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Topic: Old magic tricks?
Message: Posted by: Camellaird11 (Mar 2, 2010 02:57PM)
What does everyone do with the tricks that they do not want or use anymore?
Message: Posted by: DWRackley (Mar 2, 2010 03:00PM)
Big box in the garage, pull them out every two years, play for a few minutes, then back into the box...
Message: Posted by: Camellaird11 (Mar 2, 2010 03:06PM)
Is there nowhere you can sell them to other magicains? as I brought the model bottle, but as you can't see how they work I got it and decided that it was not for me.
Message: Posted by: HerbLarry (Mar 2, 2010 03:16PM)
I leave them in the book where I found them.
Message: Posted by: Stanyon (Mar 2, 2010 04:29PM)
There are no old magic tricks, just new audiences.
Message: Posted by: Lavey (Mar 2, 2010 04:32PM)
I sell them on ebay
Message: Posted by: jimhlou (Mar 2, 2010 05:05PM)
Mine are in the basement. I don't sell them because I never know when I might need that square circle that's been sitting there for 10 years. You can sell yours right here on the Magic Café, see below "tricks for sale". Maybe it takes 50 posts before you can do this, I don't know.

Message: Posted by: Ed_Millis (Mar 2, 2010 05:09PM)
Gotta agree with the big box full of stuff. No, I'm not interested too much right now - but when what I'm doing starts getting a bit stale or I've moved into a new area and need something different, well there it is!

Message: Posted by: MentalistCreationLab (Mar 2, 2010 07:50PM)
Sell me your Robert Allen Nelson stuff. That is if you could bear to part with it?

Most of my old props and such have been sold or given away to younger magicians who show talent and the willingness to learn. One gave a Thayer silver dollar coin pull to a young magician. You should see what he does now it unbelievable. Pass it on is the best way I have found. That is for props and stuff. Books keep those.
Message: Posted by: Metatron (Mar 2, 2010 08:16PM)
Swap with other Magi. Sell them on eBay, or Here.

Keep them and come back to them later, views change the longer you are involved in magic. Sometimes an effect that isn't right for you now, is perfect a couple years down the road. You may come up with a new way to use an old effect.

I sure wish I now had some of the effects that I have gotten rid of. They now cost 3 or 4 times the price I originally paid!

Message: Posted by: Bill Thompson (Mar 3, 2010 07:57AM)
Sock drawer
Message: Posted by: AlexanderY (Mar 3, 2010 08:22AM)
I keep them in a drawer. More than once, I would return to these old items and ask to myself, "why isn't this in my repetoire!" And I would add it in.

I guess we all grow after a few years and gain insights. And these insights would be helpful to reexamine these 'old' tricks and make them new again.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Mar 3, 2010 09:06AM)
Send them to me! I think I run a home for abandoned magic props.

Bob Sanders
Magic by Sander
Message: Posted by: RobertlewisIR (Mar 3, 2010 01:28PM)
I'm actually in the process of reorganizing all my stuff right now. I have storage space for the current non-workers, but they do get rotated back in from time to time.
Message: Posted by: BCS (Mar 3, 2010 06:05PM)
Like others over the years I have acquired many things I will never use, I too have been sorting and trying to organize what I have (I am still missing boxes from too many moves). On the sorting side of things, I have found that photo boxes from Hobby Lobby are great for keeping small close-up stuff in… they are all the same size, stack well and are stronger than most shoe boxes.

The plan is to sell off some stuff, but I will still keep all the old brass items, coins and the few things I am attached to sentimentally (stuff from my youth, too many good memories of going to Philadelphia and NY City… my parents were good sports in taking me there as a boy). I have started to do the same with some books.

To those starting out, like most things in life, buy the best that you can… think quality over quantity and do your research before you buy… what a great place this is to do so.

Message: Posted by: jake.o (Mar 4, 2010 02:48AM)
You could sell them but I wouldent. As you said that you don't use them anymore,if you have liked them in the past you more then likely will in the future. your best bet is to stick them in a box and put them away, then when ever you are going to buy a new trick look through the box again and it will be like opening a tresure chest.
Message: Posted by: professorwhut (Mar 4, 2010 09:38PM)
On 2010-03-02 16:16, HerbLarry wrote:
I leave them in the book where I found them.

What is this thing "book" you speak of? ;)
Message: Posted by: stijnhommes (Mar 5, 2010 06:11PM)
I'm a pack rat. I even have the magic set it all started with (well, most of it). I don't sell or throw away anything unless it breaks and is beyond repair. You never know when that old trick you have lying around might inspire you to come up with something new.

And if you can't use it anymore, it's always great to save it for the offspring (if you don't have any of your own, there's probably other kids in the family that enjoy doing magic)
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Mar 6, 2010 02:33PM)
I've given some away to aspiring young magicians who are still too young to not afford such props, the rest collect dust and space in my garage.
Message: Posted by: acer (Mar 8, 2010 04:02PM)
Old tricks are often the best and get great reactions ! I Keep them.
Message: Posted by: nattefrost (Mar 8, 2010 07:17PM)
I do what DRWackley does. Pull them out every once in a while.
Message: Posted by: rklew64 (Mar 8, 2010 08:52PM)
Luckily I have a very small box of magic misfits. And after reading this thread, I do not plan to grow the contents in that box. I've forgotten how many unread/unfinished books I have and so many unseen DVDs. Time to start.
Message: Posted by: Gatehouse (Mar 9, 2010 05:24PM)
I never get rid of anything, not just in magic mind you - I am a bit of a horder lol.. but thankfully, I've kept all my stuff from years ago... Bits and bobs that I never really had the skill to use properly, but am now able to throw myself into practicing with them and actually use them for something... You can never anticipate how you'll mature and develop (again, not just in magic lol).
Message: Posted by: wkitwizard (Mar 9, 2010 06:20PM)
If you live in the LA area, donate them to the Magic Castle Jr Society. The young magicians share their experiences and critique each other's acts, but many don't have the cash to buy equipment. You won't be sorry.
Message: Posted by: Hansel (Mar 9, 2010 10:18PM)
If I meet a serious interested aspiring magician I give it to him, But the main of my abandoned tricks are in the World Famous Magic Drawer!
Message: Posted by: funsway (Mar 11, 2010 06:51PM)
When I was in Sacramento I purchased an effect for $10. Next month I performed it with a couple of added moves and this guy bought it back for $20.
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Mar 11, 2010 07:52PM)
Magic clubs have periodic swap meets you could unload your old junk at...

That's where I usually buy all my new junk.
Message: Posted by: teedpop (Mar 11, 2010 08:41PM)
I agree with keeping them. You never know when they will come in handy in the future.
Message: Posted by: bicycle66 (Mar 12, 2010 07:38AM)
All of my old magic tricks I keep as seems everyone else in a box but I also keep a book filled with my notes which I am always adding to and whenever some idea comes to mind of another twist or story line that I could use that is new out they come. The old tricks are great most of them still get great reactions and if you can put a new updated version/story then all the better you don't have to reach into your pocked for new...Sean.
Message: Posted by: m.ruetz (Mar 12, 2010 01:21PM)
I sell them here:

Message: Posted by: bicycle66 (Mar 14, 2010 09:09AM)
I have never seen that website before thanks for posting that. I use ebay a lot which I like because of the feedback and using paypal helps cya. How is this site? Thanks Sean.
Message: Posted by: Amazingjim210 (Mar 17, 2010 03:18PM)
If your friendly with your local magic dealers, some of them well take things as trade towards store credit. I do it with a couple shops here in San Antonio. It's good for getting rid of a trick that you thought you would like but, don't.