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SteveFromSpokane
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Ok, I usually buy from Penguin, Hocus Pocus,Hank Lee and some directly from Magician such as Aldo, Sankey, and Daryl. But who is MJM people keep talking about?
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Hocus Pocus it tops for me. Great discounts and the best when it comes to Customer Service. Penguin is 2nd. I just started using MJM and getting a 10% discount on everything. Then I bought the Blower Gimmick from them which was a preorder. When I got it it turned out to be a lemon. Their customer service is lacking big time. I won't be going back to them any more.
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I like:
The Magic Trick Store...great service and good pricing and free shipping with over $50 order as well as offering some really good freebies. This is my go-to
Hocus Pocus
Penguin
Ronjo has some hard to find items
Elmwood Magic is reliable and has some interesting exclusives
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I've been buying things from this old guy called Larry at Eagle Magic if I go to a shop.

Otherwise, I buy from WizardHQ. The guy there is a great guy but will talk your ear off. It's usually good talking though and I've got lots of tips about what are great new tricks to get.

Their support has been really good.
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1. Merchant of magic - http://www.magicshop.co.uk/
2. Discount magic
Failed Magician
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Some private dealers are also great. Martini, Jamie Grant, Colombini, Cameron Francis. They are really decent and respectable.

Penguin is still in the top list, Hocus-Pocus and MJM.
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Zombie Magic
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Penguin Magic has been the best.

1) Free Shipping on orders of $40 or more

2) Discounts that surpass other shops

3) "Real Time" online support

4) Order dispatched immediately.

5) No backordering

6) Live online lectures that you can re-watch anytime
Marvelous
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Elmwood Magic has real time inventory, if you are able to put it in your cart it is in stock. Why is that so hard for other dealers? Also while some other companies let you use Pay pal Elmwood treats it just like a regular credit card transaction and you don't have the hassle of sending them a separate e mail with your order and payment. You go through their check out the same with pay pal and immediately get an order confirmation as well as delivery confirmation sent to you usually the same day if ordered by 4 pm. While their prices aren't as low on some items as a few of the others mentioned they more than make up for it with outstanding customer service, a modern reliable ordering and in stock shopping experience and great sale promotions. Now for runner ups...


Hocus-Pocus has the best sale promotions I find myself spending about 1500-2000 a year on sale items alone not to mention all their exclusives. Fast shipping. My only complaint is if they owe you a store credit you can't use it during those sales and no real time inventory and no easy pay pal access. Still really nice people and good overall experience.


MagicWarehouse Great selection and outstanding customer service and low prices. They will honor store credits at any time and will take pay pal though again it will require a separate e mail. No real time inventory but sometimes if they updated when you add an item they don't have it will come up out of stock but not always reliable like with Elmwood. They have same day shipping in most cases.



MadHatter Magic has great prices and are friendly BUT a lot of items they put on sale are Chinese Bootlegs. Example I already owned 2 Modern Times by Henry Evans and I saw they had it on sale for 7.00 so I ordered it. The packaging was different with one side English poorly scanned the other Chinese and the gimmicks had a lot of visible dried wax on them and when the card case card vanished to change to a card it was poorly aligned and you could tell. I also purchased Kartis Visible Bill change for 10.00 it came with a fake 100 dollar bill attached to the white paper instead of the Real One Dollar bill that comes with the genuine version. Also the dvd wouldn't play. Again I already owned the genuine Kartis and I know what it should look like. ALSO avoid their Chaameleon Champagne effect like the plague. At least they did add the word China to it after I bought it. The video that showed the effect was also taken down. IT actually looked really good. The version I was sent is a dollar plastic cup with two side construction paper covered inserts. You can not use water. The so called water is a piece of mirrored foil that a little girl walked up to me and said I can see my face in the paper in your cup. So if the prices seem too good to be true At MadHatter they probably are.
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I like Hocus-Pocus and Penguin for what they do, but I do like to support the brick and mortar dealer
Especially Denny and Lee whenever possible.
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Hank Lee of course.....
Creator of the "High Voltage Gimmick" and Shaman's spirit table
https://youtu.be/Rlgl4CzUa98

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I buy a lot of Bizarre and Mentalist stuff. I have bought form Penguin, Magic Trick Store, Outlaw and several other smaller places that specialize in mentalism and Bizarre.

-Max
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We are super lucky in Chicago, I have 3 Magic shops within 15 miles of my house. I buy my magic from:
1. Magic Inc
2. Ash's Magic Shop
3. Midwest Magic

If there is something that they can't get (very few things) I buy it directly from the author or manufactorer.

Edd
Edd Fairman, Wizard of Sorts is a corporate magician available for your next trade show, hospitality suite, client luncheon, or company event. http://www.wizardofsorts.com
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I try to order my stuff straight from the creator most of the time.
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How many times so I have to say this

this is http://www.dennymagic.com and then there is everything else

Where else can you get an experienced performer, one of the world's best, who toured the world for 30 years on the telephone when you call?
(on the second ring with no silly press 1 for this) to answer your questions?
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Billybonkers
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1) Penguin

2) Mad hatter

3) directly from L&L
MLDupree
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1) I try to buy directly from the Artist whenever possible (Lectures, Conventions)
2) Magic Cage
3) Denny's Magic Baltimore Shop (Denny is the best!!)
4) Penguin Magic (I love their My download page)
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I use to go to Barry's Magic in MD.... Just closed this july.
Another B&M gone.

Barry, Susie, and Frankie are great!!!
As well as a slew of magicians, friends that went there

I will truly miss going into their shop.
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Hobby Lobby
Home Depot
Lowes


Randi
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Kane Mouri
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Mostly directly from the creator or wherever has what I want in stock with the cheapest shipping to Japan.

In all honesty, I find penguin magic the most reliable in both shipping speed and aftercare.
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On 2012-07-11 23:55, randirain wrote:
Hobby Lobby
Home Depot
Lowes


Randi


Ain't it the truth! I get more good ideas roaming around those places, and I love to work out my own approach. I am always on the lookout- just this week found animal cracker cut-outs to do a take-off on Cardiograph...

Jim
Also known, when doing rope magic, as "Cordini"
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