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MagicBrent
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Guys, I've been collecting magic for 20+ years. Some great, others junk...after awhile as you all know, magic goes through stages where a product goes through revisions and so I have tricks upon tricks of outdated methods...original stuff. Nothing expensive though, all closeup junk in drawers, boxes, etc. I hate to throw it out, it's not good enough to sell...what do you all do with your "stuff." It's like the George Carlin routine on stuff! It's driving my wife nuts..don't get me started on my VHS library that I have no CLUE what to do (haven't converted them to DVD). Help! Thanks for your thoughts.
Bernie Balloons
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You can send all of it to me and I will keep it safe for you lol
hpcman
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I just picked up a video to DVD burner at Costco, I love it. Week by week my video collection is being reduced, two feet at a time. There are two drawbacks to this. DVD are not a perfect medium so if the disk gets scratched your in big trouble. Videos were much safer, a lot more rugged and stood the test of time. I personally think there should be a class action suit against DVD companies forcing them to exchange scratched disks for new ones at cost. The second is the DVD burner does it in real time so it will take you along time to do.

Ben
Vaughn Ver Steegt
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See if you can find some young magician close to where you live and share it with them. If they are just starting out maybe something in your collection would be just the right trick for them to work on. One man's junk can be anothers treasure.
Billgussen
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Although I've never personally thrown any of my magic away (some have broken or been lost, but never consciously thrown it away...), a few months ago at my magic club, one member was giving away the magic he would never use again. Of course, he wasn't able to give it all away -- there are things that nobody really wanted -- but I received some very useful stuff as did many of the other members. If you're a member of a club, that's a great way to become popular with the local magicians!

Bill
JamesTong
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It certainly feels good to be on the receiving end. And I know how it feels and that's because a friend of mine gave me his entire collection. He gave up magic totally.
Jonathan Smith
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Magic Brent where do you live?
Drew Manning
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How about putting together "grab bags" and selling them for $5-$10 a pop plus shipping?

I'd throw 10 or $20 in on it....

If you sell enough, it just might pay for that DVD burner LOL
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Sock Puppet Monkey
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I'd find a junior member of your local magic club.
brody
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One of our club members recently decided to "toss" 4 cartons of stuff. We took it to one of our meetings and sold it via an "auction".

The magic club got the profits. Any interesting books got cataloged into the club library, and those items that weren't sold are going to be given away as door prizes during the upcoming months meetings.
Mowee
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Maybe a local club has a Youth Magicians group...I would donate the stuff to them. Imagine being able to help young kids get interested. As for the VHS, yup convert them to DVDs they take up a whole lot less space.
DanielCoyne
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Great topic -- maybe I'll post donations on the new to magic forum. I'll be there are some newbies who would be happy to cover the cost of shipping. Could be a great way to clean out some of the magic that doesn't seem worth the effort to sell, but is taking up space in the the magic drawers (and bins and closets and rooms and basements.)

-Daniel
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I was going through my props the other day and found a ton of stuff I bought because it seemed like a good idea at the time. I've decided to put it up on eBay and see what happens.

I, too, have this sinking sensation that if I sell it I am gonna turn around tomorrow and REALLY need it. And then where, oh where, shall I be???

But if it's been sitting in boxes and drawers for years and I haven't touched it...well...y'know.
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Andrew Zuber
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That's why I always hesitate to sell stuff. You never know when something might come in handy.
I found an old steamer trunk (for free on Craigslist) and when I went to pick it up, it had travel stickers from all over the world. As I was loading it up into my car, the woman who had owned it came out (she'd just left a bunch of stuff in her driveway for people to take) and told me she'd traveled all over Europe with that trunk - and the stickers and tags proved it. A friend and I spent a day getting all of the old contact paper and glue out of it, and lining the inside with better paper and small versions of some older magic posters. My parents hate the thing because it's huge and currently sitting in their basement while I'm overseas, but I think it's beautiful and it stores all of my giant props that didn't make the journey with me.
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The Ann Arbor MI Magic Club had a 'flea market' in October... I picked up several vintage items. there seems to be a lot of folk who left magic for an extended period who are coming back in (like me) who would love to browse through history!
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