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danhughes
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Another great find today!

I picked up an excellent-condition hardcover copy of AL BAKER'S MAGICAL WAYS AND MEANS (1941), at a thrift shop in Danville, IL, for one dollar.
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Score!!!
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On the road, I always hit the "world's greatest magic shop(s) the THRIFT STORES! Many copies of Paul Gallico's "THE MAN WHO WAS MAGIC", Dan Mannix's "STEP RIGHT UP" and a Tarbell's VOLUME I (w d/j) etc, all for a buck or two. Once a Rice silk for .25. Recently,in a St. Vincent de Paul,an ABBOTT "TUBES OF BUDDHA" (now retails about 175) for $1.00 and a Mak Magic Phantom tube for $1.00. --I'll never use them, but can pass 'em along to some young lad just "startine out".
In California I picked up for $1.00 a folding tripod (for a Stenotype). Karrell Fox had spent $75 for one. He cried when I told him!
My pal Jim Jayes "found' a complete WELSH RAREBIT SET in a Goodwill "housewares dept" for a couple bucks.

One of these days: a Himber Ring?, a strait jacket(!) or maybe the Dream of Princess Karnak??? --hee hee
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About a year ago my brother called me from a goodwill store. He had come across something that he thought might be a magic trick. I buzzed over to the store he was at. and discovered that it was a basically brand new rabbit wringer. I paid 3 bucks for it.
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At a Goodwill store I saw a box that I thought might be converted into a magic box. When I picked it up,
I realized that it was a balloon to bunny box. I think it's a Milson-Worth. I can't remember if I paid
$6.00 for it, or $8. I was so excited I forgot to ask for my senior discount. My old bunny box was on
it's last legs, so now I'm using the "new" one.

Looked around the store and others in the area, but no other great finds.

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I volunteer at a huge annual charity sale (for the Humane Society), and this year I found Vol 3 of Giobbi's Card College, brand new hardback, for a buck. (Also found a $275 softball bat for two dollars, but that's for my softball forum!)
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This isn't exactly a thrift store find, but at a bank I got a half-dollar that didn't ring true -- it was a scotch and soda. Cost me 50 cents.

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I was once given four mostly-complete Mysto Magic sets by a train dealer friend for helping him clean out and organize his postwar Lionel and American Flyer trains. (I would have done that for nothing...)
Things are more like they are today than they've ever been before...
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Several months ago, I found a Morrisey double load dove pan in near mint condition in a St. Vincent de Paul thrift shop. It was on a shelf with various pots and pans. Oh! it cost me $1.00!
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Sunday afternoon at our local library sale, I picked up Bruce Elliott's Magic As a Hobby (1948) and Hugard's Royal Road to Card Magic for a dollar each.
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I go to flea markets and thrift stores all the time. Spend hours looking through all the books and shelves, but I haven't found any magic yet! I will not stop!
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Just found these in Maryland. Easy Magic(soft cover)1974 by Roy Holmes
Card Manipulations series 1-5(soft cover)1973 by Jean Hugard
The Big Book of Tricks and Magic(hard back)1962 by James R Blackman
The Magic Book 1977 by David Strong
Lots of Fun to Make Magic 1974 by Collins Glasgow and London Gerad Majax.
Not sure if their worth anything but still cool to find on vacation.
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Cool indeed Michael. Treasure is treasure, no matter where it's buried.
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I sold the Grant (MakMagic) phantom tube for $10. and the Morrissey Dove Pan for $40. (Both purchased @ $1.00 each.)
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Every time I go to a swap meet or thrift shop I look at something that can be converted to a prop

Then I remember about the 4,000 other items I have, in boxes and stached away, and the spell is broken.
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I thought it was only me that had boxes of stuff that I'll get round to using one day Smile
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On Aug 3, 2014, george1953 wrote:
I thought it was only me that had boxes of stuff that I'll get round to using one day Smile

Time to start thinking outside your own boxes, George! Smile There are plenty of us out here!
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On Aug 1, 2014, Wizard of Oz wrote:
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Jay, George, and Michael!

I guess most of us who have been "around" have somewhat the same problem!

Of course, Gen Grant, "haunted" the "dime stores" and regularly found "things" that he "modified" --and made $$$! I particularly remember the Merv Taylor "Pour More". Gen found a little two cup teapot at a Woolworth. With a bit of solder, and an electric drill, he duplicated (well sort of) the Taylor PROP!

The best items I've found were/are some ladies polyester "silks" that I use for the so called Slydini KNOTS. (The "knot" was published in Scot's "DISCOVERY OF WITCHCRAFT" 500 YEARS ago!)

I'm reminded of the fellow who went to a psychiatrist and said, "Doctor, people think I'm crazy because I like pancakes!" The doctor replied, "There's nothing crazy about THAT! I happen to like pancakes, myself!" The fellow replied, "You DO! Wonderful! Come over to my house. I have a whole suitcase full, in the attic!"

I have a whole suitcase full of "silks" in the garage.
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