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Wizardwannabe
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Has anyone ever written a book on the history of the magic shop in America? I'd be surprised (pleasantly) if such a book exists without my being aware of it but I thought I'd ask. If not a full-fledged book maybe a magic magazine has published a lengthy article on magic shops? I have the feeling that's more likely. Anything you know about any printed material on magic shops would be appreciated.
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I think Robert Albo ( of the Classic Magic series ) had some books on magic shops not only in America but abroad..
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Years ago in Genii, Jay Marlbrough wrote a monthly column about Magic Shops throughout the U.S. that he visited while traveling from booking to booking.
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Julie,

That's the job I want! Can you stay as long as you want?

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On 2005-07-19 22:13, Bob Sanders wrote:
Julie,

That's the job I want! Can you stay as long as you want?

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You're first in line for the job (right after me!) Smile
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Hello,

The 1928 Henry Ridgely Evans book “History Of Conjuring And Magic” has a nice chapter (12 or 13 pages) titled “Laboratories Of Legerdemain”. Very interesting stuff although not devoted exclusively to American shops. The early US shops covered are Maurer, Hartz, Yost, Eureka, Martinka, C. Milton Chase, Bamberg, Brema and Roterberg. The rest of the article (European shops) is equally interesting.

I know there is a great article by W.W. Durbin about all of the magic shops that he personally visited; it was either in an early Sphinx, or more likely a Linking Ring. I have complete files of both and will do my best to find it.

Vol. 40, No. 7, page 228 (Sept, 1941)of The Sphinx has an article titled “Dealer’s in Magic and Spells” which cover some of the same ground listed above with additional interesting material.

There are many other articles I’m sure, but these were the ones that came to mind. Wish I had started a little index of them.

Happy history hunting, Mark Damon
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