Eight years ago, a collection of David Hoy artifacts and ephemera came into
my possession, and I envisioned putting them together in a multimedia
package that would be appreciated by not only other Hoy enthusiasts,
but anyone who had a serious interest in psychic entertainment. I
realized what I had in my possession was not only priceless from a
historical perspective, but was, in addition, essentially a package of
pretty obvious clues for the astute student on how to develop a
professional persona for a magician, a mentalist, or a real deal
as the saying goes, "life got in the way", and as a result my vision of
the full David Hoy multimedia package is still in the development phase. I
realized that rather than wait until the project was picture-perfect, I should at least release to the community the two
components of the package that I had managed to complete.
The David Hoy Poster
the first instance of synchronicity that got my inspiration moving -- a
small quantity of David Hoy posters, acquired on eBay (where else?),
depicting David Hoy in what has got to be one of the archetypal
postures of the stage mentalist. Inquiries to the seller as to the
origin of the posters led nowhere, unfortunately, and other than doing
a little research on what the Kaintuck Territory was (turns out it was
a Western theme park in Benton, Kentucky), I was able to learn nothing
more. Truth be told, I was thrilled just to be the auction winner.
immediately framed one of the posters, and it's been hanging in my
office ever since. It never fails to solicit a remark from visitors,
regardless of whether they have an interest in mentalism or not. And
it's easy to see why, even from the relatively tiny representation at
the head of this page -- David Hoy's commanding presence in person
carried over easily into both photographs and television.
17" by 23", this poster can be the perfect addition to your office
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The Bold & Subtle Press Book
the same time the David Hoy posters came into my possession, I happened
to be talking with a colleague about the David Hoy legend, and he
mentioned that he had a file of press clippings and memorabilia that I
was welcome to. I don't mind saying that I was very
excited the first time I opened that file, and it didn't take long for
me to visualize and create "A Bold & Subtle Press
Book", a 25-page e-book that features press clippings of
David Hoy performances at the Playboy Club in Atlanta (plus a couple in
Boston) and news stories ("Famed Psychic Uses ESP to Pinpoint the
Wreckage of 2 Ships Sunk Centuries Ago", "Psychic Names Girl's Killer",
plus a review from Newsweek of April 8, 1974).
even more important for the professional are the reproductions from
David Hoy's promo kit. These are the materials that David Hoy sent out
to theatres, clubs, and radio and television stations, and while the
page layouts will undoubtedly seem dated, they are still a lesson in
how to present yourself if you want to be taken seriously.
in these materials is a list of predictions for the coming year (1976)
that were presented as "... my predictions for 1976 and beyond, as an
experiment in ESP... Please join me in checking out my predicting
ability." The kicker on this piece is how Hoy tastefully works in a
subtle ad for his services.
included in "A Bold & Subtle Press Book" is
a 2-page handout entitled "Philosophy of Life", a mailing to radio
stations offering a one-hour program (including historical caller
response figures), a promotional brochure, and a number of obituaries
that were run across the country when David Hoy died at the young age
aware: there are no tricks or secrets in this publication -- just
concrete examples of how a world-famous psychic entertainer presented
himself to booking agents, potential venues and the public.
Nonetheless, as I said above, the astute student will come away from
reading this with plenty of ideas.
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