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Xemm
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I'm rather picky in choosing magic videos or books, I have to make sure that I will learn something from it. It will be wise to do research before you buy it. I spent about $ 50 average per month for magic. I try not to buy any materials that I already know.
Lester
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The powers that be, namely, She That Must Be Obeyed, gives an allowance of £3O.OO per month!
Justin Impossible
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Money....Magicians do not need money for magic. I am a liar, cheat, and a thief. But it's ok it's my job! Money?
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jonxodus
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Go to a friend who is good and get him to teach you for free=D
Jason Simonds
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I'm in the same boat as you Lester.
Keith Mitchell
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Money is meant to be spent. There is no fun in saving money. Hey, I am even buying collectable Money, because I enjoying spending, it makes me happy. The waiting for "IT" to arrive in the mail is what drives me nuts. If it is taking too long I start to go crazy and want to call to find out where "IT" is.

I am only working part-time and live from paycheck to paycheck, and I am stupid to be spending money on the things that I do. There is a new trick out on the market, and I am going to buy it at the end of the month. STUPID, STUPID, AND STUPID! If it makes me happy then I am going to BUY IT Hee Haa!

One smart thing that I do is to come here to The Magic Café Forum to check up on a product first, then decide if it is worth buying. Many things I have rejected, but that one thing I am buying at the end of this month sounds good. I AM NOT GONNA TELL YA WHAT IT IS! The Magic Café Forum has saved me lots of $$$$$$$.

Life goes on!
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Andy the cardician
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Money, money, money . . must be funny
in a rich man's world
Cards never lie
PirateJohn
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I spend my money not so much on magic but on acting and singing classes. A good, strong voice and polished performance skills go a long way in magic.
DWB
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I spend about $50 on magic a month, and it would be more, if I wasn't working in a magic shop, lol. I get a discount, so luckily, I've been able to keeps my costs fairly low.
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When buying a $80.00 to $100.00 gaff coin be sure to pick up a 20 dollar book so the bag looks and feels like a reasonable purchase! Smile
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On 2007-08-13 17:00, MickeyPainless wrote:
When buying a $80.00 to $100.00 gaff coin be sure to pick up a 20 dollar book so the bag looks and feels like a reasonable purchase! Smile


LOL!, I totally agree with you
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About $500-$1000 a year, sometimes two years. Having been involved in the art for almost 30 years, I have spent enough. However in the old days I went years with only a deck of cards a few good books. However I do not buy overpriced single effects too often, I buy classic books and DVD sets ranging in the $200-$400 area, as opposed to a cart full of effects I will not use.
The great trouble with magicians is the fact that they believe when they have bought a certain trick or piece of apparatus, and know the method or procedure, that they are full-fledged mystifiers. -- Harry Houdini
Cory Landels
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I think I spend about 30-50 dollars a month on magic.
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As far as money invested, I don't know. However, I have invested my life into magic. Smile
The CiscoKid
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OK,

Don't laugh, I am a beginner and didn't even know about this forum before I had spent about $6000 on gimmicks, gaffs, books and DVDs. I quickly (expensive lesson)found out that most of the gimmicks and gaffed cards were not for me.

My best purchases have to be Remote Vision Cube and Die, they have impressed everyone I perform for. I have to say that Mark Wilson's book was great, as wellas, Magic for dummies. I am now concentrating on non gimmicked and non gaffed magic.

My biggest problem is that I am addicted to buying more, I do practice about 2 - 3 hours a day but the sheer volume of magic that I have purchased is overwhelming.

I have somewhat slowed down and now I do quite a bit of research before I buy anything else. Thanks to the Magic Café, I have saved some money

Thanks for all your advice

The CiscoKid
jay leslie
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The beginner buys because he likes it
The novice buys because, once he's begun, if he quits he looks dumb
The semipro buys because he's planing to quit his job and go pro
The pro looks at effects as a purchase and how it fits in a show
The collector usually is sucsessfull in other areas and does not have time to perform
other people refuse to spend money because they believe skill is the answer

Me.. I've done it all. The people who make the most of what they buy do so to fill a need. The people who waste their money do so because they must know how something works. The people who make money use their props as tools

I spend thousands a month on magic but for different reasons, I'm buying raw materials and magically turning them into something.

It's NOT what something costs - it's what it does for you.
shek
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I think, as a beginner, everyone tends to spend a TON of money. As people become more familiar with magic, they are able to weed out the less desirable effects. This was certainly the case for me. My first magic purchase was in the $200/month range, but it's leveled down quite a bit now. Recently, I've realized the potential of books and have funneled my financial resources into those. As a sidenote, it probably wasn't smart of me to spend so much money in the beginning, as I'm still in high school and can barely afford it with 2 years of collected allowance. Smile
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I really wish I can spend hunrdreds of dollars but I really don't....i like purchasing dvd's and books rather than tricks....i buy tricks from small retailers tho, I feel they have to really come up with good tricks, gimmicks and effects more then larger co.....if your looking for good long lasting tricks that the gimmick does all the work for you,,,go to gmrcreations.com and click on bob solari magic...i have never complained about his tricks...all are awesome,,,check out "quarter warp" 12.95, cunning card case "19.95" and several others.....its great affordable and reliable magic...hope it helped...
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Andy the cardician
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I can only repeat it over and over again - if you spend money, spend it on books
Cards never lie
mindshrink
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I don't remember how much I have spent on magic ...the better half remembers it only too well and keeps reminding me and adding the fact that 'there have been no returns on investment as yet'....and as usual I keep forgetting.
Considering that the Indian currency is immensely weaker(45 times) compared to the US dollar and most of the goodies are available only in US $,most magi in India have to literally scrimp and scrounge to save money.
I depend on my better off doctor friends charity ...they bring in the DVDs and props when the visit India from the US.
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