of next week, I'm expecting a HUGE shipment of new items. I'm already working on descriptions so will be able to post the items immediately when they arrive.  I'm also continuing to add many used/collectable items and your best bet to find those easily is to always check the "New Arrivals" tab on the toolbar for the most recently-listed magic items, and for the newly listed vent items click on the "Ventriloquism" drop down menu, then click on "Newest Listings".

           Thanks again for your business...and please keep checking the site!

--  Tom

June 6 - Sorry it's taken so long to post another entry!  I've been busy adding items!  The ventriloquism section of the site has gotten HUGE...there are now more than four HUNDRED different items listed there!  I've also continued to add magic items, including some really nice used/collectable items lately.  I attended a magic auction a week and a half ago and managed to pick up a few very nice items, including some props from the magic estate of well-down 70's performers Tom and Sherrie.

          Keep checking back often....I add items nearly every single day!  And can always see what is newest on the site by clicking on the "New Arrivals" button on the tool bar (or, if you're in the Ventriloquism drop-down menu, click on "Newest Listings".

--  Tom

May 20 - I'm still continuing to add new items to the site!  I've recently added some really great vintage magic items PLUS a whole boxful of vent-related books, magazines, and ephemera.  I've removed the vent items from the "New Arrivals" tab on the toolbar, and have given them their own spot... Click on the "VENTRILOQUISM" button on the toolbar to get the dropdown menu.  There you'll find a new category... "Newest Listings."  Now, you can always tell at just a glance what the latest magic items to be added to the site are, and you can check the latest vent items, too.  It's still a work in progress, but I'm trying to make the site as easily navigable for you as possible.

-- Tom

May 14 - I spent the morning and early afternoon today adding an entire file box full of magic to the site! Lots of GREAT stuff, including quite a few items that had never been used and are no longer available. I still have literally an entire wall-shelving unit FULL of file boxes, and each of those in turn is filled with great magic stuff. 

        I don't update this "latest news" page as often as I should, but I DO add items to the website nearly every single weekday.  If you're not checking back often, you're very likely missing something...and it may be just what you've been looking for! Bookmark my site and check back...often!  You'll be glad you did....

-- Tom

April 27 - Hi again folks!  I've been sort of neglecting this "blog" area, but I have NOT been neglecting the website!  If you've been looking at it from time to time, you know that LOTS has been happening!  Not only have I added many, many new (and vintage) items, but I've added a VENTRILOQUISM section. In fact, for those who don't know, I have had an entire website devoted to ventriloquism only for nearly ten years That said, I'm migrating all of the merchandise from that site to this magic site. Why?  Well, it makes it easier to control the inventory, frankly. It is also giving me the opportunity to actually double-check the vent items for quantity, etc., and that is all reflected in the vent section of the magic site.

      I was a dealer at the Winter Carnival of Magic in Pigeon Forge, TN last month.  It was a wonderful convention (as usual) and I caught up with many old friends there, as well as making some new ones.  The WCM has been one of my favorite conventions, ever since I attended my first one in 1988! Yes, I was a dealer then, also.

     I'm currently working on a newsletter to go out shortly. It'll have lots of new items and specials on it.  I'll try to stay on top of this "Latest Information", too.  An entry once a week instead of once a month might be nice, eh?

    Thanks for taking a look here.  And remember...I have an entire climate-controlled storage unit full of magic that I have yet to list.  Keep checking back!  Oh...and that reminds me...i added a new category to the site:  NEW ARRIVALS.  You can check it anytime to see what items have been listed that week.

       --  Tom

March 5  --  Hi folks! Please note that I'll be a dealer at the Winter Carnival of Magic in Pigeon Forge, TN this weekend.  Tom Ladshaw Magic will be closed from Wednesday, March 6th through Monday, March 11th.  The website will be up and running, though....Orders that come in via the site during this coming week will ship Tuesday and Wednesday the 12th and 13th.  Apologies in advance for that slight delay, but I hope to see many of you at the WCM this week. It's one of my favorite conventions (and has been since my first one in 1988!). 

       I've already got TONS of new items to list on the site when I return. I try to list items at least three times a week...I hope you're checking the site often!  Thanks again for all of you who have continued to support this's truly appreciated!

- -  Tom

February 25 -- I just added a stack of new and used (mostly new) books and booklets to the site at INCREDIBLE bargain prices.  I'm in the middle of preparations to attend the Winter Carnival of Magic&l