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Topic: Joe Berg's upstairs on Hollywood Blvd..
Message: Posted by: Bruce Sinclair (Jul 30, 2006 01:47PM)
Hi all,

I was surprised that I did not see anything about Berg's shop on Hollywood Blvd. I first visited in the early 70's, as a young boy. Joe was incredibly kind to me. Not only did he share a lot of information with me, but he allowed me to hang out for hours. I remember meeting and seeing many past masters of magic pass through his shop. His shop was a mess. There was stuff everywhere. One afternoon he asked me to help him clean. When I finished, he gave me a copy of royal road to card magic, a couple of decks of tally-ho playing cards and a small paddle trick.

He had a demonstrator, "mundane the great". If I recall, his name was jack. I would love to hear about your memories if this great shop.
Message: Posted by: The Cardfather (Sep 6, 2006 03:06PM)
Berg's shop was partly the inspiration for Presto's Magic in Long Beach, CA. Presto recounted to me how Joe had the uncanny ability to find anything you asked for in the mess you described. Presto's shop is similar and is also a great place to hang out. Hope to see you there sometime. Rick Bloom
Message: Posted by: silking (Sep 13, 2006 12:12AM)
Yearsb ago when I lived in Calif. I would spend my Saturdays at Berg's. It was a great place and Joe was a great guy. I will never forget those days.

Silking
Message: Posted by: magicians (Apr 18, 2011 09:14AM)
In 1983, I visited Berg's and he was closing for good. I bought some inventory including some original seance hands made of plaster of paris.
Message: Posted by: Russo (Mar 26, 2020 06:25PM)
A great Shop and Person - just serfing forums - many posts past and present -"search"
Message: Posted by: Dollarbill (Mar 27, 2020 05:22PM)
Hahaa! I remember Freds shop. (Fred right? Broder? I'm too old to remember. ha!).. Anyways, ya, his shop was a friggin' disaster area! I loved going down there every now and then. He had shhh everywhere! 🤣🤣 I was an "Ancient Times" guy because it was right around the corner from my mom and dads house. Hung out there for hours upon hours in the early nineties w/ Irv Hopper. The in house "club" was So Cal. Assoc of Magicians. SCAM. My God do I miss those days! Those guys had a TON of talent! Dennis Carrol, Scott Peterson, Doug Williams a few others that I cant remember names, but have a mental snapshot. You all be safe out there!
Message: Posted by: Russo (Mar 28, 2020 08:43AM)
The ORIGINAL "Owen Brothers" (not Smith or ?) on San Pedro,Los Angeles - Calif. - Carl Owen, Johnny Daniel, George McCathy, ''Red", have many of their effects and original Catalogs, from that era (early 60's) - Ralph (russo) Rousseau
Message: Posted by: Dollarbill (Mar 28, 2020 09:08AM)
[quote]On Mar 28, 2020, Russo wrote:
The ORIGINAL "Owen Brothers" (not Smith or ?) on San Pedro,Los Angeles - Calif. - Carl Owen, Johnny Daniel, George McCathy, ''Red", have many of their effects and original Catalogs, from that era (early 60's) - Ralph (russo) Rousseau [/quote]

There was a magic shop in Pedro? Growing up, my whole family lived in Pedro. They still do. Well the ones that are left. 🙂
Message: Posted by: Russo (Mar 28, 2020 10:13AM)
Sorry - should have said, on "So. San Pedro St.", in Los Angeles, Calif - in the 60's