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Way back in the 60's when I lived in NYC I used to visit Tannen's Magic Shop. Now I collect those iconic numbered Tannen catalogs a.k.a. Wish Books. Thus far I have eight sequential catalogs numbered 5 thru 12. So, duh, catalogs 1 thru 4 remain to be added. Does anyone know how many catalogs beyond number 12 were printed before Tony Spina took over the business? Thanks for any help! Smile
Original Old Town Magic Shop owner near Walt Disney World. Former Bozo the Clown in S.W. Ohio TV market. Was the founder and artistic director of Pinocchio's Maroionette Theater in Central Florida. Actor, writer, director, magic and spook show enthusiast.
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AHA! Here's an update to my previous post from all of an hour ago. lol. Currently on eBay a Tannen Catalog #15 is being offered along with a Tony Spina Tannen Catalog #17. So, there must have been Catalogs numbered 13, 14, and 16. AND THAT MEANS the catalogs I have yet to collect are 1, 2, 3, 4, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17. Smile
Original Old Town Magic Shop owner near Walt Disney World. Former Bozo the Clown in S.W. Ohio TV market. Was the founder and artistic director of Pinocchio's Maroionette Theater in Central Florida. Actor, writer, director, magic and spook show enthusiast.
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Next time that I'm out to my storage facility, I'll check the shelf with Tannen catalogs, and, if I have any, I'll PM you.
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Thank You, Dick! I'd really appreciate it. Dave Smile
Original Old Town Magic Shop owner near Walt Disney World. Former Bozo the Clown in S.W. Ohio TV market. Was the founder and artistic director of Pinocchio's Maroionette Theater in Central Florida. Actor, writer, director, magic and spook show enthusiast.
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I have Tannen #1 - 19
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Hi Dave!!

I have 2 each of Nos. 9 10 11 12 and 1 each of 13 14 & 15.

I'll PM you.
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Lol we could have bumped into each other Smile
What a way to spend an afternoon back in the day...sigh

The Tannens catalog was the ultimate Wush Book.
Had more fun reading it then, then I do using the Net today.

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Does anyone know what year catalog #17 and #18 came out?
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I spent hours looking through these catalogs! I agree...black and white pictures and some convincing ad copy was much more exciting to me than searching the web is today, even with demo videos. I believe #18 was ~1995.
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On Dec 13, 2016, nytaylor21 wrote:
I spent hours looking through these catalogs! I agree...black and white pictures and some convincing ad copy was much more exciting to me than searching the web is today, even with demo videos. I believe #18 was ~1995.


Remember when you didn't even want anyone to know where the magic store was?
I never foresaw the horrors of the net for us lol.
Reading through those catalogs actually taught me a lot in retrospect.
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Thank you and that makes sense. I moved in 1994 and that is when I started in magic, so #17 must have been printed around that time. I was trying to remember when I started.

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On Dec 13, 2016, nytaylor21 wrote:
I spent hours looking through these catalogs! I agree...black and white pictures and some convincing ad copy was much more exciting to me than searching the web is today, even with demo videos. I believe #18 was ~1995.
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I left NYC in '95...I'm starting to feel ancient ugh

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I have #16 it has Doug Henning on the cover......the catalogue is a hardback
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Fyi: Catalog #2: SOFT and HARDCOVER versions.
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