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Gary Barker
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After much prayer and preparation I have decided to open a magic shop in Tampa, Florida. I have spent the last few weeks narrowing down the final possible locations and I should be making a final decision and have a lease signed by the end of the month.

I value the power of prayer and I believe in being specific when we pray so for those of you able to offer up a prayer here are the biggest needs we have in front of us.

1) Finalization of Location: Please pray God directs us to the location He would have us to lease and that we will find favor with the landlord.
2) Staffing: Please pray that God will provide the right staff to meet the needs of our customers.
3) Good News: Pray that we will be able to be a light to all those who enter our shop. That a kind word, a smile and a word of encouragement will make the difference.

God has already provided the resources financially and in inventory so we are ready to go as soon as we locate the right location and spend a few days getting the store transformed and ready for business. I believe God has given me specific directions and it is my desire to be faithful in the task He has given to me.

We are planning to have a grand opening event around Thanksgiving even though we plan to open sooner as we are thankful to God for this opportunity.

I will keep you up to date as things progress. Also please pray for my new friend Dr. Dan the Magic Man in Cocoa Beach. We have enjoyed getting to know each other and he is a good guy. If you are on the East Coast stop in and say hello to him and the rest of his staff at his magic shop, Magic Dove.

Thank you for your prayers as we strive to follow God's leading.
MagicMattMan
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Hey Gary!

This looks like such an amazing opportunity that God has blessed you with. I'll definitely be praying that you and you soon-to-be shop are a beacon for the Lord through your craft and skill. Let me know as soon as you are up and running and I'll have to come by and visit.

Matt
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Kif Anderson
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Gary -

My ministry partner and I make it that way on occasion from California, (flying in to TPA tomorrow afternoon as a matter of fact for some shows this week/weekend) So let us know when you are up and running and will drop by at the next opportunity. And I will be praying for your requests. We have a magic shop here in Southern California (Magic Galore and More) who's owner (Ken Sands) has the opportunity to share the gospel with those open to receive it. So yes...you can be a light. Especially compared to many magic shops that fill their shelves with R-rated (or worse) novelty items. Be a "kid friendly shop."

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Kif
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Gary Barker
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Matt,

I will keep you posted for sure. We are also working with Duane and Mary Laflin to host a gospel magic convention in Orlando this coming February 4th-6th. Duane and I meet this week for some final plans and then the media blitz will begin. Hope to see you there as well.
Blessings,

Gary

Posted: Sep 10, 2009 9:59am
Kif,
I would love to have you guys stop by. I am going to try and make it down to Ft Meyers for Sunday night. As far as inventory goes, if I have to have product on the shelf that would dishonor the Lord I will not open. The awesome part is I know God will bless obedience and I have no doubt He can keep HIS shop open as long or as short as HE desires. I sincerely appreciate your prayers as God bring us to your mind.
Thank you.
Gary
Joey Evans
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Gary,

Try to make it down! We can talk about the convention when you come down here. I'd love to see you again!

Joey
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MagicMattMan
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Hey Gary!
Any word on how things are going with your shop? Would love to come by as soon as it's ready...
Matt
"For those who believe, no explanation is necessary; for those who do not, none will suffice." -Joseph Dunninger



"Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it."Hebrews 13:2
TWOCAN
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What's the location Gary. Would love to stop by and check it out.
Close up coin magic.

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Frank Russell
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WOW. Gary, you sound like you have everything together. I was born in Tampa. I live in Atlanta right now and I am in a cross-roads in my life. You sound like a pleasure to work with and whomever you choose to be a part of your endeavor should consider their employment a true blessing. You make me want to move to Tampa and put in a job application. I am considering Vero Beach right now but only God knows where I am going to end up. Gary, good luck to you and I wish you the best.

God bless

Frank
Dan Bernier
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Matt keeps talking about how warm the weather is where he lives, and I'm waiting for him to invite me out there and escape the Canadian winter. Smile When he does I'll have to come and visit your new shop.

Matt, don't worry brother. I don't have anytime off for such a vacation right now.
:)
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MagicMattMan
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Hey Guys!

I just want to give a shout out to Gary and the wonders of his new shop. I especially praise him for huge selection of gospel effects. For those seeking to find it, it is at 4437 Gunn Hwy next to Westshore Pizza at Casey St.

-Matt

Hey Dan!

Weather is currently in the 30-40s Fahrenheit, but this southern boy has Jersey blood, so during the day its shorts and tee shirt for me! Also, if you ever make it to Tampa, you can stay at my house, if you'd like!

-Matt
"For those who believe, no explanation is necessary; for those who do not, none will suffice." -Joseph Dunninger



"Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it."Hebrews 13:2
TWOCAN
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Thanks Matt I will have to drop by sometime. Cheers PT
Close up coin magic.

Okito box clip.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=100n9CnFjXw
MagicMattMan
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PT- Forgot to mention, so far the shop is only open on Saturdays from 9am until 6pm.
"For those who believe, no explanation is necessary; for those who do not, none will suffice." -Joseph Dunninger



"Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it."Hebrews 13:2
mrunge
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Congratulations Gary. Good luck with the new shop!

Mark. Smile
Gary Barker
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Thank you for your prayers. We have opened for business.
We are located at 4437 Gunn Highway, Tampa Florida 33618, 813-265-9263(WAND)

We are currently open on Saturdays and by appointment the rest of the week. I am hopeful to be able to expand hours after the first of the year. I'll post again as that develops and as staffing continues to evolve.

Thank you so much for your continued prayers, kind words and spreading the word about our shop. I hope to see you soon...
Frank Russell
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God bless you Gary and the new shop as well.

If I am ever in the Tampa area, I will definitely stop in and buy and buy and buy until my wife gives me "the look."

What??? I'm a man...I admit it...she's in charge. lol

Frank
Dan Ezell
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Congrats Gary!!! I would love to come and see your shop too. I can tell you first hand that running a magic shop can be challenging, but the rewards make it worthwhile. I agree that we, magic shop owners, are in a wonderful position to be a positive light to those who will receive it. I can’t tell you how many people have come into my magic shop and noticed our gospel selection. I will keep you in my prayers. If you need anything, give me a call 321-433-1130.
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As a univesity professor in special education I advocate the use magic to increase self-esteem of children with disabilities. Also, many magic tricks can easily be tied to academic lessons. More importanly, magic can be used to create friendships with children with and without disabilities. Smile
Doctor Xombie
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I just found out about your shop.
I will be stopping by when I can to check things out.
-Roger "The Doctor"
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Doctor Xombie
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I just stopped by today and have to say that I love the shop.
My daughter got pretty much a whole magic show. Smile
I was surprised at all the great stuff in stock... magic posters on the walls... props a plenty... it really looked like a magic shop.
The staff was very friendly.
Definitely worth a stop if you are in the area.
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