Phil's Magic Market shows an array of classic and antique magic being sold by Phil Schwartz.
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A magnificent magic poster! This is an original one-sheet, linen-backed stone lithograph of illusionist and part-time mentalist Howard Thurston. Brilliant colors by Otis litho. Ready to frame and put on your wall. Or keep it rolled up in the closet. Up to you! Me, I would display it. Click photo to enlarge.
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!
After Harry Houdini died, his wife commissioned famed sculptor Romanelli to fashion this pair of busts. Made of plaster and painted gold these are in very good condition and seldom available for sale. Mrs. Houdini apparently presented these sets to friends as gifts. A treasured and genuine Houdini collectible. (In 2002, the Society of American Magicians sold a Houdini bust. This is NOT it.)
Another Thayer mechanical wooden marvel. Seen the bill in lemon? Forget it! This is sweeter. It's a ring on string (or ribbon) IN an orange IN a mahogany box. (Go ahead. Read that again.) It's a wonderful effect with a lustrous wood-crafted box.
A billiard ball shrinks to pea-size. All wood and all turned by Floyd Thayer himself. For your magical woodcraft collection. Hard to find in red. Nearly impossible to find in white. This is white. (I said “nearly”) This is scarce. (Click photo to enlarge)
Often thought to be a Thayer-made effect, this is one of Ben Wallace's finest pieces. And rare. It's called "Dog Gone" because it's a sucker die box effect with a dog bone (painted on a block). It slides from side to side before vanishing entirely and reappearing in, where else, the dog house.
A beautiful and musical automaton featuring three singing AND moving birds. Works perfectly. Lovely display piece. One just like this sold for $1,700 (Yikes!) plus buyer's premium at a recent auction. Click to enlarge photo.
Ever seen this? A completely unique revelation of a previously selected card. The card appears between the ears of the rabbit! PLUS two cards rise from the houlette that the rabbit is holding. Owen Magic quality. Mechanically perfect. Very good. (Click to enlarge photos.)
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.
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. Click the photo to enlarge.