Phil's Magic Market shows an array of classic and antique magic being sold by Phil Schwartz.
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This is the title lobby poster from Houdini's 1920 film, Terror Island. This piece hasn't been seen for sale or auction in more than twenty-five years. (See how hard it is to find by Googling it.) The piece is mint and has been acid-free museum-mounted. In a time when original Houdini paper sells for tens of thousands, this is a rare opportunity - for just one buyer. Click photo to enlarge.
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.
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.)
Wowie. It's a Thayer Billiard Ball stand! THEY ARE SCARCE. This is turned by Floyd Thayer on his lathe and hallmarked THAYER on the base. It's finished in Thayer gold and black and comes with four Thayer-turned billiard balls. Near mint. Click to enlarge. Display it proudly.
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.
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.
The nicest Thayer Drawer you’ve ever seen! Painted in red, gold, blue and black with a distinctly Thayer design. If you’re gonna paint mahogany, this is how it should look. Mint. Sweet. (Click photo to enlarge)
The great fire producing box that allows a silk to be pulled through it without being burned. Flames suddenly appear and disappear from the previously shown empty box. In your full control at all times. A flashy and classic trick. Unique today.
The classic. It's a Thayer Blue Phantom. Invented in 1930 and crafted by Thayer in 1931. Watch the blue disc/checker move up and down the stack of yellow discs/checkers. Turned wood and metal. Stands 16-inches tall. Near mint. Scarce. Wonderful. Regaled with a Thayer dragon in Thayer gold, red and black. Mechanically perfect.
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.
The marvelous Thayer Sand Frame crafted beautifully in mahogany. Finely made, fully sealed and quite rare. Have you seen another? Use it to vanish, restore or produce a playing card, business card or prediction. Or simply display it. You'll be the only one on your block to have one. Near mint.
1944. A lovely woman undresses in a triple change effect including the humorous, surprise ending. Complete banners, clothes, and with Bob Gunther's artwork on both the canvas apparatus and the illustrated original instructions (written by Bill Larsen, Sr.). As a bonus, there is a second hand-painted version (maker/painter unknown) with the expected X-rated ending (unless you live outside the U.S. where it wouldn’t be X-rated). Invented by Fred Culpitt. Some nudity. You must be 21 to order. (Only kidding.) Click photo to enlarge. One just sold for $220!
This is another Carl Williams masterpiece. A square tube decorated ala Okito is shown. Top and base are removed and you thrust your arm through the tube to show it's empty. Then, reassemble the tube, base and top and produce lots of stuff. A sweet and unique piece. Mechanically perfect. M-m-mint. Click photo to enlarge.
A six-box Nest of Boxes made by Merv Taylor himself in the 1950s. I purchased it years ago from Merv's grandson. All six boxes are wood and painted black. PLUS there's a seventh red cardboard (see photo) box that fits snuggly into the smallest black wood box and contains several red, white and blue expanding balls.
THIS IS PRECISION WOOD WORKING! No keys needed. The second box has come apart (see photos of it laying next to the nest). A simple re-glue (no hammers or nails) and you'll have it repaired. Priced according to repair and rarity. (This may be the only one there is!) Click photos 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.
This is Floyd Thayer's classic Milady's Parasol trick back when ladies carried parasols (small umbrellas). Complete with gimmicked purse and parasol, silks and parasol cover. Parasol handle is expertly wood-turned by Floyd Thayer and painted colorfully. Click photo to enlarge. A rare piece!