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Topic: Online stores
Message: Posted by: Red Neck Magician (Apr 7, 2010 01:00PM)
I am new to the Café and I was wanting to know if anybody could recommend to me a few online stores. Thanks
Message: Posted by: B Hackler (Apr 7, 2010 01:21PM)
Welcome to the Café Red Neck Magician. I would recommend the following:Elmwood magic, Hocus-pocus, The trickery, and Stevens magic.
Message: Posted by: Metatron (Apr 7, 2010 01:42PM)
I have had great sucess with "The Magic Warehouse". Reasonable prices, great customer service. Fast Shipping.
Message: Posted by: DomKabala (Apr 7, 2010 01:45PM)
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On 2010-04-07 14:42, Metatron wrote:
I have had great sucess with "The Magic Warehouse". Reasonable prices, great customer service. Fast Shipping.
[/quote] Yep this is a fine store...
look at this thread also:
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=256066&forum=41&199
Welcome to The Café!

Cardamagically,
Dom :) ;)
Message: Posted by: MHamel (Apr 7, 2010 02:03PM)
I would recommend MadHatter Magic Shop. They will go to the end of the world to keep you happy.

Also be careful with The Trickery. That was my first shop when I started and 90% of the things I got from there looked like someone made them in their garage. I am not saying all there products are bad, It just seemed the items I ordered were. I understand that people will most likely have a different opinion but I just thought that might count for something.I didn't know the difference until I did switch to another magic shop.
Message: Posted by: MHamel (Apr 7, 2010 02:04PM)
Sorry for the second post.

To find the madhatter magic shops web site easy just go to my site and click the affiliates tab. it will bring you right there since the link is kind of long.

http://www.theartofillusions.com
Message: Posted by: 123TJS321 (Apr 7, 2010 05:19PM)
http://www.fabmagic.com/
Message: Posted by: clownmagic (Apr 7, 2010 06:17PM)
The guys at MagicVault are wonderful! They have prices better than most other shop and the customer service is very professional. I know a number of big name guys shop there. The other week they had a quote from Eric Jones saying how he likes shopping there. When I see the big guys going there, I know I am with the right shop. The website for the online store is http://www.shopmagicvault.com

I also love outlaw-effects.com. They have some crazy stuff!

Check them both out. You will save a ton of money and be very happy.

Now if they would just carry clowning supplies! hahahaha.

EDIT: forgot to say MagicVault has free shipping and includes free gifts on every order.
Message: Posted by: Eric Jones (Apr 7, 2010 07:33PM)
While I typically only endorse Brick and Mortar stores and their online webstores, like Fantasma in NY, Divine Magic and Novelties in Richmond, Va, Barry's Magic Shop in Rockville, Md, Haynes House of Cards in Cincinatti, OH, The Cuckoo's Nest in Pittsburgh, The Magic Apple in L.A., and Denny And Lee's Magic Studio in Baltimore, there ARE some reputable online stores that offer competitive prices and excellent customer service. I've had awesome experiences with Shopmagicvault.com in the past, and if you can't get your magic from a brick and mortar magic shop(and they REALLY deserve your support), then a place like shopmagicvault.com will offer you a terrific online buying experience.
Message: Posted by: mmreed (Apr 9, 2010 08:59AM)
Thanks for the kind words clownmagic and Mr. Jones!

Im going to tip a little secret that we are really jazzed up about...

MagicVault will soon have an OFFICIAL brick and mortar store!!!

We have several locations we are considering and hopefully by mid-year we will have finalized on one and can start moving in.

We originally were to have a brick and mortar a while back, but it was right as the economy took a nose dive... so we decided to do the right thing and hold off until we can have a better chance of DOING IT RIGHT.

The online side is going fantastic, the economy is rebounding, and its time to move ahead with the plans!

Thanks again to everyone for the kind words. Its really rewarding to see the community mention us like this.

Now Im off to MagiWhirl in DC!!! Enjoy the weekend folks!
Message: Posted by: Red Neck Magician (Apr 9, 2010 02:00PM)
I appreciate the help.
Message: Posted by: oOMagiiCOo (Apr 14, 2010 05:59AM)
http://www.ellusionist.com/
Message: Posted by: RNK (Apr 15, 2010 08:17AM)
I just ordered from Bob Solari- I called his number and he answered personally. We spoke and he was VERY helpful and considerate to my questions. I have never experienced customer service as I did with Bob. He truly is a gem to talk to and with this experience I will most definatley check his store before ANY others. That's not to say I havn't had good experiences with other online stores- most were very good- like Madhatter Magic Shop and Elmwood and Emagic supply, but I as I stated- Bob Solari's customer service by FAR was the BEST-Top Notch! Not to mention he has his own tricks he creates and hand makes. Thanks Bob for your AWESOME service!

RNK
Message: Posted by: mcollector (Apr 17, 2010 01:03AM)
http://www.hocus-pocus.com/magicshop/
Message: Posted by: RNK (Apr 19, 2010 08:00AM)
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On 2010-04-15 09:17, RNK wrote:
I just ordered from Bob Solari- I called his number and he answered personally. We spoke and he was VERY helpful and considerate to my questions. I have never experienced customer service as I did with Bob. He truly is a gem to talk to and with this experience I will most definately check his store before ANY others. That's not to say I havn't had good experiences with other online stores- most were very good- like Madhatter Magic Shop and Elmwood and Emagic supply, but I as I stated- Bob Solari's customer service by FAR was the BEST-Top Notch! Not to mention he has his own tricks he creates and hand makes. Thanks Bob for your AWESOME service!

RNK
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Message: Posted by: Vick (Apr 23, 2010 11:07AM)
http://www.dennymagic.com

The best in the business bar none

there are many good shops and dealers and some not so good

But I've seen no one that can do what for you what Denny can. He has years of performing experience and knowledge and a encyclopedic knowlege of the art of magic.
Denny willingly shares that knowledge. That is part of why there are so many good performers in Maryland

You can get Denny on the phone most any day

Plus Bill who works in Denny's is hilarious

Forget on line if you can and go brick and mortar


http://www.dennymagic.com can I say that again?

They only stock quality equipment and have an outstanding selection of books


If all you shop for is price you are cheating yourself and your art.
You know like anything in life, you buy cheap, you get cheap
Message: Posted by: Sanderr (Apr 26, 2010 02:01PM)
Definately [url]MJMmagic.com[/url].
The prices aren't that high, and the shipping isn't very expensive either (quite important because I live in Holland, and shipping can vary greatly between shops).

Also [url]penguinmagic.com[/url]. Although almost all of my purchases were made at MJM, Peguin is a fine shop too, but has higher overseas shipping.
Message: Posted by: zhoudumu (Apr 27, 2010 08:54PM)
Penguinmagic.com has a relative cheep price as I compare with others.
Message: Posted by: David P (Apr 27, 2010 10:02PM)
I order from MJM. They ship very quickly and have a huge selection
Message: Posted by: rottenmagic (May 4, 2010 07:23PM)
Use caution with penguin.
Message: Posted by: Flyswatter (May 4, 2010 11:18PM)
And what do you mean by that? Penguin is great.
Message: Posted by: adamferrucci (May 5, 2010 07:50AM)
I have ordered a 3 dvds from penguin and only 1 of them was shrink wrapped. They looked fine but it was a little strange as every other place I've ever bought from has had their dvds shrink wrapped.
Message: Posted by: mmreed (May 5, 2010 08:12AM)
Adam,

Most DVDs are shrink wrapped - but some come from the supplier that are not.

Shrinkwrapping is an added cost to DVD replication and some effect producers choose to not have it done. As a dealer myself, I have even seen DVDs that are home-burned where the effect producer printed the DVD label with an inkjet and supplied them like that.

You see this with many of the less popular DVDs that are low quantity run.

It does make it hard to know if it is a pirated copy or not, but as long as you deal with a reputable dealer, you should be fine.
Message: Posted by: adamferrucci (May 5, 2010 01:34PM)
Thank you for explaining that Mark. That's probably the case with the dvds I bought. Now that I think of it I do have a few dvds with stickers for labels on them. Funny thing is because they were shrink wrapped I never thought twice about the dvd label. I guess I was just so used to seeing shrink wrap.
Message: Posted by: Vick (May 5, 2010 03:07PM)
If all you shop for is price you are cheating yourself and your art.
You know like anything in life, you buy cheap, you get cheap


PLEASE don't let price be the only thing that dictates what and where you buy.
You could end up buying junk if you do, then buying a good version and spending more

Or you might be buying a "copy" of someone else's original work

http://www.dennymagic.com can I say that again?

Quality isn't cheap
Cheap isn't quality
Message: Posted by: EvanMagic (May 5, 2010 04:34PM)
Hello!

I agree with Metatron,

Definitely themagicwarehouse.com. I have ordered supplies for a magic camp that I teach during the summer and the guy is really nice and packs everything with care. A+

Evan
Message: Posted by: Red Neck Magician (May 6, 2010 12:44PM)
I like the magic ware house and elm wood magic great service from both.
Message: Posted by: Stanyon (May 6, 2010 11:08PM)
http://www.foolerdoolers.com

Daryl & Alison (yeah that Daryl) are great to do business with. I just ordered some items today.

FWIW
Message: Posted by: rklew64 (May 6, 2010 11:54PM)
Although this is most certainly a broken record question, it occurs to me that it might be good to ask this every 6 months or so to have a check on these magic e-tailers for customer service, pricing, inventory issues, etc.
I'm lucky to have a brick and mortar in my town but I have lately been getting the exclusive fun stuff from Higley, Outlaw, Steven's and H&R books for the used collectable editions before some really go OOP. And I have to keep the others to myself because while everyone else may show out of stock because of word of mouth off of this forum, I go to 2 very established OLDER stores that have a website and just click add to cart.
Message: Posted by: Red Neck Magician (May 7, 2010 12:53PM)
I also would recommend Stevens magic they were great to deal with.
Message: Posted by: Red Neck Magician (May 7, 2010 01:58PM)
Forgot to mention Denny's magic they were great to deal with as well.
Message: Posted by: RNK (May 26, 2010 12:44PM)
Also Madhatter Magic Shop- GREAT people to deal with and just Unbelievable prices! I do ALOT of shopping around on the internet and I have not seen any other online stores that have better prices as a whole than Madhatter Magic shop- not to mention great customer service. HIGHLY Recommended!


RNK
Message: Posted by: rklew64 (May 26, 2010 03:50PM)
For Best Online store: http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=334830&forum=109
and this one,
for magic online store: http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=256066&forum=41
oh, and try this link perhaps for
buying magic online: http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=150142&forum=41
Message: Posted by: rklew64 (May 26, 2010 04:15PM)
For coins: http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=344994&forum=202
aaand
for cards: http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=365002&forum=206
And as you discover more specific magic topics, the Café' Quicksearch is an awesome tool - you get everything you want to know in seconds rather than wait for replies. And as you find out that everyone has their favorites and stick to it which is why there are no definitive answers for "what or who is the best" or "what is the easiest" Keep in mind that there are lifelong hobbyists who have never performed outside of friends and family to bona fide working pro's - I mean known worldwide, and that they all converge on here - very cool!
And one thing I know is that Magic is a lifelong pursuit - at least for me.
Message: Posted by: The Old Man (May 26, 2010 04:55PM)
I don't know. For me I just search out the best price I can. The items they are selling are a commodity. I know this is what has hurt the brick and mortar stores, but I only have so much money.

For example I just got Miser's Dream Granted for $44.25 with $5.29 shipping. Mark provided excellent service and he usually throws in a bonus or two.

http://www.shopmagicvault.com
Message: Posted by: jtb (May 27, 2010 04:20AM)
I think that most of the ones you can trust have already been mentioned.

One other type of online store that should be mentioned are stores like SEO Magic that list 68 "exclusives' on their site. SEO also carries Ton Onosaka's illusions. I have had good results when ordering from them.

Another stores such as Twister Magic also carries items that may not be anywhere else. I have not ordered from them.

I would support a local store but I live in a rural area where the nearest shopping (Walmart) is 15 miles away and the nearest magic store must be 250 miles away.