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danhughes
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I remember sending off for a magic catalog in maybe 1962, from an ad in a magazine (or comic book?). I had to send in a dime (maybe a quarter?), and I'm thinking maybe the word "Vic" was in the title, and it came from somewhere in the northeast.

I'd like to find a copy of that catalog for old times' sake, but I'm afraid I don't have enough information to go on. Hoping this info might ring a bell for someone here.
Anatole
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Does this look close to what you remember, Dan?
http://image.timepassagesnostalgia.com/w......wson.jpg
or this
http://img0.etsystatic.com/000/0/5162713......2640.jpg

----- Amado "Sonny" Narvaez
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danhughes
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YES! THE TOP ONE!

Sonny, how in the WORLD did you do that?? Thanks so much!

I don't think I ever ordered anything from that catalog (Johnson Smith sold many of the same items, but Johnson Smith's prices were always substantially lower), but I loved looking at it!
Jim Sparx
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That particular catalog pops up on a popular auction site (that I can't mention) quite frequently. I may have two I'll look in my collection but if I spot it I'll let you know. You can PM me for the name of the auction site if you want.
The guys name was Vic Lawston
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I ordered a levitating glass of water in either 1963 or 4 and was deeply disappointing that it employed the same method of "do you want to see it float visibly or invisibly " gag used in the die box ( had no idea what that was at the time). Spent weeks reading and re reading the catalogue to make a purchase decision. As a kid I had an extremely limited budget 😄. Only performed it once for my parents.

Didn't order from a catalog for many many years.

That said, I still loved reading the catalog over and over again.

Great memory!
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