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Everyone loves a prank now and then, and April Fool’s Day is carte blanche to mess with people all day long. Whether it be a stick of gum that turns sour, an exploding pen or dribble cup, harmless pranks usually put a smile on everyone’s face. Sure, there are a lot of online stores that sell them, but some of the fun of buying pranks and gag gifts is being able to check them out in person. There are a bunch of novelty stores in Los Angeles, but traipsing around the city can certainly take the fun out of it. Check out any of these five stores for the best pranks and practical joke selections.
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The Magic Apple
11390 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 508-9921
www.themagicapple.com

Not all practical jokes have to involve artificial gag gifts or something that blows up. Some of the best practical jokes involve a magical flair. The Magic Apple will teach you to mesmerize and astound as well as entertain, keeping the risk of getting punched in the face very low. Quickly learn to make friends’ credit cards and personal objects disappear right in front of their eyes. The Magic Apple has a lot of tricks for beginners that will definitely impress.

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IT’SUGAR
1000 Universal Center Drive
Universal City, CA 91608
(818) 506-5184
www.itsugar.com

Looking for a real shocker? Nothing freaks people out like a scorpion in a lollipop! Cherry red, lemon yellow and blue raspberry are the perfect colors to make the scorpion in this sucker pop. IT’S SUGAR also has innocent looking candies that start out sweet and then turn mind numbingly sour. They also have chocolate shaped like poop and other bathroom and body part candy. Imagine someone’s reaction when they think you’re drinking urine from a specimen cup. Good times ahead!

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Halloween Town
2921 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 848-3644
www.halloweentownstore.com

Looking to pull the ultimate practical joke? Halloween Town is the perfect place to stock up on all your jokester goods. From squirt pens and cigarettes to the classic hand buzzer and fake barf. You can also put a scare into someone with fake blood and numerous severed body parts. There are also hearts, brains and kidneys to keep in your refrigerator. Stop in to get what you need for your prank or find inspiration for another. The ultimate practical joke is waiting for you at Halloween Town.

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Aahs Gift Store
3223 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 829-1807
www.facebook.com/aahs

Aahs Gift Store is hard to miss with it’s neon yellow front and purple trim. But the bold front is a definite indication of what you will find inside. From Grumpy Cat mint tin messages, “The worst part of my day is smelling your breath,” to Halloween masks and costumes year round. Creepy unicorn and horse masks as well as some disturbing looking clown getups are just a few of the Halloween scares available. Aahs Gift Store facilitates Halloween pranks any time of the year.

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Puzzle Zoo
7547 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 782-1020
 www.facebook.com/pages/Puzzle-Zoo

If you like your gags to be on the more sophisticated side, then Puzzle Zoo is the place to go. Instead of going for traditional shock value, try a puzzle that will make someone question their intelligence. Puzzle Zoo has hundreds of puzzles for kids that will cause many adults more frustration than thought possible. There are also genius level toys and puzzles that will knock your “know-it-all friend” down a couple of notches. Although, finding parking on Melrose may be the hardest puzzle of all.

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Kristine G. Bottone is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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