Oh Really, Riley?
This is the complete story of one man's dream and where it took him. For seventy-seven years, Riley's Trick Shop was THE place for tricks, jokes, magic, and Halloween costumes on the South Side of Chicago. More
Riley's didn't start off as a trick shop but it wasn't long before its destiny was set. Jim Riley had a popcorn machine in his stationery store and was undercutting sales at the local cinema around the corner. When the manager of the cinema found out why his popcorn sales were falling, he offered Jim $75 for the machine. Jim took that windfall and invested it in a line of tricks, jokes, and magic. And so a kernel of popcorn expanded into Riley's Trick Shop.
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