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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.
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 & IBM) 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.)
This is Thimblewhiz, an original thimble production and vanish that was created and expertly turned by Floyd Thayer. No one else has made one since. Fake is chipped. Finely turned and finished in mahogany. It will fool everybody. Complete with thimbles, base, fake and cover. Mechanically perfect. The word "scarce" certainly applies here.
Nice Photo of Houdini used for newspaper article. Verso contains photo caption strip (likely provided by Houdini's or Lasky's press agent) reading: "His very latest picture- showing how he looked when the Famous Player Lasky told him they wanted him to make another movie." Considering this reference photo is circa 1918.
There are also verso notations by newspaper layout staff regarding placement in 1/2 column space and "Magician and their favorite trick (sic)."
4 3/4" x 6 3/4". Photo later used on editions of The Adventurous Life of a Versatile Artist pitch book. A very nice and unique piece.
The Ultimate Thayer Commemorative Coin. This coin is magnificent with the Thayer Hindoo head logo and Floyd Thayer's years with the company on one side. The Wand of the West, a set of billiard balls and 2009 are embossed on the other side. Solid brass, deep embossed, two-colors. Minted by Dr. Bob Albo and me.
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.
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 houlette (not included) that sits on this gorgeous plate. Operated with your index finger alone. Near mint. Mechanically perfect.
This is a one-of-a-kind Thayer-Owen Blue Phantom. It was presented to Jay Marshall by Carl Owen in the late 1940s. This is the large stage size with the telescopic metal sleeve. Click photos to enlarge.
To promote Houdini's book, The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin, this window poster (it's not a card) was created. The book was published by Houdini's company in 1908. Poster measures approximately 13" x 19".
This is No. 3 of 10 copies of an original negative of Harry Kellar and Harry Houdini in Atlantic City, New Jersey in 1909. The photo is in a wood frame with easel. For your desk or shelf or wall. Photo above was scanned with frame so photo didn't have to be removed. A fine piece. Click photo to enlarge.