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Hi everyone, I'm going to Las Vegas this week and I need to know of a good magic shop in the area. I really want to avoid the ones in the hotels, they're too expensive and commercial. I want a magic shop for magicians, not for tourists. While we're at it, can you recommend for me one or two tricks for a beginning magician? I am interested in close up magic, restaurant and bar magic. Can you help me? Thanks!
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The guys (and gals) in Las Vegas used to have Earl Chaney's shop for a "real" magic shop. Not sure if he's still there though.

I heard Denny and Lee moved in and took over. Anyone know if that's true? I haven't been to Vegas in a while. From what I remember though, the Houdini shops are some pretty nice shops to visit. Even if you're not buying. Some of their kids do some really hot demos of their UFO effect. Their handling of it using a coin had me going for a while! Worth the trip.
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My spark started in Vegas when they floated my credit card. It is now a staple of my close up work at my restaurant. I don't use the Leclair hookup they teach, but the trick is still the same. In my opinion the effect is much better with an ITR. For beginner's effects, I think that most would agree: if you are going for non-gaffed stuff, then go with Michael Ammar's "Easy To Master Card Miricles". Any volume will help. The same goes if you want to use money or coins, he has some of those too. If you like the gaffed stuff, then what you find in Vegas is what you will find anywhere else (maybe a bit more expensive). This is where I started and it helped me tremendously. Just feel confident with your stuff before you go to the restaurant. Good Luck.
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Denny & Lee's is still there in Vegas, and so is Earl's shop: "Planet Mirth". Actually they are in the same industrial complex, one being directly across the parking lot from the other. (Corner of Tropicana & Industrial Rd.) Both are listed in the phone book.
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Thanks for the replies. I've been to Houdini's many times. In fact, I got the floating bill routine from them. Then I also learned the Fearson's hookup, which is better in some situations. Now I'm more into magic, and want to learn some you can do in places like I mentioned above. I think I might go with some of Ammar's videos. I am also looking forward to buying some books, like "Royal Road to Card Magic" and "Modern Coin Magic". Any more recommendations are welcome.
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For a beginner magician, I recommend getting a Scotch and Soda. Ironically, I bought mine at a Houdini's in NYNY in Vegas last June. Of course, I paid way too much for it, but didn't know it at the time.

While I do think Houdini's is overpriced, it is a fun way to see some tricks performed and gauge audience reactions. They also have copies of the latest issues of magazines.

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Go to Planet Mirth or Denny and Lee's Magic Studio.
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Houdini's is in the New York casino. The New York casino caters more to the tourist than to the serious Magician (my experience and opinion). I visit Las Vegas at least once a year, and for the past three years I've seen the same 4 tricks performed by the demonstrators there. Those tricks are the UFO Card, Scotch & Soda, Invisible Deck and Mental Photography. EVERY time I try to ask a question or want to see a demo of some item, I get the same response. It's either "we don't demo that" or "excuse me, I have a customer to take care of".

The shop is very busy taking care of passers by, and Pushing the 4 "hot" items. They really don't want to waste valuable time with someone asking too many questions (more than 1 question is too many). More than once I have walked out with cash in hand, have not made any purchases and felt like they just didn't care. Bottom line: They are hustlers, are only interested in quick mass sales, and don't care to waste time with serious inqueries.

The one thing I do like about the shop is that they have a "secret" room behind a bookshelf that they take purchasers behind, and will spend a little time to quickly show them how to do the effect they just purchased.
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I have had the same experience. I usually fish out the real magic shops. I do like the idea that they are only selling mass market effects to the lay public. These are items that a good magician does not really include in his show. In other words Keeping the Secrets to the magician idea. Smile
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Well, I went to both stores recommended above. I liked them both and I got to know some great people. Good service and recommendations, a lot more than in a tourist shop. Thanks, guys.
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Denny & Lee's is by far the best- they own a shop over here in PA as well, in Baltimore. Denny Haney is one of the first graduates of Chavez. The man knows his magic!

Ha, oh wait- that's not PA- my fault. Baltimore= Maryland. It's late, I must get going to bed, hehe.
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I prefer to perform the UFO over the Fearson thing for one important reason..

I have bad hair.

It's a curse. I have windows too.

Between my fingers I mean. Can't palm a card right.

Or left for that matter.

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Lol! I also like the UFO trick, especially when I combine it with a card trick as a grand finale. Fearson's hookup does have flaws: you need to have good hair Smile, and you need the right conditions of light and distance. So Dr. Magic, tell me some of the tricks you can do- even though you have windows in your fingers and bad hair.
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Hi jmsilhy

I'm off to Vegas next week, can you let me know the locations of both those shops? Sounds like they would be worth a visit. I've never been into a "real magic shop".
Can you recommend any other magical things to visit? (I've already got tickets for Lance Burton.)
Regards,
Mark
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They are in an "industrial strip center", just south of Tropicana on Industrial. Denny & Lee's is first store front on the right, Planet Mirth is across the parking lot and further down. Last time I was in Denny & Lee's I was not pleased, but I may give them another try in April. Must see: Mac King at Harrah's, times are 1 and 3 PM. Absolutely the best value for your money and a great show, too. Michael Close is at Houdini's Lounge in the Monte Carlo Tuesdays and Wednesdays, although I heard a rumor that he is no longer there. But that is not confirmed and worth a trip. Lance Burton is at the Monte Carlo.
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Thanks for that. I'm staying in the Monte Carlo Sun Wednesday, so I will try to see Michael Close (if he is still there). I'm sure going to check out Houdini's Lounge!
I will also try to see Mac King, where would I get tickets for that show? Would I need to book, or just get them when I go?
Why were you not impressed with Denny & Lee's? I can't bring to mind where the Tropicana is (I've not been for a couple for years).
Sorry for so many questions!
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Mark
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Tropicana is a street crossing "the strip" between the MGM Grand and the Tropicana Hotels. From the Monte Carlo, turn right on Tropicana and go just past the freeway. The next street is Industrial, turn left and look immediately (one block) to the right and you will see the center. When I went to the D&L store it was actually directly across the parking lot from where it is now, but the people "working" there only were concerned with perfecting a cups and ball routine and did not give a hoot about a customer.

Last April, they had a sign on the door stating that if you were not a full time professional magician, you were not welcome and advised to take your business elsewhere. I will be back this April and probably won't go in there anyway, as I am a friend of Earl Chaney's and always go to Planet Mirth to chit chat. Maybe I'll check out D&L and see if they have changed.
Just my opinion. Maybe they have changed their policies and fired those two guys I met there two years ago.
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Well, the directions are just right. The recommendations for shows are also great. I tried to go to Mac King's show. I was working at those times, but I guess you just go to Harrah's hotel and buy the tickets there before the show. Lance Burton's show is amazing. Watch the first routine with flying silks, I think it's beautiful!
A word of advice: Go to both stores before buying anything. They're just across the parking lot, and maybe that way you can get more for your money. They both treated me well, and performed some magic tricks on the spot. When I got my stripper deck at D&L, they showed me how to use it.
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Thanks for all that information, it was most helpful. It seems incredible that a store should put a notice like that on the door, I certainly wouldn't go in if that's thier attitude. However, I will check both of them out. (If there's no sign on the door.)
Regards,
Mark
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