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Buffalo McKinley

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Hello,

Where is the best place to buy magic tricks?

I'd like to support small stores that are respected in the magic community.

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Here's a list of some popular shops around the world ... certainly incomplete (Montreal's Perfect Magic is not on the list, for example), but it's a start. 

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/best-local-magic-shops
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No mention of Tannen’s in NYC????
Or Fantasma?

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No mention of Tannen’s in NYC????
Or Fantasma?



Seriously, no Tannen's?! Man, the first time I walked into the place it was like visiting a holy shrine.

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The Atlas Obscura list is what it is - they asked a bunch of people to write a few words about their favourite magic shop.  A very small sample of a very heterogenous group.  It's not surprising that quite a number of famous stores did not get mentioned.

Regarding Tannen's, I visited last summer and was deeply disappointed.  They had hardly any stock on hand and what they did have seemed targeted towards Youtube magicians.  I think my personal book and DVD collection, such as it is, exceeds the range and quality of their offerings.  Of the two staff members on hand, the younger was uninformed about the items on the shelf and behind the counter, and the elder was fully occupied showing multiple long videos of himself on his phone to a customer who looked as though he wanted to escape but didn't know how.  The whole place looked dingy and heartless. 

I had a much better experience at the near-by Fantasma Magic.  Once again the stock on hand was miniscule but the gentleman behind the counter was knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful - he didn't have what I was looking for but he telephoned all the other magic stores in town to see if any of them could supply it.  He happily demonstrated and explained items on display, and made suggestions after learning what my interests were.  A handful of young magicians were jamming at a table and the staff person joined in their session with feedback and advice.

In terms of quantity and variety of stock on hand, the best store I know in the US is Diamond's Magic in Salem, Mass ... but my travels in the US have not been extensive and no doubt there are many others worthy of a visit.

We in eastern Canada are very lucky to be served by Perfect Magic and Browser's Den, two of the finest magic shops I have ever visited.
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Eastern Canada? Hmmm... Robin, my friend, are you from B.C. Or Alberta by chance? You are not a native Ontarian are you?
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I am indeed from BC, but I've been in Ontario for 40 years.  And yes, Ontario is definitely in eastern Canada 😉
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Spoken like a true Westerner. 😉
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Too bad to hear about your experiences at Tannen's, Robin. Since my last visit was in '91, it is easy to imagine that things have changed.

As to brick and mortar shops... Here in the southeastern U.S., it a matter of mail order these days, usually from one of the biggies like Penguin or VI. I support The Magic Warehouse too. Otherwise I just look around for what I want/need, place my order, and await delivery. I do miss popping into a well-stocked shop.

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Robin, like any retail establishment (especially in New York!) there are good and not so good days! Tannens has a tendency to be very old school in that once you have been there a few times and they recognize your face and you get comfortable with them, they open up, treat you well and give you “back room advice”. In the summertime, if you go there in the week just before and during “Magic Camp” most of the store regulars will be out and generic back office people are at the counters.
Otherwise, on most days Magick Balay holds court at the counter. He will demo, advise and teach. He is also not shy in giving his opinions on current poorly made or poorly taught products and offering up his versions if you still wish to purchase.
Fantasma is a fun place that is more mass market in my eyes. Nothing wrong with that, it is their philosophy and owner Roger Dreyer is a great guy. Their demos seem more “department store” in style. But it is all like Coke and Pepsi, as they say.
Brick and Mortar magic shops are all about community and comradery. If you know exactly what you want or want a better price... go online and buy direct from the producer or the jobber.
Robin, if you are ever in NYC again I would suggest you give Tannens another shot.
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Denny and Lee outside Baltimore is fantastic. I doubt there is any place around that has as many books and pamphlets as he does. It's mind boggling. Plus, he has alot of insight. Gave me a great tip on the classic palm. Picked up a chop cup and a set of cups and balls.
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Spoken like a true Westerner. 😉


... and proud of it!  BTW, Albertans only think they are Westerners.  Basically, once you cross the Continental Divide you are in the East.
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I disagree, (and always will of course). I’ll never forget the first time I arrived in the oil sands and someone mentioned I was from eastern Canada. I was blown away. To an ontarian, even Quebec isn’t eastern. Eastern Canada is the maritimes only! Lol.
Glad you live here in the centre of Canada (universe) now.😉😉
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Being in Chicago, it's  magic Inc for me. And if i feel like like taking a longer train ride, i go to Midwest Magic in Franklin Park

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Here's a list of some popular shops around the world ... certainly incomplete (Montreal's Perfect Magic is not on the list, for example), but it's a start. 

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/best-local-magic-shops


which is shame because Perfect Magic is the best place to buy magic tricks.  They can be reached at perfectmagic.com.  Serving the magic community since 1974 both online and brick and mortar.  Say hello to my dad when you place your order. 

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And he holds a mean convention😉
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Denny and Lee worth definitely a visit. I had the opportunity to work with Denny at Abbott's as well as visit him in his shop. It was a great night. We spent until next morning discussing magic and looking through all the treasures you can find there. 

It was one of my best experience in a Magic Shop. 

If you are visiting Germany you should plan to go to "sic Verlag" near Muenster. It is one of the biggest second hand magic dealers and a foundation for Magic History. Michael Sondermeyer and Uwe Schenk are really nice guys and you can spend days by searching the big library and the rooms full of second hand Magic.
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I just read on FB that Denny is ill and needs $ for treatment. Here's the link for the fundraiser: 

https://www.gofundme.com/denney-haney-magic-man-mentor-needs-your-magic?fbclid=IwAR0QYO6h_8PTr-t6-rCPfK1T7Xv8lfeqOkzHhpLn8QVjPtePeoNMAXmBJwU





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