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vinnie72
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Can anyone please help me. I've only recently started to get serious about magic, and I recently moved back home to Upstate, NY from Atlanta, GA. The only problem is, there's only one bookstore where I live and they only carry two magic books, both of which I own (RRTCM and Expert Card Technique).

Any ideas about REPUTABLE online sites I can order material from, and what I should get? I deal in mostly card magic and street magic (strolling routines and stuff). I use a chop cup, but I only know one routine; same with cups and balls. I know several card tricks, like Ambitious Card and several three-card montes but I'm missing things like Triumph, Twisting the Aces, and stuff like that. Any help would be appreciated.

Vinnie
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You may want to check out Michael Ammar's website http://www.Ammarmagic.com. Daryl runs http://www.foolerdoolers.com. Also http://www.barrysmagicshop.com and http://www.dennymagic.com are actual brick and mortar shops run by pros who are happy to help you (even by phone). I like to support the brick and mortar shops because they seem to be a dying breed, which is very unfortunate.

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vinnie72
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I agree. There were several brick and mortar shops in Atlanta. I have yet to find one in Upstate, NY.
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There are a lot of good online places where you can order magic books and videos/DVD: L&L Publishing, A1 Magical Media, Penguin, Daytona Magic, etc.

But one of the best is in Port Jefferson, NY (don't know if that's upstate or down). It's called Ronjo. Check them out at http://www.ronjo.com. I've ordered a fair number of books from them and have been well-pleased.
Reis O'Brien
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Yes, Ronjo has some quality stuff, but since I'm a cheap little monkey, you can't beat Penguin's discounts and free shipping.
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Penguin magic really caters to the commercial side of magic. They do have good prices but I would recommend two other great sites.

1. http://www.themagicwarehouse.com

The Magic Warehouse charges actual shipping prices and will ship your order the same or the next day. They have a wide selection and great service. I've been ordering from them for years.

2. http://www.thetrickery.com

The Trickey specializes in stage magic. Every one of the effects are hand-selected. They really try to focus on good quality magic.

Hope this helps!
Justin R
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Here is another vote for themagicwarehouse.com — they are great.

As for what to buy, I would recommend the Card College series of books and the Easy to Master Card Miracles video/DVD set.
HighVolt29
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I didn't elaborate on how much I like Penguin Magic. They have great customer service and fast shipping. Plus they have many many video demos to see the trick before you buy. Plus, they carry all of Jay Sankey's stuff.
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In addition to the above suggestions, may I add that some of the absolutely finest of todays performers come from very "dry" backgrounds with few books and few fellow performers. This forced them to be creative themselves.
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I don't object to getting magic online, I just haven't (yet). I had enough books and couple tricks that I hadn't practiced yet to occupy myself for some time. Over a couple of months I saved some money and compiled a list.

Road trip!!!

Some things on the list I skipped, some not on the list were demo'd and I got them. There are some good things about being person to person.

There were some things that I wished I'd of gotten, and I may order online, but I have quite enough to practice for some time even without the books.

I short, I would take the advice of those experienced people above for online ordering, but if your able, at some point...road trip!!!
Peter Marucci
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Vinnie,

Why not try your public library? (Trust me; Utica HAS a public library!) The decimal number is 793.8, in both the adult and juvenile sections. And, if they don't have a specific book there, they can get it for you.

How to find out what to get? Ask right here, at the Magic Café—that's what it's for!

cheers,
Peter Marucci
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Another point that I'll raise is that you might also want to spend more time thinking about creating tricks with what you already know. You say you have a single cups and balls routine. Take some time and brainstorm how you could mutate your existing routine. You could even get really creative and pose yourself a question like: how could I use cards in this routine or something else out there.

Most of the more creative magicians out there do push themselves to think outside the box. I know that I know more tricks than I actually perform because I haven't yet worked the details of the routine that would work for me. Sometimes developing the right routine can take a trick into a different place than it started.

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L&L pub produces most of the vhs and dvd's out there.
http://www.llpub.com
they also have a message board with lots of guests. That is where I started

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http://www.penguinmagic.com and http://www.themagicwarehouse.com
They both are great and should between them have everything you are looking for.
Hope this Helps!!
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I bought all my books (ECT, Card Manipulations, More Card Manipulations, Card Control) from http://www.amazon.com
They have all the classics, but new stuff is probably not there.
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Try http://www.magicsupply.com and http://www.penguinmagic.com I reccomend penguin they give you free shipping.
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You want to learn new tricks go to penguinmagic.com
another would be cheaterscheater.com
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I have to go with both, Easy To Master Card Miracles by Ammar (not really for beginners, IMO), and Card College (The Series), but Vinny, you seem to have your basic card books already, so the above video might be all you need for now. I'm looking at cost effectiveness, here.

Now Card College, although that's the "Bible", as far as card magic goes (From what I understand. I've only scratched the surface on that one, LOL), you're lookin' at beauceau cash...Thirty-plus bucks a pop, and you're into over $150...if you can afford it, fine, that's the way to go, but for now, ETMCM is my choice recommendation. It's packed! Usable stuff, and he's a great teacher!

Good luck!

Doug
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Penguin magic =
reliable ,m cheap , preveiw vids =
good
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