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Topic: Where do you buy your tricks?
Message: Posted by: JohnCressman (Feb 9, 2006 10:24AM)
Ok... I'm not exactly a newbie... but this is a question that would probably benefit newbies, plus... I'm looking for other sources for tricks.

Where do you buy your magic online?

My favorite places are currently:

thetrickery.com (it's nearby and I get tricks in a day)
hocus-pocus.com

Any other good sources?
Message: Posted by: tigerman21345 (Feb 9, 2006 10:38AM)
Mymagic.com
Message: Posted by: evolve629 (Feb 9, 2006 10:38AM)
These days, I go to MJMMagic.com/ From time to time, I will shop at PenguinMagic, Ellustionist, L&L Publishing, Hank Lee, and other places for specality wallets. I also like to purchase directly from the maker or inventor of the magic items directly.
Message: Posted by: h_A_Z (Feb 9, 2006 11:08AM)
Magic Warehouse definately. Cheapest around
Message: Posted by: madmaxa (Feb 9, 2006 12:10PM)
Well. most of the time I buy from net. Hank lee is, in general, my supplier, but I also used to buy from Magic Dan, Magic Pro Shop and The Trickery.
I cannot say who is the cheapest, its diferent for every product. But they all have some exclusive products, so its good to check more than one company, at least from time to time.
Message: Posted by: Shane Wiker (Feb 9, 2006 12:37PM)
Usually I go to my local shops (Denny And Lee's and Planet Mirth). If I can't find what I need there, I shop at Penguin.

Shane Wiker
Message: Posted by: michaelrice (Feb 9, 2006 02:27PM)
The Magic Warehouse and even though I don't agree with certain things Penguin do, I still shop there from time to time.

Mike
Message: Posted by: forrestlim (Feb 10, 2006 09:37AM)
The Magic Warehouse, certainly. Great service and reasonable price.
Message: Posted by: sjdavison (Feb 10, 2006 10:03AM)
http://www.alakazam.co.uk - Some great exclusive products there, very quick service, and Peter is a thoroughly nice chap too.

Si
Message: Posted by: FuDD (Feb 10, 2006 12:14PM)
Go to
http://www.williamsmagic.com
its great local B&M store very freindly and very reliable. they ship everywhere.
Message: Posted by: Cory Gallupe (Feb 10, 2006 01:39PM)
If in Canada, http://www.browsersden.com is good. Garunteed to be here within five days if you live in Canada. I should be getting my stuff when my mom comes back from the post office. Alto, it WAS supposed to be here yesterday. But usually they are very reliable.
Message: Posted by: Steven True (Feb 10, 2006 02:29PM)
For good used magic try magicauction.com
Also some I use are:
stevensmagic.com
makmagic.com
wonderwarehouse.com
dennymagic.com

Steven
Message: Posted by: Jimmy Y (Feb 10, 2006 02:38PM)
Hank Lee, LL publishing, sometimes Penguin.
Message: Posted by: Cory Gallupe (Feb 11, 2006 08:21AM)
Alright, I recommended browsersden, and I didn't get my stuff yesterday, which means the earliest Ill get it will be monday. But like I said, they are very reliable. There just must be an error in something.
Message: Posted by: DomKabala (Feb 11, 2006 06:46PM)
http://www.elmwoodmagic.com
http://www.themagicwarehouse.com
http://www.penguinmagic.com
http://www.magicmethodsonline.com
http://www.daytonamagic.com
:bikes: :bluebikes: :bikes:
<<<KRaZy4kardz>>>
Message: Posted by: Stinkfist (Feb 11, 2006 10:42PM)
I live in canada.the best place to order from with the best customer service is by far the spookclub.free shipping.if you want your order in 2-3 days(in canada) it's only ten bucks. and the owner will try his best to get you anything in his catalogue.and he get's the real hot items too.
Message: Posted by: RJ Hunt (Feb 12, 2006 03:15AM)
I always try to support my local shops. Too many of the old shops are closing down. Even if I see something I like “On Line” I can have my local shop order it for me. I have found a great shop right in my own back yard. Magic Galore in Westminster, CA is a fine shop and Ken is very helpful. This shop is a 10 min walk from my house. IF you don’t have a local magic shop then going on line is your next best option. All of the links in this thread are good shops.

Good Luck!!!

Later & Out
RJ
Message: Posted by: stormchaser (Feb 12, 2006 08:42PM)
I prefer bricks-and-mortar shops. You can see the tricks done in person, there's no shipping and handling, you get it as soon as you buy it, and sometimes they'll even teach you how to do the tricks.
Message: Posted by: DoomPenguin (Feb 13, 2006 10:14AM)
I'm happy with http://www.penguinmagic.com and http://www.themagicwarehouse.com.
Message: Posted by: elgranmago (Feb 13, 2006 02:06PM)
The Magic Café! :spoon:
Message: Posted by: Shakey (Feb 13, 2006 02:10PM)
Is the magic shop a thing we will only be able to tell our children about?
Message: Posted by: LordPH (Feb 13, 2006 06:45PM)
Usually our local dealer
http://www.markkupurho.fi/
Watch out, it´s Finnish :P
Message: Posted by: Jeremy L. (Feb 13, 2006 08:20PM)
Find a real magic shop near you!!!!!! They may be able to order items the don't carry.
Message: Posted by: Steven True (Feb 14, 2006 03:18AM)
Shakey
I am afraid that we are heading in that direction. I wonder how many of the already old shops will still be around in 5 years? Harder to find a good shop and also hard to find competent people to demonstrate the tricks.

Steven
Message: Posted by: RJ Hunt (Feb 14, 2006 03:59AM)
The old shops will live on for a long time. It is time for a new generation of magic shop. I hear Dean Dill has combined a barber shop and magic shop. I have plans for a combo type magic shop. I think this is the future of a lot of retail busineses not just the magic and novelty shops. There was a store in Royal Oak, Mi that I visted several times called The Wonderground. This was back in 1995/96. They had just opened a store with a small theaeter and I think they even had an old fashion soda fountain. I never knew what happened to that shop on main street. I was only in MI for the winter of 1995 performing for Ford and UAW. I also think the Old Stores will be around for a long time...
Message: Posted by: Shakey (Feb 14, 2006 03:36PM)
Steven MT,
and isn't it a bad thing - I remember my first visit into 'Davenports', a magic shop in the U.K, a visit I made several years ago now. A visit I will always remember - it will be a sad loss.
Message: Posted by: Steven Steele (Feb 15, 2006 12:29PM)
Hocus-Pocus
Denny & Lee
Viking Magic
L&L Publishing
Steven's Magic Emporium
Owen Magic Supreme

I sometimes shop at other shops, but that is rare. 99% of my business to to those stated above. I support each of these shops because 1) there are no magic shops near me (save Owens), and 2) each of these shops love magic more than making a buck. They're in it for the greater good of our fine art. When I invest my dollar, I want it to do the best for me AND magic. Just my two cents.
Message: Posted by: RJ Hunt (Feb 15, 2006 08:08PM)
Magic Galore and More, The best kept secret in Orange County for Magicians. This is one of the best shops I have been to. Ken the owner is very cool and whatever he dose not have on the shelf he can order it in for you. Order Mon-Wed and have it in on Fri. Thanks for everything Ken "You Rock"

Later & Out
RJ
Message: Posted by: sunnydolan (Feb 16, 2006 07:12AM)
The magic warehouse, and I'm ashamed to say penguin magic, sometimes.
Message: Posted by: John Bowlin (Feb 16, 2006 09:23AM)
Denny and Lee's
Message: Posted by: NYCJoePitt (Feb 16, 2006 10:37PM)
Magic Warehouse tends to have the best prices. Hank Lee does have some decent sales though. Subscribe to the shops weekly emails and you can get notified when the sales do occur.
Message: Posted by: EranH (Feb 17, 2006 05:13AM)
I too order from The Magic Warehouse. They have a great service and are always willing to help when I'm in need.
Message: Posted by: forrestlim (Feb 17, 2006 12:04PM)
The magic warehouse. you can't go wrong with this.
Message: Posted by: neoreform (Feb 17, 2006 05:07PM)
Magic warehouse is definitly a good place to get what you need.
Message: Posted by: SmallCheeto (Feb 18, 2006 10:33PM)
Here are some sites I like:

-Madhattermagicshop.com
-Penguinmagic.com
-Makmagic.com (just for demos)
-elmwoodmagic.com
-hanklee.org
-abra4magic.com
-funtymemagic.com
-Daytonamagic.com (for demos)
-dennylee.com
-hocus-pocus.com
Just some of my favorites.
Magically,
Matthew Toner
Message: Posted by: JHodgeCMI (Feb 19, 2006 11:32PM)
[quote]
On 2006-02-10 10:37, forrestlim wrote:
The Magic Warehouse, certainly. Great service and reasonable price.
[/quote]

Howard is great!!!
Message: Posted by: EvanTheMagicMan (Feb 20, 2006 08:39PM)
http://www.themagicwarehouse.com
http://www.penguinmagic.com
http://www.thetrickery.com
Message: Posted by: closeupmarvel (Feb 21, 2006 05:59PM)
I get mine from denny and lee's penguin magic and weirdthings.com
Message: Posted by: mstick85 (Feb 21, 2006 06:33PM)
I have ordered from Elmwood magic and MJM magic from Jeff, right here through the Magic Café. He is a great guy, who will help you find what you are looking for, and he is very competitive price-wise.

I have never ordered from MagicProShop, but I wanted to at one time. He just never had what I wanted in stock.

Mark
Message: Posted by: Mago Gregorio (Feb 21, 2006 07:52PM)
I strogly recomend the Bazar de Magia, http://www.bazardemagia.com, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Great choice, godd prices and outstanding client service.

:bikes: :bluebikes: :bikes:
Message: Posted by: Maro Anglero (Feb 23, 2006 09:48PM)
The Magic Warehouse is where I now get my magic effects, but will always do a check on the Magic Café to see what other magicians think about the new effects.


Maro
Message: Posted by: jdbach (Mar 8, 2006 11:10PM)
We don't have a magic shop in the area. I could drive two hours to a shop but the inventory is not very complete. So, if I'm in a city with a shop I go there ... Hank Lee's, Als in DC , Dyamite Magic and Balloon in Montgomery, Al, etc. or online The trickery, Warehouse, Hocus Pocus, Penguin are the ones that get my business.
Message: Posted by: tian_ci (Mar 12, 2006 10:44PM)
Ellusionist.com
lybrary.com
funtymemagic.com <<<< my local magic shop.
Message: Posted by: Sergey Smirnov (Mar 13, 2006 03:16AM)
I used to buy at Penguin Magic, but I've stopped buying on-line. I am now supporting my local magic shop. :)
Message: Posted by: pdmedic (Mar 13, 2006 11:20AM)
I use US Toy's Magic shope http://www.ustmagic.com but normaly go to their store since one is located in Kansas City. Online I have used others that have been posted above.
Message: Posted by: Parson Smith (Mar 13, 2006 01:22PM)
This is a good and useful thread.
I love B&M shops, so I do my best to support them whenever possible.
I love Denny in Baltimore.
Barry's Magic Shop in Wheaton, MD.
Jim Henson at Mr. Magic in Little Rock.
Randi at Fort Worth Costume Magic

Many times when I buy, I will order from these places.
Peace,
Parson
Message: Posted by: Logiola (Mar 14, 2006 01:27PM)
I agree with Stinkfist, and highly recommend Spookclub.org.. great personal service and very very helpful.. also, the free shipping is great, and even with that the prices are still about 20% to 30% cheaper then my local b&m store..but I still buy regularly from the b&m cause I would be very very sad if it closed.
Message: Posted by: lylaster (Mar 15, 2006 09:04PM)
I go to penguinmagic just because they're the cheapest with the free shipping. The individual forums are also helpful when I'm having problem with something.
Message: Posted by: whizzomagic (Mar 15, 2006 11:15PM)
Magic Depot is great. I like their selection and they offer free shipping for any order over $40.
Message: Posted by: EvanTheMagicMan (Mar 16, 2006 12:47PM)
Abra4magic.com
Message: Posted by: lelo (Mar 16, 2006 01:30PM)
Penguin is good if you are new to magic. Most of the time when you buy an effect, you will get a video showing how the effect is done. This is very nice while you wait for the package to arrive.
Message: Posted by: TannerJade (Mar 16, 2006 06:59PM)
http://www.newconceptsmagicsupplies.com

They have very nice selection, awesome service, and good prices!

I really like them, even though I found them not too long ago ;)
Message: Posted by: scrivomcdivo (Mar 23, 2006 07:30AM)
What about eBay? What are people's opinions on items bought from eBay? I'm an absolute beginner and have bought a few items, and so far so good
Message: Posted by: SmallCheeto (Mar 23, 2006 11:12AM)
[quote]
On 2006-03-23 08:30, scrivomcdivo wrote:
What about eBay? What are people's opinions on items bought from eBay? I'm an absolute beginner and have bought a few items, and so far so good
[/quote]

Oh yeah, I forgot eBay. I buy a lot of things from there to. It's the best place to find great deals on magic.
Magically,
Matthew Toner
Message: Posted by: Lowg (Mar 23, 2006 01:06PM)
I buy mine from http://www.magicbox.uk.com

Helpful people there and quick aswel :)
Message: Posted by: styles (Mar 23, 2006 02:03PM)
I too like actually going into a real store...
Three great places in Canada
1. Morrissey Magic - Toronto, ON http://www.morrisseymagic.com
2. Browsers Den - Toronto, ON http://www.browsersden.com
3. Perfect Magic - Montreal, QC http://www.perfectmagic.com

Online resources...
1. Ronjo Magic http://www.ronjo.com - seemingly good prices and great service
2. Viking Magic http://www.vikingmagic.com

Enjoy!
Message: Posted by: zennomind (Mar 23, 2006 03:03PM)
I get 99% of what I want from Denny (www.dennymagic.com) in baltimore. I stop by and chat with him and the crew since they are down the street. He will take as much time as you have questions about any product. Highly recommended.

1% of my business is on ebay. Mainly for supplies not tricks (invisible thread, loops, ITR....)
Message: Posted by: scrivomcdivo (Mar 25, 2006 07:52PM)
I have bought a few 'tricks' from eBay. The majority come with no instructions and as a beginner, there is no fall back (well ok, but limited customer service from the seller) and so I struggle with the 'props' and understanding their potential.
Message: Posted by: Cody Fisher (Mar 26, 2006 09:55AM)
Newconceptsmagicsupplies.com offers great prices and quality magic supplies. Definitely check them out.
Message: Posted by: TaylorM (Mar 29, 2006 05:08PM)
I always shop at real stores since I live in Chicago- either Midwest Magic, or Magic Inc. they are both great shops and Midwest Magic has most or all of their stuff availble through internet orders (just go to their website). I love real magic shops because of the people interaction

~Taylor
Message: Posted by: jimhlou (Mar 30, 2006 07:51AM)
Ebay is ok but there is a lot of crap to wade through. Also, much of ebay stuff is really magic dealers selling their stuff at list price.

Penguin is the cheapest game in town. I also like the Magic Depot, Daytona Magic, and one that no one has mentioned, madhattermagicshop.com. Also check the new site, bid-on-magic.com, where magicians buy and sell their personal stuff.
Message: Posted by: ChristianR (Mar 30, 2006 07:17PM)
I will shop at Penguin if I have no other choice, I love buying from a real shop, its fun to go in there are look.

TCMACO! And EAGLE MAGIC!!!
Message: Posted by: hypnotize (Apr 5, 2006 01:59AM)
Magic4less.com.
Very very cheap.
Message: Posted by: flowerthief (Apr 7, 2006 10:40PM)
MJM most often. I like that liftime 10% discount.
Penguin occasionally.
Ebay whenever I can find what I'm wanting.
Message: Posted by: Zazz (Apr 8, 2006 02:07AM)
I have tried to support the Brick and Mortar shops within driving distances from where I live. These places also have online shops:

http://www.calmagic.com/
http://www.misdirections.com
http://www.grandillusions.com/

Gerry Griffin at Calmagic is great to buy from. He is full of information and advice of everything he sells. The owners of the other two shops are also great and very helpful.

I would have to say that Daryl's http://www.foolerdoolers.com has given me great, great service. I have never received my orders more quickly from any other online magic shop than from Daryl's and his correspondences are also very good.
Message: Posted by: DanielCoyne (Apr 8, 2006 02:14AM)
I just placed a big order with Frank Starsinic who runs The Ambitious Card. He posts a lot on the Café and has been super helpful in helping me decide which effects/props/videos to consider. He's been really quick to respond to e-mails and seems very fair and knowledgable.

And...they have a good selection and his prices are among the lowest I've seen out there.

http://www.theambitiouscard.com/

Of course, I haven't received my order yet, so stay tuned for Frank-bashing if it gets screwed up! =:oB (That's a smiley rabbit with buck-teeth by the way.)

Thanks,
Daniel
Message: Posted by: Neil Marriott (Apr 8, 2006 08:35AM)
I've bought a few things from Davenports (mainly cards) in Charing Cross, various books from amazon.co.uk and a couple of things from Penguin.

I even got a good deal on some video material (Greg Wilson's On The Spot, with some extras thrown in) from eBay of all places as the owner was upgrading all his reference material to DVD.
Message: Posted by: AGMagic (Apr 11, 2006 11:06PM)
[quote]
On 2006-04-08 03:07, Zazz wrote:
I have tried to support the Brick and Mortar shops within driving distances from where I live. These places also have online shops:

http://www.calmagic.com/
http://www.misdirections.com
http://www.grandillusions.com/

Gerry Griffin at Calmagic is great to buy from. He is full of information and advice of everything he sells. The owners of the other two shops are also great and very helpful.

[/quote]

Zazz,

I quite agree. These are three of my favorite shops and their owners are priceless. I try to get into at least one of them when I am in Northern Calif.

I too lament the passing of the traditional B&M magic shop. One book in my library, Copyright 1956, lists no less than 43 magic dealers in the greater Los Angeles area, and I know of a few additional shops that were not listed. Today there are probably less than 10.

I have always found it is better to see the props in person to determine their quality, and once you have established yourself as a serious magician, most shops will let you examine the props before you buy!

I travel a lot for business and ALWAYS look to see if there is a Magic shop in the area. Most magic shop owners are really great people and are willing to spend time talking magic with you. Sometimes you even see tricks that no one else carries.

And finally, I agree, Gerry is a kick. I have to get by to see his new shop and theatre,

Tim
Message: Posted by: Magicshore (Apr 26, 2006 10:28PM)
Hocus Pocus
Hank Lee
Magic Warehouse
Penguin

......In that order
Message: Posted by: Talarspeed (May 4, 2006 07:09AM)
For books or dvds I use circlecitymagic. They advertise on this site.

The good: they will always be cheaper than other websites by about 10%. They offer free shipping. They have a points program that offers discounts on future purchases.

The bad: yeah, the shipping is free, but it takes about 2 weeks for it to arrive. I'll get an email stating that it is shipping, but the email comes about 4-5 days after the order was placed. (Could you guys please ship sooner?)
Message: Posted by: Mind_Magic (May 10, 2006 12:11PM)
I always try to purchase directly from the maker to honor its job. But since 6 months ago I have problems dealing with my orders (3), and all of them are from the top Magicians and the main reasons were incomplete orders or mistake with the DVDs or tricks requested.
Even thought I tried to contact them by e-mail or phone, anyone answered. Total Lost around $200.

I understand that those peoples are very busy but if they decide to make business then needs to have support and customer service.

So, based on that experience now I deal only with the well know Magic Stores already describe.

Anyway, just want to share my experience.
Message: Posted by: Jason Simonds (May 10, 2006 01:27PM)
A magic shop on the Riverwalk in New Orleans rekindled my interest in magic a couple years ago. The name is on the tip of my tongue. When I got home I found the Penguin site pretty fast with google. A lot of people slam Penguin but their website is very easy to maneuver. Other sites I found at the time were slower or harder to get around.

I now use Hocus Pocus because they have a lot of great deals.

I was in Santa Ana, CA in March for work but couldn't make it up to Hollywood Magic which I hear is awesome. I was going to go, but the install I was in Cali for turned into a nightmare and just couldn't ever get time. We were working 18 hour days for 6 days solid.
Message: Posted by: VeritasNoir (May 10, 2006 07:23PM)
Does anyone else have advice on Magic4less.com? I just checked it out and it doesn't look too bad.
Message: Posted by: Vengeance (May 11, 2006 10:41AM)
I shop at Browser's Den and Morrissey Magic.
Message: Posted by: orleans97 (Jun 18, 2006 10:53AM)
I would love to use my local shop but New Orleans doesn't have any..So I use Hank Lee mostly and he has always delivered promptly
Message: Posted by: sunnydolan (Jun 18, 2006 09:11PM)
MjM, themagicwarehouse, and Hank Lee are my favorites. Penguin magic is by far the worst I have seen, they are one of the most unethical magic shops you can buy from.
Message: Posted by: Phil Thomas (Jun 18, 2006 09:24PM)
Hank Lee gets my top vote. They have always cheated er, I mean treated me well everytime. Sorry Hank, I'm always quite a joker, but you guys are TOP notch.
Message: Posted by: Review King (Jun 19, 2006 01:10PM)
I just has a GREAT experience with MJM Magic ( http://www.mjmmagic.com/store ).

Great prices, free shipping and FAST shipping. And...e-mails explaining every step of the shipping journey.

Chris
Message: Posted by: CasualSoul (Jun 19, 2006 01:45PM)
As I don't have a local "bricks & mortar" magic store in my city anymore, I try to buy my tricks directly from the creator when I can, but otherwise I shop at:
- Hocus Pocus (great selection, reasonable prices, and good service)
- L&L Publishing (largest selection of books & dvds)
- Spookclub (overall best Canadian based on-line retailer)
- Penguin (cheapest on-line store, although recently it's looking like this may have changed)
- Ellusionist (coolest and best designed site, great product-specific private forums)
Message: Posted by: Magicshore (Jun 24, 2006 11:25PM)
My favorites are

Hocus Pocus
Magic Warehouse
Daytona Magic

Hank lee is last resort as it seems they frequently delay orders by a couple of months.
Message: Posted by: JohnCressman (Jun 24, 2006 11:33PM)
Sunny, what makes you say that about Penguin?
Message: Posted by: afillius (Jun 25, 2006 12:38AM)
I recently bought a few tricks from the Hollywood Magic Shop (Hollywood, CA) and they were very helpful. Being a beginner they actually steered me away from a purchase of an ITR and helped me just get IT and Ammars Easy to Learn Thread Miracles Volume 2. The salesman (I think his name was Neil) really took a lot of time to discuss what interested me the most and where I should start. He also did a demo of EVERY trick I was even modereately interested in.

I have also bought from Penguin but mostly as impluse buys while browsing online.
Message: Posted by: Waters (Jul 4, 2006 10:51PM)
BEWARE!

I just bought an item on "sale price" from Hank Lee, however when I check my online statement I had been billed twice: once for the sale price and again for the difference (without any notice for re-billing my credit card)

I have emailed him to rectify the situation. I will re-post if he corrects the wrong. I am not pleased with this unscrupulous behavior.

THAT'S ILLEGAL (it's called theft, or I hope for his sake they have just made a mistake)

Sean
Message: Posted by: casualmagic (Jul 6, 2006 08:09AM)
Hi, first post here.

I take a look at some of the online shops mentioned here but there are none that accept paypal AND international orders. Do you know any online shop that accepts both options?
Message: Posted by: JohnCressman (Jul 6, 2006 09:31AM)
If you go to the Paypal site and click on SHOPS at the bottom, you will be able to search shops that take Paypal ( http://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_shop-ext ). From there, you might be able to find some that ship Internationally.

Just doing a quick search on magic, I found the following: http://www.magicmarket.co.uk/
Message: Posted by: GWSchott (Sep 4, 2006 10:13PM)
I've had very good luck with Locke Family Magic and Dazzling Magic. Top rate customer service and wonderful products. Some of their stuff might seem a little pricey, but trust me, it's well worth it! Much better quality that will last for years. If I can't find what I'm looking for at Locke or Dazzling, I'll either hit eBay or the Magic Warehouse. A friend of mine is starting his own online magic store - Minton Magic - which is worth checking out as well.
Message: Posted by: Justin R (Sep 5, 2006 01:13AM)
I use: [url]www.themagicwarehouse.com[/url] and [url]www.dennymagic.com[/url]
Message: Posted by: Marvello (Sep 5, 2006 01:25PM)
I am lucky enough to know Hank Moorehouse, and I buy a lot of my stuff through him, unless I know an effect is only available through a specific dealer. After that I always go to http://dazzlingmagic.com to see what Marty and Brenda Hahne have to offer, or to Duane Laflin's site: http://www.lockfamilymagic.com . After that I will usually check "the ambitious card" since Frank always has great prices. I have always been able to find what I need at those places, and then some! (can't forget the Café, either!)
Message: Posted by: Adam Teece (Sep 5, 2006 03:52PM)
I have had great luck buying from MJMMagic and Ellusionist.
Message: Posted by: Marvello (Sep 5, 2006 08:06PM)
Forgot to menthion the ambitious card's url: http://www.theambitiouscard.com

If you are in to doing kids show stuff you can't beat Sammy Smith's line of effects: http://www.spsmagic.com/
Message: Posted by: John Gerard (Sep 6, 2006 02:51AM)
I have purchased from Hocus Pocus, Ellusionist, Penguin, Hank Lee, and MJM Magic with success. MJM Magic is my favorite of the batch. The price is great, shipping is not inflated, packaging is secure, and customer service is top tier.
Message: Posted by: Nick-V. (Sep 8, 2006 08:56AM)
And of course...
You can always invent your own :)
Message: Posted by: NYCJoePitt (Sep 8, 2006 11:52AM)
I placed an order at the Magic Warehouse on Tuesday. I sent an email to change the order and tried to call them every day since then. I have not heard a peep out of them and nobody is answering the phone or returning emails... does anybody know what is going on there? Usually I would have my order by now!
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Sep 8, 2006 02:13PM)
I don't ordinarily order magic online. I'm blessed to have an amazing magic dealer in town- Misdirections of San Francisco!

Occasionally I will peruse ebay- I picked up some BlackFox scarab shells much cheaper than I should have that way. I fell in love with them when I saw Bob Sheets use them.

G
Message: Posted by: TannerJade (Sep 8, 2006 03:49PM)
I really like MJM Magic at this point- great products, service and price ;)
Message: Posted by: toni42 (Sep 8, 2006 05:10PM)
Great links posted here, all bookmarked :)
Message: Posted by: sadamspmp (Sep 12, 2006 03:18PM)
Within the past month I've ordered from Circle City Magic, Ellusionist, MagicTricks.com, The Magic Depot, and Loomis Magic. Overall I found prices to be very similar when you factor in shipping costs. I really like to know when my order has been "received" and when it shipped and the Magic Depot was excellent at both of these as was Ellusionist. I think it's hard to select just one vendor but if I had to I'd go with Magic Depot or Circle City depending on what you're looking for. Just my opinion.
Message: Posted by: DaddyDoodle (Sep 13, 2006 01:29PM)
EBay
PenguinMagic.com
ItsMagicOnline.com <<---Brick-n-Mortar shop in Nashville, TN (great spot!)
Message: Posted by: rorythegreat (Oct 26, 2006 09:02PM)
I shop @ Misdirections most of the time. http://www.misdirections.com They also have great lectures if you can make it out to San Francisco.
Message: Posted by: Kevvy (Oct 27, 2006 04:21PM)
I like the fact that MJM magic and Penguin magic indicates whether or not a product is in stock on their website. I've been waiting a week to receive an order from Hocus Pocus. I called them and was told that they won't have the items for yet another week or so.
Message: Posted by: Bendy (Oct 27, 2006 04:59PM)
Online:
Magic Warehouse
MJM Magic
Elmwood Magic
Magic Depot
Hank Lee
Penguin
The Trickery
Precision Magic
Magic Pro Shop

Locally:
Backstage Magic (Orlando)
Daytona Magic (Daytona)

When visiting Orlando, I recommend you stay away from:
Magic Max
Message: Posted by: tpax (Oct 28, 2006 10:21AM)
Penguin - Good delivered prices, lets you know what's in stock. I really like the preview videos and reviews. Special Order Catalog can be slow. Otherwise very good experiences with exchanging items for size, etc. Limited selection, geared more to the beginner.
Hank Lee - I always check his "What's Hot" link. You should call and see if it's in stock. Has better selection then Penguin. Wait for the sales! Charges shipping.
Hocus Pocus - Nice selection of effects, call for availability. Wait for the sales. Charges freight.
Stevens Magic - Top quality effects, unique items. Geared more towards the pro. I look at their catalog and say "If only I could..."
Ebay - My best success has been with books and DVD's. I've gotten a lot of garbage from Ebay.
Message: Posted by: pradell (Oct 28, 2006 01:20PM)
Lots of places to look...

For the thrifty...

ebay,

http://www.magicauction.com,
http://www.themagiccafe.com lets make a magic deal! sections,
Mr. Humble's used magic listing (email him at mrhumble@bellsouth.net and please tell him that pradell@alaska.com referred you! Thanks)
your local salvation army type stores

For those who require the new:

Buy with caution!
Use google to comparison shop!

:magicrabbit:
Message: Posted by: vance2276 (Oct 28, 2006 05:24PM)
Penguin is good, especially some of their downloadable tricks. Frankly though, I like eBay the best. With patience, I can get almost anything more cheaply. Definitely use Google and read some reviews before buying.
Message: Posted by: R.S. (Oct 28, 2006 06:02PM)
Hey NYCJoePitt,

Funny you mentioned that experience with Magic Warehouse. Allow me to relate an experience I had a few years back...

When I first started purchasing magic on the interenet, one of the very first places I went to was a site called "Pete Best's Magic." They were out of the Boston area. I placed a couple orders using my credit card and had no problems. Then one day (a few months after my last purchase with them) I got my credit card statement and was surprised to see a new bill for about $200 on my credit card for purchases I never made from Pete Best's Magic! Naturally, I was alarmed and immediately called Pete Best's Magic to get an explanation. But I was never able to reach them and nobody ever returned my calls! Also, their website quickly vanished. Luckily, my credit card company was very understanding and I didn't incur any charges.

Anyway, flash forward about a year or so and again I was browsing the internet when I came across the "Magic Warehouse" website. What really caught my attention was that the look and feel of the website was almost an exact copy of Pete Best's website! The formatting, the icons, and even the brick background are the same as the now defunct Pete Best's website!

Now, I'm not really sure what to make of this. Perhaps it's just a coincidence. Maybe not. NYCJoePitt, it's been a while since your post, so please bring us up to date.

Since that incident, I NEVER use my credit card online for anything. And getting back to the original post, let me HIGHLY recommend LOOMIS MAGIC. I have been shopping there for quite some time now and I must say that in addition to having very good prices and a wide selection of items, Dennis is a great guy - extremely service oriented and professional in every way. He's on the opposite coast from me and I often get my orders from him quicker than from some relatively local places.

Anyway, that's my 2 cents.

Ron
Message: Posted by: kent (Oct 29, 2006 12:14AM)
I'm lucky enough to have a really great shop in my hometown:
Tony Eng's Trick and Joke Shop (although now I guess it's Murray's, after Mr. Hatfield bought it earlier this year!)

Even though items online can sometimes be 20 to 30% cheaper, there's something unique about an actual B&M store. I urge everyone who only buys online to visit an actual magic shop whenever they have the chance.

Having said all that, I *do* buy online as well! Usually from MJM, or MagicWarehouse. No problems shipping to Canada with either of them (free s/h from MJM!). There's some good Canadian sites as well. Some already mentioned in this thread (SpookClub, Browsers Den), and others like MagicDan, and The Vanishing Rabbit.

Ebook sites like Lybray.com and buying direct from magicians (check out Café members signatures, lot's of great magic to be had!) are also great ways to go.
Message: Posted by: NYCJoePitt (Nov 3, 2006 07:49AM)
[quote]
On 2006-09-08 12:52, NYCJoePitt wrote:
I placed an order at the Magic Warehouse on Tuesday. I sent an email to change the order and tried to call them every day since then. I have not heard a peep out of them and nobody is answering the phone or returning emails... does anybody know what is going on there? Usually I would have my order by now!
[/quote]

My stuff finally showed up and they apologized, they were waiting on a back order. I think they must be low on staff at the warehouse because I've since tried to email them and they only seem to get to emails about once a week.

Now I really have a HORROR show to tell about Hank Lee and I recommend NOT ORDERING from them. But that is for another posting that I'll do soon. In the meantime, if you are on their emailing list, do yourself a favor, unsubscribe. Don't order from Hank Lee. Their discounts look great, their service is by far the WORST.
Message: Posted by: RickVancouver (Nov 3, 2006 03:51PM)
I put an inquiry to Hank Lee's, about a certain DVD their website displays, early this week... still no reply. I don't want to phone them as their phone quotes never match what they actually bill me. With them, I want it in writing.

If I inquire at MJM, I usually get a reply right away or at the latest, 24 hours.

I also like dealing with Brent at Vanishing Rabbit in Calgary.

Rick
Message: Posted by: Zazz (Nov 3, 2006 07:24PM)
[quote]
On 2006-04-08 03:07, Zazz wrote:
I have tried to support the Brick and Mortar shops within driving distances from where I live. These places also have online shops:

http://www.calmagic.com/
http://www.misdirections.com
http://www.grandillusions.com/
[/quote]

Besides the B&M shop that I listed above the three online shops I have been buying from recently have given me excellent customer sevice and very quick shipment:
http://www.lockfamilymagic.com
http://www.foolerdoolers.com
http://www.chefanton.com/scoundrelsstore/menu.htm
Message: Posted by: rmoraleta (Nov 4, 2006 11:47AM)
What does MJM stand for? Haven't ordered from them yet.
Message: Posted by: Destiny (Nov 4, 2006 12:02PM)
Rmoraleta

Check in What's Cooking section - MJM Magic often have specials there for Magic Café members - and their service is exceptional. Quick shipping also which is good for us in Australia and The Phillipines - so far away.
Message: Posted by: rmoraleta (Nov 4, 2006 12:30PM)
Thanks very much Plasticdestiny!
Message: Posted by: Matthew W (Jan 8, 2007 02:35PM)
I get my stuff from:
http://wonderwarehouse.com
http://stores.ebay.com/Shuffle-The-Cards_W0QQcolZ4QQdirZ1QQfsubZQ2d999QQftidZ2QQtZkm
http://magic.org
http://magictricks.com

I also go to Kens Magic and Costumes in fair lawn NJ. http://kensmagic.com
Message: Posted by: ilusionista (Jan 8, 2007 10:26PM)
This thread is great - always nice to learn about some new stores. When I do shop online it is usually at http://www.ellusionist.com or http://www.mjmmagic.com.
Message: Posted by: Dynomite Magic (Jan 8, 2007 10:32PM)
My favorite place to shop is Hippity Hop Magic. It's located in Grand Rapids, Michigan (not far from my house. I know the owners very well. I started shopping there about six years ago. Everyone at the shop is extremely friendly and they take the time to make sure that you get exactly what you need. I've never had a problem with any purchases. I encourage you to support this fine Brick & Mortar Magic Store. Also visit their website...

http://www.hippityhop.com

Best of Luck to You!!!
Jeff
Message: Posted by: DStachowiak (Jan 9, 2007 05:32AM)
Barry's Magic Shop in Wheaton MD
Denny & Lee in Baltimore (Essex) MD
Message: Posted by: montemagic (Jan 9, 2007 10:13AM)
I buy inline from Brad Burt: http://www.magicshop.com

My local magic shop is Grand Magic Shop
Message: Posted by: BrianMillerMagic (Jan 9, 2007 10:35AM)
I buy from Elmwood Magic: http://www.ElmwoodMagic.com and only when I can't find something on Elmwood or if I'm extraordinarily tight on cash I'll go to Penguin. I greatly dislike Penguin and try not to go through them if I can avoid it. I have also used the Magic Warehouse a couple times.

[quote]
And of course...
You can always invent your own
[/quote]

Agreed - most of what I do (close up anyway) is original in either effect, method, or presentation.
Message: Posted by: DaddyDoodle (Jan 9, 2007 03:36PM)
[quote]
[url=http://www.ebay.com]eBay[/url]
[url=http://www.penguinmagic.com]PenguinMagic.com[/url]
[url=http://www.itsmagiconline.com]ItsMagicOnline.com[/url] <<---Brick-n-Mortar shop in Nashville, TN (great spot!)[/quote]

I've recently added [url=http://www.magic.org]The Magic Depot[/url] to my selection of preferred shops.
Message: Posted by: Richard71 (Jan 9, 2007 05:17PM)
Alacazam, magic box, world of magic are all great uk based suppliers.

Penguin Europe are great for price, but have a lot of their stuff listed as out of stock (on a pretty permanent basis)

Rich
Message: Posted by: The Funny Titan (Jan 10, 2007 07:55AM)
http://www.vikingmagiccompany.com
http://www.misdirections.com
http://www.daytonamagic.com
Message: Posted by: The Funny Titan (Jan 10, 2007 07:55AM)
http://www.vikingmagiccompany.com
http://www.misdirections.com
http://www.daytonamagic.com
Message: Posted by: Trekdad (Jan 12, 2007 06:16AM)
For online, I've used Magic Depot, and have had great experiences.
Message: Posted by: parrisbrad (Jan 27, 2007 11:08AM)
Elmwood Magic has been the best magic site for me for years. Paul Richards does an excellent job of getting the magic to you!!! Great website, great prices, great service. You will surely be pleased.
Message: Posted by: BrianMillerMagic (Jan 27, 2007 11:23AM)
[quote]
On 2007-01-27 12:08, parrisbrad wrote:
Elmwood Magic has been the best magic site for me for years. Paul Richards does an excellent job of getting the magic to you!!! Great website, great prices, great service. You will surely be pleased.
[/quote]

I second that! Couldn't have said it better myself.
Message: Posted by: gredini (Jan 28, 2007 09:16AM)
I,ve tried to go to a local Magic shop but the one on corruna road (Encore Magic) Doesn,t seem to be open anymore, I have purchased off Ebay though.
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Jan 30, 2007 03:15AM)
Gredini, they were broken into.

I purchase online from the lowest dealer.
Message: Posted by: jimbowmanjr (Jan 30, 2007 09:01AM)
[quote]
On 2007-01-27 12:23, BrianMillerMagic wrote:
[quote]
On 2007-01-27 12:08, parrisbrad wrote:
Elmwood Magic has been the best magic site for me for years. Paul Richards does an excellent job of getting the magic to you!!! Great website, great prices, great service. You will surely be pleased.
[/quote]

I second that! Couldn't have said it better myself.
[/quote]

Third that. I purchase a few things off Ellusionist but for the most part the guys over at Elmwood Magic have been excellent with their shipping and service.

http://www.elmwoodmagic.com
http://www.ellusionist.com

I have found a few gems on Ebay, mostly stuff that has either been discontinued elsewhere or out of print.

--Jim
Message: Posted by: Trekdad (Jan 31, 2007 09:56PM)
I try to shop mostly at the bricks and mortar shops in my region, including Magic Sojourn in Bristol, PA and Mingus Magic in Reading, PA (both highly recommended). With that said, I've used 3 online merchants (not including many sellers on eBay):

PenguinMagic
Trickshop
Magic Depot

1. Trickshop mostly for on-line downloads -- very happy with them

2. Magic Depot -- The BEST on-line experience for me. Owner and staff communicate VERY well, and out of stock items ship quickly. Dependable based on my multiple purchase experience.

3. PenguinMagic -- 3 days later, and I'm still "waiting" for my "Instant Download". No direct e-mail link (you have to copy e-mail addresses into your e-mil program to e-mail them), and no acknowledgment of my order. I could call, but then again, I could call my local store. I'm ascribing these problems to their web storefront software -- hope they get it fixed but it won't be with any profit from me.
Message: Posted by: blink_inc (Feb 2, 2007 12:04PM)
Bricks and morter, lets keep them alive before online gobbles them up.

I go to Browsers Den, a fantastic little shop in Toronto.
(I drive 1.5 hours to get there)

I do NOT want to buy my next effect at Wal-mart!!!!
Message: Posted by: sBosma (Feb 4, 2007 08:57PM)
http://www.OmniMagic.com

-Great customer service
-Fast and free shipping
-An authorized Sankey dealer
-Tons of offers and specials every year
Message: Posted by: Danik1 (Feb 4, 2007 09:23PM)
When I buy online, it's 90% of the time at MJM and 10% of the time at penguin magic.

I live near Montreal Canada, so I go to a magic shop in Montreal called Spectram when I buy stuff from a "real" store.
Message: Posted by: emeline (Feb 6, 2007 02:24PM)
Hi,

Penguin Magic is a good one, actually I have no choice because in France, you must go to Paris to find an interesting and complete Magic shop.

Emeline
Message: Posted by: thecogito (Feb 10, 2007 02:55PM)
I have really only purchased magic from a few places although I am now open to the various avaliable options. I have purchased from Penguin Magic, Ellusionist, Ebay (good and bad transactions), and my local magic shop.
Message: Posted by: ViciousCycle (Feb 24, 2007 06:22PM)
Living in Chicago, I'm fortunate to have Ash's magic shop to visit in person. The Ashes make visiting their shop an experience. Mr. Ash will really keep you entertained with the way he performs tricks, and Mrs. Ash has a knack for finding whatever it is you're looking for. Mr. Ash is one of those people who has the ability to fool you even when you know what gimmick he is using. On a recent visit, someone asked about the limitations of using TT's in close-up work, and Ash was ready on the spot to do some very convincing close-up work with TT's, even when you were looking for the TT. Going to Ash's really makes for a great afternoon out; it is not simply shopping.

I patronize the physical Ash's magic shop, though I've never bought from the online Ash's magic shop. The real Ash's seems to be a potpourri of wonder at often bargain prices, whereas the online store I suspect is handled by a third party.
Message: Posted by: zhwen (Feb 24, 2007 09:33PM)
I have purchased from Ellusionist and Magic Depot.

I only know of one B&M shop in my area. Unfortunately, the owner is not interested in attending to beginners.
Message: Posted by: merse (Mar 9, 2007 11:47AM)
Hi!

Look at my magicshoplinks collections at my homepage:

http://merse.extra.hu/magicshoplinks.html
Message: Posted by: Ethan the emazing (Mar 11, 2007 02:00PM)
E-bay, penguin magic, Elmwood magic, Dock Haley's stuff there all good...
Message: Posted by: Geraldo78 (Jun 20, 2007 04:11PM)
Most of my stuff I buy from the Local shop what take 1 1/2 hour drive.

Sometimes I buy items from Ebay.
Most good stuff and fast shipping.

Till now 1 less : Hocus jokus Usa, they have a webshop on Ebay.
Their excuses for not shipping my item, sickness, I can belive, but no more as that....
Because it seems others has got their items after me.

Their feedback is 99,6 % positive.
So I was suprised this will take so much time.

Has anybody buy from them, and how did that go??
Message: Posted by: Amade3us (Jun 20, 2007 04:31PM)
http://www.texasmagicsupply.com/

Quick shipping and great since I live in Texas. Have to pay tax, but I get my items quickly.

-Dustin
Message: Posted by: shadowfire90 (Jun 20, 2007 10:39PM)
Encore Magic. Chris Reesman is the local here for me in Michigan and hes a good guy so I go there when I need something. Haven't been there in awhile though as I seem to fade in and out of the magic scene ;D Probably a good time to make a trip :)
Message: Posted by: Jlowhy (Jun 21, 2007 09:52AM)
I have a few sites that I visit regularly:

Penguin Magic because it has the cheapest prices around as well as the cheapest shipping rates for international customers.

Big Blind Media because it's cheaper to get things from their site especially when you're on their mail list. Additionally, shipping is covered for.

Kozmomagic because they also offer free shipping and is still having a great offer on their site now that is really hard to beat.

MJMMagic because they sometimes have items that Penguin Magic may not carry.

Basically for me, I buy from the shop that gives the best prices out of the products I want to buy. Either that or they offer products that are exclusive only to themselves.
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Jun 21, 2007 02:57PM)
[quote]
On 2007-02-24 19:22, ViciousCycle wrote:
Living in Chicago, I'm fortunate to have Ash's magic shop to visit in person. The Ashes make visiting their shop an experience. Mr. Ash will really keep you entertained with the way he performs tricks, and Mrs. Ash has a knack for finding whatever it is you're looking for. Mr. Ash is one of those people who has the ability to fool you even when you know what gimmick he is using. On a recent visit, someone asked about the limitations of using TT's in close-up work, and Ash was ready on the spot to do some very convincing close-up work with TT's, even when you were looking for the TT. Going to Ash's really makes for a great afternoon out; it is not simply shopping.

I patronize the physical Ash's magic shop, though I've never bought from the online Ash's magic shop. The real Ash's seems to be a potpourri of wonder at often bargain prices, whereas the online store I suspect is handled by a third party.
[/quote]

Good ole' Ash. Right down the street from Magic Inc... The guy's got brass ones, too!
Message: Posted by: daniel_lachman (Jun 21, 2007 07:04PM)
Penguinmagic.com - The best online magic shop in the US.

magicshop.co.uk - An awesome magic shop in the UK with over 10,000 tricks!
Message: Posted by: Sk8erBoi9305 (Jun 21, 2007 07:58PM)
I get my stuff at Ellusionist, and penguin magic.
Message: Posted by: TV Magic Pal (Jun 22, 2007 11:16PM)
I shop mainly at Hobby Lobby but sometimes Michael's Crafts or even Wal-Mart have better deals. Every now and then I drop by US Toy Magic in Leawood, KS. But most of my stuff doesn't come from the magic stores...
Message: Posted by: blackartman (Jun 26, 2007 07:17AM)
Misdirections.com
penguinmagic.com (only because I get free stuff)
ellusionist.com
eBAY.com
funtymemagic.com
magic warehouse
dennysmagic.com!!!!!
Message: Posted by: john_herm (Jun 26, 2007 10:00AM)
Online--Penguin Magic

Off-line--Magic Sojourn, my local brick-and-mortar shop

I rarely shop at Penguin. I only will when Magic Sojourn doesn't have something I need. They both have just about the same prices, just a few cents difference. ;)

John
Message: Posted by: Lash (Jul 3, 2007 03:18PM)
I get most of my stuff at Penguin Magic and Precision Magic. There are a few others I get stuff from infrequently such as Elmwood, but those are my main sources.
Message: Posted by: Lester (Jul 4, 2007 09:23AM)
Hank Lees

The Magic Warehouse

For books, I wholeheartedly recommend http://www.magicbookshop.com
Message: Posted by: cosmopop1 (Jul 6, 2007 07:19PM)
My favorite place is mjmmagic.com, but, of course, you cannot neglect the local magic shop and put them out of business!
Message: Posted by: ViciousCycle (Jul 6, 2007 09:17PM)
[quote]
On 2007-06-21 15:57, gaddy wrote:
Good ole' Ash. Right down the street from Magic Inc... The guy's got brass ones, too!
[/quote]

Ash is very generous with his knowledge. On my two most recent visits to his shop, he gave me very helpful feedback on my basic chop cup handling, despite the fact that my purchases on those days were non-chop-cup items.

And he always has stories to tell. He was telling me about a stage show he performed many years ago where he kept removing a piece of clothing every time he guessed the spectator's card wrong. He finally got to the point where he was wearing just a diaper and he warned the spectator that maybe she should say one of his guesses is right... or else. And then it turns out that the spectator's card was clearly visible on his diaper.
Message: Posted by: Bill Hilly (Oct 27, 2007 05:19PM)
Hi Guys,

Thank you all for being here - real world info from real world practitioners - can't beat the advice and info from this place. This thread is a good example.

I haven't posted because there's much more for me to learn than to teach.

My humble contribution:
East Coast Magic: (B&M) always good to see it, touch it, etc. Downside: I can be an impulse buyer and they can smell that. They're okay though.

MagicProShop.com: (online) Good prices, free shipping. Very bad at answering questions after the sale. I only had one experience with them and they gave me the wrong tracking number. It was an expensive item and I wanted to make sure I would be here to receive it. I asked twice and never got a reply. The package arrived sooner than expected - damaged but repairable. I'd try them again.

Daytona Magic: (online) I used them at least a dozen times and have always been satisfied. I always call first and check on stock, etc. Once they gave me bad info as to a tricks use and they accepted a return & issued credit.

Magic Warehouse: (online) 2 orders, all went well.

Hank Lee: 1st order, charged for everything whether shipped or not. Took nine months to get money back on items that were discontinued and never shipped.
2nd order, I gave specific instructions not to bill items not in stock - didn't matter.
3rd order, they advertised an Airhead Rudy for $119. When the CC bill came it was $150. A phone call to Hank himself resulted in him cursing at me and saying he'd never accept another order from me (I spent $2000 with him). He said the web page I used was outdated and only for their internal use and I hacked into their system, etc. Funny thing is, that was almost 2 years ago and it is still listed at $199. Google it or see hanklee.net/cgi-bin/quikstore.cgi?category=kids

eBay: Can be good and bad. I mention it because I'm seeing a disturbing trend: People buying tapes, DVDs, and CDs, then copying it for themselves and reselling it a few days later. The sad part of that is at least one of the guys is a long-time a somewhat respected member of the Café. I known one of them and my phone will ring as soon as he read this. Another is a member of another forum and claims to be a minister. But that one is selling bootlegs. Or WAS; he's been removed from eBay.

I also buy from: Steve Taylor, David Ginn, Sammy Smith, Jim Snack, and Julian Franklin directly. It's the right thing to do. (The Airhead Rudy incident was before I knew Steve did them.)

Just my .02,
Gene
Message: Posted by: Jay Austin (Oct 28, 2007 08:30PM)
[quote]
On 2007-10-27 18:19, Gene Allen wrote:
eBay: Can be good and bad. I mention it because I'm seeing a disturbing trend: People buying tapes, DVDs, and CDs, then copying it for themselves and reselling it a few days later. [/quote]

One experience I had when selling on ebay was that I would get request to trade what I was selling for a set of DVDs. The person was offering me a set of DVDs that had 600+ videos he claimed. I replied to him that what he was doing was illegal and stupid. He later offered the exact same thing with an added DVD full of 1000+ books in pdf format. Some people are just to stupid to learn.
Message: Posted by: shek (Oct 28, 2007 09:24PM)
I usually shop at MJM nowadays, but I will outsource to Penguin if it is cheaper there :)
Message: Posted by: spatlind (Oct 30, 2007 04:34PM)
Alakazam UK. I've done a lot of travelling around the world in the last 4 years and have tried to seek out as many bricks and mortar shops as I could find in each place I was in.
Message: Posted by: spatlind (Oct 30, 2007 04:37PM)
On which point I must add - I hope to be in Buenos Aires in a couple of months time. Any recommendations? I'm aware of one shop called Bazar de Magia, so I'm going to check that out.
Message: Posted by: Tom Fenton (Oct 30, 2007 04:38PM)
I buy from my local B&M shop in Leeds.
Message: Posted by: Loopback (Nov 7, 2007 10:59AM)
I have been trying to stick to the local Brick and Mortar magic shop but sometimes if they don't have what I'm looking for I order from Penguin online. For my regular decks I buy the 13 pack at Sam's Club. that's the cheapest I have seen.
Message: Posted by: Loyal R (Dec 29, 2008 07:45AM)
At http://www.spectram.com and sometimes at other places
Message: Posted by: Gill Rogers (Dec 30, 2008 07:05AM)
Mr. Magic in Little Rock, Arkansas. Claims to be one of the largest B&M stores in the country, and the owner, Jim Henson, knows his stuff.
Message: Posted by: professorwhut (Dec 30, 2008 04:51PM)
Magic Warehouse
The fastest shipping I have ever seen. Usually the same day.
The best prices, with no jumping though hoops like special membership mumbo jumbo.
Everyday low prices, so you don't have to concern yourself with what is on sale or not.
All items show up as available or not when you place in your cart, no concerns about backordering.
Fantastic customer service in case of a problem.
Message: Posted by: mikenewman (Dec 31, 2008 08:36AM)
Wow, this thread is still going strong!

I have to say that Barry's Magic Shop in Maryland (Right next to D.C.). He moved to a new location and the shop is HUGE!
They have Lectures as well. For example, George Schindler will be there January 30th. Check out the info here: http://www.barrysmagicshop.com/ I know David Roth was there etc.

They also have a Kids Show every Saturday (after the holidays) that is only $10! The kids (and adults) love the show. very popular.

They have a LOT of magicians that just "hang out" where I have picked up a ton of tips/ideas and just love sitting there watching them in action.

The web site is not bad, but I just go in person. Better atmoshere. There are some cool instant downloads, many off his "Shell Shocked" Dvd.
Message: Posted by: Douglas Lippert (Jan 1, 2009 03:20AM)
Online:

MJM Magic :Great Customer Service.
Penguin Magic: Great Prices.
Hocus Pocus: Great specials but what's up with not giving you shipping prices????
Hank Lee: Don't bother.
Elmwood Magic: Another great site.

Offline;

Branson,MO-Small shop, very friendly.
Columbia,MO-Very friendly as well.
Message: Posted by: Vaughn Ver Steegt (Jan 2, 2009 08:02PM)
Elmwood Magic was one of the first on line stores that I bought from 6 years ago. They are great to work with, frindly and helpful with your questions about their products. I've also used Hocus Pocus, Magic Warehouse, Daytona's and others mainly for the same reasons that many of you have mentioned. It's great to read about what others have experinced with these stores, Thanks for the information.
Message: Posted by: maharajademagia (Sep 6, 2011 03:08PM)
[quote]
On 2006-04-05 02:59, hypnotize wrote:
Magic4less.com.
Very very cheap.
[/quote]
That's the bate. http://www.magic4less.com are cheats. I ordered from them Magic 4 Less Order #13457 and I have not got anything from them. Not even a mail. Their phone directs you to a voice mail which is full. And Paypal cares less on if you get your refund or not. SAVE YOUR MONEY DON'T BUY FROM http://www.MAGIC4LESS.COM
Message: Posted by: Vick (Sep 8, 2011 06:26PM)
http://www.dennymagic.com

Only quality products and something no one else can offer
Denny Haney
Most days Denny is in the shop or you can call and speak to him and few if any come close to his experience, willingness to share

There are a few good magicians in Maryland and magic is more prevalent here than in many other places in the USA .... in a large part it's because of Denny


What makes me really sick/angry/ill is when certain people will go to Denny's for advice....
.....then buy at the Magic Warehouse to save $2

For the pro's and those who know ...... http://www.dennymagic.com
Message: Posted by: MISS J (Sep 9, 2011 05:45AM)
Ebay and Magic etc in fort worth
Message: Posted by: dman11 (Sep 9, 2011 09:07AM)
I prefer Elmwood because the shipping is faster to me but the prices are much better at Penguin. In fact I find that Penguins prices are pretty much better than everyone but shipping is a very slow to PA.
Message: Posted by: rsylvester (Sep 9, 2011 09:15AM)
We're lucky enough in Wichita to have [url=http://"http://www.stevensmagic.com/"]Stevens Magic Emporium[/url], a world class B&M shop. When people like Copperfield come through town, they stop there. The quality is top notch, because most of their business is selling online to professionals. Go to their [url=http://"http://www.stevensmagic.com/gemini/index.htm"]Gemini archives[/url] and see all the people who have written for them. And read their advice. Plus, Joe and Mark are always great, just to hang out and talk magic. I can't get in and out of there in less than a half hour, even if I'm picking up something quick. They certainly know how to build loyalty. I won't buy anywhere else.
Message: Posted by: bowers (Sep 9, 2011 09:22AM)
I have about ten sites that I use.
if there is a effect that I am going to
puchase.i search them for the lowest price.
sometimes you wouldnt believe the price difference.
I find most of the time penquin and madhatter have
the lowest prices.
Message: Posted by: Erwin (Sep 10, 2011 05:29AM)
No B&M shops anywhere near where I live :(
There was a market stall we used to visit every Sunday, even that's been gone for years.
Without online retailers and eBay I guess I'd be stuck...
Message: Posted by: cablerock (Sep 10, 2011 11:30AM)
Now that I'm living near hollywood, I have the luxury of going to both the store in Hollywood and the one in Studio City. I like them both, but I really like the vibe of the one in SC.
Message: Posted by: rklew64 (Sep 11, 2011 11:10AM)
Walgreens and Home Depot