Phil's Magic Market shows an array of classic and antique magic being sold by Phil Schwartz.
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A beautiful and musical automaton featuring three singing AND moving birds. Works perfectly. Lovely display piece. One just like this sold for $1,700 plus buyer's premium at a recent auction. Click to enlarge photo.
Thayer made the first block trick - Blocko which had no "windows" in the tubes. This was their follow-up, clearly a large improvement. So they called it: The Greatest Solid Through Solid. A block passes visibly from top to bottom through a solid piece of glass. Wowie.
Circa 1930. Stone lithograph of this famous circus. About 1925, the Lindemanns adopted the name Seils-Sterling. The circus became one of the country's greatest. In 1937, the tour included stops in ten states.
A magnificent 1880s stone lithograph by W.J. Morgan of American illusionist Harry Kellar. It's one of three known to exist and this is the image that graces the cover of the Caveney/Miesel book of the same name. Mint, linen-backed and museum mounted in a handcrafted frame. A unique opportunity. Click photo to enlarge.
This is Christian Fechner's monumental work on the Magic of Robert-Houdin. Two books and slip case. NEVER opened. Out of print. MINT. (One just sold at auction for $450!) Click on photo to view larger. Thank you.
A quite rare Thayer-made magic table. This is the first one that's been for sale in more than a decade. Sturdy, complete and beautifully decorated. Some scrapes and stains but otherwise very good. Yes, it's gimmicked. Distinctly Thayer. You won't find another.
First time in recent memory that a Thayer Checker Cabinet is for sale. They're rare and these lovely cabinets are often the centerpiece of a collection. Mechanically perfect with a removeable back panel (to shown it empty through and through) and a shifting compartment within it. Decorated in Thayer red and two distinctive colorful Thayer dragons. A wonderful piece. Click photo to enlarge.
This was invented in the 1940s by Mal B. Lippincott. This one is from the 1960s, probably by Haenchen. Click photos to enlarge.
Show the locked box. Give an audience member the key. Place the locked box into a hat or open container on your table. Vanish a signed quarter or borrowed finger ring. Remove the locked box from the container and hand it to the person with the key to unlock and remove its contents. Voila! The quarter or ring. Magic! Well made with brass hinge and hasp. Original lock and key.
It's Thayer's elegant version of the magician's "Change Bag." He called it the "Super Changing Bag." It's larger (18 1/2" long!!) than most and has a mechically deceptive, beautifully turned. The outer bag was replaced but the inner bag and handle are entirely original. Most Thayer collectors want it because it's "Floyd turned." Heck, that's why I'm keeping my other one!