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Robin Dawes

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I'm just wondering if any other TMF members are thinking about going to the auction this coming Sunday at the Browser's Den in Toronto.
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I've never heard of it. What is the Browder's Den?
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The Browser's Den of Magic is one of the few remaining brick-and-mortar magic shops in Canada.  Here's the website: http://www.browsersden.com/

It's about three hours from where I live but I try to get to their special events ("support your local magic shop" and all that)
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Were you at the last one Robin?
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Unfortunately I missed the last auction.  I was booked up for this Sunday too, but the Walk for Muscular Dystrophy has been postponed due to flooding.
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Alas, I will not be at the Browsers Den Auction on Sunday.  But Jeff - the shopkeeper says there is a huge book collection being auctioned.  Its worth the drive to Toronto.
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The Browsers Den brings back fond memories...when I worked for a Summer prep school program in New York back in the late 1980's we would culminate the program with a trip to Toronto. The other counselors would head to Canada's Wonderland on their day off and I...to The Browsers Den.

I purchased my first "real" set of cups and balls during one visit and remember performing a basic routine that night at an off-the-beaten-path pub somewhere in the city. The reactions to the simple routine from the patrons really sunk in the powerful potential that this ancient effect can have on audiences.

My wife and I are heading back East this Summer for a vacation. We will be about an 8 hour drive from Toronto. I would love to alter the trip agenda to show her the splendors of Toronto...along with a visit to one of the first brick and mortars (besides Tannen's) that I was fortunate to encounter...so happy they are still in business!

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If I remember correctly, back in the 80's the Den was a below-street-level shop on Bloor Street.  It's moved at least twice since then - the new location is fantastic for out-of-towners like me because it is just a couple of minutes from the 401.  For non-Canadians, that is the Macdonald-Cartier Freeway that crosses southern Ontario from east to west - or vice versa if you like.  The segment of the 401 that passes through Toronto is North America's busiest highway, according to Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ontario_Highway_401)
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Alas, I will not be at the Browsers Den Auction on Sunday. 
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a huge book collection being auctioned.
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 We always seem to miss each other at the Den - maybe another Belleville Session soon?

The book collection is the main reason I am going!
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Robin...should we make it Toronto this Summer I'll send you a PM...maybe we could meet up.
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Hi Dan

Absolutely!  I'm on the road a couple of times in July, other than that my summer is open.
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I attended last year and left with the final item which was a numbered, two volume hardbound Stanyon's Magic in slipcase. Beautiful.
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Nice!  What a great score!
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I attended last year and left with the final item which was a numbered, two volume hardbound Stanyon's Magic in slipcase. Beautiful.


Will you be there tomorrow?  Barring misfortune, I will get to the Den around 10 AM.
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Darn I wish I had got this post sooner.
Yes I was there. I purchased many books.
I came with my spouse. I was the guy in the blue ball cap bidding on the Vernon Touch Book if that helps.
Were you wearing a Queens sweater?
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Yes, I was the Queen's guy ... sorry I don't remember seeing your blue ball cap.  I bid on several lots of books but didn't win any of the bidding wars.  I consoled myself by buying a bagful from the room at the back of the shop.  I picked up The Uncanny Scot, Secrets Draun From the Underground, Card Dupery, Ascanio/Echeverry's Structural Conception of Magic, Wit and Wizardry: The Magic of Norm Houghton ... and one or two others that are still out in the car.

Did you get the Vernon Touch book?  I seem to recall there was a lot of enthusiastic bidding for that.
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No, I didn't get the Vernon book. I too grabbed a bunch from the back room.

Strange Ceremonies- Burger
The Performance of Close Up Magic- Burger
Tricks of My Trade: The Magic of Doug Conn by Paul Cummins
Remembering People- Lorayne
Totally Out of Control- Kenner
the FFFF book- Obrien, signed by Woody Aragon, Steve Beam, Dan Garrett, Ed Eckl
Approaching Magic- Regal, signed by Regal
Life, Death, and Other Card Tricks by Robert E. Neale
Tricks- Ben, signed by Ben
Master Class notes- Ben
The Trap Door 25th Anniversary FFFF issue- Beam
1982 1st edition Best of Friends- Lorayne,
Ex Libris Bob Farmer




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What a fantastic haul!  I remember seeing someone carrying around the FFFF Trapdoor issue - now I know who.

There should be a TMF insignia so that members can recognize each other.

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You got some great titles as well. You beat me to the Ron Wilson book.
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... and you got Strange Ceremonies!  That has been on my wish list for a long time.

Regal's Approaching Magic is one of my all-time favourite books, both for the routines and the essays.

I believe there is another FFFF book in the planning stages.
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That FFFF book is gorgeous. Beautifully produced.
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And Ive already learned and added a deadly effect to my repertoire from Strange Ceremonies.
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