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.) One just sold in the Potter auction for $3600!!
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.
Thayer called it "the season's finest most sophisticated mystery." A red silk handkerchief is placed in a white box. In a flash the box changes to red and the silk changes to white! Mechanically perfect. Very good. Silks not included. This was made in two sizes. Both are scarce. This is the large size measuring 4 1/16" square.
A signed photograph of Frederick Eugene Powell, Dean of American Magicians. Includes a lithograph letterhead that's nicely matted under the photo. The entire piece is matted and ready for framing. (Currently, it's wrapped in clear plastic to protect it which is the glare in the photo.) Mint. Beautiful piece of magic history.
Powell was the magician used as a model for the fine illustrations of the Petrie & Lewis (P&L) catalogs.
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 photo card (postcard size) of British magic dealer, author, publisher Will Goldston. He was the most prolific publisher of magic in the early twentieth century. (Blank on reverse) This is mint - no bends, dings or cuts. Circa 1925.
An original Ben Stone creation - It's his DELBEN BLOTTER. It's mint. It has ALL the original parts.And it's a wonder of magnetism using two different methods all-in-one, money-maker effect. One sold recently for $360! Yikes. (And it didn't have all the original parts!)
A group of four promotional pieces for the Jack Gwynne show. Collectible ephemera. He was one of America's best stage and club magicians of the twentieth century! These are examples of how he promoted himself.
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.
It's Thayer's elegant version of the magician's "Change Bag." He called it the "Super Changing Bag."
This fine prop is larger (18 1/2" long!!) than most change bags and has a mechically deceptive, beautifully turned. The outer bag was replaced but the inner bag and handle are entirely original.Turned by Thayer on his foot-powered lathe. A rare masterpiece. One just sold at auction for $540.
"This is one of the most puzzling of all cut and restored cord tricks." reads Thayer Catalogue No. 7. It continues "Easily done and is a knockout." Polished mahogany. Beautiful. A complement to your close-up act. Mint.
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.
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.
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!