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Topic: What was the name of your first magic shop?
Message: Posted by: BIGmagiclV (Nov 24, 2007 09:37PM)
Mine was a shop in Hamden, Conn. called the Magic Barn. Probably because it was a barn that was converted into a magic shop! Oddly enough, they sold illusions like "sawing a cow in half" and "the levitating tractor". :) (Just kidding, in case you missed the smiley face!)
Anyone have a strangely named shop?
Message: Posted by: Mark Williams (Nov 24, 2007 10:23PM)
Well, the first one I ever visited was Bentley's Magic Shop (Santa Ana, California). They actually sold the Classic Cars there...Bentleys that is! Not!!!! :)
Message: Posted by: Nicholas (Nov 25, 2007 05:24AM)
House of Hocus Pocus in Buffal, NY.
Message: Posted by: cosmopop1 (Nov 25, 2007 07:46AM)
Kenosha Magic and Costume! Best shop in SE Wisconsin!
Message: Posted by: jcards01 (Nov 25, 2007 09:22AM)
Magic Inc., Chicago IL.
Message: Posted by: Ximines (Nov 25, 2007 09:32AM)
Eagle Magic - Minneapolis Minnesota - back in the early 70's. Larry Kahlow is still the owner!
Message: Posted by: Payne (Nov 25, 2007 10:20AM)
The Magic Cave in Knott's Berry Farm. It was in a cave in the side of a concrete terraformed mountain. Perhaps the coolest themed magic shop I was ever in.
Sadly it is long gone
Message: Posted by: mrunge (Nov 25, 2007 03:50PM)
Tannens in NYC. They've since changed locations, but the one I visited was lot's of fun.

Mark.
Message: Posted by: Brad Burt (Nov 25, 2007 04:39PM)
Mine was B & H School of Magic in Los Alamitos, CA. It was run by Bessie and Herb Fiedler, thus the B & H. It was eventually sold to Armando Gutierrez who hired me to run the magic school. Armando sold it to Stan Allen of Magic Magazine fame and a couple of partners who kept me on as the head teacher, etc. The name changed to The Magic Shop and the Stan Allen School of Magic. After that it went through a couple more permutations that I am not familiar with as I ended up in San Diego eventually running Chuck Martinez's Magician's World. Sheesh!

P.S., Actually, my first shop was a tiny hole in the wall place the name of which I cannot for the life of me remember. It was run by a guy who was a Duncan YoYo champion and a truly extraordinary manipulative magician. His stage card work and billiard ball work was flawless. This is the place I saw my first Chop Cup routine and it remains to this day my favorite 'trick'.

After that it would have to be the Fantasy Land magic shop in Disneyland. Sadly it no longer exsists.

But, for the first 'real' shop that I could hang out in and watch magic happening....well, it will always be B & H School of Magic. Just a great place and the center of activity for the Long Beach Junior Mystics.

It would be interesting for someone to do a real history of the magic shops in America from say 1850 to today. Already many of the folks who could give first hand stories are gone. Sigh... All best,
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Nov 25, 2007 05:52PM)
Douglas Magicland, Dallas, Tx.
Message: Posted by: scottthegreat (Nov 25, 2007 09:14PM)
Mine was the land of oz. It was located in westspringfield ma. This was back in the late 80s early 90s. It went out of business. I heard it was moved to upstate NY. Anyone know off hand. Now I go to Brick and mortar magic shop in Indian orchard Ma. Its a pretty cool shop. I also have taken some lessons there


scott
Message: Posted by: pradell (Nov 26, 2007 02:10AM)
Dad ran the Boston Film Center, gave me a camera and I walked the streets of Boston as a young kid taking black and whites and developing them in the dark room. Found Jack's Joke Shop by the Boston Common and went inside. Graduated from jokes to the magic in the back of the store. Found Hank Lee's Magic Factory and lived there on the weekends. This odd fellow named Phil Goldstein worked behind the counter, back then in the early 70's. Hey, the guy disappeared. I saw someone who looked like him recently at a magic convention, said, "Hi Phil" and he glared at me and said, "It's MAX!" Hmmm. Also, this other guy, Mr. Lee, was always pressing me to actually buy something. All I had was my allowance, which my father quickly stopped when it became apparent to him that I was spending all of it on magic tricks. Anyway, I left a little note for Mr. Lee some time ago, as he was never at the store when I visited in the later years. I had just purchased a used Mismade Lady illusion which was sitting on the showroom floor, probably the most expensive item in the store at the time. Finally, the kid had paid for something!

:magicrabbit:
Message: Posted by: DomKabala (Nov 26, 2007 04:54AM)
Paul Diamond's Magic Shop in Ft. Lauderdale circa 1970. I had visited a small shop inside a McCrory department store in '69. Paul's shop was my first real magic emporium and as touted as "the world's most unsual store"! Later in 1971, I visited the Magic Shop at Disney World's Grand Opening in Orlando, Fl. & I went to the Daytona Magic Shop (Daytona Beach) in 1978. Daytona's Magic Shop is still in business and there are two shops in nearby Melbourne, Fl. Orlando has a couple shops also.
Cardamagically,
Dom
:) :bwink:
Message: Posted by: GeorgeG (Nov 26, 2007 10:17AM)
Disneyland's Magic Shop on Main Street..if this counts, otherwise, Hollywood Magic.
Message: Posted by: kosmoshiva (Nov 26, 2007 10:25AM)
The original Davenport's, opposite the British Museum in London.
Message: Posted by: mtpascoe (Nov 26, 2007 10:37AM)
Mine was a magic shop in Canoga Park, California called Witchcraft. The owner was a professional magician and his wife was a palm reader of sorts. They sold it to man by the name of Phil Sherman who changed the name to Magic World.
Message: Posted by: BIGmagiclV (Nov 26, 2007 01:30PM)
I know Magic world! IT was a costume shop too, right? It just closed last year. I ended up at the Magic Apple in studio city which happens to be a great little store.
Message: Posted by: Angel Freire (Nov 26, 2007 01:51PM)
Ronjo, Port Jefferson NY. Nice shop and costume store.Very friendly and helpful demonstrators.
Message: Posted by: black-dragon (Nov 26, 2007 04:28PM)
Ebay. lol
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Nov 26, 2007 05:40PM)
Marshall Brodien's magic shop at the "Old Chicago" amusement park.
Message: Posted by: evolve629 (Nov 26, 2007 08:31PM)
[quote]
On 2007-11-25 10:32, Ximines wrote:
Eagle Magic - Minneapolis Minnesota - back in the early 70's. Larry Kahlow is still the owner!
[/quote]
Larry's Eagle Magic moved a couple of years ago - still in downtown Minneapolis!
Message: Posted by: Lester (Nov 26, 2007 08:41PM)
I suppose the first shop that I ever visited that sold tricks, jokes and novelties, as opposed to a purely magic shop was an establishment, the name of which escapes me, in Tottenham Court Road in London. It was during the early sixties when London had a magical buzz all of its own! I have a vague recollection of being served by Pat Page but I might be mistaken.

I most certainly remember being served by Pat Page when I discovered the delights of Davenports, which at that time was opposite the British Museum in Great Russell Street. I will always remember the tingle of anticipation that ran through me, when as a small child, walking down from the tube, seeing that rabbit in a top hat, swinging above their door and hearing that almost Dickensian door bell tinkle. The whole shop was a magical experience. I can still remember the display cabinets full of mysterious boxes and tubes! It even had an aroma all of its own.

Ah, the past is another country they do things differently there.

Best Wishes,

Lester
Message: Posted by: KapBoy77 (Nov 27, 2007 01:31PM)
I'm from a small town in Northern Ontario and the only exposure I got from magic was books. I started with all the books at my school then I found a bunch at the local library. Then I had to order some in from the library using those plastic films under a big magnifying lamp. (Some of you might know what I'm talking about, this is pre internet era obviously).

Anyways, when I was eleven, in one of the books I read (wish I remembered which one) there was a list of like ten magic shops around the United States. You guys have NO IDEA how excited I was!! There was actually Magic Shops out there in the world!!! I wrote letters to all ten of those shops asking for a list of the things they had and mailed them out the same night. Then I waited... and waited... and waited some more. Nothing came. I knew it was too good to be true. Until that one letter came in the mail. Out of all the ten letter's I sent out, Abbott's wrote back!

That letter made Abbott's a lot of money!! I will never forget Abbott's for that and I will make a point of visiting that shop in person when I have the chance.

DRE
Message: Posted by: Jaz (Nov 27, 2007 03:05PM)
Ken's Magic & Costume Shop in Fairlawn, NJ and shortly afterwards Mecca Magic in Bloomfield, NJ.
Message: Posted by: magicgettogether (Nov 27, 2007 09:47PM)
Roy Kissell's Fox and Fun Magic Shop in Detroit.
Message: Posted by: Donal Chayce (Nov 29, 2007 01:51PM)
Bert Easley's Fun Shop in Phoenix, Arizona. Jack Sutherland managed the magic counter their for years before opening his own shop (Sun Magic).

Bert was alive back then (70s), and was often at the shop. Other notable who hung out there were Danny Dew and Harry Anderson.

Bert passed away quite some time ago, as did Danny, Jack and many others. The shop is still going strong, however, and I believe it's being managed by Bert's son.
Message: Posted by: jimhlou (Nov 29, 2007 04:01PM)
Caufields - and guess who was working there? Lance Burton, but I had no idea who he was. But then again, at that time, neither did he.

Jim
Message: Posted by: Cody Comet (Nov 29, 2007 04:26PM)
Jim, that was my first shop too, execpt Lance is of course in Vegas and not behind that counter, unfortunatly. Right now, I think Manny is behind the counter, well at least when he's not on Gene Simmons Family Jewel's or doing a gig out somewhere. But as of now, I go to CandlewoRx & Magic for their open mic night, their redicouasly cheap prices, and they have a better selection then Caufield's now has. I heard that their selection was way bigger when Lance was there.
Message: Posted by: THEGUY26 (Will Swanson) (Nov 29, 2007 05:19PM)
[quote]
On 2007-11-25 10:32, Ximines wrote:
Eagle Magic - Minneapolis Minnesota - back in the early 70's. Larry Kahlow is still the owner!
[/quote]

Same here!
Message: Posted by: abbascup (Nov 29, 2007 06:24PM)
Magic castle...Milwaukee ,Wisconsin
Message: Posted by: haulboss007 (Nov 30, 2007 03:22AM)
I was lucky enough to be raised in Washington DC. So my first magic store was Al's Magic Shop. When I walked in it was like Disneyland,Candy Store and Santa's Workshop all rolled into one and Al was behind the counter. What a great day that was. :magician:
Message: Posted by: Obviously (Nov 30, 2007 02:03PM)
I think the first one I visited was in Aurora Colorado. I believe it was Zeezo's magic. I was amazed at what I thought must have been the coolest shop in the world. Never knew so much magic existed. Does anyone remember this shop?
Message: Posted by: Erdnase27 (Nov 30, 2007 05:26PM)
Vliegeruit. before that I made most of my things self and used a crapppy brand of cards :D
Message: Posted by: Joey911 (Nov 30, 2007 06:24PM)
Mine have mainly been online, however there is one in Mystic, CT called Mystic magic.
Message: Posted by: Joker63 (Dec 1, 2007 06:04AM)
The Magic Store, Melbourne Australia. I still shop there whenever I get to visit Melbourne.
Message: Posted by: Johnny Butterfield (Dec 1, 2007 09:05AM)
Browser's Den. I just can't walk out of there without dropping at least twenty bucks.
Message: Posted by: lukeko (Dec 1, 2007 09:15AM)
Kenzo's in Baltimore, Al's in DC, Barry's in Md. The only one that is still running in this area is Barry's he got a new location in Rockville, MD and is very nice. Most of my ordering is done online now a days on the Magic Depot (Magic.org) and various sites that have exclusives.
Message: Posted by: disneywld (Dec 1, 2007 09:59AM)
Zeezo's was at Buckingham Square in Aurora, CO. He had several locations. The store owner, Dave Elstun, is quite active performing magic at Colorado casinos, and his name appears in the papers quite frequently. His wife, Connie, is also very active in magic.

My first store was actually Tannen's. I bought a die box because I could not figure out how to use the one my grandfather gave me.
Message: Posted by: housermagic (Dec 1, 2007 10:17AM)
My first experience with magic shops, per se, were the novelty ahopa that sold the Adams line. Fifteen years ago, I saw a shop near my home called Magic Central Magic Shop and Talent Agency. I didn't go in at the time, as there were "New Age" shops that had the word "magic" in their name. Three years ago, I met the owner of Magic Central, and we are great friends now. I now have him as a mentor to "bounce" ideas or problems off of.
Bill
Message: Posted by: phillipsje (Dec 3, 2007 12:26AM)
Delben Magic in Springfield, MO
Message: Posted by: Larry Bean (Dec 3, 2007 10:39AM)
My very first magic shop was on Main St. in Walt Disney World in the early 70s. We lived about an hour away when DW opened and all of our out of state company wanted to go to DW - so we took them. I probably visited that magic shop 15 times the first 2 or 3 years that it was open.

The first "real" magic shop was Bob Hutching's Magic Shack in Jacksonville, FL in 1980. He really knew how to demonstrate magic! He had grown up in a Vaudeville family and had performed in one way or another since he was 3 years old. He always carried a good selection of magic. He had a large portion of floorspace set aside to use for the local IBM ring meetings. He's been gone for some time now - but that area owes a lot to him for his influence in magic.
Message: Posted by: Nathan Hastings (Dec 3, 2007 09:35PM)
My first magic shop was probably the one at the Mall of America. (Replaced by a friggin bean bag chair store, of all things.) I've visited Eagle Magic once or twice, but not in a long time. My current shop of choice is Twin Cities Magic and Costume, Co. Great shop, very talented magicians!

P.S. Great thread!

N!J
Message: Posted by: SmagicMom (Dec 6, 2007 06:12PM)
Magic Etcetera in Fort Worth, Texas. Great place, and is combined with a killer costume shop. Once a year, adjoins to an awesome haunted house, called Hangmans. Met some awesome magicians there, back when I was clowning.
Message: Posted by: BIGmagiclV (Dec 17, 2007 02:58AM)
[quote]

P.S. Great thread!

N!J
[/quote]

Thank you!
Message: Posted by: Mustang (Dec 20, 2007 10:16PM)
Definately Davenports in London... great memories, great times, great help. :)
Message: Posted by: dpe666 (Apr 17, 2008 11:45AM)
The Queen of Hearts in Plano, TX :devilish:
Message: Posted by: Ed_Millis (Apr 17, 2008 12:50PM)
When I was a teen ('way too long ago!), I chanced into a magic shop at Magic Mountain in SoCal. In 2001, I happened to be in San Diego for an extended period of time and visited Brad Burt's shop a few times. I think I did get to meet Brad once, I talked to David Eldridge, and bought my favorite trick - the giant B'Wave there (I forget the name of the big guy who sold it to me).

I was sad to see it close, though I couldn't get over there hardly at all.

Ed
Message: Posted by: spatlind (Apr 17, 2008 01:20PM)
No bricks and mortar in my locale. Alakazam online..
Message: Posted by: MikeOB (Apr 17, 2008 03:07PM)
Abracadabra Magic Shop in NJ. I dragged my mother there when I was like 7. It was out of his basement. Also went to Mecca Magic and a magic shop in Red Bank ran by The Amazing Randi I do believe.
Message: Posted by: Stanyon (Apr 17, 2008 10:44PM)
[quote]
On 2007-11-26 18:40, gaddy wrote:
Marshall Brodien's magic shop at the "Old Chicago" amusement park.
[/quote]

That's going back a ways!


My first was the magic counter at Treasure Island in Chicago.


Cheers! ;)
Message: Posted by: Kipee (Apr 18, 2008 03:36AM)
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On 2007-12-20 23:16, Mustang wrote:
Definately Davenports in London... great memories, great times, great help. :)
[/quote]

Ditto! A great little place, I remember going there when I was a kid and walking along what seemed to be a never ending front window full of magic tricks, books, puzzles, props etc...happy times!
Message: Posted by: Lash (Apr 18, 2008 09:55PM)
I grew up in rural America, the middle of nowhere. So the first actual magic shop I went to was Precision Magic when I was on vacation in Gatlinburg, TN.
Message: Posted by: chuckn34404 (Apr 18, 2008 10:17PM)
Foley's Magic Shop in downtown Seattle Washington. It was located in an old office building on the second or third floor. I would go down on saturday two or three times a month to spend my hard earned cash.
Message: Posted by: boynextdoor (Apr 18, 2008 10:26PM)
My first trip into a magic shop was Houdini's Magic Shops. First was at Buffalo Bill's in Primm, NV. Went in and couldn't afford to buy anything. Then came another one of those stores in The Venetian in Las Vegas, I think. Anyways, there I bought a juggling (ball) set.

First and only time (Sadly) I have ever been to a real magic shop was Hollywood Magic. THAT was awesome. The guy at the counter actually did tricks and knew about the products. Plus, he had on blue contact lenses, so I always wondered if he was hiding out from someone, like the mob or something. And it smelt old and mysterious. I loved it. It was ALMOST how my town's previous library smelt. I loved that smell.

THAT was the first time I ever bought ANY magic supplies. A close up matt, color chanking hankies, and some wands that were a bad choice. (I went a little crazy).

OH, and I bought some Spider-Man style gloves. Just incase I ever need them because you never know.
Message: Posted by: Bill Groome (Apr 18, 2008 10:42PM)
Well's Magic Shop in Macon, Georgia. It was being run at the time by the widow of Ed Wells. It always smelled strongly of incense and had a very mystical atmosphere. I believe they got all of my allowance on Saturdays.
Message: Posted by: irossall (Apr 18, 2008 11:34PM)
The first "Magic Shop" that I ever visited was not a Magic Shop but was a Toy Shop at Knotts Berry Farm.
The first real Magic Shop was Merlin's Magic at Disneyland and the Main Street Magic Shop.

As an older teenager I spent (or hung around) many hours at the B&H School of Magic where I was also a student.

In my youth most of my purchases were mail order to Bentley's Trading Post and the Elbee Magic Company. I later worked for two years at the Elbee Magic Company as a demonstrator for Louis Berkie who also owned Fosters Fun Shop in a Mall.
Iven :patty:
Message: Posted by: KurtK (Apr 19, 2008 12:04AM)
[quote]
On 2007-11-29 18:19, THEGUY26 (Will Swanson) wrote:
[quote]
On 2007-11-25 10:32, Ximines wrote:
Eagle Magic - Minneapolis Minnesota - back in the early 70's. Larry Kahlow is still the owner!
[/quote]

Same here!
[/quote]

Yep same here too. Now I go to Twin Cities Magic and Costume in St. Paul because it is closer to my home in Rosemount. I still love Eagle magic tho. Yep my opinion is the same as Nathans about Magic Max in Mall of America. It was there before I had an interest in magic and I would walk by and not give it a seccond thought. Now to this day every time I walk by that stupid bean bag store Corda-roy's I sigh deeply and wish I could have supported it when it still existed. I would have a lot more magic props now if it wasnt replaced.
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Apr 20, 2008 04:05PM)
[quote]
On 2008-04-17 23:44, Stanyon wrote:
[quote]
On 2007-11-26 18:40, gaddy wrote:
Marshall Brodien's magic shop at the "Old Chicago" amusement park.
[/quote]

That's going back a ways!


My first was the magic counter at Treasure Island in Chicago.


Cheers! ;)
[/quote]

that's going back ever FURTHER! LOL!
Message: Posted by: Justin Style (Apr 21, 2008 01:48PM)
[quote]
On 2007-11-27 16:05, Jaz wrote:
Ken's Magic & Costume Shop in Fairlawn, NJ and shortly afterwards Mecca Magic in Bloomfield, NJ.
[/quote]


Dang, Jaz! I seem to be just a few steps behind you...don't stop short...lol!

First the Hot Dogs and now Kens and Mecca! Ken is gone and there are new owners. Did you know Scott Gordan? and from Mecca, Ted got me into the IBM!

What part of NJ are you in?
Message: Posted by: clarissa35f (Apr 24, 2008 10:04PM)
The first shop I bought magic at was a combination magic Shop/ Costume Store in Greenwich Village in Manhattan called Abracadabra. We looked them up to get a magic set for my niece. I ended up chatting up the sales guy. So we got to talking about card magic, seems we both had similar interests. I ended up getting Ammar's card Miracles Vol 1 - 3. My life has never been the same since. He told me about a place called " Tannens" I have to be honest I was a total ignoramus about magic shops at the time, when I asked " Where are they at?" I sensed he was asking himself." is she for real?" Anyway I started hanging out there from time to time. The magicians that hung out there were awesome, they were the first people I did Card magic for.. and they were polite to admire my performance, they even gave me pointers.... :)
Message: Posted by: Will-Ace (Apr 25, 2008 11:01AM)
My first Magic Shop was Mecca Magic in Bloomfield, NJ. The first video I bought was The Art of Card Manipulation Volume 3 with Jeff McBride.
Message: Posted by: MrX (Apr 25, 2008 05:36PM)
Perfect Magic in Montreal! Thanks Phil and Evelyn! :)
Message: Posted by: ryan8406 (Jun 27, 2008 11:01PM)
Magic Fun Store in Newark, Delaware
Message: Posted by: The Amazing Noobini (Jun 28, 2008 03:10AM)
It was called Ellusionist. Ahh, the memories. ;)

The other day I learned that there was a magic shop in Oslo during my entire childhood. Nobody told me until I was 39.
Message: Posted by: NurseRob (Jun 28, 2008 08:10PM)
Mickey's Magic Shop at Walt Disney World Florida. 7yrs old, I walked out of there with an invisible dog, a sponge granite rock, and a secret box with hidden drawers. I loved that dog!
Message: Posted by: BCS (Jun 28, 2008 08:50PM)
I can’t remember its name… it was in the 70’s at a shopping center called the Pennsauken Mart in NJ. From there it was Tannen’s.
Message: Posted by: Magiguy (Jun 28, 2008 09:57PM)
Back in the mid-70's... Steve Dacri's Magic & Fun Shop in Worcester, Massachusetts. Great memories!! :)
Message: Posted by: phillipsje (Jun 28, 2008 10:13PM)
I can't remember the name but it was a small shop in El Paso, TX. It had one counter of items in a "sewing, materials, costume shop". 30+ years later and I still have all the effects. I performed one of them just the other day for my daughter.
Message: Posted by: kentfgunn (Jun 29, 2008 11:03AM)
Mine was The Fun Shop in Ogden, Utah. Marvin Lovestedt was behind the counter and did the cups and balls for me.
Message: Posted by: Patrick Differ (Jun 29, 2008 10:30PM)
First one?
Davenports, London, 1973. I bought a set of linking rings...
still have them.
Message: Posted by: Jimeh (Jun 29, 2008 10:34PM)
Morrissey Magic in Toronto!
Message: Posted by: MattWayne (Jun 29, 2008 10:58PM)
Denny & Lees-- Baltimore, MD.

Only shop you ever need!
Message: Posted by: Brian Proctor (Jun 30, 2008 09:57AM)
For me it was Callin Novelties which later became Callin's Magic. It is no longer around, but it sure was the best of the best. I miss that place. I also frequented White Rabbit Magic by Jim Pace. We were lucky enough to have 3 magic shops in Portland at one time. Now we are down to one, Magicfest.

Brian
Message: Posted by: Angel Freire (Jul 1, 2008 09:06AM)
Ronjo
Message: Posted by: mrs-misdirection (Jul 1, 2008 10:48AM)
I think my first magic shop wasn't really a magic shop. I went to a flea market in Tampa, Florida, and there were 2 guys performing, and afterward, they sold stuff. I bought Professor's Nightmare and the Coloring Book and a couple of others. It was fun to see the show, then to be able to do a few tricks from the show right away.
Kathy
Message: Posted by: Justin Style (Jul 1, 2008 01:01PM)
Ken's, Fairlawn, NJ

then...

Mecca Magic, Bloomfield, NJ (The Professor got me into the IBM.)

then...

Tannen's (31st street)
Message: Posted by: Theodore Lawton (Jul 1, 2008 07:56PM)
When I was a kid, my friend and I used to order stuff via catalog from Holiday of Magic. This was back in the '80s.

Then, we bought Marshall Brodien's Magic Box at the local mall toy store.
Message: Posted by: tom_stamm (Jul 1, 2008 08:46PM)
Late '60s, the Main St. Magic Shop in Disneyland.

The first "real" magic shop was a store run by Henry Valluea in the second floor of his house in North Boise in the early '70s. Henry was an old vaudeville magician. Great place to hang out when I was in college.

Nowadays, I occasionally drift through the Magic Apple in Studio City, CA.
Message: Posted by: daver (Jul 2, 2008 11:19AM)
The first trick I ever got was from a novelty shop in the Staten Island Mall in this little underground set of shops called "The Honeycomb". I don't even know if it had a name. It was of those Adams coin slides with the nest of boxes.

From there, it was right onto Tannen's and Flosso's in NYC.
Message: Posted by: amerigo (Jul 2, 2008 04:12PM)
Downtown Hammond, Indiana
Wayne's Trick Shop
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Jul 2, 2008 07:40PM)
Magic Emporium
Southfield, MI
Message: Posted by: JT Kordesich (Jul 3, 2008 09:36AM)
The Cuckoo's Nest in Pittsburgh.
Message: Posted by: Magicray69 (Jul 4, 2008 06:12PM)
My first was a Stamp and Coin Shop in South Bend, Indiana. I was 10 years old and in elementary school. (55 years ago, ouch!) It was near the school, and the owner would have a few Royal and Adam's Magic Tricks in the window display. I bought mostly what he had; Color Vision, Finger Chopper, Lota, Chinese Sticks, etc.
The good old days. Sure wish I still had that stuff.
Message: Posted by: Magic Marine (Jul 6, 2008 02:54PM)
The Magic Counter at Marshall Fields flagship store on State Street in Chicago.
First stand-alone store was Magic, Inc. in Chicago.
Message: Posted by: joseph (Jul 7, 2008 05:55AM)
Gene Gordon's magic shop in Buffalo, N.Y.(1969)... He and his partner, Howard Eldridge, got me interested in magic, and Gene sold me a Tenyo Crazy Spots trick which I still have today...
Message: Posted by: Doctor Xombie (Jul 7, 2008 07:01PM)
[quote]
On 2008-06-28 21:10, NoVaCain wrote:
Mickey's Magic Shop at Walt Disney World Florida. 7yrs old, I walked out of there with an invisible dog, a sponge granite rock, and a secret box with hidden drawers. I loved that dog!
[/quote]
Me too, and I was about the same age. I think I walked out with a finger chopper and pencil through balloon tricks.

I JUST got into magic seriously about a month ago and found [b]The Magic Shop[/b] in Tampa, FL. I got a copper/silver coin and some sponge balls. :bg:
Message: Posted by: Bernoulli (Jul 7, 2008 07:27PM)
The first magic store I visited was Hocus Pocus, located on South St. here in Philadelphia, P.A. Unfortunately, it recently closed down due to the owner passing away.
Message: Posted by: MMAgicMan (Jul 7, 2008 07:30PM)
Magic Masters in Chicago while visiting my brother.

First real shop was Denny & Lee in Baltimore.
Message: Posted by: klagerk (Jul 7, 2008 08:03PM)
Stevens Magic Emporium in Wichita, KS.
Message: Posted by: Hushai (Jul 8, 2008 12:39AM)
Devoe's Magic Den in downtown St. Louis, back in the 1950s sometime. It later moved out to Maplewood, a suburb, I think. Does anyone else remember Devoe's?
Message: Posted by: Levity (Oct 3, 2008 10:02PM)
DeLarno's International House of Magic in the Picadilly Arcade, Sydney, Australia, early '70s. What I couldn't afford then as a 12 year old I can now (and don't it feel good!).

Geoffrey
Message: Posted by: mysto59 (Oct 4, 2008 11:01AM)
Fabjance Studios in Bethalto Illinois. In the early 70's my friend and I would go and spend hours looking at all of the neat stuff they had. Like Levity, what I couldn't afford then I'm more than making up for now. LOL
Message: Posted by: CamisBoss (Oct 4, 2008 06:15PM)
Ken Sand's shop Magic Galore and More, in Westminister, CA
Message: Posted by: Vaughn Ver Steegt (Oct 4, 2008 06:49PM)
Main Street Magic in Cedar Falls, Iowa. My wife shopped there first for Christmas presents. She bought rope through body and color changing silks. My son and I went back on Jan. 4th and had a great time shopping. Barry DeVoll is a great magician and salesman. Bought some great items that day and still use them today. Unfortunately the shop has closed but it was great for a first time magical experiance.
Message: Posted by: Levity (Oct 4, 2008 07:00PM)
This is a great post...nothing like nostalgia on a rainy cold morning!

G
Message: Posted by: Sammy J. (Oct 4, 2008 10:20PM)
Zeezo's Magic Castle in Cinderella City Mall in Englewood, Colorado. That was 1979. I have many great memories of hanging out there. I just stumbled into there, with no previous desire to get into magic. It ended up changing my life!
Message: Posted by: The Old Man (Oct 5, 2008 03:17AM)
[quote]
On 2008-04-17 23:44, Stanyon wrote:
[quote]
On 2007-11-26 18:40, gaddy wrote:
Marshall Brodien's magic shop at the "Old Chicago" amusement park.
[/quote]

That's going back a ways!


My first was the magic counter at Treasure Island in Chicago.


Cheers! ;)
[/quote]
Do you mean the Treasure Chest? Baer's Tresure Chest.
Message: Posted by: GamingNinja (Oct 5, 2008 09:47AM)
Misdirections in San Fran. ^_^

I was so lost and confused when I went in there and the owner was beyond helpful with what I needed and what I didn't. I live in Hayward, so its a bit of a drive to get there, but I still make the trip once or twice a month. Found out my co-worker is into magic and I'm taking him there today. :D
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Oct 5, 2008 11:32AM)
The first ones I went to years ago in my area have closed down.
Romigs
Crown Magic
Magic Emporium

It is a good thing there are now newer ones.
Wunderground
West Wunderground
ABC Magic
Message: Posted by: Ba Ba Booey (Oct 5, 2008 02:08PM)
[quote]
On 2007-11-25 11:20, Payne wrote:
The Magic Cave in Knott's Berry Farm. It was in a cave in the side of a concrete terraformed mountain. Perhaps the coolest themed magic shop I was ever in.
Sadly it is long gone
[/quote]

I remember that place. Talk about old memories. It was my second shop. My first was the magic shop in Sleeping Beauty's Castle in Disneyland. My first local shop was Callin's, in Portland, OR, back in the 70s.
Message: Posted by: Hansel (Oct 5, 2008 05:30PM)
Magic Max, Orlando Florida
Message: Posted by: a brown 1968 (Oct 6, 2008 07:06AM)
Davenports in London and it looked just how I imagined a magic shop should be inside.

Shame on that first visit the staff behind the counter were abrupt and lacking any warmth .

Andy
Message: Posted by: The Old Man (Oct 6, 2008 03:33PM)
I started at the magic shop at Marshall Field's downtown store. Later at Magic Inc. when it was still called Ireland's.
Message: Posted by: Kif Anderson (Oct 6, 2008 03:40PM)
First magic shop shopping experience was likely Merlin's in Fantasyland at Disneyland (The one on Main Street wasn't as interesting). It was the late 60's. I bought a Magic Money Maker and performed it the next day at a library talent show.

But my first magic shop, where I could go and hang out and learn, was called Landale Magic (combination of the towns Lancaster and Palmdale in the high desert of California) run by Neil Lester, better known to the the world as "Cards by Martin." Neil was the best card splitter I've ever met. All of the cards he split and made fake cards from are still in excellent shape...almost 40 years later. So I may not have bought my first trick there, but it was the first real magic shop to me...and where I "grew up."
Message: Posted by: Gill Rogers (Oct 6, 2008 08:50PM)
So new to magic I have only one magic shop to refer to--Mr. Magic here in Little Rock, AR. I'm a kid in a candy store when I go in.
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Oct 8, 2008 12:28AM)
Pretty soon everyone's first magic shop will be from the internet.
Message: Posted by: FuDD (Oct 8, 2008 12:32AM)
Williams Magic In Tucson,Az. Emory Sr. and Jr. and Nathelia are the nicest people I know.Thank you for feeding my magic bug while I feed your family.^_^
Message: Posted by: mikester (Feb 16, 2010 05:29PM)
[quote]
On 2007-11-26 11:37, mtpascoe wrote:
Mine was a magic shop in Canoga Park, California called Witchcraft. The owner was a professional magician and his wife was a palm reader of sorts. They sold it to man by the name of Phil Sherman who changed the name to Magic World.
[/quote]

Witchcraft was also my first magic shop ! (maybe after the magic shops at Disneyland, anyway).

IIRC the owner's name was Don (?) Kohler, and yes his wife was fairly serious about the occult side, hance the name of the shop. Great shop...
Message: Posted by: MentalistCreationLab (Feb 16, 2010 05:54PM)
House of Magic in Dayton, Ohio. The grumpy guy charged way to much for every thing. Then I found Haines House of Cards in Norwood, Ohio. And Venture III, and Brewy's magic shop in Queen city.
Message: Posted by: BrianMillerMagic (Feb 16, 2010 06:39PM)
My first magic shop was Elmwood Magic back when it was a physical store. Wonderful place, great memories.
Message: Posted by: DWRackley (Feb 16, 2010 07:39PM)
The Palace of Mystery, 4900 Rossville Blvd. I spent thousands of hours there!

The owner, Carl Davis eventually became my first boss as well. Grouchy old man with a heart of gold. There was nothing he wouldn’t do for a fellow magician, griping the whole time. I really miss Carl!

My first “big” stage show was about 50% his equipment, because I couldn’t afford my own yet. I did a “magic carpet” floating lady with a volunteer from the audience using his ideas and handling. He was a great coach!

The old store is TV shop now, and the last of the original buildings still standing on that block. Not exactly a shrine, but I still get “funny feelings” when I drive by it now.
Message: Posted by: JCheng (Feb 16, 2010 08:03PM)
I did not buy my first magic in a magic shop. I bought my first in a festival called "Feria Colombiana".
Message: Posted by: Rockabilly (Feb 16, 2010 08:19PM)
[quote]
On 2008-10-08 01:28, Dynamike wrote:
Pretty soon everyone's first magic shop will be from the internet.
[/quote]
You're sadly correct sir. :cry:

Mine was just called The Magic Shop, in the Beaches area of Toronto, closed about 25 years ago.
Message: Posted by: Detlef (Feb 17, 2010 02:54AM)
The first real shop I `ve visited was Davenports. That time ( 30 years ago ) they were located oposit the British Museum in Great Russell Street.
And that was really a magic shop, loads of things to see.
Behind the counter was Pat Page ( alas no longer with us )and he was very helpfull.
Detlef
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Feb 17, 2010 03:22AM)
Um... This thread?[quote]
On 2007-11-26 18:40, gaddy wrote:
Marshall Brodien's magic shop at the "Old Chicago" amusement park.
[/quote]

Just remembered another one- [url=http://www.rileystrickshop.com/magic.html]Riley's Trick Shop[/url]. I'm surprised they're still around! At one point in the past they actually carried some real magic, but it doesn't look like that's the case anymore -their website just shows a bunch of Loftus plastic crap...
Message: Posted by: MagicMason (Feb 17, 2010 07:16AM)
Eagle Magic in Minneapolis Minnesota. Saw Larry Kahlow (who still owns Eagle) do "Copper Silver Brass" which hooked me for good! He also sold me Frank Garcia's two books on card magic. Those were fun days!
Message: Posted by: TheRaven (Feb 17, 2010 02:02PM)
Abbott's Catalog. I lived in the middle of nowhere in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. I spent hours pouring over Abbott's Magic Catalog and doing odd jobs to earn money. When I had enough saved up I would be off to the drug store to buy a money order (too young for checks). Then that wait for the UPS man to deliver my next purchase.

The first time I visited a magic shop was on a trip to visit relatives in the Detroit area for Thanksgiving. My Dad took me to Romig Magic on Nine Mile in Ferndale MI.
Message: Posted by: aliisawesome (Feb 17, 2010 02:28PM)
The name of the first magic shop I ever went to is Broadway Magic in Myrtle beach.
Message: Posted by: JCheng (Feb 17, 2010 04:55PM)
Another store where I used to buy magic was from Hip el Mago From Caracas (Venezuela)
Message: Posted by: Stanyon (Feb 17, 2010 06:03PM)
[quote]
On 2010-02-17 04:22, gaddy wrote:
Um... This thread?[quote]
On 2007-11-26 18:40, gaddy wrote:
Marshall Brodien's magic shop at the "Old Chicago" amusement park.
[/quote]

Just remembered another one- [url=http://www.rileystrickshop.com/magic.html]Riley's Trick Shop[/url]. I'm surprised they're still around! At one point in the past they actually carried some real magic, but it doesn't look like that's the case anymore -their website just shows a bunch of Loftus plastic crap...
[/quote]

Old Chicago's been gone for quite a while, along with the magic shop.
Message: Posted by: slyhand (Feb 17, 2010 06:26PM)
Al's Magic Shop on Pennsylvania Ave. in D.C. I was around 7 years old.
Many pleasant memories there. It was a sad day when he sold it.
Message: Posted by: alabau (Feb 17, 2010 06:38PM)
I was fortunate to walkin to Paul Diamond's old magic shop in North Miami. After that my money stayed in my pocket.

Alabau
Message: Posted by: m.ruetz (Feb 17, 2010 06:38PM)
House of Humor, San Carlos, CA (later it moved to Redwood City)
Message: Posted by: dooblehorn (Feb 18, 2010 02:09PM)
Devoe Magic Den, St. Louis, MO...

I started going there when I was about 9 or 10...it was a small, dusty place downtown, on Chestnut Street, but CRAMMED full of stuff. I have fond memories of that place; that store seemed very magical to me (no pun intended)...they later moved to Maplewood, and then Gene passed away, and I think they then closed.
I got my first tricks there, an Adams 101 tricks Magic set
Message: Posted by: acer (Feb 19, 2010 06:44PM)
It was an instant download at Penguin Magic.
Message: Posted by: jskalon (Feb 19, 2010 09:58PM)
Treasure Chest in Chicago. I recently found out there was an awesome magic shop upstairs from Treasure Chest that I never knew about. The people at TC never mentioned it.
Before TC was an Adams magic rack at a toy store in Chicago. After Treasure Chest was Magic Inc.
Message: Posted by: malamoney (Feb 19, 2010 11:16PM)
Mecca Magic in Bloomfield, NJ. It's since closed down, but I used to spend hours in the back of that place talking magic...
Message: Posted by: David P (Feb 20, 2010 05:29PM)
In the 1950s I grew up in Flint, Michigan. There were no Magic Shops that I knew of. I checked books out of the public library. Then I sent away for Abbotts catalog. It was so thick, full of tricks and illusions, all illustrated with drawings. Hours were filled pouring through the catalog. I spent lots of my paper route money. I believe I was sending cash through the mail.
Message: Posted by: Mysterious Mike (Feb 23, 2010 01:34AM)
Wayne's Trick Shop in Hammond, IN. The coolest place ever. My first introduction to rubber dog fecal matter.
Message: Posted by: blackskirt (Feb 23, 2010 03:08AM)
Popular Magic downunder in Australia :D
Message: Posted by: NexusMagicShop (Feb 23, 2010 03:48AM)
Grand Illusions in Northern California
Message: Posted by: magicgettogether (Feb 23, 2010 08:16AM)
The "Magic Emporium" around 10 mile and telegraph in Michigan. Been gone now for about 25 or 30 years.
Message: Posted by: Hansel (Feb 23, 2010 02:46PM)
"Magic Max" in Orlando!
Message: Posted by: scaevola (Feb 24, 2010 01:51PM)
Flosso's in New York City! Jackie Flosso, you are missed.
Message: Posted by: astripp (Feb 26, 2010 10:28AM)
The Magic Arts Studio in Watertown, MA
Message: Posted by: The Old Man (Feb 26, 2010 02:02PM)
[quote]
On 2010-02-19 22:58, jskalon wrote:
Treasure Chest in Chicago. I recently found out there was an awesome magic shop upstairs from Treasure Chest that I never knew about. The people at TC never mentioned it.
Before TC was an Adams magic rack at a toy store in Chicago. After Treasure Chest was Magic Inc.
[/quote]
I went to school with Mike (?) Baer, son of the owner of The Treasure Chest. I also used to go to Magic Inc. in the few years it was still called Ireland's--I loved their catalog. Also in the 50's and early 60's there was the magic shop area of Marshall Field's a half block from The Treasure Chest. I too only recently found out about the secret shop above the TC.
Message: Posted by: Wes65 (Feb 26, 2010 02:37PM)
Bill's Magic Corner in Cincinnati, Ohio. The shop was owned by Bill Pryor who is now at Haines House of Cards. As a Kid and later teenager in the 1970's I would visit his shop as often as I could while spending my summer and Christmas vacations in Cincinnati visiting my dad, grandparents and other family.

Bill was great to a young kid trying to learn magic....I'll never forget him.
Message: Posted by: Logan Five (Feb 26, 2010 04:09PM)
California Magic and Novelty in Pleasant Hill Ca. But before I found that place, I bought mostly from Tannen's in NYC through the mail.
Message: Posted by: Richard.J.E (Mar 2, 2010 02:45PM)
Waterstones bookstore, they had the classic card magic texts.
Message: Posted by: J.G. the magnificent (Mar 9, 2010 11:49PM)
[quote]
On 2007-11-24 22:37, BIGmagiclV wrote:
Mine was a shop in Hamden, Conn. called the Magic Barn. Probably because it was a barn that was converted into a magic shop! Oddly enough, they sold illusions like "sawing a cow in half" and "the levitating tractor". :) (Just kidding, in case you missed the smiley face!)
Anyone have a strangely named shop?
[/quote]
The local library and mom and pop store along with my imagination. Then after the first year I went to Chucks House of Magic in Homewood Il (the original location before they burned down and had to relocate). Which I am proud to say I have been to the new one as well.
Message: Posted by: bicycle66 (Mar 14, 2010 05:54AM)
I liked to go to the library proabably doesn't count as I never purchased anything of course but that is where my interest started and then I went into clowninaround magic on grandville island. They had some great books that took all my money when I was a kid. Sean.
Message: Posted by: geoffa (Mar 15, 2010 01:30PM)
Eddie's Trick Shop in Knoxville, TN.
Message: Posted by: Cardician99 (Mar 15, 2010 01:53PM)
Phil Thomas's Yogi Magic Mart in Baltimore, Md...1961. Phil retired and sold the place I believe in the early 1980's. The new owners relocated, but were plagued by fires in each of 2 new locations afterwards, sealing its fate.

Its where I met Denny Haney shortly after my first visit. Who would have guessed back then he'd wind up in later years to operate one of the country's finest brick and morters.
Message: Posted by: daffydoug (Mar 16, 2010 01:36PM)
First introduction to magic was Lou Tannen's. Was pretty happy with my purchases back then, but these days, I shop elsewhere.
Message: Posted by: Tracy (Mar 16, 2010 02:43PM)
First magic shop I went to was Theophilus Magic Shop in Milwaukee Wi.
Message: Posted by: insight (Mar 24, 2010 10:18AM)
The magic shop at Disneyland!!! :)

Regards,
Mike
Message: Posted by: Amazing Magic Co (Mar 24, 2010 11:43AM)
Lou & Irv Tannes at 1540 Broadway, NY, NY. (1970's)

Others that enabled my addition to go much further: (1980's)
Barry's Magic, Wheaton, MD
Denny & Lee's, Baltimore, MD

Dan.
Message: Posted by: dsacks (Mar 24, 2010 07:44PM)
Joe Berg's magic Shop in Hollywood, CA :)
Message: Posted by: harris (Mar 26, 2010 08:55AM)
Astra Magic in Kansas City.

World known Tom Burgoon was one of their early demonstrators.

It has disappeared,(years ago), we still have 3 count them three in the area..

Klamms, Magic Supply and U.S. Toys Magic Division


Harris
Message: Posted by: Turk (Mar 26, 2010 01:27PM)
[quote]
On 2010-02-19 19:44, acer wrote:
It was an instant download at Penguin Magic.
[/quote]

Hi, Acer.

Your response struck me very sadly. Nothing against you or the upcoming generations of newer magicians, but, as the magic business model changes from bricks and mortar stores to "magic online", many many of the new and up-coming magicians will be deprived of the thrill, excitement, the mysteriousness and the sheer magic atmosphere that existed in most of the old long-gone magic stores. See:

[quote]
On 2007-11-26 21:41, Lester wrote:
***I most certainly remember being served by Pat Page when I discovered the delights of Davenports, which at that time was opposite the British Museum in Great Russell Street. I will always remember the tingle of anticipation that ran through me, when as a small child, walking down from the tube, seeing that rabbit in a top hat, swinging above their door and hearing that almost Dickensian door bell tinkle. The whole shop was a magical experience. I can still remember the display cabinets full of mysterious boxes and tubes! It even had an aroma all of its own.

Ah, the past is another country they do things differently there.

Best Wishes,

Lester
[/quote]

Lester's poignant post really brought back a flood of similar memories in me.

Sad, but nothing is forever nor stays the same. The only constant is change itself.
Message: Posted by: dmueller (Mar 26, 2010 02:28PM)
Dallas and Company in downtown Champaign Illinois. Andy, Wes, and Greg are a great bunch of guys. Probably the most eccentric stores I have ever been in. Well worth a stop if you are in the area, at least for the gorilla....
Message: Posted by: TWOCAN (Mar 29, 2010 07:06PM)
Boston mass a place called, Jacks Joke Shop. right in the heart of Bean town. Just a few blocks from Hank lees.
Message: Posted by: wonderbob (Mar 29, 2010 07:10PM)
My first was Barry's Magic shop in Maryland back when it was in Wheaton. I remember my dad takeing me there and haveing Barry show lot's of cool tricks to me.
Message: Posted by: Zaw (Mar 29, 2010 07:11PM)
I think it was a magic shop in a local amusement park...

The one that got me started is the over-priced one in Disney Land.
Message: Posted by: JakAHearts (Mar 31, 2010 04:27PM)
Carl's Magic Shop inside a little strip mall in Kissimee FL. I heard it was destroyed in a hurricane some years later. Sad day. I rmemeber buying invisible thread and a colored paddle effect there.

Shane
Message: Posted by: courtmagician (Apr 1, 2010 12:07PM)
My first shop was Presto Magic in Long Beach, CA. Bought my first Michael Ammar DVD's there (ETMCM), and a trick of Presto's I think called Mirror Cards or something similar, was a wild card routine. Also got McDonald's Aces there during one of my initial visits.

Really, the only other shop I'd been in was Hank Lee's Magic Factory when it had it's store front in Boston.
Message: Posted by: lynnef (Apr 1, 2010 06:13PM)
Misdirections in San Francisco, run by Joe Pon. I'd seen magic tricks in 'novelty shops'; but this was and IS a real magic shop. Still around and going strong; and Joe has always given good advice!
Message: Posted by: adamferrucci (Apr 2, 2010 01:27PM)
I believe the first magic shop I ever went to was Tannens in NY. It was probably about 15 years ago and I can remember when I walked in they were demonstrating flight deck. Before that I used to buy all my magic through the mail. I've been trying to remember the name of the company I used to buy from but I can't remember for the life of me. I just remember looking through pages of descriptions and trying to choose what to buy.
Message: Posted by: Failed Magician (Apr 4, 2010 03:01PM)
No magic shop around here, everything was bought online. My first U.S. online magic shop was MJM. Pretty satisfying except the tax.
Message: Posted by: MattWayne (Apr 4, 2010 07:39PM)
Denny & Lees. All you need is there, both in-person and for the online shopper.

Best,
MW
Message: Posted by: BWind (Apr 6, 2010 01:09PM)
Jimmy Yoshida's Magic & Novelty Center, not the one on Alakea Street but his original shop outside the Wigwam Dept. Store in lower Kalihi.
BWind
Message: Posted by: Jay Buchanan (Apr 6, 2010 01:40PM)
My very first shop was Mecca Magic, then shortly thereafter I found Philadelphia Magic Co.

Then I found Rick Sapphire in the mall and then Wizards Realm opened right around the corner from me.

Eventually Denny opened his shop in Essex and I dealt with him as much as possible from there on out.
Message: Posted by: dsalley13 (Apr 6, 2010 02:09PM)
The Harding Way News Stand (gone for many years now) in Stockton, CA, was my first. They had a corner space in the store with one two-level display case and shelves behind it to the ceiling on the two sides of the counter's corner. They had parlor illusions, close-up Magic and tons of gimmicks and gaffed card decks. On another wall across the store was the biggest Adams display I have ever seen. They had a good selection of books, current issues of Genii magazine and all of the then current Tarbell books (#6 was the highest number then, I think). My first venture in to buy Magic was in 1958. I bought a Chen Lee Water Suspension trick ($3.00) there and used it until the gimmick's plastic hook gave out, years later.

I bought Magic in Oakland, CA too. I believe the shop was on Broadway or maybe 13th Street (?). It was a nice walk or quick bicycle ride from Lake Merritt, where we lived, nearby. I got my first Russ Walsh Appearing Cane there and my first Zombie ball. I bought a Glorpy there too (1962 or '63) and a nice stack of the old style Magic booklets.

Sacramento had a great Magic shop too. It was on K Street and I believe it was forced to close when they developed the K Street Mall. It was stinky (the Chinese-American owner smoked cigars non-stop!) and had the dust of the ages on everything, just like a good old-fashioned Magic shop should be.

Silks cost more then than now (in relative currency values) if my memory serves me correctly, so I didn't have very many of them. Now I buy the current cheaper grades by the dozens. My first 36 inch silk (for the Walsh cane) cost me a fortune, $18.00 (Dragon silk).

None of these places would sell flash paper to a kid, so I got that by mail-order from places like Top-Hat, Douglas Magicland, El Bee, Tannen's, Abbott's, etc.



dsalley13
Message: Posted by: T. Sebastian (Apr 7, 2010 08:51PM)
Mr. Magic in Little Rock, Arkansas. Great shop. Awesome people. Much love for that place. (I eventually got to go in back and shop "the secret room".)
Message: Posted by: scaevola (Apr 9, 2010 10:57AM)
Either Flosso's in New York City or Hank Lee's in Boston. I was too young to know which one was the first.
Message: Posted by: mike greene (Apr 9, 2010 11:38AM)
Not too many magic shops around my way (Manchester, England) the nearest one is in Blackpool I believe.

when I was 16 or so I was given the address of a local magic shop, got my mum to drive me round there, after getting lost several times we arrived. It was a married couple's house, they ran a catalogue shop out of their spare bedroom!

MIKE
Message: Posted by: Drake (Apr 9, 2010 12:37PM)
Strangely enough.... The Magic Shop
Message: Posted by: Red Neck Magician (Apr 9, 2010 02:13PM)
Eddie's tricks and costume.
Message: Posted by: inigmntoya (Apr 11, 2010 09:51PM)
Barry's Magic Shop, circa 1975 - the original "upstairs" store in Wheaton, MD.
Barry was still working part time at the Safeway across the street, and Susie, his wife and partner of many years was only his girlfriend. :)

They moved the store to Rockville, MD a while back, which is where I reconnected with them about a year ago after a long hiatus from magic, and was pleased to find it's still a special place run by two of the nicest people you'll ever run across.

Support your local magic shop.
Message: Posted by: DemainPhoenix (Apr 12, 2010 09:12PM)
The Magic Mansion in Las Vegas- Paul Harris worked there many, many years ago.
It has been closed down for years.
Message: Posted by: Red Neck Magician (May 4, 2010 07:58PM)
Precision Magic and Eddie's tricks and costumes.
Message: Posted by: rottenmagic (May 9, 2010 10:23PM)
My first shop was "hocus pocus" in west edmonton mall (used to be the worlds largest mall)m it was run by a fellow named attilla. We were there so much, attilla started showing us how things worked (stuff like TT and ITR). Probably not the best policy.
Message: Posted by: Anatole (May 10, 2010 04:20PM)
The first magic purchase I made was a book ordered by mail from Fleming Book Company way back in the 1960's. A year or so later the first shop I actually visited was Earl Edwards's Magic Shop in Norfolk, Virginia. It was a great shop with novelties, stamps, coins and a counter of EZ and Royal Magic out front, and only after you "proved" you were serious about magic were you invited to go into the back room where the more professional magic (P&L, Grant, Kline, etc) was on display. The backroom also included a stage with lights and curtains and twice a month club meetings (IBM for the grown-ups and The Blackstone Ring for teens) were held.

----- Amado "Sonny" Narvaez
Message: Posted by: frisbee1948 (May 10, 2010 08:59PM)
My first magic shop was called the Fun and Frolic shop in San Diego. I shopped there until one day I made a pilgramage to Joe Berg's Magic Shop in Hollywood. That place was like a junk yard with props and gizmos piled up all over the place, apparently completely disorganized. But ask Joe about an effect and he knew right where to find it. I felt like a kid in a toy store. Well, I gues I was a kid in a toy store.

And Hollywood Magic was just down the street.
Message: Posted by: doulos (May 23, 2010 03:53PM)
The very first was Different Drummer in Columbia SC back in the early 70's. But I would say the first legitimate one was Jeffrie's Magicland in Dallas TX off of Ervay in them mid 70's. I miss that shop, and Mr. Jeffries was a hoot.
Message: Posted by: AGMagic (May 23, 2010 09:00PM)
Bruce's Haunted House in Glendale, Calif. It hardly qualifies but he did carry some magic, mostly Adams tricks and the like. When it came time to buy my first "real trick", a die box, he sent me to Joe Bergs place in Hollywood.

The most frequented shop was Magic Emporium during the 1980s. They had 3 or 4 shops with different names throughout Southern California. Great places, I miss them.
Message: Posted by: knerrbo (May 24, 2010 08:09AM)
I don't remember the name of the first shop I went to back in Eugene Oregon (my intrest in magic was only marginal then) however my favorite is in Tucson Arizona. Williams Magic Shop, great family owned shop that carries just about any kind of magic from beginner to professional.
Message: Posted by: diehards2080 (May 28, 2010 10:49AM)
Mines is Tannens Magic in NYC. I still go there but I bounce between Tannens and Fantasma Magic.

Tannens is not as fun. Apparently they were in the past.
Message: Posted by: spongyjoe (Jun 1, 2010 01:55PM)
My very first Magic shop bought from was "FAB Magic" in The magic capital of the world Colon, Michigan
Message: Posted by: Duderino (Jun 2, 2010 08:11AM)
Merlin's Magic Shop in Reading(actually West reading), Pennsylvania.

Occasionally I would stop into Mingus Magic Shop as well--and Mingus is still going strong today!

I remember some of the first tricks I bought--including "Mental Choice"--three cards with colored circles an envelope and a pen. You pointed to one card and it was revealed as the one you would choose. I see that effect still being marketed today in different ways.

I loved the shop--met Tom Ogden who showed some unbelieveable magic and went to a lecture with the guys to Stoksey Castle to see Johnny Thompson(I lost the lecture notes years ago--Grrrrr!)

But it's great having a shop around--and although I don't get to Mingus very often---I enjoy it when I do.
Message: Posted by: riomaarikado (Jun 2, 2010 10:20AM)
I thought my first magic shop was
"The Magic Hall" (Singapore)
Message: Posted by: Dan Paulus (Jun 27, 2010 11:22AM)
Charlie's House of Fun in Phoenix, AZ

Later in High School I frequented Loftus Novelty & Magic in Salt Lake City.
Message: Posted by: Cyberqat (Jun 27, 2010 06:18PM)
Flosso/Hornman in NYC.

Originally started by Houdini, run for most of the time I patronized it by the *wonderful* Al Flosso.
Message: Posted by: MT (Jul 18, 2010 01:00PM)
Misdirections is the best in San Francisco. The owner is knowledgeable and helpful.
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Jul 20, 2010 01:21PM)
[quote]
On 2010-06-27 19:18, Cyberqat wrote:
Flosso/Hornman in NYC.

Originally started by Houdini, run for most of the time I patronized it by the *wonderful* Al Flosso.
[/quote]

Yes! Although my first was Disneyland in 1969, the first REAL magic shop was (I think) on the sixth floor on a side street in Manhattan called The Flosso-Hornmann Magic Company, run by an intimidating little guy by the name of Al Flosso. "Stand up STRAIGHT my boy!" I remember it like it was yesterday. It was 1970, and I was 14.

I don't know how long I spent at that dusty old shop. He showed me stuff that blew me away! I wanted to buy everything he showed me, but he was firm about me starting small, and working my way up.

He finally asked me how much money I had, and when I told him, he sold me a set of cups and balls, and told me to put the rest back in my pocket. "I never take ALL of a man's money." Or something like that...He worked with me on those cups, over and over...then showed me a little more. When my Dad came and picked me up (I called him and told him where I was), on the way home he said, "That guy is quite a character!" And for the rest of the time I was in NYC, he forbade me from going back there!

Up until recently, I still had those cups and balls. I'll always have fond memories of that day at Flosso-Hornmann!

Doug
Message: Posted by: Cyberqat (Jul 20, 2010 01:27PM)
Aw. Great story but your Dad didn't "get it." Al genuinely loved magic and kids, and loved introducing one to the other. I can't think of many other people I would rather have MY kid spend all day hanging around with :)
Message: Posted by: Cyberqat (Jul 26, 2010 10:39AM)
Last time I was to Disney World there was a genuine Magicians shop in downtown Disney. That was a few years ago.
Message: Posted by: Anatole (Jul 26, 2010 07:10PM)
Actually, Martinka's was founded in 1877 by Francis and Antonio Martinka. Houdini bought the store in 1919. When I visited the store, it was owned by Al Flosso. The current website is at
http://www.martinka.com/
but the last I remember they were mainly a magic auction service.

----- Amado "Sonny" Narvaez
Message: Posted by: MrBadGuy (Jul 26, 2010 10:12PM)
Mine was Tannen's in NYC years and years ago. They were very helpful, albeit trying to get me to but the latest stuff like a used card salesman, but not as sleazy -- they were just running a business, I suppose. Again they were very helpful and generous with their time. I remember buying some videos and a bunch of gimmicked decks. I knew very little about magic at the time but I had a blast there.
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Jul 27, 2010 11:18AM)
I remember the original Tannen's...Tony Spina was running it at the time. It was my second visit to New York City. I didn't buy anything, just hung out and watched some real mind blowers. Someone introduced me to the Miller Holdout, and showed me a cut and restored rope trick that blew me away! Sadly, I don't remember his name...

Doug
Message: Posted by: Cyberqat (Jul 27, 2010 11:40AM)
There was sort of a gentle war between Tannen's fans and Flosso fans when I was a kid in NYC. I've already revealed myself to be on the Flosso team so what follows should not be unexpected, but my reaction to the two stores was this:

At Tannen's you could get anything.

At Flosso you *would* get what you needed.

I think Tannens was great for serious magicians who already knew what they wanted, but I think Al Flosso was much better at coaching new blood.
Message: Posted by: shaneking (Jul 27, 2010 01:07PM)
Davenports in London. It is actually in the underground station of Charing Cross and has been there since 1898!
Message: Posted by: jeffdell (Jul 27, 2010 02:23PM)
Hank Lees Magic Factory in Boston Massachusetts. Hank used to have a much larger store front and he has moved it to the surrounding town of Medford, MA.
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Jul 28, 2010 05:35PM)
Jeff, I remember Hank Lee's in Boston! It was on Essex or near there. In what we used to call the combat zone. Boston's a great city!

Doug
Message: Posted by: Cyberqat (Jul 28, 2010 07:24PM)
Ive been there, living in this area. I'm on their email list.

Honestly though, in general I don't find HL's prices competitive unless they are having a significant sale.
Message: Posted by: Dr. Delusion (Jul 28, 2010 08:57PM)
The first magic shop I ever went into was one called here in Eugene that went by the name of " What's Next ? "
Bob.
Message: Posted by: bluedragon (Jul 29, 2010 02:33AM)
Has anyone hear'd of Peter Diamond here in the UK, a place called Preston. This 1 my first magic shop I ever wen't to and had lot's of demo's performed by the fabulous Brian Berry, what a legend! I also met the wonderful Peter Diamond and bought one of his stage illusion catalogue's and wow, I couldn't belive how much he charged for his custom made stage illusion's! I was just 11 when I started up doing magic and my 1st trick that I bought from Peter Diamond's was a cardboard hopping rabbit's or something! 2 coloured rabbit's jumped from envelope to envelope and at the end of the routine, I produced 2 totally different coloured rabbit's, wow! (ahem!)

Neil.
Message: Posted by: JamestheMagician (Jul 29, 2010 11:42AM)
I go to one of the only ones if not the only one left in my state left in my state

""Seattle's market magic shop" its also known as "" Market Magic & Novelty Shop""

its the only one I have the only one I have ever had its still an awsome shop
Message: Posted by: karnak (Jul 29, 2010 02:21PM)
I grew up in the metro Dallas area. First magic shop I patronized, however, was Top Hat Magic Co. of Evanston, IL -- via mail order. Their catalog cost me ten cents, and as a kid it was actually easier to send away for stuff than to finnagle a car ride all the way from the outermost suburbs to remotest downtown Dallas, where Douglas (later Jeffries) Magicland was located.

Of course later on I did finnagle such rides, but I still kept buying at least as much from Top Hat (via mail) than from Magicland (in person). Top Hat always had slightly better prices, which made me think Magicland was overpriced (their catalog cost a whole quarter!).

I'd love to be able to browse through an old Top Hat catalog right now, just for nostalgia's sake. (It was bigger than Magicland's, too!)
Message: Posted by: Vlad_77 (Jul 29, 2010 06:07PM)
Swoger's House of Enchantment in Somerset, PA

I remember being THRILLED the night before going! I couldn't sleep. I was actually going to a magic shop! This was SERIOUS stuff for a 13 year old. I had started with magic when I was roughly 8 along the usual lines of getting a magic set for Christmas, etc. Books were limited to what I could find in the bookstore from Dover and the public library. When I was 11 I bought my first two REAL books: The Encyclopedia of Card Tricks, and Hugard's Card Manipulations. These two well loved copies are with me now still :)

So the next day two (to me) older magicians - they were both in their early 30's, lol how perspectives do change - picked me up and we drove to Swoger's. It was a LOOOONG ride to me - 45 minutes. THAT is an ETERNITY for a kid about to enter the rarefied world of "the magic shop."

A few years later when I became driving age, I would make the trip down there. Jim Swoger became my only face to face mentor. He was very old school and inculcated in me the proper attitude about keeping magic safe, respecting its masters, and that above all, magic is a performing art.

In his later years, Jim seemed to change. It was unfortunate really. Fred Becker and I were regular students of his, but, he seemed to just become quite bitter. That makes me sad. He had told Fred he would never make it in magic. I am GLAD my old mentor was wrong. Fred is one of the most successful and talented magicians in the cruise business.

Still, I have many fond memories of Jim and that dusty shop. I learned a LOT there and though things turned bitter at the end, that shop and factory in the beautiful mountain town of Somerset, PA are still very much a part of the memories of my heart.

Rest now in peace Jim :)

Ahimsa,
Vlad

PS: Swoger was well known in the thirties, forties, and fifties. He was one of the world's most exacting illusion builders and collectors prize Jim's work. Jay Leslie owns the rights to everything now.
Message: Posted by: Dave Scribner (Jul 29, 2010 06:36PM)
[quote]
On 2010-07-27 12:40, Cyberqat wrote:
There was sort of a gentle war between Tannen's fans and Flosso fans when I was a kid in NYC. I've already revealed myself to be on the Flosso team so what follows should not be unexpected, but my reaction to the two stores was this:

At Tannen's you could get anything.

At Flosso you *would* get what you needed.

I think Tannens was great for serious magicians who already knew what they wanted, but I think Al Flosso was much better at coaching new blood.
[/quote]

I never made it to Flosso's so I can't compare but I grew up in the early 60's and spent a lot of time in Tannen's. That was back when Lou was there and I always found him to be helpful and concerned about who was buying what. It wasn't unusual to find him taking a youngster in the back and working with him. Many times I heard him discourage customers from buying certain things because they didn't seem right for the person.

I never made it to Flosso's so I can't compare the two
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Jul 29, 2010 10:27PM)
Thinking about it...I think my dad was scared of Al Flosso...he had a certain...how do I say this..."way" about him. He was a good guy, but had an old-school "New York" bluntness that my dad found disturbing. Flosso was part of the...er (I don't know if I should say this) "mob" scene a ways back, and performed for the "boys" occasionally. I doubt he was a member himself, but I have heard stories of how they supported him and his shop...it's probably just bunk, you know how those things get exaggerated.

I think that was what bothered my dad. He's gone now, so I can't ask him. All I know is Al Flosso was VERY kind to me, and made sure I could get home safely. We were staying in Nyack at the time, and I was going to take the bus home. Al told me to call my dad, to come pick me up. Said I was too young to be on the streets of Manhattan all by myself. He told my dad that I was a future magician, and told him to encourage me...in that gruff way of his.

I'll never forget him, even though I met him only once. If I remember correctly (not sure), but I think Al smoked a HUGE cigar...correct me if I'm wrong. He kept saying, "Stand up STRAIGHT, boy!" That I DO remember.

Doug
Message: Posted by: jay leslie (Aug 1, 2010 01:10PM)
When I was 18 I got in my vanand drove from Pittsburgh to Ohio to Chicago to Virginia and New York just so I could tell Jim Swoger that I'd seen the other shops. Then I made my weekly, daily or monthly pilgrimage to the House Of Enchantmet until I didn't go to the shop... but the shop came to me.

Anyone new out there who needs a second home?
Message: Posted by: Cyberqat (Aug 1, 2010 06:27PM)
[quote]
On 2010-07-29 23:27, Dougini wrote:
Thinking about it...I think my dad was scared of Al Flosso...he had a certain...how do I say this..."way" about him. He was a good guy, but had an old-school "New York" bluntness that my dad found disturbing.
[/quote]

Yeah that's very New York. As for the Mob, well as a NYC kid I can tell you we grew up with a different sort of POV then most people. My unlce was a numbers runner as young man in Brooklyn. You knew the MOB were there, but they were viewed a whole lot like the government. You pay your taxes and don't **** them off and generally they leave you alone.

So I wouldn't be surprised if Al had some dealings with them. As a NYC business man he probably had to.

I wonder if maybe your father didn't appreciate Al telling him that he had to come pick you up, and that it was inappropriate for you to take a bus on your own after dark...
Message: Posted by: martinka (Aug 7, 2010 02:30AM)
[quote]
On 2010-07-26 20:10, Anatole wrote:
Actually, Martinka's was founded in 1877 by Francis and Antonio Martinka. Houdini bought the store in 1919. When I visited the store, it was owned by Al Flosso. The current website is at
http://www.martinka.com/
but the last I remember they were mainly a magic auction service.

----- Amado "Sonny" Narvaez
[/quote]

In addition to the auction, Martinka still runs a well stocked brick and mortar shop. You'll find a large selection of books, DVDs and lots of vintage and new magic. The address is 85 Godwin Ave. Midland Park, NJ 07432.
Call 201-444-7576 for hours and directions.
Message: Posted by: Vlad_77 (Aug 7, 2010 07:25AM)
I grew up around the Mafia, and in fact performed for various capos (in Italian, capi). As such, I had the opportunity see what many do not see (no murders thank God, however) These guys were NOT like the Crips and the Bloods. Cyberqat is right. If you didn't mess with the Mafia, it didn't mess with you. One cannot say that about street gangs or other "organized crime" entities such as the Triads, The Yakuza, The Colombian Cartels, or even the Russian "mafiya". (N.B. The Cammorra, which originated in Napoli, is an altogether different organization and unlike the Mafia, have no qualms about shooting up a whole room to get to one person. In the Mafia, such a thing was an infamnia)

As for Al Flosso being a "member", the Mafia in America (known as Cosa Nostra) has different "levels" of membership. To be a full blown "made member" requires TWO things. 1. You have to have committed murder at the behest of a borgata or in mob parlance, "made your bones." 2. Your family line on BOTH sides had to be traceable back to Italy. The infiltration of the MUCH older Sicilian Mafia has changed the picture somewhat. Also, la Cosa Nostra now has "made" members that are not 100% Italian/Sicilian. At MOST, I would wager that Flosso may have been "connected" but I HIGHLY doubt he was a made man.

The mob had its nut jobs like Roy DiMeo, who had the distinction of being both a button man AND a mass murderer. DiMeo was SO dangerous, he was whacked for it. That being said, most mobsters are really okay guys. They are great to do shows for and they pay VERY handsomely :)

I think I should stop here.

Ahimsa,
Vlad
Message: Posted by: Cyberqat (Aug 7, 2010 09:58AM)
"DiMeo was SO dangerous, he was whacked for it."

This is a really important part of the picture. The New York mafia always understood that there was a balance they had to keep in order to remain part of society. AIUI (and my knowledge here is weak and fuzzy compared to Vald's) the Italian mafia was more then just a family by name or convention. The roots trace back to the small Italian towns where everyone was related, and they were isolated enough from everyone else that they needed their own social/quasi-governmental structures. It really was a deep, and important, part of the culture.

As opposed to the LA inner city gangs, whose history I am more familiar with then I'd like to be having spent some years in LA. The CRIPs actually have an interesting history and started out as something positive. But in the end, the La "gangsta" lifestyle is one born of desperation. Life is SO horrible and hopeless in south central LA that a young man finds himself willing to do anything to enjoy a few good years.

My one mob story from personal experience has to do with the town I spent the earlier part of my chidlhood in-- Great Neck on Long Island. Back then, Great Neck was where well to do NYC jews kept their families. Anyway, we had an old, well established, Italian owned beauty parlor down town. When I was 11 or so a chain beauty salon tried to move in down the block. They burned down three times during construction from "electrical fires" before they gave up. The firemen always arrived to late too save them but soon enough to prevent any damage to neighboring shops.

And, its worth noting, no one got hurt. Just property damage.
Message: Posted by: Cyberqat (Aug 7, 2010 10:12AM)
SO... in the vein and to give you an idea of just how integrated such things were to society. Here's an old NYC Jewish business man's joke:

Two old friends in the garment trade happen to meet on the street one day and go into a Café for a cup of coffee and a chat.

Harry: "So, Davy, how's business?"
Dave: "Not good Harry, not good. Last month we had a fire in the warehouse, lost half the stock. How about you?"
Harry shakes his head, "Just as bad. Three weeks ago we had a flood and lost the entire first floor inventory."
Dave sips his coffee thoughtfully and then asks,"So.. how do you arrange a flood?"
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Aug 7, 2010 01:32PM)
Ha haa haaa! ROFL! I lOVE Jewish humor! My old friend was Jewish, and would FLOOR everyone with joke after joke. Some were downright OFFENSIVE, but only HE could tell them! I miss ol' Vinnie.

Oh, back to the topic. Flosso-Hornmann Magic Company is now Martinka's? That's what is was before Al Flosso bought it! I remember he showed me (man, that old shop was DUSTY), some really old magic props. I remember him mentioning that the old place was actually owned by Houdini! Some stuff was in a glass display case. Other stuff was scattered all over. If I asked about something, he would perform it for me. I remember saying, "WOW!" a lot.

God Bless that man. If only he was still alive today (he'd be really OLD, LOL!). We lost a truly great man. One day, I'm going to visit NYC again. It's my favorite city in the U.S.. Oh, wow, I just read the Martinka post above. It's now in Midland Park, NJ. I don't know where that is. I stayed in Emerson, NJ, back in the 80's. I think Flosso-Hornmann was long gone by then.

UPDATE! I just called Martinka's and talked to Dianne! Wow! I'm so psyched I've got tears in my eyes, and my hands are shaking. I'm 54, and that is rare for me. We talked about Al and Jackie (never met Jackie, may he also R.I.P). AL DID smoke a BIG old cigar. I thought I remembered that! Yikes, I gotta recover. I just got too excited. The memories...I'm gonna visit there someday soon.

Doug
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Aug 7, 2010 03:01PM)
Oh my GOSH...look what I just FOUND!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcAdOV1eDDI

THIS is Al Flosso

Doug
Message: Posted by: Cyberqat (Aug 7, 2010 04:29PM)
Wow that was Al when he was performing, before I knew him. What a wonderful find.

I did some business with Jackie. He was a nice man, and knew the stock, but he wasnt the shopkeep Al was. Under Al the place was a dusty, organized muddle. Under Jackie it became a pretty disorganized muddle

My favorite Al memory, and one of my last, was when I was doing street magic in the midwest and I got a chacne to get back to FH with a bit of money in my pocket. I told him what I was doing and that I was looking for a couple really strong illusions to add to the act.

Al looked at me with a twinkle in his eye and said, "I have somethign very special I think would work for you." He went to a cabinet and took out a well used, original Dai Vernon sucker sliding die box (with the fake door and everything) and said, almost hesitantly, "can you do $25?" (I think it was $25, might have been $15, this was 30 years ago.)

That box was the high-point of my street routine from that point forward. I still have it though I hesitate to perform with it because I don't want to wear it out any more :)
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Aug 7, 2010 11:52PM)
Wow...makes me miss my Cups and Balls I got from Al even more...~sniff~

Back on topic, I wonder if any of you ever went to Paul Diamond's Magic Shop when it was in Miami, Florida, or was it Fort Lauderdale? I heard stories, but always 2nd or 3rd hand. I really don't know much more than that. There are 8 pages of thread here, and I may have missed it. Anyone?

Doug
Message: Posted by: Wizard of Oz (Aug 8, 2010 06:58PM)
Ha. You bust me up Doug. Getting all shaky from magic. It's good to know someone else is like me. My wife thinks I'm insane.

My first shop was Snyders in Cleveland. The prototypical magic shop. Dusty, dimly lit, with stuff stacked everywhere. I went there when I was 8 or 9, when I first got into magic (thank you TV Magic Cards). My dad reluctantly drove me downtown, and the shop was up a dark staircase in a generic office building. Classic.

There was another shop in Cleveland at the time, but I can't remember the name. It was in one of the three arcades downtown (arcade in this case meaning an indoor mall connecting two streets), and looked like a front for more "adult" material in the back room.

My favorite shop though, was Joe Lefler's store called "The Magic Hat" in Grand Central Station (Not THE Grand Central Station, this was a large box store converted into small privately-owned shops), which then moved to Richmond Mall, and on to a couple of other locations. I rode my bike to these shops whenever I had some pocket change. My favorite purchase - which I still have - a set of Rings and Things I stainless steel cups and balls. I saved up for months for those. Poor Joe. I examined every set he had to make sure I purchased the perfect one.
Message: Posted by: Cyberqat (Aug 9, 2010 03:24PM)
[quote]
On 2010-08-08 19:58, Wizard of Oz wrote:
Ha. You bust me up Doug. Getting all shaky from magic. It's good to know someone else is like me. My wife thinks I'm insane.

[/quote]

Ah, they you didn't set the expectations right to start with.

You see, my wife knew from our first cuddle that I was a cat. (Ergo Cyberqat). I purr.

And she also knows that cats have to play to be happy!
Message: Posted by: MagicMitch (Aug 9, 2010 08:23PM)
The first magic shop I went to was International Magic in London, while on vacation there last month. Great store, but smaller than I expected.
Message: Posted by: Kabanning (Aug 9, 2010 08:55PM)
Who is 'Al' if you don't mind a slightly newbish question?

Around here, we don't have any magic stores. The closest one to me is in Winnipeg and that is an eight hour trip for me. But that really wasn't my first magic store. My first one when I was young was Toys 'R' Us back when Magic Works was still being translated and produced. In those days, I would used to go down to Duluth since we don't actually have a major toy store around here either.

I've never actually set foot in a magic store before nor do I have the ability to travel to one. (I need the money to pay for tuition and textbooks). Usually, I buy and trade for them second hand either from the internet or from friends.
Message: Posted by: Cyberqat (Aug 9, 2010 09:08PM)
You're in Minnesota? Some of the loveliest girls at UW Madison came from "across the border" ;) There used to be a little magic store in Janesville, WI called "Conjuror's Corner." I don't know if its still there. I would imagine Chicago would be the closest for a serious magicians supply store.

Luckily, in this day and age, you have the whole internet to find supplies, and places like this to find community :)

The "Al" Doug and I are reminisicing about is Al Flosso, a wonderful magician who, when I was a kid, ran a very special magic shop in Manhatten called "Flosso/Hornman." Al was responsible for a lot of us getting bitten by the magic bug. Hes been dead a long time, now. His son Jackie ran the store for awhile. It is now in new hands and has chnaged its name back to its original founders' name-- Martinkas.
Message: Posted by: Kabanning (Aug 10, 2010 08:49AM)
I live near Minnisota, but I don't live in Minnisota. Although, I live very close to the boarder on the Canadian side.

Thank you for answering my question. I was very curious. Al Flosso sounds like an interesting man!
Message: Posted by: Wizard of Oz (Aug 10, 2010 09:49AM)
Kabanning,
Whenever you do get the opportunity to travel, get in the habit of finding out what magic stores are in the area. I usually make it a point to try and visit the local shop in whatever town I was in. They don't even need to be exotic locations. I've seen dozens of shops that way.

Unfortunately, so many have disappeared now, it isn't as easy as it used to be.
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Aug 10, 2010 03:16PM)
[quote]
On 2010-08-09 21:55, Kabanning wrote:
Who is 'Al' if you don't mind a slightly newbish question?
[/quote]

Oh, sorry. Al Flosso. The Coney Island Fakir. My first magic store was Flosso-Hornmann in NYC, circa 1970/71.

I'm an old guy, LOL! :)

Doug
Message: Posted by: koolcracker (Aug 13, 2010 10:22AM)
I remember I really struggled to find my first magic shop aside from the generic plastic sets you get at Toys R Us haha. Living in Canada though, mine was the Browser's Den of Magic in Toronto. It's so far away from home though, I had to stock up and beg my parents to stop in on our way to visit relatives.
Message: Posted by: Kabanning (Aug 13, 2010 01:32PM)
[quote]
On 2010-08-13 11:22, koolcracker wrote:
I remember I really struggled to find my first magic shop aside from the generic plastic sets you get at Toys R Us haha. Living in Canada though, mine was the Browser's Den of Magic in Toronto. It's so far away from home though, I had to stock up and beg my parents to stop in on our way to visit relatives.
[/quote]

I remember hearing about Browser's Den from my Magic Circle meeting. For us, it came as highly recommended.
Message: Posted by: danmarimba123 (Aug 14, 2010 11:51AM)
Magic Masters in New Orleans....
Message: Posted by: Markkuhn2 (Aug 14, 2010 09:07PM)
Ken's Magic Shop. Fairlawn, NJ
Message: Posted by: saysold1 (Aug 21, 2010 09:42AM)
Does anyone remember the magic shop at the famous "Farmers Market" on Fairfax in L.A.? This was a wonderful shop that was at the market for many years.

I went to that shop often when I was about 8 or 9, and my dad would take my brother and I there often. It was located in the side building at the market near some curio shops, on the North side if I remember correctly.

One of the first tricks I recall watching there in total amazement was "Hyrum" the hank. They had a nice collection of beautifully lacquered wood magic boxes too on the shelves.

Of course that store is so long gone, but I think it was called the "Magic Shop at Farmers Market." Sadly I just read that Hollywood Magic just closed their doors not long ago - wow, another piece of L.A. history gone but the memories of astonishment as a kid are as fresh and wonderful as ever.
Message: Posted by: PenEnpitsu (Aug 25, 2010 07:23PM)
My first magic shop was Houdini's at some hotel in Vegas. The Venetian I believe. I remember hanging around there during my free time learning card sleights from the employees working there. Also picked up some of Jeff McBride's card manipulation videos there!
Message: Posted by: Kuma (Aug 27, 2010 09:27AM)
My first Magic Shop was "Cooks Magic Shop" in Parramatta Westfield. I used to go there every chance I could.

I also remember a magic shop in the (I think) Strand Arcade in Sydney but can't remember the name of it. I remember it seemed more serious than the one at Parramatta, as it was more focussed on magic tricks and less on practical jokes and novelties.

The one in Sydney was where I bought my first "real" magic equipment - a stripper deck, and a set of linking rings.

-Rob
Message: Posted by: kkentert (Aug 29, 2010 12:47AM)
"The Magic Shop" in NJ. It bounced from mall to mall all the time, so was hard to keep track of. He went out for a while, and just put up a full time store in Marlton, NJ. I think the owner is Rick something.
Message: Posted by: Markkuhn2 (Aug 29, 2010 04:39PM)
And who could forget Mecca Magic in New Jersey? I know I can't. It was soon after Mecca went out of business that I gave up magic. I have, obviously, since returned.
Message: Posted by: bobcam1 (May 8, 2011 09:03PM)
[quote]
On 2007-11-24 22:37, BIGmagiclV wrote:
Mine was a shop in Hamden, Conn. called the Magic Barn. Probably because it was a barn that was converted into a magic shop! Oddly enough, they sold illusions like "sawing a cow in half" and "the levitating tractor". :) (Just kidding, in case you missed the smiley face!)
Anyone have a strangely named shop?
[/quote]

I worked at the Magic Barn for years, with Russ Loller...It was a GREAT shop, with lots of good, steady customers, and we hosted quite a few excellent lectures there, for the Petrie-Lewis Assembly #15, S.A.M.... including Dai Vernon, Jose de la Torre, Ger Copper, Bob Little, George Sands and others. One of the best times of my life....:)

Bob Hagerty.
Message: Posted by: Schism (May 9, 2011 08:31PM)
Mine was The Magic Apple at studio city. Loved it there.
Message: Posted by: MrMajestic (May 10, 2011 01:28AM)
I'm pretty sure my first was Barry's Magic Shop in Maryland.
Message: Posted by: WalkerMagic (May 10, 2011 08:15PM)
My first magic shop was Reinke Brothers.
Message: Posted by: jakubr (May 11, 2011 02:00AM)
Mine was Davenports Magic Shop in London. Still visit it from time to time.
Message: Posted by: Bill Schap (May 11, 2011 09:31PM)
Having grown up in small town midwest(60's & 70"s) there were no shops I was even aware of other than mail order until I was on vacation and discovered Daytona Magic in Daytona Beach, FL. Fell in love with the Daytona area and moved here in 1978 after graduating college. Have only recently gotten back into magic, but have visited the shop for all these years in between and can't say enough good things about it. The only other shop I was lucky enough to visit in the 70's was Eagle Magic in Minneapolis. It wasn't huge, but it was like stepping back in time, and I was treated as though I was Houdini (who actually may have visited there at some point). Great memories!
Message: Posted by: A Show By Joe (May 19, 2011 08:11PM)
The Magic Shop, Hicksville NY. The very one that Chris Angel started with.
Message: Posted by: skilldini (May 24, 2011 08:30AM)
Magic wand pasadena
hey does anyone have henry vargas email thank you skilldini
Message: Posted by: jackofspades11 (May 24, 2011 07:49PM)
My first magic shop was Magic 4 Less in Utah. It was a great shop but is now only an online store. ):
Message: Posted by: motown (May 25, 2011 11:07PM)
My first true Magic shop was Romig Magic in Ferndale, Michigan. Prior to that I bought magic from a fellow who lived down the street from me and had a small counter at the local Montgomery Wards department store.
Message: Posted by: Wizard of Oz (May 26, 2011 08:41PM)
So true motown. When I first got into magic, it was library books and mail order pocket tricks from comic book ads. Then, I found a toy store in a local mall that had an Adams display...I thought I found paradise. Every time we went to that mall I would bug my parents to stop by that shop, and I would stare at that display until my parents finally asked if I wanted one of the tricks for Christmas. I don't care if it was January when they asked. Just the thought of a new trick for Christmas gave me goose bumps.

You could imagine my excitement when my dad took me to downtown Cleveland to Snyders magic shop. Wow. A whole store devoted to magic. It was Heaven on Earth.
Message: Posted by: Octopus Sun (May 28, 2011 08:54PM)
My first Magic shops were the ones at Knott's Berry Farm and Disneyland in California back int the early 70's
Every summer for 4yrs during my 6th -9th grades I would take my money from cutting the neighbor's yards and ride the bus
from Huntington Beach to Garden Grove for Knott's Berry Farm or to Aniheim for Disney, either way it was a 30min
bus ride or so, and buy a magic trick or 3. Now having kids of my own, I really wish I would have kept up with Magic,
now it's learning coin magic and buffing up my linking rings, & ring and rope tricks skillz once again.
Message: Posted by: MikeHolbrook (Jun 3, 2011 05:24AM)
The Magic Corner in Raleigh, NC. I used to go there with my wife when she needed face painting supplies. This past March was the first time I went there for magic supplies.

Mike
Message: Posted by: innermind (Jun 4, 2011 11:28AM)
In the early 70's it was Romig Magic in Ferndale, MI (suburban Detroit), in the original hard to find upstairs location on 9 Mile Rd. I learned so much from both the employees & customers. Since then, they have changed ownership; I believe they have relocated at least 3 times and are currently known as The Wunderground in Clawson, MI.

Also during the early to mid 70's, I would frequent Roy Kissell's Fox & Fun Magic Shop on 7 Mile Rd in Detroit, and also Max Ettinger's Magic Emporium on 8 Mile Rd in Southfield, MI.

During the same period, I also remember periodically purchasing mail order catalog items from Tannens (NYC).
Message: Posted by: donny (Jan 26, 2012 02:37PM)
My first shop was called Zeezo's in a small town in Colorado. This was the early 80's and the shop was in our only/first indoor mall. I bought a Hot Rod and couldn't get anyone to be as impressed as I was. I really wanted to just hang-out in the store, but I didn't have much money and didn't want to appear desperate for magic. I really looked-up to the Demonstrators.
Message: Posted by: Wizard of Oz (Jan 26, 2012 07:31PM)
[quote]
On 2012-01-26 15:37, donny wrote:
...and couldn't get anyone to be as impressed as I was...
[/quote]

I think that's the story for a lot of our early careers in magic.
Message: Posted by: Mowee (Jan 26, 2012 09:37PM)
Wow some great shops mentioned here. For me I am not sure which was the first ...either Kanters or Chanin's in Philadelphia. My dad, who was a magician took me to both. At the time Mike Kanter had a huge store. I had never seen anything so big except for Wannamakers. It was two stories and packed with magic. (This was 1963) Jack Chanin's on the other hand was a second floor walk up packed with magic and junk. I loved that store. My dad told me if Mike Kanter did a trick I could do it, if I saw something Jack did...well. After my dad died Jack took me in and I worked for him...talk about an education. In college I hung out at Al's in DC and then in Columbus I worked for O'Neill Magic, which was a successor to UF Grant which became MAK magic. Magicland here in Dallas, had already moved from downtown when I got here and Howard Hale was the owner.

I have been to Denny and Lee's in Vegas and it is a great shop... alas a lot of the others are now long gone.
Message: Posted by: davidandstuff (Jan 26, 2012 10:55PM)
Mr.E's... Springfield, Missouri. I was such a young, arrogant, kid at the time. I could not really appreciate the knowledge being offered to me. I am sure I annoyed the owner (Rick Enloe I believe). There is not a magic store around for many miles nowadays. I think the closest is in Branson, Mo. I am not having any luck tracking down a local Ring either. I am ever looking for some older, wiser, local magic people... Thanks for posting this thread, it is nice to reminisce over the old magic shop.
Message: Posted by: djw.tyler (Feb 3, 2012 07:11AM)
I only recently went into my first magic shop which was Davenports in London. I didn't really know what I was looking for to start with and was a bit overwhelmed. However the staff, although initially a bit snooty, were very helpful and I came out with a couple of John Bannon products which I'm really happy with. I guess that most of us these days look and buy online but there's nothing like the real thing.
Message: Posted by: djw.tyler (Feb 3, 2012 07:16AM)
Does anyone happen to know what is going on with the magic shop in St James' Street in Brighton? I've been past it a couple of times during the day but it always has the closed sign up.
Message: Posted by: stevephotoman125 (Feb 5, 2012 05:14PM)
Mine was BBMagic in Leicester, the guy behind the counter was great, helping out a shy schoolkid. I'd go in there and he'd always ask how much I had to spend, demonstrate every trick for me. I googled it and looks like it's still going round the corner from the original shop and now run by his daughter
Message: Posted by: Big Sam (Feb 7, 2012 06:58PM)
The Magic Shop in Sarasota, Florida, back in the 70's. It only lasted a few years but I spent all of my jr. high years there.
Message: Posted by: magictvlv1 (Feb 8, 2012 05:15PM)
Magic Center in NYC. Sleazy sleazy part of town. Prolly not the best place for my dad to take a 10 year old.
Message: Posted by: pjarnold (Feb 9, 2012 11:29AM)
Haines House of Cards and Industrial Strength Magic. Both are/were in Cincinnati.
Message: Posted by: tryphon (Aug 15, 2012 11:51AM)
[quote]
On 2007-11-24 22:37, BIGmagiclV wrote:
Mine was a shop in Hamden, Conn. called the Magic Barn.
[/quote]
For me it was Davenport's, in London.
Message: Posted by: tryphon (Aug 15, 2012 11:55AM)
[quote]
On 2007-11-26 21:41, Lester wrote:
I suppose the first shop that I ever visited that sold tricks, jokes and novelties, as opposed to a purely magic shop was an establishment, the name of which escapes me, in Tottenham Court Road in London. It was during the early sixties when London had a magical buzz all of its own! I have a vague recollection of being served by Pat Page but I might be mistaken.
Ah, the past is another country they do things differently there.

Best Wishes,

Lester
[/quote]

You may be thinking of the magic shop run by Alan Alan.
Message: Posted by: Wayne Hardy (Aug 15, 2012 02:38PM)
For me it was a online shop called Alakazam I stumbled upon it by a general search and been back a few times. There is one in shefield that I am going to try though.
Message: Posted by: John McLaughlin (Aug 16, 2012 09:15AM)
There were two in downtown Boston in the 70's (three actually, but I didn't know about Hank Lee's at the time. They were both of or Tremont Street, and I am no longer positive, but I think one was called Jack's and I have no idea what the second one was called. I'd take the train up from Gloucester once a month and spend most of the day between the two of them.
Message: Posted by: Jim Sparx (Aug 16, 2012 02:50PM)
1948, Kemps Magic shop on San Franscisco street, El Paso, Tx. Then he was drafted and it became Mishel's magic shop. Then I got drafted. When I came back in 1960 everything was gone, the building. Now even the street. Soon I will follow.....
Message: Posted by: Ray Bertrand (Aug 16, 2012 04:37PM)
My very first magic shop was 'Bill's Joke and Magic Shop' on Bank Street in Ottawa, Ontario in 1960. I purchased my first TT there.

Ray
Message: Posted by: Wizard of Oz (Aug 16, 2012 07:22PM)
Mine was Snyders in downtown Cleveland. A classic magic shop in every sense of the word...hard to find, dark, dusty, smokey, a complete mess of cluttered and overstuffed shelves...and an absolute joy.
Message: Posted by: whiteoakcanyon (Aug 17, 2012 05:46AM)
I think my first magic shop was Hank Lees.
Message: Posted by: Pengnome (Aug 19, 2012 05:24AM)
First magic shop I was in was Tam Shepherds. Althought the first I had any proper conversations in was Davenports.
Message: Posted by: Magic is great (Aug 24, 2012 12:02PM)
My first magic shop was in Hagerstown MD. It was called The Magic Den & was owned by Larry Nye. That is where I got bit by the bug & I wouldn't change it for anything! :bg:
Message: Posted by: Lanky T. Clown (Aug 24, 2012 02:43PM)
Wizards of AHS in Chittenango, NY
Message: Posted by: kirtromero (Aug 29, 2012 10:28PM)
Tech Wizard Store in Miami
Message: Posted by: gomerel (Sep 2, 2012 10:36PM)
I have some memories of how cool it seemed. But that was 60+ years ago, so I don't remember the name.
Message: Posted by: MrWizard (Sep 6, 2012 09:59PM)
My first magic shop was Bert Easily's Fun Shop here in Phoenix Arizona in the 1960's. Used to go there at the age of 8 after school and on weekends. The absolutely amazing magician behind the counter was the famous Jack Sutherland. I would go down there on Saturday morning and be there all day bothering poor Jack to show me this show me that.

He finally told be to stop wasting my money on the cheap tricks and invest in books he said that is where you will learn to really do magic, He handed me a hard back copy of Tarbell's Course In Magic Vol 1. He said here this is on me kid, take it come back show me what you have learned! Well he asked for it I went back showed him over and over :)
Message: Posted by: Mark_Chandaue (Sep 13, 2012 02:45PM)
[quote]
On 2010-07-27 14:07, shaneking wrote:
Davenports in London. It is actually in the underground station of Charing Cross and has been there since 1898!
[/quote]

No it hasn't, as already posted it was originally in Great Russell street opposite the British museum. It moved to Charing Cross station in around 1982 give or take a year or two.
Message: Posted by: Ikswonilak (Sep 16, 2012 11:46AM)
Diamond Fun Shop, Grand Rapids Michigan. Long gone, now... Spent all my lawn mowing money there for 1-2 years but then gave up. Upon my return to magic, it had shut down. Now, whenever I travel, I enjoy checking ini on local magic shops. Barry's in Rockville was great but I heard it recently closed its doors. Haines House of Cards is an interesting little place. Abbott's is worth the trek if not just to touch a piece of magic history! I recently had the good fortune to meet Bob Klamm and his wife at their magic shop in the basement of their home outside Kansas City! In two weeks I'll be heading to Chicago and plan on making a visit to Magic, Inc. It's too bad so many of these places are shutting the doors. I try to buy something at each place I go into, even if it's just a deck of cards, simply to pay homage to the staff who keep this magical line of art and business trudging on.
Message: Posted by: Wizard of Oz (Sep 16, 2012 03:54PM)
I do the exact same thing Ikswonilak...much to the dismay of my wife and son. First thing I do in every city we visit is Google magic shops in the area. They both humor me, and let me go, but I usually have a time limit I can spend in each shop. Like you, I try to buy something at every one, usually an unusual prop that I'll remember later and relate it to that shop.
Message: Posted by: Dr Art (Oct 27, 2012 10:08AM)
My first magic store was Hollywood Magic in Hollywood CA. They had great halloween costumes in the window. Many years later I ended up managing that store. It was cool because it was a mile away from the Magic Castle and all the visiting magicians would come in the store becaues they were performing at the csstle. Lots of celebs, too.
Message: Posted by: docguitarman (Oct 31, 2017 01:15PM)
My first magic shop was in Kansas City Missouri. Late 1950s and early 60s. I think the owner went by the name of "Monte" IIRC. It was the only professional store I knew of at the time (the other stores had more pranks than magic tricks). I got all of my fox lane gaff decks there and many other of the "mandatory" effects/props (linking rings, mystic floating ball, multiplying billiard balls, and so on).

It was always fun visiting. Monte would always greet me with a smile and demo the latest trick he believed I should purchase within my youthful budget!
Message: Posted by: Signet (Oct 31, 2017 06:11PM)
I really enjoyed reading this thread. Thanks to Docguitarman for reviving it. My first and only magic shop is Mel's Magic City in Scranton PA. It is one magical place. The owner goes out of his way to help you with your foray into the world of magic. I found this place about a year ago and I have been hooked since.
Message: Posted by: Andy Young (Nov 1, 2017 05:47AM)
[quote]On Oct 31, 2017, Signet wrote:
I really enjoyed reading this thread. Thanks to Docguitarman for reviving it. My first and only magic shop is Mel's Magic City in Scranton PA. It is one magical place. The owner goes out of his way to help you with your foray into the world of magic. I found this place about a year ago and I have been hooked since. [/quote]

Thanks for the post. I had no idea they were there.
Message: Posted by: DaveGripenwaldt (Nov 1, 2017 11:52AM)
I'm glad this popped up as well...what a kick to read through.

For me, it was Joe Berg's shop on Hollywood Blvd. After my first visit, I would beg my parents to take me there as much as possible.

It was the type of classic brick and mortar shop of the era - upstairs in a run down building, walls covered with boxes, tubes and other arcane objects (mostly covered in pseudo-Chinese characters) that was all so intriguing to a nine year old. And, of course, there was a corner with tables and chairs where local and visiting magicians would hold court.

Looking back I would grow to appreciate Joe not selling me everything I asked for. Even though he'd have made a sale, he steered me away from so many complicated, expensive or silly props and concentrated on the classics.

Hollywood magic was just down the street in those days, and I'd spend a lot of time there in later years - even worked there for a bit - but you always remember your first. :-)
Message: Posted by: Russo (Nov 1, 2017 12:21PM)
Did I p/m you befor?(at 80-70yr pro -memory??)Lived in the San Fernando Vally 45' - 73' - 1st Magic Shop I got my effects in the 50's was the Hollywood Magic Shop- then Bergs(Joe and Ronny) also the ORIGINAL 'Owen Brothers' on San Pedro st in L.A.(John Daniels and Carl Owen ) - we were one of the 1st Castle members(Bill & Milt were our sponsors). Ralph(russo)Rousseau
Message: Posted by: DaveGripenwaldt (Nov 1, 2017 03:35PM)
This thread stirred another magic shop memory...I also spent a lot of time at Disneyland's Merlin's Magic Shop at the original park. There was a season where I got some great bargains there because at one point they had hired someone to manage the store who knew magic and...since DL didn't know one prop from another, they had this guy do the ordering.

So, instead of just ordering the standard tenyo/packet trick/color vision - type tricks, he also stocked up on stuff only magicians would care about - rice silks, a full line of Johnson Product merch (back when they were new), higher end parlor magic props etc. They let him have a free hand, a budget and he went to town.

So the bargains came in because that guy left the shop and no one bought the fancier stuff...the typical customer just stayed with the hot rods and such. Well, at the time Disneyland had a policy that they never raised prices on items they sold until they re-ordered...in other words, if an item was priced at $10, two years later it was $10 no matter what the current retail price was anywhere else.

So for a while I was able to buy stuff cheaper than anywhere else because it had sat around the shop for years in some cases. It was great.

Plus I have a soft spot in my heart for the place because I saw the chop cup for the first time (probably 10 years old) and the final load blew my mind. Don't you miss getting fooled?
Message: Posted by: Signet (Nov 1, 2017 06:08PM)
Mel's has a meeting once a month. It's really a great time. One time I met this guy who was about 90years old. He pulled out an invisible deck and started doing a routine. He told me some wild stories about performing magic in his younger days. I listened to ever word he said. Later on, I looked it up, he was right on the money. Another night after the meeting, these two young guys put a folding chair in between them and started doing card tricks. One would do a trick and then the other would say "did you see this one," then do some mind blowing trick. This went on for about an hour. I'M sitting there taking it all in. What fun I had.
Message: Posted by: Russo (Nov 2, 2017 11:09AM)
Hi sad to say - for all those who 's 1st shop was at DisneyWorld - I was a Disney Trainer in Merchandise from 83'to 93' - we worked a week in different stores -I worked the Magic shop for a week in late 80's - it was a great shop- sorry its no longer there- its a clothing shop now. -- When I first started in Magic -(1945 -0n ) Hollywood Magic Shop - Joe Bergs(Joe & Ronnie) - and the ORIGINAL Owen Brothers(with John Daniels and Carl)-ahhhh nemories ---Ralph(russo) Rousseau
Message: Posted by: Wravyn (Nov 2, 2017 04:30PM)
The first Shop I went to was Ted Carrothers Magic Studio in Toledo OH. Also there was a Mr. G’s Magic shop and also a place called Old Towne Magic. All in Toledo.
Message: Posted by: Wizard of Oz (Nov 2, 2017 08:21PM)
I wonder how many magic shops are left in the USA?
Message: Posted by: Wravyn (Nov 3, 2017 09:22AM)
[quote]On Nov 2, 2017, Wizard of Oz wrote:
I wonder how many magic shops are left in the USA? [/quote]
Wunderground Magic in Clawson Michigan (great selections there and the staff is knowledgeable and great).
In Toledo Ohio, there is a small brick and mortar called Glass City Magic. It’s not big and Dennis caters more towards the beginners though he does get advanced items if needed.
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Nov 4, 2017 05:49AM)
I was about 11, and had done a "show and tell" for my 6th grade class. I had "performed" tricks that I had learned from Alexander the Magician's "The Magic Show Book". I had done OK, but, it was far from a "show"! Then! the children's librarian, bought a new magic book! Joseph Leeming's "Fun With Magic". WOW! Mr. Leeming had provided a list of MAGIC SHOPS, with addresses! Abbott's, Joe Berg's, Chanin's, Grants, Max Holden's, Kanter's, Carl Lohrey's, Nat Louis, Martinka, Nelson, Sterling's, Stull's, The Yogi Magic Shop!!!

Abbott's was the first one listed. Abbott's was in Lower Michigan, and, I lived in Upper Michigan. THAT afternoon, I wrote a letter on "3 hole" notebook paper, and, a week later, I had Abbott's #7 catalog! It was Christmas in February! I ordered a Brakawa Fan ($1.75) and a Mirror Glass ($1.00). Soon after, I bought a "Chinese" Wonder Fan (Tarbell Cone) and, Scotty's Cut & Restored Rope. (total investment:$3.00)

By that fall, I was 13. I had done a "show" for my dad's lodge, and a church men's club. I had the "guts" to approach the Jr. High School Principal, and book a show (on percentage) for the 500+ kids in his school! I tell that story in my book. It was a success, and I made $26.00 in 35 minutes! (It was 1945. Grown men were working all week for that money!) I had become a part time professional!

Several weeks later, my dad saw an ad in the "Milwaukee Journal", for Blackstone's "Show of 1001 Wonders" at the Davidson Theater, in Milwaukee. My parents said, "We'll go." (5 hour drive). I got to meet Mr. Blackstone, who was very kind.

The next day, we visited The Mystery Mart. I thought that I had died and gone to heaven! Mr. Len Patyk, the manager, helped me buy the props for Six Card Repeat, Clippo, and, a "bunch" of spring flowers. Total: $4.50!

I learned a few years later, that the dealers, in those days, knew what city that Blackstone had just played, by the orders for 6CR, and, Clippo!

TO BE CONTINUED! Watch this space!
Message: Posted by: foolsnobody (Nov 5, 2017 12:30AM)
Gene Gordon's House of Hocus Pocus on Franklin Street in Buffalo.
Message: Posted by: docguitarman (Aug 8, 2019 07:56PM)
[quote]On Oct 31, 2017, docguitarman wrote:
My first magic shop was in Kansas City Missouri. Late 1950s and early 60s. I think the owner went by the name of "Monte" IIRC. It was the only professional store I knew of at the time (the other stores had more pranks than magic tricks). I got all of my fox lane gaff decks there and many other of the "mandatory" effects/props (linking rings, mystic floating ball, multiplying billiard balls, and so on).

It was always fun visiting. Monte would always greet me with a smile and demo the latest trick he believed I should purchase within my youthful budget! [/quote]

Since posting this I remembered the shop owner's name was "Morey." Then, after an inquiry, a gentleman of I.B.M. Ring 129 (Kansas City area) said his name was Morey Taub. The magic shop was in the lobby of the Howard Hotel in KC I recall -- but I also recall one relocation. Wish I could locate more historical information regarding the shops in KCMo in the 1950s and 60s.
Message: Posted by: mentaldiego (Sep 20, 2019 02:33PM)
Ace of magic
Message: Posted by: kShepher (Sep 21, 2019 09:29PM)
The Abracadaba magic shop in Colonia, NJ.

After that...Lou Tannens. That was just wonderful.

K
Message: Posted by: dirtyrussian (Oct 3, 2019 05:06PM)
I was lucky, I grew up in NJ about 45 miles from Times Square. Louis Tannen's back when Tony and Jack were running it. I looked forward to those occasional trips into the city to visit Tannen's more than Christmas Day.
Message: Posted by: WitchDocChris (Oct 4, 2019 07:31AM)
Ellusionist was the first magic store I purchased from.

I tried to go to Hocus Pocus but they told me they weren't open to the public.

First brick and mortar was probably a Houdini's in Vegas. Now D&L is right down the street from me (since they moved locations after Denny's passing) and I pop down there occasionally to chat with Cam and pick up books.
Message: Posted by: MichaelJae (Oct 4, 2019 02:46PM)
Any of you been to the Crow's Nest in Lake Tahoe back in the 90's remember the name of the magician who owned the place?
Message: Posted by: Deckstacker (Oct 4, 2019 04:48PM)
My first shop as a teenager was Ireland's in the Loop in downtown Chicago back in the mid 1950's. Frances Ireland/Marshall would wait on me and was very patient with my newbie questions. I can still see her face when I close my eyes . . . very pleasant memory from a long time ago.
Message: Posted by: Wizard of Oz (Oct 4, 2019 07:05PM)
My wife and son are very patient with me when we travel. Whatever city we are in, I go online to see if there is a local magic shop. The coolest one was when we were in Athens, Greece. I found a great little shop, but no one spoke English. Funny though, how performing some effects for one another bridges the language barrier.
Message: Posted by: Ray Pierce (Oct 4, 2019 11:58PM)
[quote]On Oct 27, 2012, Dr Art wrote:
My first magic store was Hollywood Magic in Hollywood CA. They had great halloween costumes in the window. Many years later I ended up managing that store. It was cool because it was a mile away from the Magic Castle and all the visiting magicians would come in the store becaues they were performing at the csstle. Lots of celebs, too. [/quote]

When were you there?? I was there from '77 through the mid 80's, redid the catalog from the half size to the black full size one... SO many great memories there! Earl Nelson was there when I stated with Greg, and so many other greats came and went. Jonathan & I were there at the same time for most of our HM days. I documented as much as I could in the catalog. It started so much for me!
Message: Posted by: Ray Pierce (Oct 5, 2019 12:03AM)
We had a small place called "The Joke Shop" in downtown Ft. Worth that had some basic magic and Johnson coin effects but the real treat was when my parents took my 30 miles away to Douglas Magicland in Dallas! It was truly a wonderland of enchantment. Mark Wilson had started there so it always held a special place in my heart. I ended up working at The Joke Shop doing magic as a teenager but it wasn't until I started at Hollywood Magic that the serious work REALLY began!
Message: Posted by: karnak (Oct 5, 2019 10:46PM)
Top Hat Magic Co in Evanston IL.

Never visited it. Didn’t live there. Strictly mail order. Catalog cost ten cents. Discovered and ordered from an ad in Boys Life magazine (a Boy Scouts periodical) in the early or mid 1960s.

Lived in a Dallas suburb at the time, and only later discovered Douglas (later Jeffries) Magicland in downtown Big D — a long and rare trek for a kid, but I did it, and spent my allowance and lawn-mowing income there many times.
Message: Posted by: terrillific (Oct 6, 2019 05:59PM)
Al's Magic Shop in Washington D.C
Message: Posted by: william_oconnell (Oct 6, 2019 08:55PM)
Barry's in Maryland. Think it's closed down now. Normally people blame the online retailers, but funnilly my first online magic orders were from Magic Geek and they're closed down now too.