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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 .

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I started at the magic shop at Marshall Field's downtown store. Later at Magic Inc. when it was still called Ireland's.
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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."
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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.
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Pretty soon everyone's first magic shop will be from the internet.
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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.


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...
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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.
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My first magic shop was Elmwood Magic back when it was a physical store. Wonderful place, great memories.
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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.
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I did not buy my first magic in a magic shop. I bought my first in a festival called "Feria Colombiana".
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On 2008-10-08 01:28, Dynamike wrote:
Pretty soon everyone's first magic shop will be from the internet.

You're sadly correct sir. Smile

Mine was just called The Magic Shop, in the Beaches area of Toronto, closed about 25 years ago.
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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.
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Um... This thread?
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On 2007-11-26 18:40, gaddy wrote:
Marshall Brodien's magic shop at the "Old Chicago" amusement park.


Just remembered another one- Riley's Trick Shop. 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...
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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!
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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.
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The name of the first magic shop I ever went to is Broadway Magic in Myrtle beach.
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Another store where I used to buy magic was from Hip el Mago From Caracas (Venezuela)
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On 2010-02-17 04:22, gaddy wrote:
Um... This thread?
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On 2007-11-26 18:40, gaddy wrote:
Marshall Brodien's magic shop at the "Old Chicago" amusement park.


Just remembered another one- Riley's Trick Shop. 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...


Old Chicago's been gone for quite a while, along with the magic shop.
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