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Gerald Blankenship
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Very interesting read from your link. Yes history sometimes happens by accident, this is a classic example. Thanks for sharing paul
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I used to covet and collect magic books, but now I have a family so I can’t afford the cost and closet space anymore. But if I had the space and money, I would be neck high in books by now.
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Besides space and money, my magic book collection ended due to lack of time. The busier I became with family and work, the less time I had for reading. So rather than continuing to accumulate books I would "someday" read, I stopped collecting. Sadly, many great titles have passed me by as I grit my teeth. Yet, discipline has prevailed, and hopefully I'll catch back up when time and money allow, (I'll always find space).
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I am retired and have been very interested in magic and puzzles for roughly 50 years. I am an amateur but have done some semi-professional work over the years. Collecting has been a large part of my magical life and I am fascinated by the methods and technologies that have encompassed the field over the last 150 plus years. My professional background is in science, mathematics and other forms of applied technology. My collection is pretty much eclectic and based on me being just fascinated by the effect. However, I have and still acquire props made over many decades by many of the great manufacturers. A particular interest of mine is in magic or mentalism or just puzzles based on chemistry and physics. Is there anybody else out there with this same focus???
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Although I have a rather large apparatus collection, I tried to acquire the best items from certain builders. That means not all items from a builder. What I thought to be the best items varied from décor, effect, easy to do, price, and size. If I were to start over, I would use that same criteria. Not sure, but I doubt that even the most famous magic collectors do not have all effects from a certain builder (example: Thayer). So I would suggest to new collectors, obtain what you like and years later, you will still like the items in your collection. Bob
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Very simply:
Alan Warner
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Francois Danis
All will hold their value and more!
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On Apr 5, 2020, bobmag56 wrote:
Although I have a rather large apparatus collection, I tried to acquire the best items from certain builders. That means not all items from a builder. What I thought to be the best items varied from décor, effect, easy to do, price, and size. If I were to start over, I would use that same criteria. Not sure, but I doubt that even the most famous magic collectors do not have all effects from a certain builder (example: Thayer). So I would suggest to new collectors, obtain what you like and years later, you will still like the items in your collection. Bob


Right on.

Same philosophy applies to folks who try to anticipate a prop's future worth, and collect as an financial transaction. That's fine of course if that's what you choose, but your collection will become a portfolio of investments versus something that gives you relaxation and joy. Collect what is worth the most to you, and it will always be priceless.
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On Jun 8, 2021, socalguy wrote:
Very simply:
Alan Warner
Magic Wagon
Francois Danis
All will hold their value and more!


Interesting choices. Are they in order?
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This is a GREAT IDEA for a thread!
Oh wait, I was the original poster,,,,, in 2013.
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For me it's always been books for 45 years. I consider it somewhat of an investment and I will be selling my books soon.
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Still remember that “golden age” of magic literature back in the 1980’s and 1990’s when Ed Marlo had his private manuscripts available for sale (particularly Marlo Magazine, Riffle Shuffle System) and L&L publishing were releasing their deluxe limited edition.
On the magic side, Owen, Lassen, CW/Signature Pieces, Milson-Worth are gone. Others like Gerlitz, Babcock, Riser, Wolf, Rose/5♥️, Bergmann have basically cut down tremendously or stopped.
The only great craftsman still going strong is Alan Warner.
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I would add the name of George Robinson @ Viking/CW as a contemporary "craftsman" certainly to be reckoned with...

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On Jan 24, 2013, Jim Sparx wrote:
Catalogs. I can't afford apparatus. However, if you have deep pockets, Stevens Magic is selling about 200 pieces of Thayer magic.
Father Photius will inherit my catalog collection (going on a thousand) to sell as a donation to the Church or send to the Conjuring Arts org.


With all of my hobbies and collections, I have become increasingly interested in catalogs over the years, and have made a more concerted effort of collecting them. They give really interesting snapshots into the state of various hobbies and professions at specific points in time, and are good for studying trends over time.
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