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Topic: Searching for a local magic shop
Message: Posted by: Robmonster (May 17, 2006 11:21AM)
Afternoon all,

Here is the UK I'm having a terrible problem trying to find a magic shop where I can just go and have a browse around. There are a number of UK based websites selling magic paraphernalia but I'd really like to be able to see it first hand.

My rather basic google searches haven't turned much up, nor did a search of http://www.yell.com (indeed, searching for Magic Shop seems to give me fancy dress outfits...)

Can anyone point me to a good directory of real world magic shops in the UK, south preferably.

RM
Message: Posted by: Binary (May 25, 2006 09:27AM)
Google is your friend, but (at least from where I am) magic stores seem to be few and far between.

When I was starting out as a child I used to go to the "Tommy Cooper Joke Shop" in blackpool (http://www.coopermagic.co.uk/), which is quite a nice little store, if a tad on the pricy side.

In london there is davenports, which is a fantastic store, if again on the pricey side, but everyone in there is extremely knowledgable, and can perform almost any trick going ;P

In kent there is also alakazam magic (http://www.alakazam.co.uk/) which I have never visited, but appears to be very good, and the prices on their site are very reasonable on the whole.


Also, many websites now include video previews of the magic tricks, although they may not give you a guide as seeing it in real life, they can give you a very good idea of what they are like. http://www.magictricks.co.uk has many video preview's, and they have fantastic prices and effects, and their service is top notch (Next day delivery for free if you order over 15).
Message: Posted by: Robmonster (May 25, 2006 09:53AM)
Thanks for the info.

I had little luck with Google. While it found online stores I couldn't see many meatspace stores. I was hoping to find a shop with a friendly staff who wouldnt mind giving me a spot of guidance along with my purchases...

Rob
Message: Posted by: ferraroj (May 28, 2006 12:03AM)
There is cost to running a store front shop where people can actually come in a shop. This cost gets passed onto the consumer as higher prices. With the advent of the internet, virtual magical stores have popped up everywhere with lower prices due to less overhead costs. The down side to this is the brick and motar shops can not compete with these virtual shops and many have gone out of business.

But none of this is helping you.

My advice would be to join some local clubs if you haven't already. They can be a great source of information for the last tricks on the market and much more.
Message: Posted by: Bananafish (May 28, 2006 05:32AM)
I host a directory of all the bricks and mortar based magic shops in the uk.

http://www.ipswichmagicalsociety.co.uk/linshopuk.htm

I say all, and they are certainly all the ones I have found so far, but I am well aware there must be more out there - so if anyone knows of anymore I will happily add them in.

I love the web based shops and how accesible they have made magic, but the magic shoppe is an institution and in many cases a mini magic society, and I feel it would be a great shame if we let them all disappear.

(if you look at the links in my sig. there is also a list of ALL the magic societies as well...)

Simon