Best Magic Shop


1236 Ninth Ave. (at Lincoln), 566-2180,

When you have a hankering to divine the thoughts of others, escape from a straitjacket, saw a lady in half, or confound your friends and neighbors in general, head to this Inner Sunset temple to the art of prestidigitation. Everything you need to baffle, amuse, and amaze is on the premises: coin tricks, flash pots, magic wands, vanishing Coke bottles, see-through blindfolds, collapsible top hats, even a fine array of latex doves. Learn Newton's Nightmare, the Silver Sanctum, the Flaming Altoids, and the old Blendo-Four Square Silk Trick, or simply perfect your Double Lift, Biddle Sleight, and Overhand/Faro Shuffle. A wide variety of instructional books, tapes, and DVDs is on hand; alternatively, one of the in-store experts can teach you how to perform a trick. Misdirections also sponsors lectures and workshops by visiting pros, and Harry Anderson, David Copperfield, and the diminutive Teller are among the many who've made the pilgrimage to this magicians' haven.

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