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1920 poster has been linen-backed for preservation. Rare and beautiful image ready for framing. You'll love it! One sold at recent auction for over $1,200! Upper left border, not part of the image, was restored.
The range of Carl Williams’s talent is obvious in his recreation of Okito’s Color Changing Candle. Carl improved on it as all great craftsman do even when re-making a classic. Did I mention that the color change is instant? It is. Very good. Mechanically perfect. Stands 18 1/2” tall. Click photo to enlarge. Note: Photographed to intentionally show bit of red candle.
1997. This is Romano's thoroughly illustrated, 406-page hard cover volume on the art of magic throughout history - woodcuts, engravings, lithography, drawings, artwork, sculptures and more. It is also the story of the artists whose work is featured in magic posters, catalogs, books, periodicals and other places where art is used. Comes with book cover in mint condition. This is #17 of 500 copies printed. The book is out of print. It is mint.
More than 100 years ago, Floyd Thayer began turning these mahogany mechanical marvels. I've rated this in my top ten of Thayer turned pieces. Cards rise from a glass or roulette (not included) that sits on this gorgeous plate. Operated with your index finger alone. Near mint. Mechanically perfect.
Circa 1935. This is a four-page promotional folder for Dr. Harlan Tarbell. Good condition with three holes punched for notebook. Filled with photos, quotes and descriptions of the Tarbell Course author and illustrator. Click photo to enlarge.
This is a program from the 1953 Golden Jubilee held to honor Floyd Thayer, magic inventor, manufacturer and dealer. It is in mint condition and includes an 8" x 10" glossy photo of Thayer posing in his home next to one of his most noteworthy creations, the Whispering Buddha. This is rare and a great piece of magic history.
You know the Sucker Die Box trick, right? Thayer invented the "double door" principle in 1912 and made hundreds of these "standard" die boxes. He was so successful that he expanded his product line to include 1", 2" and 4" sizes beyond the original 3" die box. He also made variations on the trick with billiard balls, coins, cigarette packs, alarm clocks and more. Among the very unique and quite rare (maybe 6 survive) version is the Break-Apart Die Box.
This is a Thayer Break-Apart Die Box (shown apart). The two compartments attach via a slide mechanism (which is in perfect working order). There's still the sound of the die moving from side to side, but in this version, the two sides are held several feet apart, without connection until they are re-joined. Click to enlarge photo.
At auction recently, one of these sold for $1,500. Their value do not go decline.
To promote Houdini's book, The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin, this window poster was created. The book was published by Houdini's company in 1908. Photo shows it framed but it's now out of the frame. Poster measures approximately 13" x 19" and linen-backed for preservation. One just sold at auction for $1,020!
Excellent copy of a great and now rare book about Richard Himber's magic. Himber was an orchestra leader as well as a very clever magician inventing ingenious props that are still in great demand today. Just one ding (visible) on the lower right front corner. One just sold at auction for $240!
First they were a trio. Then they became Penn & Teller...
In 1975 Penn & Teller performed with Wier Chrisemer and were billed as, The Asparagus Valley Cultural Society. This is an original promotional piece from that act. It's mint. It's rare. It can be yours.
Thayer called it "the season's finest most sophisticated mystery." A red silk handkerchief is placed in a white box. In a flash the box changes to red and the silk changes to white! Mechanically perfect. Very good. Silks not included. This was made in two sizes. Both are scarce. This is the large size measuring 4 1/16" square.
A group of four promotional pieces for the Jack Gwynne show. Collectible ephemera. He was one of America's best stage and club magicians own the twentieth century! These are examples of how he promoted himself.
This is one of Thayer's sweet little tables. It's called the "Elite" for good reason. It stands just over 33-inches tall; its top measures 12-inches square; it has a blue velvet drape with gold fringe; and it has two black art wells. Oh, and its wood-turned parts were by Floyd Thayer himself. It's near mint and quite the sweet table. Featuring the original Thayer three-leg design. Priced based on condition and rarity.
Circa 1936. Thayer's largest version of the Floating or Ethereal Table. Rare and wonderful. Mahogany. (Click photo to make it float, I mean, to enlarge it.) Strong and sturdy enough to act as a center or side table, too.This is a terrific one-person stage illusion. And can serve as a sturdy center table in your show!