Professor Hex never likes to see a magic shop close, especially one that's been in business for over fifty years. Our condolences go out to the fine people at Al's Magic Shop
and we wish them the best of luck. Visit them on the web at www.alsmagic.com
Sure, he says, the Web might be convenient, and kids just starting out might be able to use mom's credit card to buy something online: "But they open it up, and they can't make heads or tails of it. They can't see it performed. All of the wonderful allure of actually being fooled and seeing something, they're losing all that. It's really a shame. It really is a shame."
Al, you hit the nail on the head. A magic shop is one of the things that cannot be duplicated on the web. I understand that items tend to be cheaper online, but the personal interaction and character of a magic shop is irreplaceable.