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Topic: Magic Stores in New Orleans??
Message: Posted by: egoli (Jun 17, 2012 12:20AM)
I'll be in New Orleans for a visit in a few months time. Any magic stores still open in New Orleans?

Message: Posted by: PepeRuizSJ (Jun 22, 2012 05:29PM)
Any ideas? Anyone? I am in New Orleans right now :) I just got here.
Message: Posted by: Jim Sparx (Jun 22, 2012 06:34PM)
I've left message on the SAM thread for members of local 36 to contact me, but have not heard a word. You can go to the national SAM site and they will list a cupola names in NO for contact purposes. Same with the IBM site. Good luck.
Message: Posted by: egoli (Jun 23, 2012 08:23AM)
There doesn't seem to be much happening magic wise in New Orleans. I tried contacting Earle Christenberry Jr. who is listed on the IBM page for the New Orleans IBM chapter and received no reply from him.
Message: Posted by: Jim Sparx (Jul 14, 2012 11:11AM)
When I was there in the 60s there was only one small store in the French Quarter and my friend Gottlieb Kogel who sold stuff out of his house.
There was an active IBM and SAM with occasional combined conventions. The aftermath of Katrina was probably when everything died. Everyone in the flood zone lost everything, water was as high as the second story. I tried contacting people but they had moved. Christenberry, Fountain, Adams, et al, had quite nice collections that was probably destroyed. Even Ralph Fountains relative, Pete Fountain, the clarinet player lost his whole collection of instruments. I can't imagine what it would feel like to lose a lifetime of magic collection.
Next time try the names on the SAM site when trying to contact people. SAM was always more active than IBM in NO. Also, Christenberry is up into his eightys, maybe he has lost the feeling.
I have had a post in the SAM section here at the Café for quite awhile asking for current SAM members to contact me, no luck in getting a response.
Message: Posted by: slowdini (Nov 3, 2012 12:51PM)
Hey guys, sorry I'm a little late in catching this thread. I live in New Orleans and with the exception of a few street magicians from out of town that work the Quarter, there is not much here for magic. There used to be a Magic shop on Canal Street when I was a kid- 1976. Not sure when it closed. Richard Kaufman knows some details about this store. In the 80's, there was a magic shop in the Jax Brewery mall and at some point there was one in the River Walk mall. The last magic shop was in the French Quarter, in the 90's right off of Decatuer Street. They closed before Katrina. I do know that John Racherbaumer has a weekly gathering, informal, at an Applebees restrnt on mondays, 7p.m. to midnight. I also heard that David Hughes, an insurence agent, has a large magic collection.
Message: Posted by: swayne100 (Nov 7, 2012 02:32PM)
Didn't Harry Anderson have a magic shop in New Orleans?
Message: Posted by: Zombie Magic (Nov 18, 2012 08:35AM)
On 2012-11-07 15:32, swayne100 wrote:
Didn't Harry Anderson have a magic shop in New Orleans?

He did. Then Katrina hit. He stayed. But the election where they re-elcted their corrupt mayor Nagin was the last straw and he moved on to Asheville, N.C. Their loss!
Message: Posted by: Hugo (Mar 15, 2013 08:00AM)
Of course, there's always Voodoo Authentica if you're into THAT kind of magic... :)

Message: Posted by: Amazin Doug (Jun 23, 2017 04:48AM)
I'll be in New Orleans next month. Still no magic shop in such a large city?
Message: Posted by: tommeepickles (Jun 26, 2017 01:17PM)
There hasn't been a magic shop within hours of the city for at least 10 years.
Message: Posted by: Jay (Sep 2, 2018 10:34AM)
Hi all--just bumping this in hopes of an update; I'm headed to NOLA today for a few days. Any non-voodoo magic happenings in the area? Thanks, Jay