Scott M. wrote:There's also the magic museum near St. Paul -- can't remember the name. It's got a small shop with, at least when I've been there, a hostile employee, but if you're into seeing vintage posters and old props, you can check it out.
The museum is Georges Proust's Academie de Magie, 11 rue saint Paul, an easy walk from Notre Dame cathedral. The museum is really worth seeing if you have any interest at all in magic history, especially in Robert-Houdin.
The store area is not laid out like the usual magic store in the US (the few of them that are left), that is, with glass display cases and shelves behind the counter crammed with apparatus and books. There are some things for sale on display, but most of the merchandise is out of sight. You'll get more "respect" from the person behind the counter if you ask for something specific rather than "quoi de nouveau?" (What's new?)
The Academie (museum and store) is only open Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday, 2-7 pm.