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Zombie Magic
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I'm a dedicated hobbyist. I know, professionals do the same magic for different audiences. That's why they retire with the money they earn;-)

I actually do have different audiences. I always liked the "Magician 24/7" concept. Of course, you could do that with a TT and a deck of cards. But, it's a hobby and while some fish, hunt, knit, play golf, I learn magic and perform it for people I don't know. If I'm at a mall, I have my cards and practice fans, passes, whatever. Not once has someone not commented on the cards and asked if I know tricks, etc.

Or, we go to the park a few times a week. Even big cities have parks and plenty of people to perform for. I never go up to anyone, I let them ask me. And they do.

So in my magic room ( most of you call this a broom closet ) on the shelves, I have laid out things I like best. Before I leave the house, I just look and grab a few little things. It's geeky to do at my age, but it's fun for me. Cards, coins, IT, the newest gadget that is cool, etc.

What do you all do?
Yellowcustard
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I have a egg bag, rope and ring and a pack of cards in my coat ready to go (also use that set as a busk). My wallet has 4 coins, two elastic bands and power ball 60. This is all good for those show us a trick moments. I do some times have bits ready to catch of the shelv on the way out. Some time I carry a few more bits as you never know.

I struggled hard first time busking. But I started building my confedance in parks to anyone that watched.
Enjoy your magic,

and let others enjoy it as well!
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Great question. I'm like you, not a pro, but hobbyist/performer though not a busker. I think I'd find busking difficult. I like to perform for kids and seniors for shows, and friends for fun. I've just agreed to do a magic show for a friend's grandkids over Thanksgiving. But I always have at least a dozen effects on hand at all times when I'm out and about, either socially or in the supermarket.

It's easy to carry all kinds of things with you if you can adapt to the European and basically, the rest of the world's male practice of carrying what I call a Murse. That's a man's purse. It's generally a leather bag, pouch, whatever you want, and a shoulder strap. Having had my left hip replaced five years ago, I got out of the habit of carrying my wallet in my back pocket because it just hurt too much. So I made the leap into carrying a Murse, which only in America is this not a common practice for men. I can carry my Showdown and JOL wallets in it, each loaded with packet card tricks, an ID, Scotch and Soda, paddle tricks, and you name it. I also carry Powerball 60 with me in my JOL wallet as mentioned above. There's no shortage of things you can carry around with you if you're willing to "Murse" it. Think of it as a small shoulder busker's pouch.

I have so much stuff in that bag, I don't need to check my magic closet before leaving the house. Every now and again, I take inventory and move stuff, but the "Murse" is my key ingredient. Try it, you may like it.
What if the Hokey Pokey really IS what it's all about? Smile

My neighbor rang my doorbell at 2:30 a.m. this morning, can you believe that, 2:30 a.m.!? Lucky for him I was still up playing my drums.
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Magic is a hobby and I'm painfully shy so I don't perform as much as I would like to BUT..I carry a small show's worth of material (lol kidding.) Couple decks of cards, coins, elastics, sometimes a book/manuscript, a 'magic' notebook where I jot all my 'brilliant' ideas etc, and it's all usually carted around in my knapsack (which I rarely go anywhere without.) On any given day I'm carrying around shoes, lunch, work stuff, film cameras, so the magic stuff is always welcome along for the ride. ;P
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I have a pantry type stand-alone cabinet with shelves in a corner of the family room. Books and DVDs are also stored in it along with any tricks, props, etc., that I acquire. I've put three plastic desk type organizers with drawers in on one shelf and these are labeled so I can keep small items organized, too.
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I just keep filling up the guest room until I get she'll tolerate it no longer. For going out I'll just grab a few items or so. Sometimes I'll take items to work and practice/perform in my office.
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My wife said the basement was mine to do as I please for magic.

I've got 5 six foot long metal shelves, a two door 6ft tall lockable metal cabinet, a 5ft 4 drawer filing cabinet, a two drawer filing cabinet, 4 large footlockers, and just added two 5ft by 2ft shelves.

This doesn't include two bookcases upstairs and my walkin closet.
hocuspocusjay23
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Wow! I envy you guys. I am currently trying to minimize my collection of magic down to just a garage full. I have been doing magic since I was a kid. Over the years I have collected so much I have a basement full and garage that was built just to house all the stuff.
Hugh Entwistle
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I'm rubbish at storing, I end up just leaving stuff around except the set that I always have on me.
A deck of cards, Stealth Assasin Wallet, Boon writer, 4 coins and a shell
and I'll toss in some rope when I know I'll be performing. Of course a lot of magic can be done impromptu with people's phones .etc. so you'll never be in trouble if you forget something
Gary T.
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I try to keep everyhting tucked away all nice and tidy in this little extra room added on to my bedroom, it's like 4 or 5 foot in one direction and 10, maybe 12 in the other, it's like my little cubby-hole, I've got my desktop back there with 2 huge speakers sitting in corners, my drumset I never learned to play dissasembled and stacked out of the way lol, and my dresser, theres 2 smallish drawers rather than one large one at the top of my dresser, I used to have all my dvds/books stuffed in one and all my gimmicks/props in the other, but I got too much material for that so now all my books and dvd are on a shelf attached to my computer desk, and everything else stuffed in my dresser lol, plus what I have laying arround here and there, I'm really bad at organization
Alan Munro
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I store things on metal shelving units, if I don't use them in a set show. I also use plastic totes and drawers to store like items with each other. Items that I use in a set show are in their cases, ready to go.

I use a small change purse, with multiple compartments, if I think I'll be asked to do something - ring and string, my bar bet copper silver, and mismade bill. I may also carry a few packet tricks in thin, plastic cases.
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I've got an entire drawer dedicated to my magic props, along with my window ledge. They're starting to get incredibly messy / clumped up! Smile I usually try not to take out too many things out, or else I'll never stop playing with them.

As a young man on the go, I try to take a minimalist approach. The general needs before going out are: Wallet, Cellphone, iPod, Headphones, Cardclip with cards. Then, there are the little "Accessories". Things like a Sharpie, a couple of cards that are different color (in the wallet), and one or two props. If I'm expecting to do some serious card magic, the props are a block of steel, & a block of plastic. If not, maybe a few half dollars in my wallet. I try to keep things to be grab-and-go.
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I have a huge bookcase full of all my books. DVDs that are real keepers are filed away in a binder without their boxes. A few that are new purchases are still in the box on the shelves. Tricks I don't use too often, (or at all) are stored in a big rubbermaid container in my closet. The bottom shelf of my bookcase houses a few dozen decks of cards. In my close-up case is the brunt of my real act. A few decks, coin purses with various gaffs, Lightning Box, card to envelope gimmick, sponge balls, set of cups or chop cup, spare sharpies. Whenever I leave my house, I ALWAYS have a deck of cards, sharpie, 4 coins and shell and card to wallet...so I'm prepared to EASILY 40 minutes of material if I need to.
Escape Artist
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I am not married so my home looks like a magic shop.

I have a full length mirror set up with a backdrop and a video camera and I have tables set up that are full of tricks, all I need to do is pick up a trick and practice with it
Wizard of Oz
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I'm jealous.
Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.
Escape Artist
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Mr.Oz,

In addition, I don't need to obtain permission to purchase a magic trick and the problem of buying a trick or buying formular and diapers for the baby never comes up...LOL
Wizard of Oz
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Stop it. Stop it. No more...
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Pete Biro
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I HAVE STUFF ALL OVER AND CAN'T FIND WHAT I WANT MOST OF THE TIME.
STAY TOONED... @ www.pete-biro.com
Escape Artist
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Mr. Oz, I can't stop

The room that should have been the baby nursery is my small magic studio where I have a mirror on the wall in front of me, a backdrop on the wall behind me and a video camera set up on a tripod for practice and posting on YouTube.
Wizard of Oz
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Well, I actually can't complain. I've slowly taken over our spare bedroom and have turned it into a magic room. The dresser has a large mirror on it, so I have my close up mat in front of it. No camera...yet.
Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.
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