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videoman
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Hey guys,

Sorry if this is in the wrong forum but wasn't sure where to ask this.
I will be in Paris and London from April 20 thru May 7 and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on magic things to see or do while there.
Any recommendations would be most appreciated such as magic shops or shows, street performing, exhibits, etc.
I have some things in mind but would love to hear what others might suggest, especially from our friends on the other side of the pond.
Also taking a short side trip to Provence (Avignon) so who knows there might be something magical going there as well.

Thanks,
Bill
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You might want to check out this shop. Do check it out it they produce some special stuff. its a bit odd at times http://www.davenportsmagic.co.uk/ . this is good shop you it cn be quite livly and fun at times. http://www.internationalmagic.com/ Also there lectures are good http://www.internationalmagic.com/pages/events.html .


These shows are spouse to be good fun http://www.falseimpressions.co.uk/

Other things to check out is Covent Garden were the buskers are world class. Also James Street in Covent Garden has a conor known as magic coner. The South bank by the London Eye has street busker. Mainly statues but now and then there are a few good ones about.

Have fun London is my home town I hope you enjoy.
Enjoy your magic,

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Could you perhaps get invited into The Magic Circle whilst you're in London?
"But there isn't a door"
videoman
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Thanks for the info yellowcustard, I will definitely write down the info you provided. Thanks so much for sharing!


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On 2013-04-18 13:38, Tom Fenton wrote:
Could you perhaps get invited into The Magic Circle whilst you're in London?


Another member here, Dave Andrews, offered to take me to the Magic Circle on a Monday evening but unfortunately I will not be in London on a Monday.
Which is a total bummer because visiting the Magic Circle would have certainly been a highlight of the trip.
Perhaps it will still work out. I hope so!!

Thanks again for your suggestions.
Any others??? Any suggestions for Paris?

I have done some googling and found some magic shops in both cities I plan to visit.
Any recommendations for a "best shop" if I can only make it to one?

Cheerio,
Bill
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I would second a trip to Davenports. It's a bit tricky to find as it's buried at the end of a hallway in Charing Cross Station but a fun little spot to check out.
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Davenport's is one great shop.
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Paris? Check out The Double Fond and Acadamie de Magic (great museum there, ask for Georges Proust and say hello for me.
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Thanks so much Andrew and Pete!
I truly appreciate your suggestions.

I would definitely love to visit Davenport's, have heard so much about it over the years.
My wife and I are celebrating our anniversary in Paris so this is not entirely just a magic junket (although I'd take the Acadamie de Magic over the Louvre any day, but well, if you're married you can probably understand.) But she is certainly willing to join me on some "magic" side trips. So I'm trying to make a list of a few that I would really love to see.
I will definitely put your suggestions on my list Pete, and will absolutely tell Georges hello for you if I get a chance. In fact, it may turn out that I have to throw your name around quite a bit. After all, you are my ol' magic buddy from the Café, right? Smile

Thanks again,
Bill
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Sure, have a great trip.
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In Paris, you may join the circle "Les amis de la magie." I have't been there in ten years or more, but it still probably exists, and if you're lucky, they'll have their monthly meeting when you're around.

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In London, you could also try Simon Drake's 'House of Magic'.
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There are two magic shops in Paris that I know of, and there may be more.

Magic Dream - 16, Rue George Bernard Shaw, 75015 and Mayette Magie Moderne, 8 rue des Carmes, 75005. I visited "Magic Dream" in 2011, I think - there was a discussion about it on this forum at that time, which you could look up. It was a nice shop. "Mayette" is much older. There is a magic museum with live performances, le Musée de la Magie at 11, rue Saint Paul, 75004. The house performer there is very good.

A couple of hours outside of Paris, in Blois, across the street from the chateau, is the Robert-Houdin museum in Robert-Houdin's house. I have never visited it, but would very much like to if I am ever back in the vicinity.
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Simon Drakes House of magic is a real gem. You go for the nigth have a meal see magicans and strange things all around. Then Simon dose his ammazing act. There is a public nigth on the 27th April, I would get tickets soon as as it can sell out. http://www.houseofmagic.co.uk/opennight/27thApr2013.php
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About 2 hours from Paris in Blois is this incredible place:
http://www.maisondelamagie.fr/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMghvFyFnEA
Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.
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Parisian magic shops: I used to go to "Comme par magie", which was 115 rue du cherche-midi, and "Le magasin de Magie", 13 rue du Temple, I think.
I don't know if they still exist, though.

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Thanks everyone for your suggestions.
Super appreciated!!!

Bonjour,
Bill
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Quote:
On 2013-04-18 01:44, videoman wrote:
[...]
I will be in Paris and London from April 20 thru May 7 and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on magic things to see or do while there.
Any recommendations would be most appreciated such as magic shops or shows, street performing, exhibits, etc.
[...]


Was in this shop:

MAGIC DREAM
16 rue George Bernard Shaw

some 4 weeks ago. Within walking distance from the Eiffel Tower,
well-assorted (albeit everything is behind glass) and a nice place
in general. Rather large and nicely done as far as magic shops go.
When I was there on a Saturday afternoon, the shop
was pretty full and it took a while until someone found the
time to talk to me. English was fine, but I ended up speaking
Franglais ;-) ("I'll take that one - non non, en bleu, s'il vouz
plait.")
When I asked about something that you could not buy in any shop
around the world - which has become a real challenge, I know -
I was shown a packet trick by Mr Duvivier (Printing) which I
ended up buying - among some other things.
All in all: Go there.
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It's pitty you left 5 days to early Europe. At the 10-11 may in The Netherlands will there be the open Dutch championship (in Ede). 550 km from Paris/77 km Amsterdam.

Have fun in London and Paris
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