Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles magic. There's nothing like a good trick out of a hat. Enter the enchanting world of fortune tellers. Magicians on tricksters on watch them make the next 10 minutes disappear. It's like a symphony of manipulating and spinning and flipping the cards in your hands. It's like each move inspires the next and you're not even thinking about it. Cards, air dancing between the hands they're spinning around, their flipping over there, doing things you've wouldn't even expect them to be doing. It's just so surprising. Almost magical. Uh, for a long as I could remember, we've always done things in tandem together. We both got into magic around the age of 12. Way would go to the library and check out books by Dia Vernon Guy Hollingworth Just sing. The illustrations were like, Wow, we could do this with playing cards. Way started practicing car Destry. It wasn't a thing. It has its roots in magic. It comes from card magicians who would use what is called the card flourish, and these were used to accentuate certain moments in a magic trick. So we took that and just ran with it Way were the first to embrace it and really focus on it and practice it as its own thing and promote it as its own thing. Car car industry is very much like skateboarding. We practice these tricks until we have them down perfect way, see other tricks. And we're like, Oh, we gotta learn that you have 52 playing cards and the possibilities Thio maneuver. Those around are endless. You can hold a deck of cards in your hand, and it's one solid block. Now imagine lifting up another blocks and now you have to. Well, what can you do with those two blocks in your hands? While you can create more blocks and we call those packets and you could start maneuverings and spinning and flipping those packets between your fingers? It's hard, like it takes a lot of dexterity. It's all practiced, it's all rehearsed. And when you're truly a master, you could just start doing things on the fly, and you don't even have to think about it. What kids were doing today with cards is mind blowing. If you would have told me that when I was 14 years old, I would have been like That's the coolest thing I had no idea. It could even be this big. Ultimate goal would be to get people to almost put car to shoot first. When they see a deck of playing cards, it's no longer for games. It's no longer for gambling. It's carded. ST. E Remember Exult are the fortune teller from the movie Big Mysterious Machine turned a young boys wish into reality. In real life, there are hundreds of salt ours all over the country. You can trace them all back to this guy. My name is all of Stanton, and I make Salt R E Ola friends, characters and limited a company that makes animated talking characters on one of those machines is the fortune teller. Fortune Teller is probably the one of the oldest games there is has been around since the turn of the century. Perhaps the most famous one is all tar. But just to be clear, they didn't make the one from the movie Big The Salt are in the movie. Big was basically a movie prop. It was never made to be a manufactured game. Ours Alter has the talking Come, let's tell you more, and I movement and head turning and spits out a card at the end of the conversation and gives us a good words of advice. Every soul time machine discussed the mate. First thing we do is get the cabinet started. Then we'll cast the head out of our latex material. We put the eyeballs in, we paint the head. Then it goes to our wig department. ZOLL tars goatee is put on the teeth that put in which are actually my teeth. Wait there. Your teeth? Yes, there. Actually, my teeth actually made a mold on my teeth. So every cell tower you see out there has my teeth. You know, e And then we put all the components in that make the car to come out and make a talk and give the different messages on. Denzel tar is ready to go. Yeah, all those old tars the starve are fortunate. Our line is not the only fortunate our that we make. We have happy we have the old pirate in those fortunes. That's all have to weigh. Try to make all of our fortunes on the lighter side. Good words of wisdom and advice. I think one of my favorite is Sometimes it's better to say too little than to say too much and regret it later. There's a lot of good words of wisdom that come out of salt are I think people just like to see something that they can relate to and say, Oh yeah, how did you know that? That's so cool. It really does bring out the child in all of us to see your fortunate card. Unless, of course, you're talking about Tom Hanks in the movie Big because he gets well, you know, Big Magic to me is the feeling that you get Christmas Eve when Santa Claus comes to your home and delivers presence but a smile on Children's faces when the rabbit suddenly appears. They know that's magic. It's my passion. It's my hobby. It's my vocation. It's everything to me. Welcome to Colin Michigan, The Magic Capital of the world. I am John Stir Leaney, the owner of Sterling. The Magic Manufacturing when he was Rick Fisher. I'm the president and CEO of the Fab Magic Company. I am Greg Bordner, and I am the president of Abbott's Magic E brought a good book with me. It's called the Bible. Sometimes there's some really cool parts in here, There's really some fire and brimstone. There are three magic shops in Colon, Michigan, and we're about three blocks apart directly. Next to me is Fab Magic and Abbots. Magic is located one block west of us. There's a lot of little things here in Colon. There are top hats in the street with flowers blooming in the way. Have one pizza parlor. We have two gas stations. We only have one blinking light way. Have a magician's walk of fame. It's kind of like our very own Hollywood walk of Fame are high school. Mascot is the fighting Maggie. There's the Magic City hardware. There's illusions, hair care, and we have three magic shops, all in the town of 1200 people. I'll share this with you. If Colon was any smaller, they'd call it semi colon. Bad joke. Yes, bad joke. Abbott's magic began doing the Magic convention 80 some years ago. We've had thousands of magicians from a war on the world that gather here to learn to share their knowledge of magic. When you perform a magic trick in a little, kids smiles and he goes, Wow, you can see the magic in his face. That's really the best part for that 15 20 minutes. Our you hopefully took that person from this'll swirled to this world. E always said to my parents, even as a young kid, I'm gonna move up here one of these days and I'm gonna own a magic shop. So dreams do come true. They do come true. It starts with a yes or no question. Does she have a crush on me? Will I pass the test? Will the Mets win the World Series? Well, they may not have always predicted the truth. Magic Eight balls are actually inspired by a real life clairvoyant. Do you want to hear your fortune? In the 19 forties, Mary Carter was a popular medium best known for her mysterious fortune telling invention. It was called the Psycho Slate, essentially a chalkboard with a cover. When the clients would visit, Mary would ask a question to the spirits. The're room would fill with the sound of scribbling. And then, just like poof, Magic Mary would reveal answers from another world mysteriously written on the chalkboard. Mary son Albert was inspired by his mother and created his own truth seeking device. But this time you didn't need a psychic to tell you your fortune. Hey, put a pair of ordered dice inside a tube filled with molasses. Each end was clear so you could read the answers. Sound familiar? Albert hit the streets. He partnered with a couple local businessman and opened a novelty company where they specialized in the Miracle Home Fortune teller. After he died, Alberts Partners took over and redesigned the project numerous times. They ended up with a crystal ball like shape with a die in the middle, and a billiards company took note. They needed a promotional items, so they replaced the crystal ball with the iconic black eight ball. The promotion was so successful that they re branded the Magic eight ball this time, marketing it as a fortune telling toy. Today, kids are still using magic eight balls to ask for their fortunes. And for that you can thank Mary the Clairvoyant.