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From sophomoric silliness to darn right professional, jokes, gags and magic have their day on April Fools’. Get inspiration at these San Francisco shops for ways to make someone’s hump day a little less ordinary on April 1, 2015.
1236 9th Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94122
How real is your fake? Billing itself as “a real magic shop for real magicians,” check out Misdirections Magic Shop’s line of merchandise if you gave up whoopee cushions in middle school. But if pranks, jokes and gags are still in your repertoire, no worries, this spot has 198 items in that category, too, from fake ants to no-tear toilet paper. Mind you, the emphasis is on the advanced stuff.
744 Alabama St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
Create funny, clever, cool. Gosh, if this shop didn’t already exist, what a great idea it would be. As they put it at My Trick Pony, it works like this. “Here is how it’s done: You dream, you email, we design, your dream is done!” Plan ahead to fire your imagination, take it through the design stages and on to delivery. It doesn’t have to be just a T-shirt, but the shop does have many happy clients and teams who have ordered just that.
747 El Camino Real
Redwood City, CA 94063
Novelty items and gags are mixed in with the costumes and accessories. Pinocchio noses, witches’ ugly chins, stepped in doo for the shoe, fart spray, false teeth wigs, makeup and the like can be found at House of Humor. Halloween is this spot’s big season, but look for the gag gift section to get ramped up as April Fools’ Day rolls around too.
Building E, Level 1
2 Beach St. at Pier 39
San Francisco, CA 94133
If you felt the need for a realistic-looking fake bagel with a cockroach underneath, this is the place. Ice cubes with an insect inside, invisible ink, exploding lipstick, rubber mouse and things of that nature are in abundance at Houdini’s Magic Shop. However, this place is primarily into magic and illusion, and even has visiting magicians entertaining customers in the shop on bustling Pier 39.
1952 W. El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA 94040
On the Peninsula for more than a quarter-century, family-owned Diddam’s rocks the holidays right around the calendar with a big selection for each of them. Head for the largest location in Mountain View for April Fools’ Day novelty items, as this is where gag gifts are stocked throughout the year. There are also locations in Daly City, San Mateo, San Carlos, Steven’s Creek and Almaden.