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nooner
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I have been trying to get to Davenport's Magic Shop website for a few days now and it just kept failing for "site not found". Today I see that their homepage has been removed from Google search results. Does anyone know if the company is still operational?
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Hi Nooner,

No need to worry I've just spoken to the Shop and they inform me that the web site is currently down. The guy I spoke to didn't know when it would be up.

All the best

Mike
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Hey Mike,

I figured it was just website problems but then when it went missing from Google search, it looked some some Men in Black cover up. Glad to hear it is nothing serious.

Thanks for checking on this for me.

Jim
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Hi Mike,
Happy New Year!!, see you at the Circle sometime
Regards Steve (Jones)
Michael J
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Hi Steve,

Not seen you in a long while. Not been up the Circle much the last couple of years. Hope to spend more time up there this year. Happy New Year to you and your family.
All the best


Mike
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If you have never had the opportunity to make the trek to the Underground and visit this shop you have missed a singular magic experience. It is gratifying to know they are still going strong!
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On 2011-12-31 10:04, Michael J wrote:

No need to worry I've just spoken to the Shop and they inform me that the web site is currently down. The guy I spoke to didn't know when it would be up.

That is a very similar response that you'll often get from Davenports when you want to buy a trick - it's more often than not out of stock and nobody can tell you when it will be back in.............if at all.

I think they carried more stuff when my Dad used to shop there during the 1940's - even with a war on.

Good old 'Davvi's customer service' - true to form (as always)!
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On 2012-01-02 10:51, rhettbryson wrote:
If you have never had the opportunity to make the trek to the Underground and visit this shop you have missed a singular magic experience. It is gratifying to know they are still going strong!


Too right.
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Davenport in London is alright, have to say though for experience, knowledge and a good old chat you can't beat Tam Shepherds in Glasgow.

The idea of going into a magic shop- and being served by a complete legend and gentleman in the shape of Roy Walton is something else -- not to mention his wife Jean Walton ( nee Davenport).

Its a right old dynasty the Davenports -- reminds me I must indulge in my guilty pleasure of leafing through the Davenport catalogue-- pages and pages (506 pages no less)of old style magic adverts like they used to be before t'internet came along.
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Sadly, Davenports are let down by an angry Old Dear who is beyond Customer Service training and some seriously smug card tossers behind the jump! (except for Paul)

Ha! The catalogue of 500 plus pages! Of which, about, a dozen items are in stock!
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Forget Davenports, I have visited the shop on numerous occasions over the years. Sadly the last few times have been very disappointing.....Roger is spot on with his comments.

However a shop that is well worth a visit is Mike Danatas, in Bournemouth. Very small shop, but packed to the rafters with stock. Mike has the patience of a saint, and a very honest guy........sometimes too honest for his own good, if he doesn't think an effect is right for you or he doesn't like the workings himself, then he will tell you not to waste your money, (how many shop owners do you know that would do that).
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Davenports is a funny place, you would think that the main London magic shop would cater for magicians, sadly it really is missing the trick ! The same could be said for International, tired and boring, opportunities missed if you were to ask me ?

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Dear me. Let's hope somebody takes this on board.

I've enjoyed visiting all those mentioned above, except Bournemouth, which sounds good.

I've noticed several rather good books in Davenports; the same goes for International Magic. Still, it takes all sorts.
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On 2012-01-05 19:44, tomsk192 wrote:
Dear me. Let's hope somebody takes this on board.

I've enjoyed visiting all those mentioned above, except Bournemouth, which sounds good.

I've noticed several rather good books in Davenports; the same goes for International Magic. Still, it takes all sorts.


Davenports do have some good books as do most magic dealers, and yes they have some very good exclusives, but the shop looks tired and the props on display look dated with little variation. The staff are always helpful and it is a great meeting place, a coffee machine would be good ha ha !

I have not been to the shop in Bournemouth, from the pictures I have seen it looks full of all the latest magic !

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On 2012-01-04 08:13, rasp wrote:
Forget Davenports, I have visited the shop on numerous occasions over the years. Sadly the last few times have been very disappointing.....Roger is spot on with his comments.

However a shop that is well worth a visit is Mike Danatas, in Bournemouth. Very small shop, but packed to the rafters with stock. Mike has the patience of a saint, and a very honest guy........sometimes too honest for his own good, if he doesn't think an effect is right for you or he doesn't like the workings himself, then he will tell you not to waste your money, (how many shop owners do you know that would do that).

Well, I live in the US, but for for what it's worth, I completely agree with rasp...my experience dealing with Mike was probably the best customer service I've ever encountered from a magic store. Mike is super nice and a great guy. Don't know where Bournemouth is, but I'd shop at Mikes store if I lived there.
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I have to say I love Davenports, I've been going there since I was a kid and try to visit whenever I'm in the area. I also love the fact it's old, dark and mysterious - it feels like a magic shop should. As for the customer service, there seems to be a history of some very helpful people working there and the occasional 4rse. When I was little there was always an old guy there who had the patience of a saint and would show me every magic trick I asked him to perform and increased my love of magic even more. One time however, there was another old but slightly younger man who shouted at me because he couldn't do any of the tricks I asked him to perform (I was less than 10 at the time). Despite this, he will never take away the memories I have of the mysterious shop and the kind old man who loved magic and performing to customers, while my nan patiently sat on the chair in the corner waiting for me to spend my savings.
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