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Topic: MAGIC SHOPS/RETAILERS IN CANADA
Message: Posted by: DavidK (Sep 16, 2018 01:22AM)
Hello,

I am visiting Canada from 27 October to 14 November 2018 and will be staying in Vancouver for a week then onto Toronto for a week.

Can you suggest any magic shops I can visit whilst in both cities.

David
Sydney Australia
Message: Posted by: Wordsworth (Sep 16, 2018 05:54PM)
Browsers Den in Toronto is pretty much a must. They have great inventory and book selection, and nice people there. I live about an hour away and don't get there often enough.
Message: Posted by: DavidK (Sep 16, 2018 05:59PM)
Thank you. I will look up Browsers Den in Toronto when I get there.

David
Message: Posted by: Inviso (Sep 17, 2018 09:21AM)
If you post when you are planning to visit others may schedule time to stop in and say hello to a visiting magician.
Message: Posted by: John Oaks (Sep 17, 2018 09:32AM)
If anybody is visiting in April, the Magic Bash is held then, tickets went on sale today. Well worth it!
https://www.browsersden.com/bash/
Message: Posted by: DavidK (Sep 17, 2018 04:33PM)
Thank you Inviso.

I will visit Browsers Den on Wednesday 7 November 2018 around 12noon.

My main interest is collecting Mikame Craft Magic items and performing for adult charitable organisations.

I am hoping to find either an Abbott's Disecto or a Spirit Bell when in Canada.

Australia is limited in what is available and if I buy overseas the cost of shipping is very expensive.

I have also been invited by the City of Toronto to participate in their Remembrance Day Service at the Old Town Hall on 11 November 2018. I am a retired Police Officer who served along side the Canadian Airborne Regiment whilst serving with the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus.

David
Message: Posted by: Wordsworth (Sep 17, 2018 06:37PM)
I'm sure you won't be disappointed with Browser's Den, David. It's smallish, but a really good shop. I may be wrong, but I believe you might have some luck with the Disecto there.

I hope you enjoy your time in Canada, and it's great that you're making the effort to see our magic shops while you're here. Whenever I travel, that's something that I try to do also.
Message: Posted by: iamslow (Sep 19, 2018 03:05AM)
In vancouver, there's a magic shop at granville island.. its in the kids market on the second floor...
Message: Posted by: DavidK (Sep 19, 2018 06:02AM)
Thank you iamslow.

I did find the magic shop on Granville Island, I believe it is called Clowning Around and will make time to visit.
Message: Posted by: J M Talbot (Sep 19, 2018 10:33AM)
Hey David:

You will have a great time at Browser's Den. I am good friends with the owner Jeff Pinsky and he is a great guy and fun to watch demo items. The shop also has a used area that at times has unique items and a number of books as well. Last time I was in I saw a couple of mint Mikame items there on consignment.

If I am around on the 7th will try and pop in. I have "accidentally" started a collection of spirit bells and have a half dozen or so now in the collection :)

John
Message: Posted by: DavidK (Sep 19, 2018 04:37PM)
Thank you John for the information. Look forward to visiting Canada (first time) and Browser's Den.
Message: Posted by: dmoses (Nov 14, 2018 04:01PM)
Clowning Around isn’t an amazing shop, but it’s the only one we’ve got in Vancouver, so you can meet some terrific performers who drop in from time to time.

d
Message: Posted by: DavidK (Dec 1, 2018 05:59PM)
Went to Browsers Den in Toronto, truly a magician's shop.

Great staff and met some magicians who were visiting the shop.

Also purchased some magic including a Duel Ring Box by Mikame.
Message: Posted by: J M Talbot (Dec 3, 2018 10:53AM)
Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to Browser's!
Message: Posted by: todsky (Dec 29, 2018 12:21PM)
If you ever make it to Montreal, drop by my shop: www.magicstore.ca
Message: Posted by: MGordonB (Jan 9, 2019 09:32PM)
Browser’s Den is a great place, the in-store stock is much more extensive than his on-line presence suggests.

Kind of Magic in Kitchener is nice.

I’ve had good luck ordering from Vanishing Rabbit in Calgary and Perfect Magic in Montreal
Message: Posted by: CGould (Feb 20, 2019 01:02PM)
I've ordered some books from the Vanishing Rabbit in Calgary as well, they were good to deal with and shipped fast. I wish I would have known about the one on Granville Island when I was there last summer.
Message: Posted by: Danny Kazam (Feb 28, 2019 03:35PM)
[quote]On Dec 29, 2018, todsky wrote:
If you ever make it to Montreal, drop by my shop: www.magicstore.ca [/quote]

The next time I'm in Montreal I will definitely be checking out your shop.
Message: Posted by: AndreaMooreMagic (Apr 2, 2019 10:37AM)
I'm in Vancouver next month. any new magic shop there?
Message: Posted by: strategus (Apr 22, 2019 01:06AM)
[quote]On Apr 2, 2019, AndreaMooreMagic wrote:
I'm in Vancouver next month. any new magic shop there? [/quote]

No new shops in Vancouver, best bet is still Clowning Around on Granville. Honestly, the couple keeps the store quite well stocked with magic, especially for the size.

I was in Manhattan recently and went with the expectation of picking up a few things (Malini egg bag, Zandman's book test, etc). Went to Tannens, Phantasma, AND Abracadabra -- struck out completely. Came back home to Vancouver and decided to check with Clowning Around, they had everything I was looking for IN STOCK.

From now on, will always just check there first! They were super nice to my daughter, too. Gave her free candy. :)
Message: Posted by: dbolan (Nov 29, 2020 03:39PM)
[quote]On Dec 1, 2018, DavidK wrote:
Went to Browsers Den in Toronto, truly a magician's shop.

Great staff and met some magicians who were visiting the shop.

Also purchased some magic including a Duel Ring Box by Mikame. [/quote]

Jeff and staff at Browser’s Den are the absolute best!

Dave