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jmsilhy
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I didn't see any signs on any doors in the stores, so go ahead and check them out, you'll like 'em!
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On 2004-01-08 07:15, irossall wrote:
Houdini's is in the New York casino....


Actually, Houdini's is in at least nine casinos around town. They are all pretty much the same, showing the same tricks, the same "back room" etc...

There are very few non-Houdini shops in Las Vegas. Monte Carlo has one, the Lance Burton Magic Shop right outside the door to his theater, and of course the two *real* magic shops, Denny and Lee's and Planet Mirth.
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I would avoid Houdini's if you are looking for magic. Generally they only stock overpriced "hot sellers". The two real shops in Vegas are Mirth and Denny Lee's. Of course, if you like paying $13 for a dime and penny, by all means, go to Houdini's. Or go if you want to see a free magic show.
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On 2004-01-26 17:31, ByranNewell wrote:
Or go if you want to see a free magic show.


Provided of course your ideal magic show includes only UFO and the floating dollar bill Smile Smile
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Or may be if you're lucky they'll go ahead and put on a show with D'Lites or Scotch and Soda, that's just if you're really lucky though.
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On 2004-01-20 21:39, TomaskoMagic wrote:
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!


Where's his shop in PA? I'm from Philly.

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There are two shops, one in Vegas and one in Baltimore.
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... 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.
Yes, the sign is still there, but it's not as bad as you think. It's more like "This shop sells supplies to professional magicians and serious hobbyists. If you are just looking to buy a trick, may we suggest Houdini's magic shops..."

One of their sales people is on the Café. Maybe he can explain further. But for me, I felt welcome without having to provide any sort of "resume" to prove my worthiness to spend money at their shop.

I imagine it's really there to keep parents from dropping off their kids for an afternoon of free "entertainment." For that, Houdini's is a much better choice.
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I am going there in a about a month, so I will definitely have to visit these stores.

What are their supply of books like?
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It's actually good, I bought a RRTCM hard cover, and not expensive either. But they had a lot of good books and DVD's. You won't be dissapointed!
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On 2004-02-16 11:50, Dave VanVranken wrote:
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... 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.
Yes, the sign is still there, but it's not as bad as you think. It's more like "This shop sells supplies to professional magicians and serious hobbyists. If you are just looking to buy a trick, may we suggest Houdini's magic shops..."


That's definitely not the same sign I saw. And they suggested Planet Mirth instead of Houdinis for the purchase of 'tricks'.

I glad they have changed it.
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On 2004-03-21 14:00, BathTub wrote:
What are their supply of books like?


Denny and Lee's has the largest selection of magic books, videos and DVDs that I've seen in a long time. Planet Mirth (across the parking lot) has some, but not nearly as many. Both are much better than any of the "general public" shops scattered throughout the various casinos.

The sign definitely refers to Houdini's now. Planet Mirth would also be a poor choice for the parents to drop their kids. Although Earl is a great kids entertainer, it's definitely a shop for "pros."
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On 2004-03-29 16:42, Dave VanVranken wrote:Although Earl is a great kids entertainer, it's definitely a shop for "pros."
Probably because Earl made his living as a clown before retiring. We're talking Ringling Bros. Circus. He also worked for Ray Kroc for many years.

He is an excellent magician and still performs the occasional festival or clinic.

Besides that, he is a great guy. Do not go into the store with only 30 minutes to spare and start him talking on performance. You will be late to your next destination!
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On 2004-03-29 20:24, RayBanks wrote:
... He also worked for Ray Kroc for many years. ...



For those who don't know the Ray Kroc reference, after leaving Ringling Bros., Earl became the Real Ronald McDonald.(but not the TV Ronald, that's a title first held by, of all people, Willard Scott)

The clown/magic show he wrote to perform at the restaurants as Ronald was sold to McDonald's for all local Ronalds to follow. Most of these other "Ronalds" were independent contractors while Earl was actually on the McDonald's corporate payroll.
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Besides that, he is a great guy. Do not go into the store with only 30 minutes to spare and start him talking on performance. You will be late to your next destination!


I know exactly what you mean! I went to Earl's house one evening to drop something off (A friend and I drafted the Planet Mirth logo for him) and we didn't get out of there until after 1 a.m.
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And this May, Earl will be inducted into the Clown "Hall of Fame" in Milwaukee. An honor he well earned.
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Wow! Congratulations Earl!
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On 2004-03-30 11:32, leondo wrote:
And this May, Earl will be inducted into the Clown "Hall of Fame" in Milwaukee. An honor he well earned.
Ted (Leondo)





And one probably long overdue as well.
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Definitely have to remember to not spend all the holiday money too soon!
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Houdini's is where my interest in magic kicked off again with the...... can you guess? yes that's right folkes 'ufo'.
And yes I was a sucker tourist, but aren’t most people who go to vagas.
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I'm traveling to vegas next week from the uk , I was thinking about booking to see steve dacri at the o'shea's , he is a close up artist , which is more my bag , from what I can see he's the only one at it in vegas.
I have no idea who this guy is , any comment's? tia

was hoping to see McBride , but the show times don't match my visit.
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