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Jimmy Yoshida's Magic & Novelty Center, not the one on Alakea Street but his original shop outside the Wigwam Dept. Store in lower Kalihi.
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My very first shop was Mecca Magic, then shortly thereafter I found Philadelphia Magic Co.

Then I found Rick Sapphire in the mall and then Wizards Realm opened right around the corner from me.

Eventually Denny opened his shop in Essex and I dealt with him as much as possible from there on out.
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The Harding Way News Stand (gone for many years now) in Stockton, CA, was my first. They had a corner space in the store with one two-level display case and shelves behind it to the ceiling on the two sides of the counter's corner. They had parlor illusions, close-up Magic and tons of gimmicks and gaffed card decks. On another wall across the store was the biggest Adams display I have ever seen. They had a good selection of books, current issues of Genii magazine and all of the then current Tarbell books (#6 was the highest number then, I think). My first venture in to buy Magic was in 1958. I bought a Chen Lee Water Suspension trick ($3.00) there and used it until the gimmick's plastic hook gave out, years later.

I bought Magic in Oakland, CA too. I believe the shop was on Broadway or maybe 13th Street (?). It was a nice walk or quick bicycle ride from Lake Merritt, where we lived, nearby. I got my first Russ Walsh Appearing Cane there and my first Zombie ball. I bought a Glorpy there too (1962 or '63) and a nice stack of the old style Magic booklets.

Sacramento had a great Magic shop too. It was on K Street and I believe it was forced to close when they developed the K Street Mall. It was stinky (the Chinese-American owner smoked cigars non-stop!) and had the dust of the ages on everything, just like a good old-fashioned Magic shop should be.

Silks cost more then than now (in relative currency values) if my memory serves me correctly, so I didn't have very many of them. Now I buy the current cheaper grades by the dozens. My first 36 inch silk (for the Walsh cane) cost me a fortune, $18.00 (Dragon silk).

None of these places would sell flash paper to a kid, so I got that by mail-order from places like Top-Hat, Douglas Magicland, El Bee, Tannen's, Abbott's, etc.



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Mr. Magic in Little Rock, Arkansas. Great shop. Awesome people. Much love for that place. (I eventually got to go in back and shop "the secret room".)
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Either Flosso's in New York City or Hank Lee's in Boston. I was too young to know which one was the first.
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Not too many magic shops around my way (Manchester, England) the nearest one is in Blackpool I believe.

when I was 16 or so I was given the address of a local magic shop, got my mum to drive me round there, after getting lost several times we arrived. It was a married couple's house, they ran a catalogue shop out of their spare bedroom!

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Strangely enough.... The Magic Shop
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Eddie's tricks and costume.
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Barry's Magic Shop, circa 1975 - the original "upstairs" store in Wheaton, MD.
Barry was still working part time at the Safeway across the street, and Susie, his wife and partner of many years was only his girlfriend. Smile

They moved the store to Rockville, MD a while back, which is where I reconnected with them about a year ago after a long hiatus from magic, and was pleased to find it's still a special place run by two of the nicest people you'll ever run across.

Support your local magic shop.
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The Magic Mansion in Las Vegas- Paul Harris worked there many, many years ago.
It has been closed down for years.
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Precision Magic and Eddie's tricks and costumes.
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My first shop was "hocus pocus" in west edmonton mall (used to be the worlds largest mall)m it was run by a fellow named attilla. We were there so much, attilla started showing us how things worked (stuff like TT and ITR). Probably not the best policy.
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The first magic purchase I made was a book ordered by mail from Fleming Book Company way back in the 1960's. A year or so later the first shop I actually visited was Earl Edwards's Magic Shop in Norfolk, Virginia. It was a great shop with novelties, stamps, coins and a counter of EZ and Royal Magic out front, and only after you "proved" you were serious about magic were you invited to go into the back room where the more professional magic (P&L, Grant, Kline, etc) was on display. The backroom also included a stage with lights and curtains and twice a month club meetings (IBM for the grown-ups and The Blackstone Ring for teens) were held.

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My first magic shop was called the Fun and Frolic shop in San Diego. I shopped there until one day I made a pilgramage to Joe Berg's Magic Shop in Hollywood. That place was like a junk yard with props and gizmos piled up all over the place, apparently completely disorganized. But ask Joe about an effect and he knew right where to find it. I felt like a kid in a toy store. Well, I gues I was a kid in a toy store.

And Hollywood Magic was just down the street.
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The very first was Different Drummer in Columbia SC back in the early 70's. But I would say the first legitimate one was Jeffrie's Magicland in Dallas TX off of Ervay in them mid 70's. I miss that shop, and Mr. Jeffries was a hoot.
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Bruce's Haunted House in Glendale, Calif. It hardly qualifies but he did carry some magic, mostly Adams tricks and the like. When it came time to buy my first "real trick", a die box, he sent me to Joe Bergs place in Hollywood.

The most frequented shop was Magic Emporium during the 1980s. They had 3 or 4 shops with different names throughout Southern California. Great places, I miss them.
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I don't remember the name of the first shop I went to back in Eugene Oregon (my intrest in magic was only marginal then) however my favorite is in Tucson Arizona. Williams Magic Shop, great family owned shop that carries just about any kind of magic from beginner to professional.
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Mines is Tannens Magic in NYC. I still go there but I bounce between Tannens and Fantasma Magic.

Tannens is not as fun. Apparently they were in the past.
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My very first Magic shop bought from was "FAB Magic" in The magic capital of the world Colon, Michigan
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Merlin's Magic Shop in Reading(actually West reading), Pennsylvania.

Occasionally I would stop into Mingus Magic Shop as well--and Mingus is still going strong today!

I remember some of the first tricks I bought--including "Mental Choice"--three cards with colored circles an envelope and a pen. You pointed to one card and it was revealed as the one you would choose. I see that effect still being marketed today in different ways.

I loved the shop--met Tom Ogden who showed some unbelieveable magic and went to a lecture with the guys to Stoksey Castle to see Johnny Thompson(I lost the lecture notes years ago--Grrrrr!)

But it's great having a shop around--and although I don't get to Mingus very often---I enjoy it when I do.
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