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Topic: Paul Diamond - Fort Lauderdale
Message: Posted by: jcvelbar (Aug 1, 2003 12:31PM)
I spent many afternoons (and hard earned chore money) at this store in Sears Town. Anyone else do the same?
Message: Posted by: daffydoug (Feb 20, 2004 08:47PM)
I remember Paul Diamond as the one where I originally purchased the wonderful Phantom At The Fingertips.

I loved this effect!
Message: Posted by: maniac (Mar 6, 2004 05:08PM)
Funny you should ask, I was cleaning out an old trunk and found the receipt from Paul Diamonds for my cups and balls. Back in 1978!

Is It still in operation?
Message: Posted by: Rennie (Apr 30, 2004 09:31AM)
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On 2004-02-20 21:47, daffydoug wrote:
I remember Paul Diamond as the one where I originally purchased the wonderful Phantom At The Fingertips.

I loved this effect!
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Phantom at the Fingertips is the one trick I just listed as the worst effect I ever purchased. You seriously liked that contraption ?
Rennie
Message: Posted by: Kenardo1 (Jun 15, 2004 07:23PM)
Paul retired several years ago and sold his magic to Diamond Magic - a direct mail order house. I do not believe the storefront exists anymore. I first visited the store when I went to visit relatives living in Fort Lauderdale in the late 60s. Paul was very generous with time and very friendly explaining various items. I also remember seeing Duke Stern in the store demonstrating Zombie. It was a great place to visit.
Message: Posted by: Review King (Jun 15, 2004 07:57PM)
Paul now sells used magic over the internet.

His It Takes Guts *** It is inspiring!!!
Message: Posted by: stephenbanning (Jul 20, 2004 03:31PM)
I think Paul Diamond is wonderful and one of a kind. He could take a Glorpy and Imp Bottle and weave some very funny magic. I remember how genuinely friendly and helpful he was when I met him about twenty years ago at a conference. While much of his magic relied on simplicity and bluff, he was good with sleight of hand as well. That's usually not remembered, I think.

Steve
Message: Posted by: Wizardwannabe (Jul 7, 2005 09:14PM)
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On 2004-04-30 10:31, Rennie wrote:
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On 2004-02-20 21:47, daffydoug wrote:
I remember Paul Diamond as the one where I originally purchased the wonderful Phantom At The Fingertips.

I loved this effect!
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Phantom at the Fingertips is the one trick I just listed as the worst effect I ever purchased. You seriously liked that contraption ?
Rennie

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I'm with you, Rennie. I hate to admit it but I to bought this stupid thing (it ran as a full page ad on the back of PD's catalog if I recall right). I remember thinking when I got it "I'm actually supposed to wear this stupid tube around my arms and shoulders so that a coin can "dance" at my right fingertips while my left fingers activate it?" Honest to God - the single worst magic purchase I ever made.
Message: Posted by: leapinglizards (Feb 18, 2006 12:35PM)
AH- but did you ever PERFORM IT??!!!

It did what it said it would, and, as hold outs go it was pretty ***ed versatile.

It was a bit of a "contraption" to be certain- and at first glance was daunting, but I would put it in a category with a topit or thumb tip.... Utility item that depends what you do with it.
Message: Posted by: indysmagic (Apr 24, 2006 12:45AM)
To a young, budding, 10 year old magician, a trip to Paul Diamond's shop was better than Disney. He awed me with miracles as if I were royalty. He amazed me. I had no idea "who" he was until older and he kept popping up at magic conventions in the dealer room demonstrating the use of a pull.
Message: Posted by: tryphon (Jan 13, 2011 05:27PM)
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On 2003-08-01 13:31, jcvelbar wrote:
I spent many afternoons (and hard earned chore money) at this store in Sears Town. Anyone else do the same?
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I remember it well! There was also a magic shop in the mall in Pompano Beach. I live in West Palm Beach and I don't think there are any B&M shops south of Daytona! Too bad, an era has gone forever!
Message: Posted by: Pasquale (Dec 7, 2011 09:19AM)
I too visited the little shop in Searstown (and purchased Phantom at the fingertips but like everyone else, never did anything with it..). Each year on vacation, I dragged my parents there. Paul always remembered me and was very nice to me. Years later I saw him in the dealers room at a convention demonstrating the multiplying bananas(foam). Calling out his sales pitch so everyone could hear; "IF YOU DON'T DO THIS, YOU'RE A SHMUCK!"
Message: Posted by: DanGarrett (Feb 13, 2012 11:45PM)
Paul and wife Andi are still alive and living in south Florida. Paul still sends out an email magic list to subscribers. Duke Stern was my mentor, and my new 2012 lecture will feature one of Duke's coin routines. Phantom at the Fingertips used an apparatus similar to the device used to apply the hand brakes on a bicycle. It was invented by my dear departed friend Russ Burns. Although cumbersome and impractical for many performing situations, it was prominently featured performed by Bill Bixby on an episode of The Magician way back.
Message: Posted by: Jerry (Feb 15, 2018 11:20PM)
Mostly about monster masks, but Paul does give an interview.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-Hw_6KF1o8

I purchased the Phantom Finger also, Paul most I sold a million of those.
Message: Posted by: GlennLawrence (May 10, 2018 01:12PM)
The one and only magic convention I ever attended, 1985 Daytona Beach Florida- stumbled into a lecture Paul was giving. Only thing I remember is he was showing how to toss 2 cards onto a table as one.
Message: Posted by: daffydoug (May 22, 2018 04:07PM)
[quote]On Feb 13, 2012, DanGarrett wrote:
Paul and wife Andi are still alive and living in south Florida. Paul still sends out an email magic list to subscribers. Duke Stern was my mentor, and my new 2012 lecture will feature one of Duke's coin routines. Phantom at the Fingertips used an apparatus similar to the device used to apply the hand brakes on a bicycle. It was invented by my dear departed friend Russ Burns. Although cumbersome and impractical for many performing situations, it was prominently featured performed by Bill Bixby on an episode of The Magician way back. [/quote]

Ahhhhhhhh! Such memories, such memories!!
Message: Posted by: tbsmith918 (Feb 9, 2019 07:20AM)
I'm downsizing for retirement and came across a couple of Paul Diamond catalogs not too long ago (along with a number of other catalogs)...I don't recall if I ever ordered from Paul...so long ago...but simpler times for sure. I do like looking through the old catalogs...brings back some great memories.
Message: Posted by: John Martin (Apr 11, 2019 08:15AM)
[quote]On May 10, 2018, GlennLawrence wrote:
The one and only magic convention I ever attended, 1985 Daytona Beach Florida- stumbled into a lecture Paul was giving. Only thing I remember is he was showing how to toss 2 cards onto a table as one. [/quote]

Not only could he toss 2 as one, he also could could toss 4 as two. While demonstrating the 2 as one, he would say the cards never separated and that he never missed while tossing them out. Then he would toss one last time and the cards would separate. When some wiseguy in the crowd would chuckle at his "miss" Paul would call him out, walk over to the "two" cards and separate them to show that it was actually two doubles!!