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edfliss
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I am starting a new thread for magic props that you can buy at Walmart--other than their toy department tricks.

Testor's Dull Coat spray (found with the model paints in the toy department)is a great roughing spray. You can use it (at less than $3 a can!) to make your own rough and smooth gaffs.

Try their hardware section for clothesline. Sometimes they have the kind that is braided around a core. De-core it for cut and restored ropes and other rope tricks.

Check out their fabric section starting the day after Labor Day. In recent years they have had great Halloween fabrics with loads of magical uses. Also check fabrics on November 1 (the day after Halloween) for great half price specials on the same fabrics.

Does anybody else have props they buy there?

Ed
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Bicycle cards 2 for $3.
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Rope, bulldog clips, Realistic Looking fruit (but fake) for cups and balls, etc.

I do pickup the occasion card sets as well...good and cheap, but I found that Cosco has them in bulk for CHEAP.
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Replacement rings for Dean's Box in the craft department, probably next to the fabrics.

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I know that I live in another country, but at our shopping mart we have woolly nylon for about $3 US dollars.
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Yes...wooly nylon is also in walmart.
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Grab bags of various size rubberbands in the school supplies dept.
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How many of you remember Woolworths? Same kinda stores 50+ years ago... Then there were "five and dime stores" ... gag used to be "Woolworth's, the world's magic shop."
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"F.W. Woolworth", if I remember correctly. They had the coolest army men and army vehicles I ever saw - 25 men for 10 cents or 2 vehicles for 10 cents.

If you ever go to Branson, there is an old-time "five and dime" store in downtown Branson, with almost all the stuff I remember from my childhood. There's also some pretty good magic in Branson.

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Maybe I'm too young for this crowd?

Today I used that line Pete! As I started into my rope routine, I cut off 8' of line and said, "This is special magic rope from that famous magic shop, WalMart." I've been doing that since 1979 when I changed to WalMart rope. I think I will just keep it in my act. I like the rope.


Ed,

I never core this rope. (Except for silk to rope which I don't do anymore.) And I cut it with poultry shears.


Pete,

I remember 15" silks from the dime store for less than $.20 each! There were times when I would go for broke and pay $2.50 for fancy 36" silks there. I will have to admit that there was no way to ever match colors (even bought at the same time). But we didn't mind running or tearing one either.

We used hair nets from there too. I'm not sure anyone uses those in magic tricks anymore. They added suspense to the act for the performer too! They were as great for vanishes as they were for productions. Anyone here old enough to remember those?

My first milk pitcher came from a 5&10. I made a gimmick from one of those fancy "new" clear plastic cups and hung it on the outside of the pitcher. I used that into the late 1960s. Later the "new" clip on microphones made me have to buy a Super Leprechaun Pitcher (About $6) with the internal gimmick that didn't talk because it didn't hit the clip on microphone. (However, I don't really miss boom microphones!)

It's just awful to be pushed by technology!

When I have to replace my real doves with Bionic Robots, I'll just quit. (I've already had to learn how to work under black light with them!) Lucy and I bought a new registered Quarter Horse filly just yesterday to be a live unicorn in shows to come. She is really a blue eyed doll. We can't wait to see her under stage lights. With her pink skin, she should be any color that the jells allow.

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I bought almost a lifetimes supply of adhesive for Jim Pace's "The Web" for about $2
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On 2004-05-12 19:42, Pete Biro wrote:
How many of you remember Woolworths? Same kinda stores 50+ years ago... Then there were "five and dime stores" ... gag used to be "Woolworth's, the world's magic shop."


Woolworth's. I used to go there years ago...I still remember buying baseball cards there for cheap.
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Oh, for a time machine, $100, and a trip to Woolworth in the '50s...

I also bought the 36" silks for $2 - $3. Very nice, and I still have all of them!

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[quote]On 2004-05-13 08:37, jsmagus wrote:
I bought almost a lifetimes supply of adhesive for Jim Pace's "The Web" for about $2

What is that adhesive, by the way?
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It's a white block of what looks like play-doh or silly putty in kit kat formation. (You'll see if you buy it). It's also available at staples. It's used for sticking posters to walls without leaving tape, holes, or a sticky/greasy mess when you take it off.

I found a great flashpaper container, but not at walmart. Go to Longs Drugstore (or maybe any other drug store) where they have a pharmacy. I saw a small shelf of pill boxes, and there is one that looks like a gold pocketwatch, but it's a pill box (or rather, a small container. Very very cool.
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How about a nice looking small jewelry box on the cheap? Any suggestions for who might have one, or where to look?

I need one for my floating crystal.
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Walmart has great supplies for my act in the sporting good dept. Such as fish-hooks golf balls & Matches by the bulk!! You name it its a great place to wander and let my creative juices go wild!!
Great Post Cheers Chris
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Just bot a mirror to place in front of the monitor for practicing. Perfect size 15" x 12" - $3.97.
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I was able to make a couple of nifty reaching rods for a seance from $5.00 Walmart tent pole repair kits.... They worked great for Burger's "Birds"

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FYI

The “silly putty” stuff at Walmart is not anything like the adhesive that comes with he Web. Not at all as sticky.
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