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Magicrma
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We just had an insurance person come over to update our insurance. When he walked into the junk room (my magic collection, my wife's quilt collection, our books, tea cups...etc.) He asked, so what will it take to replace all this stuff? He could give us names and places for everything but the magic.

Is there a web site, shop or person that can give me a replacement value on the magic?
I have Old Mum's from the 20s, P&L props, out of print books, lecture notes and more. Most of the stuff I aquired at auctions of dear departed magicians.

I have done some searching and there seems to be places for the quilts, tea cups, old books—not magic—and other stuff.

If someone can point me in the right direction, I would greatly appreciate it. Most of the magic is not for sale and will be going to friends and family (hopefully not soon).

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Don Wilson
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To MagicRMA,

To get an idea of the value of your magic things, I would advise compiling a list of all your items by manufacturer, titles of books and publication dates, condition, etc. If you had a fire, a list is vital.

You could check the various vendors of used magic for possible prices of magic you have. Some of the most active are: Mario Carrandi; KT Magic; Ron Alessi Magic, Magic Auction; H & R Magic Books and Michael Cannick, Bookseller. All have web sites. The P&L items are easier to price as they are collectible, other items may not be so easy to determine price, but a list is important for insurance purposes.

Good Luck
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Marshall Thornside
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Agree with above.

You might want to check out MAGICOL which is a publication associated with the Magic Collectors Association.
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Magicrma
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Thank you for all the information. It looks like I need a complete list of everything with all the information about each item I can get. That could take some time.

Again, thank you for your info.

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rexgetz
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The problem that I have is finding aan insurance company that is willing to insure my collection for any kind of affordable price. Any suggestions?
Kevin Connolly
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You'll have to get one of magic boys to come to see the collection and then give you a written estimate. I think the ballpark figure is about $500 a day.
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Julie
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Maybe consider an "umbrella policy" that will cover all your worldly possessions for a reasonable premium?
Magicrma
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Thank You,
The "umbrella policy" is in place. But I have a few items that I need someone to look at a help with their value.
I have found a local Magi that has agreed to take a look and give me some numbers.

Thanks Again
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