Founded in 1934 during the heart of the Great Depression, Abbott Magic Mfg Co has been a leader in producing magic for over 80 years. Founder Percy Abbott and his partner, Recil Bordner, created a magical empire unparalleled in magic history, turning a small village in Michigan into the world recognized Magic Capital of the World. During World War 2, Abbotts Magic MFG was given "Vital Industry" status since it supplied soldiers books on sleight of hand for recreation. This allowed Abbotts to purchase surplus and scrap metal to continue manufacturing magic products during the war years. After the war ended and the soldiers returned home, business began to boom and Abbott's opened up branch retail shops in New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, Boston, and Indianapolis. Abbotts magic factory in Colon was expanded during this time to meet the new demands of these new shops and the post war populace. In 1959, Founder Percy Abbott sold his half of the business to Recil Bordner who became the sole proprietor of Abbotts magic. In 1974, Recil brought his son, Greg, into the family business and Greg has brought Abbotts into the 21st century by combining the best of the old with the latest technology of today, thus keeping Abbotts Magic a place where magical illusion are not only bought and sold, but also designed, and created. Continuing its role as a leader in magic, Abbott's Magic has embraced the new century technology with the largest compilation of Magic Downloads available online. Its retail store is still located in Colon MI and is open to the public 6 days a week. Abbott's provides everything from starter magic sets to full blown illusions and stage shows. Each March, the Abbott Closeup Convention brings some of the greatest names in closeup magic to the Magic Capital including Harry Lorayne, Max Maven, David Roth, and many others. Each August, the Abbott's annual Magic Get Together Convention has brought some of magic's greatest acts to its stage in Colon including Lance Burton, Harry Blackstone, Mac King, Karrell Fox, Neil Foster, Jeff Hobson, Kevin James, Franz Harary, DARYL, and many others.