Magic History 101: Magic Shop Stories

Posted by Peter Monticup on 10/10/2020 to Magic History 101


MAGIC SHOP STORIES
Sideshow Steve and I reminisce about visiting the famous New York City magic shops back in the 1970s.

Steve and I both grew up in New York, and though we never crossed paths then, we often visited the same well-known magic shops.
After filming demo videos the other day, we got talking about what it was like to go to our favorite shops back then.
Some funny stories about Flosso's, Tannens, Russ Delmar's shop and all the famous magic personalities we saw...

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Date 10/13/2020
Joe Attanasio
The nature of our work and its location (NJ, 20 minutes from the Lincoln Tunnel) allowed a colleague/friend of mine and I , both magic hobbyists, to visit Tannen's during the afternoon a couple of times a month. We went to see new magic, to watch professional magicians who visited the shop do tricks, and to buy magic for ourselves whenever our budgets allowed. I remember how friendly Lou, the demonstrators, and the other magicians were. And yes, there was the occasional obnoxious person, much like the man in Peter's Scotch and Soda story. On some Saturdays, this same friend and I would spend time in the NJ magic shop of "Professor" Ted Collins. My friend actually demonstrated tricks behind the counter (although a hobbyist, he was an excellent and outstanding magician). I, being much less talented, would just enjoy the magic being done. Ted was an extremely nice person and a gifted performer. His shop was absolute fun to be in.
10/13/2020
Joe Attanasio
The nature of our work and its location (NJ, 20 minutes from the Lincoln Tunnel) allowed a colleague/friend of mine and I , both magic hobbyists, to visit Tannen's during the afternoon a couple of times a month. We went to see new magic, to watch professional magicians who visited the shop do tricks, and to buy magic for ourselves whenever our budgets allowed. I remember how friendly Lou, the demonstrators, and the other magicians were. And yes, there was the occasional obnoxious person, much like the man in Peter's Scotch and Soda story. On some Saturdays, this same friend and I would spend time in the NJ magic shop of "Professor" Ted Collins. My friend actually demonstrated tricks behind the counter (although a hobbyist, he was an excellent and outstanding magician). I, being much less talented, would just enjoy the magic being done. Ted was an extremely nice person and a gifted performer. His shop was absolute fun to be in.

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