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DaiBato
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I have been subscribing to Genii and Magic since 1999.

Now I'm starting to run into a storage problem. I don't want to sell, so does anyone have any creative storage ideas for their overflowing collection of magazines?

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Boxes, shelves, magazine holders. that's what I do, I have a bunch of magazine holders, and I put them up on a shelf. Magic goes in one, CAM goes in another, Linking Ring goes in another, etc. All my books, DVD's, and magazines are very organized.
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I did a search and obviously found boxes and bins of every description, but this item called, The Magazine Squirrel Wire looks quite interesting. It allows you to store magazines in 3-ring binders, without punching holes in the magazines.
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I used to be a magazine editor, so I've got a LOT of them. I've never found anything more efficient than cheap bookshelves and those diagonally-cut cardboard magazine storage boxes they sell at every office supply store for about a buck apiece. They pack more magazines per linear foot than just about any other solution, they let you organize and find your mags very easily, and they seem to be pretty gentle on the magazines.

I'm assuming you actually want access to your mags, here. If you just want to store them away, buy cardboard file boxes that are about the same size as your mags laid flat. Alternate your magazines about a dozen at a time, so the spines are on opposite sides. Label your boxes and keep them in the proverbial cool, dry place. Cool and damp is bad. Hot and humid is bad. Hot and dry isn't much better. Cool and dry. Period.

I never liked 3-ring binders, even with the spine gadgets that keep you from having to punch holes. The magazines invariably sag and bend in an unattractive manner.
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Unfortunately those more current mags don't appreciate in value and in reality you probably won't go back into them unless there's something that appealed to you initially at the first reading.

Sooooooooo my solution for the past several years has been to photo copy the articles/instructions I REALLY think I'll want to revisit and then pass on the magazine itself to a young Magician who appreciates it.
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I am constantly leafing through old articles for ideas to jump start my columns and shows. Like Julie, I used to sift through my old mags, cut out the articles and items that were of interest and trash the rest. I would tape these articles to pieces of bond paper and file them by category and topic. Then, around ten years ago, I started scanning the articles into my computer instead. Today, you can get the entire MUM, Linking Ring and Genii series going back nearly forever on CD-ROM with a searchable index. Why keep the bulky, dust-collecting mags for more than a year or two these days? Use 'em, enjoy 'em and trash 'em...then invest in the annual CD-ROM for future use.

I'll bet that within the next ten years, paper magazines will be a distant memory and either CD-ROM or downloadable "magazines" will be the norm. The Linking Ring is already headed in this direction.

Interestingly, I would cut up my COAI and WCA magazines as well...and wind up with one, maybe two articles of any moderate professional interest at all...out of all those pages. Finally convinced me that I was wasting my time with both groups and I moved on. Fascinating how much worthless trash club rags foist on their members.
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Like above, I use diagonal Storage magazine box from staples. One for each, Genii, Magic, MUM, and Linking Ring. They hold 1 year each for easy access.,

The Funny Paper, & Haunted Attractions, hold two or three years.

The Genii, I photo copy every Osborne Illusion (In Every other month), and place them in an Illusion binder.

Right now I am perserving my KIDabra Journals because the first year will, in time, be very valuable.
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Chris Bruce
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Hi,

I have a question regarding storage of The Linking Ring: What size file boxes would be best for long term storage? Linking Ring Mags measure 6"x9" and I can't seem to find anything suitable. I don't want to put them in a standard size box (too big) and the boxes for Reader's Digest & TV Guide are too small. Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance,

Chris
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I just use diagonally cut cereal boxes for my mags. They work as well as the store bought stuff, just make sure the box is big enough
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I tried using cereal boxes for my magazines, they don't really stand up too well.

I discovered Wal*mart sells long water filters meant to go under the sink, these filter come in heavy duty cardboard boxes that have a perfect diagonal cut in them. If you don't hate Wal*mart all that much, you might want to go to the hardware department and see if they have those filters. When the new shipment come in, they throw the boxes the old ones came in. Ask if you can have them. It can't hurt to ask.
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On 2006-06-07 15:04, Skip Way wrote:

Today, you can get the entire MUM, Linking Ring and Genii series going back nearly forever on CD-ROM with a searchable index. Why keep the bulky, dust-collecting mags for more than a year or two these days? Use 'em, enjoy 'em and trash 'em...then invest in the annual CD-ROM for future use.


Also Jinx, Phoenix, Pentagram, and The Magic Wand! (Am I missing any?)

Ah... But when, Oh! When... will The Sphinx be available ?!?!

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Chris Bruce
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Thanks to mandrake01 for the tip, I'll check into those boxes.

I am looking for long term storage though, basically they are going into my basement not to be seen again unless I decide to sell them at the club auction. I feel bad about throwing them out cause its about 15 years worth. (If anyone wants them they are welcome to them.)

I actually emailed the IBM to see if they had a membership option that does not receive the Linking Ring. I don't read it often and a lot of the time end up throwing it in a box unopened in the plastic. If they offered it online every month that would be perfect for me. Maybe someday.

If anyone knows of long file type boxes (like comic book boxes) that are suitable for a 6x9 book I would still be interested in hearing about it.

Thanks,

Chris
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Well, if you're looking for basement storage... you're looking at zip lock bags with moth chips.

I've never read Linking Ring. (Used to be a member of SAM and read MUM, but not LR.)
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I'll send my wife over. She threw all mine out.
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MagicSanta, I feel your pain!


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On 2006-06-07 15:04, Skip Way wrote:
I am constantly leafing through old articles for ideas to jump start my columns and shows. Like Julie, I used to sift through my old mags, cut out the articles and items that were of interest and trash the rest. I would tape these articles to pieces of bond paper and file them by category and topic. Then, around ten years ago, I started scanning the articles into my computer instead. Today, you can get the entire MUM, Linking Ring and Genii series going back nearly forever on CD-ROM with a searchable index. Why keep the bulky, dust-collecting mags for more than a year or two these days? Use 'em, enjoy 'em and trash 'em...then invest in the annual CD-ROM for future use.


Because they are bloody expensive, that's why! If the IBM and the SAM would make these available at a reasonable price to the membership, I would buy them right now and free up my shelf space. After all, I have already paid for them.

However, at $150 for TLR complete through 2007, I'm not likely to purchase it on a CD-ROM. The corresponding SAM item is not the complete MUM, but 900 tricks from MUM.

It is more reasonably priced, though.
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On 2006-06-04 21:45, Julie wrote:
Unfortunately those more current mags don't appreciate in value and in reality you probably won't go back into them unless there's something that appealed to you initially at the first reading.

Sooooooooo my solution for the past several years has been to photo copy the articles/instructions I REALLY think I'll want to revisit and then pass on the magazine itself to a young Magician who appreciates it.


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I've also been trying to come up with a good storage option, as I have a bunch of Genii and Magic Mags taking up space. Since most of the magazine is advertisements that I have no need for (or no longer in business), I thought about cutting out all the articles that interest me, along with the cover, and putting each issue (probably only several pages) into it's own sheet protector/binder sleeve and then into a large binder. I want to keep the covers of all the mags in case an autograph opportunity ever arises--already have a bunch of covers signed.

Anyone else have any new ideas on this subject?
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