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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.
The original Kikuchi Fire Box. Flames appear and vanish at will. Silks pass through the colorful box while fire and flames come out the top. The silks imerge unburned. A classic seldom seen today. Rare.
A black & white photo from Harry Blackstone's visit to the Boston Magician's Round Table probably in the 1950s. Recognize anybody else?
On the far right is Ace Gorham (Former President of the SAM) and George Corrigan (to Gorham's right). The couple with the rabbit are the owners of the Town House restaurant where this group (SAM #9) met. Thanks to Ray Goulet for the help. Click the photo to enlarge.
Caution with this one. It's the gimmicked stand for the razor blading swallowing trick. (Blades not included.) The wooden stand displays eight razor blades between small orange knobs. The blades and thread are gathered and placed into the metal blade holder (in the center of the stand) which allows for your switch to threaded blades. Click to enlarge.
Originally, Floyd Thayer called these "rough" billiard balls. They were designed to give the magician a better grip on them unlike the standard smooth sets of multiplying billiard balls. For that reason and because he was a marketing genius, he named them Clingo.
Each ball is scored with concentric circles spaced evenly. They are very rare in any condition. These are in fine condition. And Floyd Thayer turned them. No one else. No one else could.
A special centerpiece for any collection. Click photo to enlarge.
Frederick Eugene Powell (1856-1938) was Dean of the Society of American Magicians and several other magic organizations. He performed with Servais LeRoy and Imro Fox as part of the "Triple Alliance." He also had his own stage show and performed across the country. In movie theaters, Powell's live show opened for the traveling showing of the Houdini film "The Man from Beyond." Frederick Eugene Powell was the model magician for the wonderful illustrations in the Petrie & Lewis magic catalogs and lived for years with its owner, John Petrie.
This inscribed and signed in white ink portrait photo was signed in 1930. It's framed, matted and ready to hang on your wall. The matted photo measures 6 1/4 x 8 3/4 inches within the matting (8 x 10 inches without the matting). A very rare piece of early twentieth century magic ephemera.
Surprisingly rare. This is a tidy little production tube which is shown empty, papered on each end after which a small production is made. Almost 6 inches tall with two square rings to hold paper at each end, this piece is a fooler. Decorated with Asian-like characters in Thayer gold and red. Mechanically perfect, near mint. Only a few of these still around, thus the price.