(Close Window)
Topic: Magic Stuff
Message: Posted by: nick13245 (Mar 16, 2002 07:31PM)
Hi, I have finally got enough money (spending money) saved up to buy some magic stuff. I want to set a small and impressive show that will really stun people.

I have $100. I'm planing to buy this stuff online (there's not a magic shop within 50 miles!). So, I want to know what stuff to buy (props, books, videos, etc.) and where to buy it online (somewhere where I can get it cheap!) so I can set up an impressive show.
Message: Posted by: Steve Friedberg (Mar 16, 2002 08:52PM)
Nick: you don't give us any idea of what kind of magic you're interested in...what kind of background you have...your level of expertise...etc.

And keep in mind, $100 doesn't go nearly as far as it used to.

Fill in the blanks, and maybe you'll get some better answers...

Hope this helps. Best of luck.
Message: Posted by: nick13245 (Mar 16, 2002 09:07PM)
Well, I like coin, and card magic, and have a intermediate level of expertise. I am willing to spend as much time as it takes to perfect a trick.
Message: Posted by: Peter Marucci (Mar 16, 2002 09:57PM)
Is that a stage show or table hopping?
Adults or kids or both?
Comedy, manipulation, bizarre, or what?
Silent or patter?
What are your areas of interest outside magic? (Your profile says "magic and computers" but, being here and on the 'net, that would figure!)
How old are you?
Where are you?
What kinds of opportunities exist right now for you to do what you want to do?
And, most importantly of all, why?

With answers to those questions, we might -- just might -- be able to offer some assistance.
Peter Marucci
Message: Posted by: Dr. JK (Mar 16, 2002 10:35PM)
I can offer some assistance even not knowing what type of magic you do. I am in the same situation as you (that is, having to order everything online). I like to order through Chazpro Magic in Eugene, Oregon, because for $10, you get a lifetime membership in their book and video club, which means that you save 20% off all books and videos. If you plan to order all your books from them, it ends up saving you quite a bit. Also, they offer fair prices for everything else, and they have an auction where you can bid and save even more on certain items. Additionally, they have sales lists which entitle you to great deals on a first come, first serve basis. I hope you'll at least check out their web site, which is

And no, I am in no way associated with Chazpro Magic :) ....I'm just a very satisfied customer. Hope this helps you!
Message: Posted by: SloMo150 (Mar 16, 2002 11:22PM)
We need to know what you already have.
You say you are into coins and cards but what types of sleights do you do?
What books do you own, and what videos do you own? Believe me, don't think $100 will buy a case of magic. Remember you get what you pay for. Check out the Good, The Bad, and The ugly.
:magicrabbit: SloMo
Message: Posted by: Marduke Kurios (Mar 17, 2002 09:41PM)
Hi Nick13245,

It's great to see you at the Magic Cafe!

Since you are on a limited budget, I recommend getting a book or two for starters.

These books are excellent resources:

-The Magic Book, by Harry Lorayne.
-Magic With Everyday Objects, by George Schindler.
-400 Fascinating Magic Tricks You Can Do, by Howard Thurston.

Whatever props you buy should have more than one use for them, like your Cards and Coins.
Rubber Bands, Rope or String, and a TT. all have excellent and various uses.

Have fun putting your show together!

I look forward to hearing how it goes.

Message: Posted by: SloMo150 (Mar 18, 2002 01:14AM)
Also, for books;

Now you See it Now you don't - by Bill Tarr
Modern Coin Magic - by J.B.Bobo
Encyclopedia to Magic - by Mark Wilson

These are the first three books I recieved and all you need for props are some regular cards and coins, Handkerchief scarves and maybe some sponge balls. Without knowing what you have, these 3 books are like gold to me. They go everywhere that I go. Also as stated a T.T. is essential.
:magicrabbit: SloMo
Message: Posted by: Peter Loughran (Mar 18, 2002 07:22AM)
Keep saving, $100.00 doesn't go far in magic at all! I agree with the others, that you should grab some books to get started. Other wise your act will be short with your limited budget.

Message: Posted by: nick13245 (Mar 18, 2002 07:33PM)
I like to perform for a mature adudience, and I am 16 years old. I also LOVE to build stuff, and have even started to build some of my own decks, using what I learned off the "card splitting" form. I think books would give me a good idea, because I might be able to build SOME of the tricks. I like the appeal of close up magic because it is just more stunning for the audience, who are about 3 feet away from the trick, and still can't figure it out.

I know $100 won't go far, and that is why I ask you, so I don't make any mistakes with the money I have. :)
Message: Posted by: Merlyn of 8 (Mar 19, 2002 07:32AM)
Nick, since you like coins I would say that Bobo's modern coin magic would be a must, it a valued addition to my book shelf, and non-gaff coin effects like "scotch and soda" and "a Little lighter" are great, need little investment and play great, I'm sure that Peter Marucci would be more than happy to help you with these as he did with me, e-mail him. and good luck with putting the act together!!
:bunny2: :magicrabbit: :wavey:
Message: Posted by: Dr. JK (Mar 19, 2002 07:50AM)
Hi Nick,

One book that I wouldn't be without is The Magic of Michael Ammar. If you are only a beginner, though, I'm not sure I would recommend this. Bobo's Modern Coin Magic is LOADED with coin magic for both close-up and parlor settings (I WOULD recommend this book if you are a beginner). A good beginners card magic book would be either Royal Road to Card Magic or if you are looking to learn everything about cards, Card College might be for you (although very pricey).

As for prices, you can get Bobo's Modern Coin Magic for about $10, and Royal Road can be had for about $9. If you are more advanced, the Magic of Michael Ammar is another excellent choice. If you think you are prepared for this book, "Private Message" me, and I'll tell you where you can buy it for a significant discount (it's usually $40). To tell you the truth, these are the only three books I have, and I have gotten along very nicely with them. Good luck, and Private Message me if you have any questions!

Also, there is a web site
where you can view the contents of each of these books if you want to look at them more thoroughly.
Message: Posted by: mndude (Jan 18, 2015 09:01PM)
Nick, I don't know if you've spent your $100 yet, but theres an area on here where you can get products for less from members here.
Message: Posted by: motown (Jan 18, 2015 10:07PM)
I'm sure he has. That was 13 years ago.
Message: Posted by: george1953 (Jan 19, 2015 04:37AM)
:rotf: :rotf: :applause:
Message: Posted by: 443magicman (Jan 25, 2015 04:19PM)
One suggestion for a trick is hopping half. Its a great effect with shell coins and is very easy to perform.
Message: Posted by: george1953 (Jan 26, 2015 04:35AM)
And still a 13 year old thread gets answers !
Message: Posted by: Bill Thompson (Jan 27, 2015 12:28PM)
Ok, ok, ok... here is a clue, I'm going to tip my mitt to a valuable secret here folks... Don't just read the thread title and hit respond... at least read the original post and glance through the threads before responding to a thread.

So some 12 year old (I admit I am guessing here :)) with a magic bug wanted some ideas of what to buy with his saved up allowance money on March 16, 2002. This said young savant went on to post a grand total of 18 posts on this fine disscussion board before disappearing (getting a girl friend probably). This would make him 25 years old now! LOL!