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Magic Shops...Where and How To Buy Professional Magic Tricks Locally and On-line
How you can locate the professional magic shop nearest you, and how to find a reputable on-line dealer if there isn’t one.
There are basically two places to buy magic tricks...at a real brick and morter magic shop...or from one of the many on-line magic dealers or the on-line magic offerings on eBay and Amazon.
Advantages of A Real Brick and Mortar Magic Shop.
Buying magic from a real brick and mortar magic shop provides several important advantages, the most important being that the owner or salesman is usually a magician themselves. You can see the trick and have it demonstrated for you, and the sales person will tell you if the trick is too difficult for your level of magic expertise. Additionally, most dealers will briefly show you how the trick should be performed, if asked.
Another advantage of the real magic shop is that magicians usually hang out there…both professionals and amateurs…and they will often perform for each other and discuss their best methods.
One downside is the possibility that some of the smaller shops may have limited inventory. However most will order what you want from the manufacturer…usually taking less than a week to arrive.
Magic shops are located in or near most larger cities. Check out the Magic Dealers Association for a partial listing of shops www.magicdealers.com , but also check your local yellow pages…there are many more dealers than listed on this website:
Buying Magic From On-line Dealers.
There are many more on-line magic dealers than local brick and mortar magic shops. These include many independent dealers who have their own websites, and those who sell their tricks on eBay and Amazon (both offer perhaps thousands of items ranging from several dollars to hundreds of dollars under the search heading “magic tricks”.
The main advantage of online dealers is the huge inventory and variety of items available by searching both the independent websites and eBay/Amazon…if there is a trick you want, you will most probably find it on the web. Also, most on-line dealers do not have the expenses of a real brick and mortar shops and can offer discounted prices.
Be sure to check feedback ratings and Shipping Costs.
However, there are a number of significant drawbacks with on-line buying. You don’t get to see the merchandise before you buy…but more important you don’t get the personal demonstration and advice of a magician/shop owner as to whether the trick is best for your current talent level. You will receive the trick via the mail along with written or digital instructions…and it is up to you to make it work. Also, even with a discount, the cost of shipping may bring the price equal to or higher than purchasing the same item at a local magic shop.
If you buy on-line, be sure to use a service like PayPal so you will be able to get a refund in the event of problems. Also, be sure to check the feedback and other ratings on eBay and Amazon that indicate the quality of service. Free Shipping is another thing to look for when selecting an on-line magic dealer. The website www.egyptianhallmysteries.com shown below is a dealer who provides Free Shipping for every item it sells.
Best Place to Find On-Line Magic Shops.
One of the best listing of magic shops is www.magic4us.com where by clicking on the box at the top right you can see a listing of 500+ on-line and local dealers.
Magic Books of Interest
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Street Magic
Forget about David Copperfield, cruise ship illusionists, and birthday party magicians. They?re so twentieth century. Think cutting-edge magickers like David Blaine and Criss Angel. People starting out in magic today want something edgier, grittier, quick, visual, and maybe a little dangerous. This guide will teach you how to do it!
This giant-sized collection explains how to perform over 600 professional card tricks, devised by the world's greatest magicians. The finest single compendium available, the book features a clear style that make the instructions easy to follow. An indispensable source for both professional and amateur magicians. 66 illustrations.
From one of the world's premier practitioners of classic magic, with years of experience instructing younger readers in the magical arts, comes this new revision of his complete guide to learning and performing fantastic feats of prestidigitation. Acclaimed by the Los Angeles Times as "the text that young magicians swear by," it's full of step-by-step instructions. More than 2,000 illustrations provide the know-how behind 300 techniques, from basic card tricks to advanced levitation, along with advice on planning and staging a professional-quality magic show.
Magic Sets & Tricks
Calling all junior houdinis! Get set to wow your audiences and amaze even yourself when you perform incredible magic tricks. Packed in this suitcase is 100 tricks that will get you started on your way to becoming a one-man show. The set includes a magic hat, magician's table, plus an easy to follow how to perform all of the magic tricks as well as written instructions. Also included are famous tricks like the cups and balls, disappearing dice, special magician's magic deck, magic drawer trick and many more.
Drop in an object of your choice and make it vanish!
Simply place the object in the box, close the lid and then....
Take It Apart To Show It Is Gone!!!
A Magic Trick You Will Love!
Customer Review: "I thought it was one of the most amazing tricks I have ever bought!!!"
It stunned my friends and family. They loved it!
A ball appears and disappears under the cup. If you place the ball in your pocket it jumps back under the cup. Tons of effects and routines possible.
Customer Review: "This cup is great! I love the weight and feel so mush that I bought two more so that I can use them for Cups and Balls. They aren't too big and can fit most limes and smaller lemons. After using them, they will get darker and, in my opinion, look even better. Stop looking and go for this one."