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Bendy
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Online:
Magic Warehouse
MJM Magic
Elmwood Magic
Magic Depot
Hank Lee
Penguin
The Trickery
Precision Magic
Magic Pro Shop

Locally:
Backstage Magic (Orlando)
Daytona Magic (Daytona)

When visiting Orlando, I recommend you stay away from:
Magic Max
tpax
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Columbia, Maryland
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Penguin - Good delivered prices, lets you know what's in stock. I really like the preview videos and reviews. Special Order Catalog can be slow. Otherwise very good experiences with exchanging items for size, etc. Limited selection, geared more to the beginner.
Hank Lee - I always check his "What's Hot" link. You should call and see if it's in stock. Has better selection then Penguin. Wait for the sales! Charges shipping.
Hocus Pocus - Nice selection of effects, call for availability. Wait for the sales. Charges freight.
Stevens Magic - Top quality effects, unique items. Geared more towards the pro. I look at their catalog and say "If only I could..."
Ebay - My best success has been with books and DVD's. I've gotten a lot of garbage from Ebay.
pradell
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Lots of places to look...

For the thrifty...

ebay,

http://www.magicauction.com,
http://www.themagiccafe.com lets make a magic deal! sections,
Mr. Humble's used magic listing (email him at mrhumble@bellsouth.net and please tell him that pradell@alaska.com referred you! Thanks)
your local salvation army type stores

For those who require the new:

Buy with caution!
Use google to comparison shop!

:magicrabbit:
vance2276
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Penguin is good, especially some of their downloadable tricks. Frankly though, I like eBay the best. With patience, I can get almost anything more cheaply. Definitely use Google and read some reviews before buying.
R.S.
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Hey NYCJoePitt,

Funny you mentioned that experience with Magic Warehouse. Allow me to relate an experience I had a few years back...

When I first started purchasing magic on the interenet, one of the very first places I went to was a site called "Pete Best's Magic." They were out of the Boston area. I placed a couple orders using my credit card and had no problems. Then one day (a few months after my last purchase with them) I got my credit card statement and was surprised to see a new bill for about $200 on my credit card for purchases I never made from Pete Best's Magic! Naturally, I was alarmed and immediately called Pete Best's Magic to get an explanation. But I was never able to reach them and nobody ever returned my calls! Also, their website quickly vanished. Luckily, my credit card company was very understanding and I didn't incur any charges.

Anyway, flash forward about a year or so and again I was browsing the internet when I came across the "Magic Warehouse" website. What really caught my attention was that the look and feel of the website was almost an exact copy of Pete Best's website! The formatting, the icons, and even the brick background are the same as the now defunct Pete Best's website!

Now, I'm not really sure what to make of this. Perhaps it's just a coincidence. Maybe not. NYCJoePitt, it's been a while since your post, so please bring us up to date.

Since that incident, I NEVER use my credit card online for anything. And getting back to the original post, let me HIGHLY recommend LOOMIS MAGIC. I have been shopping there for quite some time now and I must say that in addition to having very good prices and a wide selection of items, Dennis is a great guy - extremely service oriented and professional in every way. He's on the opposite coast from me and I often get my orders from him quicker than from some relatively local places.

Anyway, that's my 2 cents.

Ron
"It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry." Thomas Paine
kent
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I'm lucky enough to have a really great shop in my hometown:
Tony Eng's Trick and Joke Shop (although now I guess it's Murray's, after Mr. Hatfield bought it earlier this year!)

Even though items online can sometimes be 20 to 30% cheaper, there's something unique about an actual B&M store. I urge everyone who only buys online to visit an actual magic shop whenever they have the chance.

Having said all that, I *do* buy online as well! Usually from MJM, or MagicWarehouse. No problems shipping to Canada with either of them (free s/h from MJM!). There's some good Canadian sites as well. Some already mentioned in this thread (SpookClub, Browsers Den), and others like MagicDan, and The Vanishing Rabbit.

Ebook sites like Lybray.com and buying direct from magicians (check out Café members signatures, lot's of great magic to be had!) are also great ways to go.
NYCJoePitt
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On 2006-09-08 12:52, NYCJoePitt wrote:
I placed an order at the Magic Warehouse on Tuesday. I sent an email to change the order and tried to call them every day since then. I have not heard a peep out of them and nobody is answering the phone or returning emails... does anybody know what is going on there? Usually I would have my order by now!


My stuff finally showed up and they apologized, they were waiting on a back order. I think they must be low on staff at the warehouse because I've since tried to email them and they only seem to get to emails about once a week.

Now I really have a HORROR show to tell about Hank Lee and I recommend NOT ORDERING from them. But that is for another posting that I'll do soon. In the meantime, if you are on their emailing list, do yourself a favor, unsubscribe. Don't order from Hank Lee. Their discounts look great, their service is by far the WORST.
RickVancouver
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I put an inquiry to Hank Lee's, about a certain DVD their website displays, early this week... still no reply. I don't want to phone them as their phone quotes never match what they actually bill me. With them, I want it in writing.

If I inquire at MJM, I usually get a reply right away or at the latest, 24 hours.

I also like dealing with Brent at Vanishing Rabbit in Calgary.

Rick
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Zazz
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On 2006-04-08 03:07, Zazz wrote:
I have tried to support the Brick and Mortar shops within driving distances from where I live. These places also have online shops:

http://www.calmagic.com/
http://www.misdirections.com
http://www.grandillusions.com/


Besides the B&M shop that I listed above the three online shops I have been buying from recently have given me excellent customer sevice and very quick shipment:
http://www.lockfamilymagic.com
http://www.foolerdoolers.com
http://www.chefanton.com/scoundrelsstore/menu.htm
rmoraleta
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What does MJM stand for? Haven't ordered from them yet.
Destiny
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Rmoraleta

Check in What's Cooking section - MJM Magic often have specials there for Magic Café members - and their service is exceptional. Quick shipping also which is good for us in Australia and The Phillipines - so far away.
rmoraleta
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Thanks very much Plasticdestiny!
Matthew W
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ilusionista
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This thread is great - always nice to learn about some new stores. When I do shop online it is usually at http://www.ellusionist.com or http://www.mjmmagic.com.
Dynomite Magic
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My favorite place to shop is Hippity Hop Magic. It's located in Grand Rapids, Michigan (not far from my house. I know the owners very well. I started shopping there about six years ago. Everyone at the shop is extremely friendly and they take the time to make sure that you get exactly what you need. I've never had a problem with any purchases. I encourage you to support this fine Brick & Mortar Magic Store. Also visit their website...

http://www.hippityhop.com

Best of Luck to You!!!
Jeff
DStachowiak
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Barry's Magic Shop in Wheaton MD
Denny & Lee in Baltimore (Essex) MD
Woke up.
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montemagic
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I buy inline from Brad Burt: http://www.magicshop.com

My local magic shop is Grand Magic Shop
Aim To Amaze
BrianMillerMagic
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I buy from Elmwood Magic: http://www.ElmwoodMagic.com and only when I can't find something on Elmwood or if I'm extraordinarily tight on cash I'll go to Penguin. I greatly dislike Penguin and try not to go through them if I can avoid it. I have also used the Magic Warehouse a couple times.

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And of course...
You can always invent your own


Agreed - most of what I do (close up anyway) is original in either effect, method, or presentation.
DaddyDoodle
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eBay
PenguinMagic.com
ItsMagicOnline.com <<---Brick-n-Mortar shop in Nashville, TN (great spot!)


I've recently added The Magic Depot to my selection of preferred shops.
Smile Tally-ho! And Tuscarora too! Smile
Richard71
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Alacazam, magic box, world of magic are all great uk based suppliers.

Penguin Europe are great for price, but have a lot of their stuff listed as out of stock (on a pretty permanent basis)

Rich
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