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Topic: Douglas Magicland - Dallas
Message: Posted by: Ron Crumley (Aug 11, 2004 02:40PM)
Where Doulas Magicland was located for years is now part of the Dallas freeway system. When I was 12 and on a family vacation, we stopped at Douglas where I spent every dime of my "vacation money" on Key-Rect. At that time it sold new for $18.
Message: Posted by: Rennie (Aug 13, 2004 06:52PM)
The Douglas Magicland catalog was my very first magic catalog I ever got. It was my magic wish book.I currently have 2 more of the catalogs in my collection, not my original though.
My first purchase was Kenard's Mystery Box, which I also have in my collection but also not the original one I bought.
Rennie
Message: Posted by: DonDriver (Sep 8, 2004 11:36AM)
A good friend of mine that lives in Dallas says he thinks Douglas has closed.Does anyone know what the story is?
Thanks Don
Message: Posted by: Frank Tougas (Sep 28, 2004 05:11PM)
I haven't heard of it for a long long while. The name was changed to Jefferie's Douglas Magicland. It was great, the fastest delivery at the time, and this was before UPS, FedEx, etc.
Message: Posted by: Julie (Sep 28, 2004 09:46PM)
I lived in Dallas for awhile during the time "the Magic Jeweler" (can't remember his name/won all kinds of awards, builds Magic, etc). owned the store. It was a GREAT stop on Saturday afternoons!
Message: Posted by: tabman (Nov 24, 2004 09:49PM)
When we used to play in Dallas at Willie Nelson's Whiskey River Club, Magicland was a regular stop for me. I had a good friend that workded there in the 70s. I first saw Card Warp at Magicland. One of the best two bucks I ever spent on magic.

-=tabman
Message: Posted by: Spinnato (Jan 14, 2005 10:43PM)
These post brought back fond memories of Douglas Magic. In fact, my friend was just showing me the catalog we used to order from in the 60's. You guys remember the 60's don't you? :)
Message: Posted by: Derek Dean (Jan 15, 2005 04:01AM)
I'm not sure whether it's good or bad that I remember the 60's, but I do, ha, and one of my fondest memories is the Douglas Magicland catalogue that my dad brought home from one of his business trips to Dallas. I literally spent hours looking at that little gem. Frank, maybe the shipping was fast for you, but it seemed like forever to me from the moment I slipped my order into the mailbox to when it finally got back to me. Of course, I'm sure it was only a matter of a week or 10 days, but it sure seemed like forever. But oh, when that package arrived, the wonders that were inside. My first square circle, popcorn box, and vanishing milk pitcher all came from Douglas Magicland. Funny, I still have those catalogues, and they still look mystical to me, ha, and I filled 2 foot lockers with all the neat stuff I got from them, all of which I'm lucky enough to still have. I never had the chance to see the place in person, but my imagination is alive with what it might have been like to step inside.
Message: Posted by: Spinnato (Jan 19, 2005 10:39AM)
Derek;

Great memories, huh? Interested in selling any of those catalogs??
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Jan 21, 2005 07:15PM)
Howard Hale "The Magic Jeweler" bought Magicland and moved it twice. Then he sold it to a fellow named Mark. It has since closed its doors.

Too bad. It was one of the oldtimers.
Message: Posted by: Derek Dean (Jan 22, 2005 05:43AM)
Spinnato, thanks for the offer, but my childhood remains firmly fixed between those magical pages, and it's still worth an occasional visit. Bill, thanks for the update.
Message: Posted by: Spinnato (Jan 23, 2005 10:28PM)
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On 2005-01-22 06:43, Derek Dean wrote:
Spinnato, thanks for the offer, but my childhood remains firmly fixed between those magical pages, and it's still worth an occasional visit. Bill, thanks for the update.
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I completely understand. If you look really, really close you'll see my childhood as well. You're a lucky man. Enjoy.
Message: Posted by: Derek Dean (Feb 4, 2005 02:22AM)
In case you guys didn't see it, there is a nice story written by Bev Bergeron on page 70 of the January issue of The Linking Ring. I wasn't really aware of the history involved, and it helped me realize just what a large part that great shop played in the role of many aspiring magicians. Thanks Bev.
Message: Posted by: Chessmann (Feb 24, 2005 11:30PM)
For a long time, Magicland was in downtown Dallas. It's sign was a well known landmark, and I think it is still there as a protected historical landmark. In the mid/late 1980's it moved to the suburbs area of north Dallas (LBJ and Midway, for you Dallasites). There was a fire not too long after it opened.

I think it was the fire that initiated the sale to Howard Hale, and the store moved to the SE corner of Marsh Lane and Forest Lane. Stayed there a few years, and then Howard Hale sold it to Mark Roberts. The store later moved to the opposite corner of the same intersection (NE corner).

A few months ago I went to the store and it was shut tight. Sad. We do have 2 other shops in the area (Plano and Frisco), but the history of Magicland, and the memories of visits in the early 70's, buying my first fake dog poop (hey, I was a kid then!).... I could go on.
Message: Posted by: RADIOMAN (May 28, 2005 12:55AM)
HI SPINNATO,

Somewhere among my books is a brown envelope with a recent catalog from Magicland and one from circa 1953 from Douglas Magicland. They are almost identical except that the newer one deleted the prices and sent me a separate price list. The 1953 Douglas catalog has the prices published with each ad. I remember sending for the Silk 'N Sorcery book by Hugard and two small colored silks. The silks cost 35 cents each and I think the book was $ 2.00...That was a lot of money for a youngster in grade school!!

I would be glad to send you the newer catalog when I find it. I want to keep the old one for sentimental reasons.

Bob
Message: Posted by: RADIOMAN (May 28, 2005 01:18AM)
I have a black and white photo somewhere (and the negative) of the sign at Douglas Magicland. It shows a clown popping out of a box and says Douglas Magicland. I took the picture when I visited the shop with my parents on vacation in August 1955. The shop was located at 409 North Ervay Street in downtown Dallas. I was 12 years old and really into magic. The salesman showed me a couple tricks, including the penny to dime and the rising/falling steel ball and tube trick. I bought both of them.

I remember the showroom wasn't too large, about 18 by 20 feet. Various costumes hung on a rack along one wall behind a glass showcase. That's where I saw those tricks displayed. There was also a backroom behind a drawn curtain. That was the stockroom: no one was allowed back there.

If anyone wants a picture of the sign, let me know. I will look in my files for it.

Bob
Message: Posted by: PennyMagic4U (Oct 13, 2005 10:56AM)
For all of you not from Dallas - it was a landmark that started many a young man down the right path. Yes it is a sad report but the shop has closed. Last time I was in there it was a pretty sad site. Most of the inventory was old and not much on the shelves. I think the last thing I ordered from them was a Raven PK. Most of the shops are gone. If you get to the Dallas Fort Worth area - the best shop in the metroplex is Magic ETC just west of Downtown Fort Worth. Man are we getting old or what?
JCPENNY
Simply Magic
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Nov 30, 2005 03:35PM)
Several major magicians used to work at Magicland.

Jimmy Wilson -- now known as Mark Wilson -- was a counterman there.

Gloria MarcoM worked there after Tom Palmer (erroneously called Tony Andruzzi) abandoned her and their kids.
Message: Posted by: RandyStewart (Jan 28, 2006 11:25PM)
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On 2005-11-30 16:35, Bill Palmer wrote:
Several major magicians used to work at Magicland.

Jimmy Wilson -- now known as Mark Wilson -- was a counterman there.
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Wow I didn't know that. It's been a couple of years since I've been in Dallas but according to these dates, I stopped in at the shop a few months before it closed (had no idea it was to be so) and rummaged through a box of old MUM magazines for sale. Picked up several of them including one with Don Drake on the cover, a VHS tape on Shimada from the 30 something remaining videos, and watched a kid scratch effects off his magic wishlist. He reminded me of myself in Robinson's shop long before he closed his downtown shop to pursue his Collector's Workshop efforts.

This is all news to me.
Message: Posted by: Paul Budd (May 5, 2006 10:17PM)
We're talking about Dallas shops.....I must tell this story........absolutely no embellishments, I promise.....my wife would validate this......a very magical story.........the one and only time I made a magic shop appear:

I live in Tyler, Texas and was a member of IBM ring 266 in the mid-90's..........for a very long time, I would hear guys talk about "Queen of Hearts Magic and costume Shop"- - - - - 'in Dallas'...........those of you who are familiar with the Dalls metroplex know that people outside that area frequently say "in Dallas" when they actually mean in "the metroplex"..........anyway....I'd heard about it for a long time, and my wife and I were going to a wedding one weekend in big "D"......I think we were on Greenville Avenue, but I'm not certain. It's critical to understand that I didn't have the faintest idea where this shop was located......no idea whatsoever...........we were driving along, and were about 4 miles away from the wedding's location, when I just happened to say to her, "You know, for the longest time, I've heard guys talk about Queen of Hearts Magic and Costume shop, and I've never been to it.....I sure wish I knew where it was."...JUST AS I'm coming to a stop at an intersection....I glance to my right at her and looking out the window, sitting right on the corner is a brick bldg. with the words, "Queen of Hearts Magic and Costume Shop" painted on the window, whereupon I say, "It's right there." - - - my wife completely freaked! It was the nearest to a paranormal experience I've ever had in my life.....I have never forgotten it!
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Jul 4, 2006 10:38AM)
Queen of Hearts was not part of Magicland. It was "Tony" Cassini's shop. He moved from Florida under a cloud of, well, failure to deliver merchandise. He's gone now, as well.
Message: Posted by: Nongard1 (Oct 6, 2006 07:54PM)
I bought every one of my first tricks from them in the early 70's and did my first professional show in 1976 -- and EVERY item in the show came from them.... even the dove pan! Got paid $20 for theat first show and probaly spent it on more magic....
Message: Posted by: cdgabby (Nov 5, 2007 06:26PM)
Howard Hale (my ex-husband) and I bought Douglas Magicland from Mr. Jeffries in December of 1982. We moved the store to Marsh and Forest Lane after a few years. After our divorce Howard kept the business and moved it across the street. He then sold Magicland to Mark around 2003. The store closed a few years after. Derek Kennedy at Magic Etc in Ft. Worth bought most of the antique fixtures and inventory that was left.

Magicland was a great business and it is sad that it is gone. I enjoyed owning it and working there for 10 years. It was a blessing in my life. It has a lot of rich history and many interesting stories.

All the best, Cheryl Hale Gilmore - now in Southern California and out of the magic business. I can be reached at cheryl.gilmore@hotmail.com if you have any further questions.
Message: Posted by: Larry Kellogg (Nov 21, 2007 07:15AM)
Douglas Magicland advertised their catalog for 10 cents in Popular Mechanics or Popular Science in the 1950s. Thatís how I found out about the shop. I lived in a very small town in Kansas and regularly mailed money orders to the shop for magic equipment. One day the postmaster asked me why I sending all that money to Douglas Magicland. I told him I was going to be a magician. He asked if Iíd like to do my show for the Kiwanis Club. That first gig got my name on the front page of the newspaper. One of the lines in the article said, ďHe almost appeared to be a professional.Ē
Message: Posted by: doulos (May 29, 2008 01:22AM)
I moved back to Texas in the early 70's. My first trip to Magicland was about in '74. This shop fit the typical setting from the generations it came from with the architecture of a bygone era. Almost every square inch of that shop was filled with trick, prop, joke, gag, costume, mask or wig. Strange thing was that as filled at the shop was, it didn't feel cluttered. I remember many a time Mr. Jeffries pulling something off the shelf to demo. He was a nice man, but had a peculiar method of presentation. I went as often as I could, but it was never enough for me. It just wasn't the same after the move from downtown. I can't belive they took down the building it was in. I was equally as sad to see the new place close. I could have stayed in that old shop for hours.

Over the last few years I have made it regularly over to the West side of Ft Worth to once again lean on familar counters. If you are in town, belive me, it is well worth the trip to drop in and visit. Even tho' it is not the same shop, it is nice to see someone that has the commitment to keeping real magic alive. - Thanks Derek!

-Shoop
Message: Posted by: wkitwizard (Dec 22, 2008 08:16PM)
Ok, I have to add my "two cents". I was ten years old, living in Memphis during 1955. There was this new signer, everybody was talking about who would perform at the state fairs-Elvis. I was born in Dallas, and spent many summers there-including my first visit to Douglas Magicland in '55. Still have every catalog they published from 1925 until 1973. Although the shop was crammed, it was a fantastic experience for a young boy who longed to perform magic. Many memories-all good.
Message: Posted by: magicnewswire (Jan 28, 2009 02:39PM)
I'm reading this as I interview Mark Wilson and he reminisces about MagicLand.
Message: Posted by: Ray Pierce (May 8, 2009 08:04PM)
Wow, did I have my Magicland stories!

I grew up in Ft. Worth so a trip 30 miles away to Dallas was a BIG deal for a kid in the 60's. We had "The Joke Shop" on Main St. in Downtown Ft. Worth (where I eventually worked on weekends) that had a magic section but Magicland was the holy grail! I remember Mr. Jeffries always being a great host with the most unassuming presentations anywhere! lol... "Low key" wouldn't begin to describe him. I would save up and my parents would take me over there 3 or 4 times a year to get my new toy.

I remember being 12 and finally saving enough for a set of multiplying candles. Now, I had spent 2 years working on the billiard balls so I figured the candles had to be VERY hard but I felt I was ready to tackle it. I marched in and proudly ordered my set (right hand). The place was always packed on Saturdays with merchandise and items flying out the door. Someone brought out some really complicated looking gimmick and I (with my 4 years of magical experience) said, what is this? Some kind of cigarette tank or pull system? lol... the guy looks right at me and said, Those are your candles, Kid! lol... I vowed never to open my mouth in a magic shop again... but of course that didn't last long!

It was such a joy to go and feel the history of the place as Mark Wilson was my new idol in magic and to know he worked there made it a destination of dreams for a kid my age.

I was sorry to hear it closed as it formed my early years in the craft.
Message: Posted by: Christopher Lyle (Jun 12, 2009 02:26AM)
I moved out to Dallas in October of 1998 and visited Magicland for the first time. It was a great place. Mark Roberts was the owner and it was a Magician's Hang Out. As previous posters have mentioned, it has since closed and last I heard, Mark is has been selling cars ever since. Haven't heard about him at all...kinda dropped out of the magic scene since closing up shop. Sad really...I always liked Magicland and had no idea of its history.

THE PLACE to go in DFW now is Magic Etc. which is owned by Derek Kennedy. Other shops around town are The Illusion Warehouse which was owned by Bruce Chadwick until recently (he just turned the whole place over to his son Bronson). Then you have Queen of Hearts in Plano and Main Street Magic over in McKinney. I have been out here now 11 years and have NEVER been to Queen of Hearts. I have heard the people who own it now are not magicians, are not friendly, and are not very helpful to those who come in the shop to purchase.

I have never been to Main St. either but understand their a pretty good shop...

Christopher
Message: Posted by: JNeal (Jun 22, 2009 07:35PM)
I never visited Douglas Magicland, but I guess I got one of their catalogs around 1963, I remember because the Beatles' first major album came out. Now the most important image in the catalog was on the back cover...the envelope with the wings that advertised 2hr service! As a kid, I could just picture my money order arriving there and people scurrying about to make the 2 hour time... and off to the post office and back to me!

I wore out that catalog trying to figure out each trick and deciding what to spend my $5.00 on. By the time I made a decision( a couple of weeks had passed) and I probably had $7.50..which meant I had to reconfigure what to buy! I never had much money , so I never bought all that much from them...but each purchase is remembered fondly and the images in the catalog were fantastic evocations of magic's golden age...at least to me.

Years (decades) later, while reminiscing about Douglas Magicland with a friend, I was bemoaning my beloved and now lost catalog and how it meant more to me than any of the props I purchased from it. He asked which was my favorite catalog...I said the 1967 edition with the yellow cover and he remembered it. Long story made shorter..a wek or so passed and he surprised me with a gift..HIS copy of that same catalog in pristine condition.

Having been in magic for many years now, I've given away all my books, rarities, and collectibles, well...all but one...that Douglas Magicland catalog!
Message: Posted by: ropeadope (Jul 15, 2009 01:38AM)
Looks like there was many of us back in the Good `ole Days that have fond memories of magic catalogs that were ordered from back of popla mechanics, boys life, etc. Yes I went down the same path & have fond youthfull memories with Douglas Magicland, El Beebos, Top Hat catalogs. And remember Lawson`s? Guess now it was Vic Lawsons shop. Have recently come about an old Tannen`s catalog. No youthful memories attached to this one, may trade or sell it. Lost all my old catalogs many hurricanes ago,
Message: Posted by: Wizard of Oz (Sep 23, 2009 08:52PM)
Ahhh. Douglas Magicland. Isn't it a wonderful thing, that when you were a kid, even the magic catalogs were magical? I remember seeing an ad for Douglas's catalog...I saved up, and ordered it. I had only been interested in magic (thanks to TV Magic Cards) for about a year. So when I received the catalog in the mail, it was like scoring an issue of Playboy. Okay, not quite. But really close. Forget the toy section in the Sears catalog. This was the stuff dreams were made of.

I looked at that baby for weeks, drooling over the crude drawings of effects I could only hope to afford someday, and struggling with how to spend the limited pennies I COULD afford to spend. It was a glorious tease...uh, much like looking at Playboy.

Anyway, I digress. I still have the catalog somewhere. It must be from 1972 or so, and it is sacred to me. A cheap little book full of priceless memories.
Message: Posted by: gard8847 (Jan 27, 2010 05:05PM)
Wow Ė I canít believe so many people remember Magicland. I grew up in South East Dallas not to far from Fair Park. I remember Magicland from the sixties and seventies when I think it was Al Jeffries Magicland. Like a lot of others here I spent a great deal of my paper boy earnings and allowance on Magic tricks, and gags like the fake half melted ice cream on a stick (which got a fantastic reaction when left on the front seat of my Dadís brand new 72 Chevy impala, ah it was a simpler time). Those were the days when nothing was scary or dangerous. In the summer we would catch the bus to downtown Dallas and spend the day. Dallas was a wonderland of things to see and do back then, movie theaters, the observation deck at the top of the Southland Life building which was the tallest building in town at the time, Oshmans Sporting Goods, even the library but the absolute best was Jeffries Magicland on Ervay Street. I really liked tricks with gimmicks. My grandparents were a little superstitious so the zombie ball really freaked them out until one day when the gimmick broke and the ball dropped to the floor rolling around revealing itís secret. But my favorite trick was called the dove box or the knife in the box illusion. I would borrow my neighbors rabbit for the trick. You show the box to the audience even pass it around. You put the rabbit or dove in the box. Slide in the cover behind the grill down in the box, plunge in the sword from side to side then remove the grill and voila the rabbit had disappeared. That was the grand finale to my Mickymouse magic show. Thanks for reminding me of those good old days.
Message: Posted by: BKDub (Feb 24, 2010 08:00PM)
Pretty amazing memories from all ... I was just going through an old catalog file and found a Jeffries' Magicland catalog dated 1976 (50 cents) complete with pre-printed order envelope and price sheets. It's in really good shape and cuz the envelope was in there I guess I didn't order anything from it .... it must have been the last one I ever received ..... I never went there (born and raised in SoCal) but like the rest of you I spent many an allowance with them .... the oldest record of that is a small collection of tricks that I have kept that is still in the box that I received them in .... it's post marked Dec 16 '64 and the label says "from DOUGLAS 409 N. Ervay - Dallas 1, Texas" .... the postage ... 16 cents! Miraculous Penetration Frame, Fall Guy, Elusive Cigaret, Jap Stix (obviously b4 PC), Tube and Ball, Magical Block and Coin, Four Nickels to Dimes .... like the Wizard of Oz said " ... the stuff dreams were made of."
Message: Posted by: duane_morgan (Jun 5, 2010 02:30PM)
Whould this be Lyle Douglas of Dallas, Texas? I have a 40 page booklet that is 8.5"X11" and is titled "The Book of 1000 Wonders" on 1 side followed by 35 page catalog, and the other cover is titled "50 Mysteries of Magic You Can Do" followed by 3 pages of instructions. It has a 1937 copyright.
Message: Posted by: digitizer2004 (Nov 22, 2010 08:19PM)
I am new to this forum and just happen to come across the "Douglas Magicland" forum and being an on-again-off-again magician for a number of years, I just so happen to come across my old ORIGINAL Douglas Magicland catalog and it is STILL in pretty good condition too! I remember (and not wanting to admit this) as a young lad ordering from them in the '60's, and paying by cash and change too that I had and actually getting my prized and hard earned magic (boy, have times changed!!). The copyright says 1959, though I know I did not start ordering until about 1965 or so, and the inside cover says that his catalog is number 32 ( I am not sure if this is the 32nd catalog printed or if they had printed 32 different volumes. OH WELL, talk to you guys later, I know I have other catalogs and magic books in my vault that I will report on!!


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Message: Posted by: Doctorfrey (Dec 19, 2010 10:27PM)
Magicland was legendary. I was born in 1953 and my dad knew Lyle Douglas, one of the Douglas brothers. I was lucky enough to work at Magicland downtown in Dallas one summer when I was 14 or 15 years old (1968 probably). Mr. Jeffries had definitely bought the store and he was my boss. I was a junior magician and demonstrated the tricks for retail customers... What a cool job ! I also washed the storefront windows every day and cleaned the premises... The prior writers are correct. There was a back stockroom for employees only where additional inventory was stored... I spent all my earnings on tricks. Remember Grant's Die Box, Bro. John Hamman's Final Ace Routine, the Milk Pitcher and others... Wow ! What a great experience... Jeffries was a good magician but kinda dry. I think I made $1.75 an hour and he only gave me 20 minutes for lunch break. It never seemed like real work to me... I can answer questions if someone replies... Thanks, Jerry Frey
Message: Posted by: Chessmann (Apr 5, 2011 09:28AM)
Just scored a 1974 Magicland Catalog ("500 Tricks"!) on Ebay. Nice, green cover :)

Can't wait to get it and relive memories...
Message: Posted by: Chessmann (Apr 8, 2011 06:22PM)
Got it, today. Wow....

The prices! :)

- Vanishing Milk Pitcher for $4.50 (by mail, $4.75!)

- Key-R-Rect for $13

- Braham Copper Rice Bowls (large) for $19.95

- Egg Vase for $1,75

- Phantom Cards for .35 cents ("Much better trick than the low price might indicate." True!)

- Linking Ropes for $2.50

- Steel Ball through Brass Bolt for $4.00

The "Select Magical Secrets" section, where you could buy a written description of effects for .35 cents (3 for a dollar!)

Fun book section.

Ah, the drawings, the tricks I had completely forgotten about (!), the ad copy, all brought back so many memories!

BTW, the first post in this topic mentions that where Magicland was, is now a freeway system. This is not correct - the former location of Magicland is now a parking garage, but the old neon sign is still there as an historical marker.
Message: Posted by: billmarq (Sep 5, 2011 11:02PM)
Wow. I have just returned to a serious interest in Magic, and I happened upon this forum and topic. I also began my Magic "career" as a kid in the 60's with stuff I bought from Douglas Magicland. I still own the set of 5-inch linking rings, the linking ropes and a few other small items. My brother sneaked a peek into my magic case once to try to figure out how the linking rings worked. He sneered at me later, telling me that I had broken one of them. I never did reveal the secret to him.

One of my favorite purchases was the Ireland's Multiplying Golf Balls. They were ruined by being stored in a hot attic while I was off in college and the military. I understand that they are now sought after by collectors. I would not sell them if I still had them, though.
Message: Posted by: Jim Sparx (Feb 26, 2012 05:24PM)
My first magic catalog was from Johnson Smith. The second was from an ad in the 1950s Genii, Douglas Magicland. Living in Texas I though I would get stuff faster from Dallas. But the local brick and mortar shop, Kemps, carried just about anything I would want. Don't remember ordering from Douglas but I do remember the catalogs. Not as impressive as the ones from Kanter's, Abbotts and Tannen.
Message: Posted by: Jim Sparx (Mar 24, 2012 07:31PM)
Just received in the mail an old Jeffries Magicland catalog, circa 1972, with the turbaned guy floating a lady. Looks like it just came from the printer. Guess this is the guy that took over Douglas Magicland?
Message: Posted by: TrickyRicky (Apr 3, 2012 04:53PM)
I've just been given some old catalogues --The House Of a Thousand Mysteries--Douglas MagicLand, dated 1973. All in great condition.
L.L Ireland NO12 Catalogue also in great conditionand a Max Holden #12 just worn a bit on the edges.
The The House of a Thousand Mysteries still have the monkey picture (Pumpernickle) all over the pages, but no mention of Vic Lawson. I guess Vic may have sold the business by then.
What memories.
Tricky Ricky
Message: Posted by: TrickyRicky (Apr 7, 2012 09:46PM)
[quote]
On 2012-04-03 17:53, TrickyRicky wrote:
I've just been given some old catalogues --The House Of a Thousand Mysteries--Douglas MagicLand, dated 1973. All in great condition.
L.L Ireland NO12 Catalogue also in great conditionand a Max Holden #12 just worn a bit on the edges.
The The House of a Thousand Mysteries still have the monkey picture (Pumpernickle) all over the pages, but no mention of Vic Lawson. I guess Vic may have sold the business by then.
What memories.
Tricky Ricky
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These catalogues are free to anyone who would like to have them. The cost is just postage.
Tricky Ricky
Message: Posted by: Jim Sparx (Apr 16, 2012 06:52PM)
Pm sent
Message: Posted by: TrickyRicky (Apr 18, 2012 03:55PM)
Hi Spartacus.
Books mailed today Air Mail.
Tricky Ricky
Message: Posted by: Jim Sparx (May 31, 2012 09:45PM)
Tooday, just scored a 1926 Douglas Magic Land catalog. That is the earliest I've got. zooom......
Message: Posted by: mikenewman (Sep 1, 2012 12:08AM)
In 1996-1998 I was stationed at Ft. Hood Texas. About 2-3 hours south of Dallas. I remember hearing about a magic shop in Dallas, and I finally drove up. It was my first shop to ever visit. I was SO excited to drive up there! I had to be speeding I am sure...

I am guessing it was Magic Land. I know I spent all day in there and LOVED every second of it.

I bought and still have:
- Sponge Balls (don't have those, but of course have more)
- Duo Tech II
- Scotch and Soda
- Michael Skinner's three card monte
- A Little Psychic
- All That and a Bag of Chips (great packet trick)

and some books as well.

This is a great thread. But sad too. In that it is yet another shop gone!

Barry's Magic Shop in MD just closed this summer. I am from MD and have been to his shop numerous times. I miss them already.
Message: Posted by: Wade Watson (Oct 10, 2012 07:10PM)
This is a great thread and after 8 years, it deserves to keep going. I've learned more than I would have expected about Douglas Magicland. I never worked there myself, but my buddy Mark and I visited it many times in the early to mid '60s. I always assumed the older gentleman in the back was Mr. Douglas, but perhaps it was Jeffries. Alas, we were less talented at performing than at being fascinated by gadgets and magical secrets and never went on to perform publically.

We lived in far East Dallas, on Oats Drive, but could take the bus downtown and did so sometimes on Saturday. A typical day might include a trip to Magicland for a trick or two, a burger at Kresge and a trip up to the observation deck on the Southland Life building.

I loved the Magicland catalog and still have a copy or two around-- as well as others like Top Hat out of Chicago and I belive there was another one out of San Antonio.

I never learned that Mark Wilson started out at Magicland until much later, but I was a big fan of his. I saw him do the saw-the-lady-in-half trick at the State Fair once in the '50s, I think. Of course, I never missed his Saturday morning network TV show in later on. Mark Wilson and Roy Rogers were the absolute top role models for me as a kid.
Message: Posted by: billmarq (Nov 7, 2012 09:57PM)
I still own a set of 5" linking rings, the linking ropes, a Siberian chain escape, a Glorpie and an item whose name I do not recall which is a yellow can with a devil's picture on the side. It has an asbestos ring below the top to be soaked with lighter fluid and lit on fire. The idea was to toss in a billet with a written message and to mentally divine the message after the billet had burned(?). My mother wouldn't let me use it as she believed I would burn down the house. I bought these items 50 years ago from the Douglas catalogue.

Good old days, indeed.
Message: Posted by: magicdave56 (Jun 30, 2013 04:42PM)
Dose any one knows if Barry's magic shop is still in business ?
Message: Posted by: mikenewman (Aug 16, 2013 10:58PM)
Dave,
It is closed. Barry is staying busy performing now. I loved going to Barry's everytime I made it back to MD. Barry, Susie, Franky The Wonder Dog, peter and many others were all so very helpful and always had a smile. They truly helped me in more way they can ever imagine.
While I was in Afghanistan, Barry and Susie sent me an amazing care package!!!

Mike
Message: Posted by: RichardIngram (Mar 3, 2017 04:12PM)
As a young kid, I was walking around MagicLand while my dad was talking. I remember all of the gags and things getting very weird, then my dad came and grabbed me - I had ended up in the "adult" section.