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Ron Crumley
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This purchase, made years ago, became far more special as time went on. You'll understand why when you read this . . .

The purchase was my first "major effect"; the good old Sucker Die Box. I bought it back in the 60's. It's weathered countless perfomances and with occasional touch-up paint, it's still in great condition.

I bought it with money I got for my 10th birthday. We lived in Southern California, and with an occasional trip to Disneyland, I was saving up for the purchase of my first "major effect".

The big day came and when I got into Disneyland, I made a bee-line for the Main Street Magic Shop. The same guy who had helped me pick out so many small effects on several previous visits, took his time as he showed me the handling and his presentation of The Sucker Die Box. He was both magical and funny. I was a happy young magician as I left the shop with my new effect.

The name of the guy who helped me at the shop? . . . Steve Martin.
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You met The Great Flydini in person? Awesome!

Buying the AoA books was an obvious turning point for me. Those were some sleepless nights.
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I found my deck of Bikes from the first time I ever did a show (not that I do a lot of shows). I was volunteered to perform in front of about 100 people, I had only been doing magic for a month or two. It went great & the cards serve as a reminder of the fantastic journey that magic has taken me on.


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Steve Martin working at a magic shop? Well, I guess that proves that every great comedian has to start out doing something worthless.
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I'd been into magic for about three years and had performed a number of shows for the scouts, church groups and several school talent shows. I was doing the Zombie and a Square Circle as well as a few other classics but I didn't have a table yet. At this point I was buying 95% of my magic through the mail from Marshall Brodein's Magic Catalog Company. I worked most of the summer on the family farm and saved every penny I made until I had the $175 I needed to buy my Professional Dragon Nite Club table by Mak Magic. I harassed the Post Office and our mail carrier for weeks until my package arrived.

When I opened the box and saw that blue table with the beautiful dragon design I had the feeling that I had finally arrived as a magician. It turns out that the purchase was money well spent as that was over 20 years ago and I'm still using the table. It is however nearing the end of it's useful life but I haven't been able to bring myself to retire it and buy a new one.

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