A quote from Emerson

By Ted May 27, 2017 No comments

“There is an optical illusion about every person we meet.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Kellar the Great Retires!

By Ted May 17, 2016 No comments
The great Kellar gave his farewell performance and named Thurston as his successor, this week in 1908.

A quote from Teller

By Ted March 12, 2016 No comments

"When a magician lets you notice something on your own, his lie becomes impenetrable."



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A Martinka visit with Jackie Flosso

By Ted March 9, 2016 No comments
Video from the Martinka Archives of a visit with Jackie Flosso at the Martinka shop, circa early 1980s.

The one and only, Al Flosso

By Ted May 3, 2015 No comments
Al Flosso took over the reins of Martinka in 1939 and ran it until 1976. Here is a great interview he did along with Bob McAllister in the early 1970s.

Martinka in American Road

By Ted April 17, 2015 No comments

The current issue of American Road Magazine featured a nice article about Martinka. We liked the way they ended the story:

"Francis Martinka never imagined the last trick would be played on him. During the 1910s - mere years before his death - he frequently opined in the daily papers that the era of the magician had passed. 'I can look forward to the time... when magic will become one of the forgotten arts,' he lamented in 1913, never expecting that - more than one hundred years later - his little shop of hocus-pocus would have accomplished the greatest trick of all. Now you see it - and now you still see it."

Thomas Arthur Repp

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By Ted April 16, 2015 No comments

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Amazing Randi's tour of Martinka

By Ted April 11, 2015 No comments

Here is a great clip that takes you inside our 34th street shop over 30 years ago...


By Ted February 4, 2015 1 comments

Welcome to our new site, we hope that you like it.  Please check in often as we have even more to add.  If you need assistance, please email or call and we will be happy to help.

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