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danhughes
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Have you made any great finds of magic books, tapes, etc at thrift shops?

I found the Mark Wilson course for three bucks, and every few months I seem to pick up a book by Scarne, Gibson, Blackstone, Dunninger, Fulves, Longe, etc, often for fifty cents or less.

And I just wondered if anyone has found anything really mouth-watering in a Goodwill Store or Salvation Army or other thrift shop.
Michael Baker
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I found a 1932 first edition of Houdini and Conan Doyle at a flea mall for $5.00. Also found a set of Anverdi lecture notes at a library book sale. A few magic sets here and there, but nothing remarkable.
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I just found a 1954 copy of 100 Houdini Tricks you can do by Dunninger. it has has a great biography of Dunninger in it.

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Found an Axtell "Magic Drawing Board" with a little rust on the metal pieces that hold the corners together (easily replaced) in a rummage shop for $2.50.

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danhughes
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Hit the thrift shops in Springfield, IL today. Found two books:

How to Be a Mentalist - Simon Winthrop (40 cents)
How to Cheat Your Friends at Poker - Penn Jillette and Mickey D. Lynn (80 cents) (had to buy it - Erdnase is in the index)

And ten decks of cards for 38 cents each (Bicycle LoVision, Bicycle Limited Edition white backs; Bee Club Special; Club Casino; Aristocrat; Aviator; 2 Streamline; No. 1860 Nevada Style; Lynx).

Not a bad haul for five bucks.
danhughes
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Went to a flea market today - found a new 2-pack of Bicycle cards for $1. Noticed on the back of the box that there's a $1.50 rebate. So I got 2 new Bicycle decks, plus a nickel, for free. (Paid a buck, will get back $1.50, but paid 45 cents for the stamp to mail in the rebate form.)
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I scored a Hard back called
The Great Illusionists by Edwin A Dawes from a small second hand book store it the Blue Mountains
two hours from Sydney.
I paid $22 but oh what a history lesson is contained within those pages.
I would love to come accross a copy of the Dunningers encylopeda of magic,I read it as a young magician
having borrowed it from the local library when I was about 13 ,reading it made me feel like magic is all that matters,
and the drawings were so well done.
'What the eye's see the heart must believe"
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I was walking through our local Goodwill and was looking at the Bandanas and Scarves. As I was inspecting them I felt something "off" in one of the hems. Upon further inspection I discovered that it was a bent wire. Yes, someone had donated a "Glorpy" hank to Goodwill in excellent condition and I picked it up for a quarter as I recall.
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Quote:
On 2012-08-12 00:24, Jon Blakeney wrote:
I scored a Hard back called
The Great Illusionists by Edwin A Dawes from a small second hand book store it the Blue Mountains
two hours from Sydney.
I paid $22 but oh what a history lesson is contained within those pages.
I would love to come accross a copy of the Dunningers encylopeda of magic,I read it as a young magician
having borrowed it from the local library when I was about 13 ,reading it made me feel like magic is all that matters,
and the drawings were so well done.

Dunningers Encyclopedia of Magic is plentiful. You should be able to pick one up for a couple of bucks. Check Ebay.
The effect is the important thing, how you achieve it is not.......
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Found this on Ebay,
Dunningers Complete Encyclopedia of Magic, Joseph Dunninger, NO DUST JACKET - $1.91 plus $4.00 shipping.
The effect is the important thing, how you achieve it is not.......
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A friend of mine was at a Goodwill store and in the furniture department found a Thayer Wonder Screen being displayed as a magazine rack!
He bought it for about $20.
I always laughed about that one.
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I saw a set of linking rings and did the obvious... Bought them for $5.00,
left the K on the shelve
took 7 to the car
went back inside and "discovered" the broken ring.
So they said I could have it for free since it was broke.
danhughes
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Just picked up another copy of Mark Wilson's course - a huge hardback - like new, for fifty cents at a flea market.
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Also got a hardback like-new copy of David Blaine's MYSTERIOUS STRANGER for a buck at a thrift shop.
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I found an old '70's era prayer vase for a buck fifty. It was half price day and I got it for .75 cents.
I donm't really use it but it sits next to my computer and it reminds me of the old magic shops I used to haunt.
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Several years back I scored a box that contained a Hen Fetsch Milk Pitcher, P&L Vanishing Candle to Salt/Silk, Foo Can (unknown origin), National Magic Co. Sucker Die Box, 6 single bloom dart flowers, 3 SKS Silk Streamers...but the piece de resistance was a Floyd Thayer all wood Wonder Prediction Clock. All that for $75 at a flea market.
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danhughes
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On 2012-11-25 16:55, Stanyon wrote:
Several years back I scored a box that contained a Hen Fetsch Milk Pitcher, P&L Vanishing Candle to Salt/Silk, Foo Can (unknown origin), National Magic Co. Sucker Die Box, 6 single bloom dart flowers, 3 SKS Silk Streamers...but the piece de resistance was a Floyd Thayer all wood Wonder Prediction Clock. All that for $75 at a flea market.


STEVE! You really ARE a magician!

Just unbelievable.
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I bought 2 boxes of old 1930 magic books for $60 at a used book store, they thought they had no value.
danhughes
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Roger, I'm feeling sorry I started this thread. I'm so jealous of all you folks!
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Yep, I found a first edition Thurston, some pages from Houdini's brother letters to his wife and a Magic in Nature Magazine signed by 'A.C.Doyle'. This was still quite recently
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