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Terrible Wizard
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Hi folks,

If you could put together a beginner magic box from any resources with a total cost of not more than, say, about 150 dollars, what would you put in that box?
wwhokie1
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Sponge balls, rope, silks, a few decks of bicycle cards. Mark Wilson book on magic. A medium quality set of cups and balls. Find the type of magic you enjoy from the book and purchase any other small accessories needed. Purchase the book "Maximum Entertainment" by Ken Weber, he will teach you about the importance of performance and developing a routine, not just doing a trick (beginners typically focus on just learning another trick instead of focusing on learning to entertain with the trick they already know - very important concept) At least that is how I wish I had spent my first $150
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That sounds so familiar wwhokie! It's like you read my mind ...

If I was going to be specific, I wish someone had given me in my first week of being interested in magic:

A close-up mat and decent mirror

Two decks of Phoenix cards (red/blue backed)
A small selection of gaff cards (DBers and a sh**t card)
Gerry Griffin's Complete Card Magic DVD set
The Royal Road to Card Magic
The Encyclopedia of Card Tricks
Si St***ins Unplugged ebook

Four spongeballs
Daryl's Essentials Spongeball DVD

Some magicians rope
Richard Sanders' Fibreoptics DVD

Richard Sanders' Turbostick with DVD

Mark Wilson's Complete Magic Course book
Ken Weber's Maximum Entertainment

I think you could probably just about get that lot for about 150 dollars. Smile. And would have saved me a lot of time!
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Starting out I would even skip the close-up mat, to help keep it under 150. Use a high quality thick hand towel that you probably have around the house, not ideal but on a budget it will get you by until you have more money to spend. I do like the phoenix cards, but suggested bicycle simply to keep the price down.
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Maybe, but I enjoy having a close-up mat - mine was very cheap. And I the UK, at least, Phoenix isn't really expensive.
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This is what I did for my nephew.

Brick of bicycle cards ($15 CostCo)
Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic ($20)
Four sponge balls ($7)
In expensive C&B set ($25)

Less than $100 and got him started. Then, depending on interest, will add one thing at a time. Too easy to get distracted with all the options in magic.

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That's a nice set, Hudson Smile
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And a TT
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I forgot to add that I had a wand included - 12" panted dowel from craft store. Can't recall if I had a TT. If not, I should have Smile
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On Oct 31, 2014, Terrible Wizard wrote:
Maybe, but I enjoy having a close-up mat - mine was very cheap. And I the UK, at least, Phoenix isn't really expensive.



Agree, but just trying to keep it in the price range.
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There was a similar question asked a few weeks back. Basically the poster wanted recommendations on where to find a magic set that would have quality props priced at $300. My response was that there is nothing really wrong with the effects in toy magic sets, but the props are toy props. One could simply make a list of the effects offered in several sets and then find quality versions of the same effects online or in a brick and mortar store. But stuff until you reach $300, or in this case $150, and you would have an appropriate professional magic set.
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Well, if its Mentalism, just get a few books, and then use the last $100 to get a Staples gift card. Smile I say that with love of course.

However, I think a really decent kid would be Mark Wilson's book, then some playing cards, and a gimmicked deck with the same design, a decent cups and balls set, a close up mat, TT, rope, decent wand. Cause then you could do....

Cut and Restored Rope
Professors Nightmare (presented as part explanation of CnR rope)
Make a dollar bill vanish
A few card tricks: (I'd start set for something self working, then something else, then the gimmicked deck, close the card tricks with that)
Paper balls over the head
Cups and Balls, with Bill in Lemon kicker.

That would be a great beginner set.
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I would say Mark Wilson's Complete Guide, a decent, yet somewhat cheap cups and balls, a TT, set of ropes, set of sponge balls and a deck or two of bikes. This is similar to what I started with and it makes a great beginning set to delve into the wonderful world of magic. This is quite similar to what everyone else has said so I hope we're all giving you a good idea Smile
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Two decks of cards, one of Harry Lorayne's books, a couple coins, and an Al Schneider book (probably his On Coins).
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2 Decks of Bicycles..one red & one blue
4 red sponge balls
a thumb tip and a red 9" silk
a hank of white rope
4 half dollars
1 Invisible deck
Tarbell #1
Harry Lorayne's Magic Book
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I would buy the following:

Card C0llege
RRTCM
A close up mat
A few decks of phoenix
An OKish cups&balls set
An ID
(I hope that fits the price)
Smile

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+1 for the Invisible Deck there charliemartin, it's great as an 'out' in case any card tricks goes wrong.
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