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I scan everything and file it on the computer; the originals are in one drawer!

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My instructions I file alphabetically in a folder in my file cabinet.

My lecture notes I keep in separate shelves along with the rest of my books. They are indexed on the shelf by topic (i.e. restaurant, cruise ships, etc.)

I started keeping my library on an Excel Spreadsheet many years ago and I input stuff in there after I get four or five books then put all those in at one time. If they don't have my bookplate in them, then I know that I haven't yet put it in my database. I'm glad I started that several years ago rather than having to go back and input 600 books now!

Heed my advice, grasshoppers, and start your database now.

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For insturctions I too use the comic book bags with the card board inserts, most will fit in the "normal" sized ones for a few I've had to buy the "Golden Age" bags and inserts which are a little bigger. I then store them in the magazine holders.

For books/ lecture notes etc. I have a large number of Priority Boxes from the post office I cut the boxes to the books size to use as a stiffner then seal them in Ziplock freezer bags the tape the excess bag around so that all is the size of the book.

I then use a circle sticker (usually used as rummage sale price stickers) I put a sticker on the front upper right corner of the book and write a number on that sticker. The number goes into my computer data base with the title of the book. I then put the book into a large white storage box.

Once a box is full (usually around 35 books and lecture notes) I print out the page from the data base and tape it to the top of the box lid and assign a number to that box which I write on the box in magic marker.

The system works for me, it is cheap, effective some what compact and I can always find what I'm looking for, the only down side is untaping and retaping the bags when I want to read one of the books.

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After about 6 months I put my MUM`s in a cardboard shoebox after going through & labeling each magazine with, on front cover, a small sticky back label with written interests contained in that issue on the label. After 1 Year I write on top w/marker what magazine and what year.

Instructions should be kept with tricks. I use plastic zip lock baggies or larger office type plastic bags already mentioned. Then all protected tricks go into wide shallow, under bed type, plastic boxes that are avail at wallyworld.

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Larry Barnowsky
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I have them organized by topic in manila folders such as:
Close up (non card)
Liquid, bottles, glasses
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Hi I put all my instructions into my filing cabinet in catagories eg cards, coins, silk etc order I can find them very easy that way.

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I have so much stuff acquired over the years I don't even know what I have, let alone where it is. Every once in awhile I dig into some boxes and find some great, forgotten magic. Smile
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Mike Walton
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I have a "magic cabinet" in the front room that holds all books, lecture notes, tricks, etc. I simply have books and lecture notes sitting on piles on the shelves. Of course, I also have a pile on my desk from what I've been studying since the last time I've organized my desk, and as I take I look around, it looks like it's been a while since that has happened.
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I use plastic totes with lids for smaller effects. The effects are grouped by category in zip-lock bags labeled with a marker. Instructions are kept with the effects. Books are in labeled boxes for protection. Larger effects are in a dedicated closet, each in the original packaging with instructions. Cups etc. are on display.
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I use a pilot program.

I "pilot" here, "pilot" there, "pilot" everywhere.
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I use zip bags. Very unorganized though
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After 12 years of struggling with what type of magic "I" wanted to do on a regular basis, I went through ALL my magic and noted the routines I was doing; wanted to add soon; and add later.
I entered it all (references and brief discription) into my PC under cards, coins, mental, humor, stage, TV, silk, etc.
I forced me to really look at what I had and where I was going.
I also filed my props in a tied, clear storage rack (as well as recording all my "junk"
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Usually effects come in those long ziplock type bags, I emptied one out and I now store all of my instructions in one of those. As for lecture notes, Mine sit on my shelf with my other magic books. I am fortunate to have a really big dressor that houses everything
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On 2004-04-13 18:44, Greg Arce wrote:
I have a simple method: Big pile. Little pile.


And, just to keep things interesting, you can rotate things in and out of each pile on a totally random basis. Almost like "living organism" decor. Sometimes the pile on the left is the taller, sometimes not. Does away with the need to change the paintings on the walls every 20 years or so.

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I keep my notes in a filing cabinet using hanging files. Each trick and the notes are slipped into a zip-lock bag and then filed in the file folder. If the trick is too large, I store a copy of the notes in the file and keep the trick in filing boxes with each one labeled so I can find (sometimes) what I am looking for.

The Gospel Magic Man
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Mostly in my brain, truly Smile

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I use a 3 ring binder(2.5 or 3") with the manila sheets that have the alphabet on them so the notes can be sorted either into catogory or by the performer. I also use the plastic sleeves so I don't have to punch holes in the notes. an if the notes wont go then they just get piled up.
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Everything that is in booklet form is located in filing cabinets with hanging folders labeled by the magician's name. On computer I made a list of the folders name (Magician's name), and contents (Name and date of booklet, lecture notes, etc.)

Although this is good, I have a tendency to forget about something that I had. In a way its also a good thing- you always find something interesting to spark your imagination.

Magazines are on their own bookshelf, set aside from the standard books.

"Now you're looking for the secret... but you won't find it because you're not really looking. You don't really want to know the secret... You want to be fooled." - The Prestige (2006)
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Shoeboxes in the Wardrobe!
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I store all my data on a pocket pc, Its a total organiser, I keep my posters on it as well as media player vidios of gigs which I can show to potental clients. Also keep all my ideas organised and can see where I have progressed with them. Well worth the £200 it cost. Jc Smile
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