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I am compiling a list of relatively well-known magicians who worked in magic shops or behind the counter of the magic section of a department store like Woolworth's or Gamage's. Here's my tentative list so far:
Will Goldston-- Gamages
Ned Williams (aka Robert Harbin)--Gamages Gamages department store.
Alan Wakeling--Thayer; Magic House of Charles
Mickey O’Malley--Harold Sterling's Magic Shop in Detroit
Mystic Craig--Saks Fifth Avenue during the Christmas season.
Karl Norman--Gene Gordon’s Magic Shop
Cardini--Gamages
Jay Marshall--Ireland's

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Steve martin worked in the shop at Disneyland early in his career.
Magic Seagull
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Are you only wanting to focus on the US? If so, it would be interesting to compile a similar list for the UK. It's a great idea!
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Max Maven worked at Hank Lee's Shop way back when. A good number of "names" had their own shops if those count too.
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David Roth was at Fantasma in New York. I believe he was also at FAO Schwarz if I am remembering correctly.
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Michael Skinner and Earl Nelson worked at Hollywood Magic. There were probably others there as well.
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OK, I'll get started on the other side of the pond!

Jerry Sadowitz worked at International Magic. Notorious, outrageous and aggressive onstage (his act got banned last year at Edinburgh!); quiet, courteous and helpful behind the counter.
Stephen Mulhern (now a famous TV presenter as well as magician) worked for Marvin's Magic at Harrods when very young.
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Ali Bongo worked at Hamleys magic department, Ken Brooke at Harry Stanley, Alan Alan also at Harry Stanley, Pat Page at Davenports....
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And Alan Alan later had his own shop in London.
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Didn't JC Wagner work at Sun Magic in AZ for a while?
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Harry Baron ran the magic department at Gamages in London. I can’t work out the dates — certainly from the 1940s.

Harry also founded Kaymar with Joe Stuthard in the 1950s, initially as a wholesaler, later as a ‘bricks and mortar’. Absolute dream world for me as a youngster.
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Yes, absolutely! My era was a bit later I think but I still vividly recall the thrill of walking through the doors of Davenports, International, Alan Alan and Repro Magic. They were effectively my magic schools.
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I’ll never forget a day out to London with my dad. International (took out a subscription to Magic Info) then onto Repro. Both places so welcoming.
Geoff Maltby took us on a tour (huge place). In the workshop upstairs we met Pat Page. I came away with a BimBam Box which I used for years at children’s parties. (At Christmas it served as a useful stand for the budgie’s cage!)
I can still feel the excitement energy of that magical day.
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I coveted the BimBam Box! That plush finish on Repro props was fantastic. I bought a different box from them (don't recall the name) - gold foil and red velvet, beautifully made. Like you, I used it for years for children's parties and cabaret. Now I only perform mentalism but can't bear to part with it!
So back to the topic: Pat Page working at Repro is a good addition to the list.
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On Apr 6, 2023, Magic Seagull wrote:
I coveted the BimBam Box! That plush finish on Repro props was fantastic. I bought a different box from them (don't recall the name) - gold foil and red velvet, beautifully made. Like you, I used it for years for children's parties and cabaret. Now I only perform mentalism but can't bear to part with it!
So back to the topic: Pat Page working at Repro is a good addition to the list.


BimBamBox Enthusiasts Club!!! My old trusty workhorse pal is somewhere disassembled in my parents’ attic. I really think I should rescue it this year and give it a bit of tlc…!

The Repro finish: I remember the workshop was chock-full of crushed red velvetine, gold foil, and rubbery black contact material. I remember seeing production boxes being finished ( perhaps your very own) and an array of props in this livery. There was a ‘slim-line sawing-through’ in this finish on the table as Pat Page regaled us.

I think Harry Baron had a similar love of fablon and what he called ‘MagiPlast’!

On topic: I was never really sure if Pat Page worked at Repro or whether he’d popped in to ponder or pitch. I know he had a number of lines in the Repro71 catalogue [none in red, gold, and black]. I can’t imagine him not demming in the Repro palace!
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