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A terrific prop that allows the vanish of small objects with the shot of a gun (use a blank or a cap gun). Smoke puffs out and the item vanishes only to reappear elsewhere unharmed. Not seen very often, this is for mentalists, close-up workers and stage magi. Nickeled. Mint. Deceptive. Measures 9 1/16" long. Fits a 22-caliber pistol. Mechanically perfect. Sold by Thayer in 1928.
The range of Carl Williams’s talent is obvious in his recreation of Okito’s Color Changing Candle. Carl improved on it as all great craftsman do even when re-making a classic. Did I mention that the color change is instant? It is. Very good with scraped off red paint. Mechanically perfect. Stands 18 1/2” tall. Click photo to enlarge.
Invented in 1930, this is Thayer's Block-Go, the very first block and tube trick ever made. It's a penetration of a block through a piece of glass. The block is dropped from the upper tube and emerges from the lower tube. Click photo to enlarge. This is quite rare and near mint. 86 years old and still a fooler. A Thayer original.
An 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 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.
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.
Deceptive-looking table top that secretly holds small animals such as doves or guinea pig. Two photos (click to enlarge) showing a top view and bottom view (with breathing holes) of a table top. Use your own tube, box or hat to make the production. Top may also serve as a tray. Of course, you can produce other items besides animals. Wedge design and gold trim make the top appear quite thin. Works fine. Very good condition. No base included.
It's a Thayer Blue Phantom. Invented in 1930 and first 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.
Circa 1919. Production of silks or other objects from under an “empty” plate. It’s a painted wooden plate deceptively designed to hold a secret compartment. Beautifully turned and finished in white and gold paint. Pretty darn rare, too.
Excellent copy of a great and now rare book about Richard Himber's magic. Himber was an orchestra leader as well as a very clever magician inventing ingenious props that are still in great demand today. Just one ding (visible) on the lower right front corner. One just sold at auction for $240!
Jack Hughes' Atta Boy allows you to force a card(s) with a most deceptive device. Click photo to enlarge. Extremely well constructed of wood and metal. Very good and mechanically perfect. Stands 17 1/2 inches tall. A winner!