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Ebay is ok but there is a lot of crap to wade through. Also, much of ebay stuff is really magic dealers selling their stuff at list price.

Penguin is the cheapest game in town. I also like the Magic Depot, Daytona Magic, and one that no one has mentioned, Also check the new site,, where magicians buy and sell their personal stuff.
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I will shop at Penguin if I have no other choice, I love buying from a real shop, its fun to go in there are look.

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Very very cheap.
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MJM most often. I like that liftime 10% discount.
Penguin occasionally.
Ebay whenever I can find what I'm wanting.
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I have tried to support the Brick and Mortar shops within driving distances from where I live. These places also have online shops:

Gerry Griffin at Calmagic is great to buy from. He is full of information and advice of everything he sells. The owners of the other two shops are also great and very helpful.

I would have to say that Daryl's has given me great, great service. I have never received my orders more quickly from any other online magic shop than from Daryl's and his correspondences are also very good.
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I just placed a big order with Frank Starsinic who runs The Ambitious Card. He posts a lot on the Café and has been super helpful in helping me decide which effects/props/videos to consider. He's been really quick to respond to e-mails and seems very fair and knowledgable.

And...they have a good selection and his prices are among the lowest I've seen out there.

Of course, I haven't received my order yet, so stay tuned for Frank-bashing if it gets screwed up! =:oB (That's a smiley rabbit with buck-teeth by the way.)

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I've bought a few things from Davenports (mainly cards) in Charing Cross, various books from and a couple of things from Penguin.

I even got a good deal on some video material (Greg Wilson's On The Spot, with some extras thrown in) from eBay of all places as the owner was upgrading all his reference material to DVD.
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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:

Gerry Griffin at Calmagic is great to buy from. He is full of information and advice of everything he sells. The owners of the other two shops are also great and very helpful.


I quite agree. These are three of my favorite shops and their owners are priceless. I try to get into at least one of them when I am in Northern Calif.

I too lament the passing of the traditional B&M magic shop. One book in my library, Copyright 1956, lists no less than 43 magic dealers in the greater Los Angeles area, and I know of a few additional shops that were not listed. Today there are probably less than 10.

I have always found it is better to see the props in person to determine their quality, and once you have established yourself as a serious magician, most shops will let you examine the props before you buy!

I travel a lot for business and ALWAYS look to see if there is a Magic shop in the area. Most magic shop owners are really great people and are willing to spend time talking magic with you. Sometimes you even see tricks that no one else carries.

And finally, I agree, Gerry is a kick. I have to get by to see his new shop and theatre,

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Profile of Magicshore
Hocus Pocus
Hank Lee
Magic Warehouse

......In that order
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For books or dvds I use circlecitymagic. They advertise on this site.

The good: they will always be cheaper than other websites by about 10%. They offer free shipping. They have a points program that offers discounts on future purchases.

The bad: yeah, the shipping is free, but it takes about 2 weeks for it to arrive. I'll get an email stating that it is shipping, but the email comes about 4-5 days after the order was placed. (Could you guys please ship sooner?)
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Profile of Mind_Magic
I always try to purchase directly from the maker to honor its job. But since 6 months ago I have problems dealing with my orders (3), and all of them are from the top Magicians and the main reasons were incomplete orders or mistake with the DVDs or tricks requested.
Even thought I tried to contact them by e-mail or phone, anyone answered. Total Lost around $200.

I understand that those peoples are very busy but if they decide to make business then needs to have support and customer service.

So, based on that experience now I deal only with the well know Magic Stores already describe.

Anyway, just want to share my experience.
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A magic shop on the Riverwalk in New Orleans rekindled my interest in magic a couple years ago. The name is on the tip of my tongue. When I got home I found the Penguin site pretty fast with google. A lot of people slam Penguin but their website is very easy to maneuver. Other sites I found at the time were slower or harder to get around.

I now use Hocus Pocus because they have a lot of great deals.

I was in Santa Ana, CA in March for work but couldn't make it up to Hollywood Magic which I hear is awesome. I was going to go, but the install I was in Cali for turned into a nightmare and just couldn't ever get time. We were working 18 hour days for 6 days solid.
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Does anyone else have advice on I just checked it out and it doesn't look too bad.
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I shop at Browser's Den and Morrissey Magic.
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Profile of orleans97
I would love to use my local shop but New Orleans doesn't have any..So I use Hank Lee mostly and he has always delivered promptly
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MjM, themagicwarehouse, and Hank Lee are my favorites. Penguin magic is by far the worst I have seen, they are one of the most unethical magic shops you can buy from.
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Hank Lee gets my top vote. They have always cheated er, I mean treated me well everytime. Sorry Hank, I'm always quite a joker, but you guys are TOP notch.
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I just has a GREAT experience with MJM Magic ( ).

Great prices, free shipping and FAST shipping. And...e-mails explaining every step of the shipping journey.

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Profile of CasualSoul
As I don't have a local "bricks & mortar" magic store in my city anymore, I try to buy my tricks directly from the creator when I can, but otherwise I shop at:
- Hocus Pocus (great selection, reasonable prices, and good service)
- L&L Publishing (largest selection of books & dvds)
- Spookclub (overall best Canadian based on-line retailer)
- Penguin (cheapest on-line store, although recently it's looking like this may have changed)
- Ellusionist (coolest and best designed site, great product-specific private forums)
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Profile of Magicshore
My favorites are

Hocus Pocus
Magic Warehouse
Daytona Magic

Hank lee is last resort as it seems they frequently delay orders by a couple of months.
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