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houdini
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Does anyone remember Arturo's Magic Shop in Topeka, Kansas. I believe it was located on Kansas Ave in downtown Topeka in the early 1970s and 80s. If you know any info, who was the last owner. I know it is no longer in business but not sure when it closed down. Thanx.
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JUST saw this three year old query. Arturo's was in East Topeka. Chuck Larkey owned it, and it closed when Chuck died. The one on Kansas Avenue belonged to Jerry...oh, dang, I'm stuck on his last name. I bought equipment from both places. Jerry's last name will come to me. His shop closed when he died as well.

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Halleck. Jerry Halleck.

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My son Dale took "magic" lessons from Chuck Larkey in Topeka when my son was 14 years old - that would be about 1980. The shop was a little hole in the wall cottage next to a barber shop. Stuffed with good stuff. It wasn't located on Kansas Ave, somewhere close to 29th and California Ave, across from an elementary school. My son still has his Tarbel books and some of the stuff he bought from Chuck. We would drop Dale and his buddy off for lessons and then pick them up. I'd go in and Chuck would hypnotize us with stories about Blackstone, etc as well as his own career. A very unique man. How he loved those kids. I have been in a "magic" store in Topeka on Kansas Ave. The store was filled with Halloween and other costumes. Magic seemed like a secondary concern. I needed some special made ballons for the "trick" of inserting a large needle (12 to 18 inches long) into the sides of an inflated baloon and found a telephone number on the door. I finally made contact with the owner and met him at his home - he had the baloons and I bought a dozen or so. His home was south of Topeka High School about three blocks. I'm sure Dale could tell you more about his experience with The Great Arturo. My email address is: thekelpins@att.net
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My father Arthur Glenn Babbs (Arturo) did not have a shop in Kansas. He built magic for U.F grant in his early years and opened a magic shop in Thornville Ohiuo where he built his creations. In 1961 he (we) came to Colon, MI where he worked for Recil and Then Greg Bordner until his death in 1987.
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