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zenmistress
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Hi all,

I'm wondering if any of the more 'experienced' English posters here have any affectionate memories of Oscar Oswald, the late Soho eccentric magic dealer from the 50's/60s?

I'd love to hear them!
Kondini
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Oscar Oswald of Lexington Street? yes I remember him well. In those far off days we could "Do" the dealers, Corrinda, Ken Brooke, Oscars and Harry Stanleys all within walking distance of each other, great times.

My memory of Oscar was what a mess. Everything in a muddle but he knew where a certain item was that you asked for, disorganized filing as he put it. As a regular it became a pleasure with his permission to dive in and sort through the chaos yourself. Happy memories.
Tony James
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Oscar? Certainly a character. I still use some of his effects. It was Oscar who sorted out my set of punch figures for me and I use them to this day.

Oscar's Magic Mart was taken over by John Styles and he continues to run it from Kent. John supplied me with something only recently
Tony James

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Lester
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Hi Guys,

How I can relate to the post by Kondini. What a pleasure it was for me, as a youngster of 11 or 12, arriving in Piccadily Circus by tube, knowing that the dealers were only a 5 minute walk away! They were all there, within minutes of each other. Harry Stanley, Ken Brooke, Davenports and the wonderful Oscar Oswald. What a man and what a dealer! He was a pure gem.

Everytime I visited Oscar in his little room with my, by that time, exhausted Mum,after a whole day of dealer scouring, he made sure that I never left without a whole pile of free magic magazines for, as he used to put it, "something to read on the train".

I still have, and use, a Silk Cabby which he sold me. I also have a children's effect, which so captivated my dear late Mum, called "Freddie the Footballer", a paper tear. Happy days!

Give me a bricks and mortar dealer anytime. Or am I just getting old?

Yours in Magic,

Lester
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I used to work in beak street market and used to pop round to oscars just for a look and end up spending £50 or £60 pounds and I always got asked if I had magical mart or abracadabra ,I was first told of oscars place by my friend who got me into magic Val Andrews .Oscar was also my sponsor to the abbey guild of magicians where I met the great Maurice Vogel ,many happy memories of Oscar and his praise for my demonstration routine of the spengali pack,Taught to me by the late great Val Andrews
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