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Magic Jack: 1967

Magic Jack: 1967

"Store clerk, Little Jack Horner joke shop, Boston, 1967." Please do not handle the Jumping Beans. 35mm negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

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Sign on the Magic Department

No solution of any trick will be revealed until trick is paid for. Thank you.

Once a Clerk.

I guess this is what he did for a living after the Bates Motel.

I was a customer!

In 1967, at 13 years of age, my favorite items there were the fake dog poop which, since we had a dog, gave my grandmother fits and the stink bombs which could empty out a streetcar in about 15 seconds!

Classic look for the times

The haircut, the Oxford broadcloth button-down shirt, the V-neck sweater. That was like a uniform for guys his age until the Summer of Love changed everything.

Martian magic

There are a couple of boxes containing "Martian Magic Tricks" kits, part of the merchandising connected with the My Favorite Martian TV show which ended its run the year before this photo was made.

Magic Money Maker

A magician feeds a dollar bill through one side of the rollers and a bill of a higher denomination would emerge on the other side.

Little Jack Horner Jokes & Magic

I had been to this place once probably around the 1990. It was a small and quaint selling a variety of joke, magic and novelty items. Apparently this store closed around 2007. Boston had at least 2 more joke and novelty stores, one near the North End, not sure if there are any still around.

Ashtray with a specialty

That Old-Red Eye ashtray, according to an eBay auction, burps.

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