Phil's Magic Market shows an array of classic and antique magic being sold by Phil Schwartz.
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This is the classic Thayer / Owen Locking Card box. No other magic company has ever succeeded in making one. Crafted of mahogany and as innocent in appearance as can be, this card box will switch cards, restore a torn card, vanish or produce a card -- almost whatever you please. (Click to enlarge.)
You can pass the box out for examination before and after the trick. Not only will lay audiences not figure it out, most magicians won't either. It's one of those great pieces of woodcraft with a durable mechanism that is easy to operate (once you know its secrets).
Mechanically perfect. Very good to mint condition. A rare gem that you'll be proud to own.
A beautiful and musical automaton featuring three singing AND moving birds. Works perfectly. Lovely display piece. There are three small legs under the cage; one has broken off but can be easily repaired. Otherwise MINT. One just like this sold for $1,700 plus markup at "Jay Marshall" Potter auction. Click to enlarge photo.
Thayer's mechanical wonder. A nicely decorated (crackle finish!) Thayer wooden box is opened (front door, back door and top door) and shown empty, then closed. A production of silks, streamers, etc. is made. (Click photo to enlarge.)
A rare item indeed. Collect all six paint designs (if you can find them all -- I never could). Very good condition, mechanically perfect.
Beautiful and classic. This is an original ball vase and hammer (or mallet) from Conradi Horster, 1905 to 1920 or so. All parts in great, if not, mint condition. Mechanically perfect. Fake snaps easily into and out of the hammer. Click photos to enlarge.
You know the Sucker Die Box trick, right? Thayer invented the "double door" principle in 1912 and made hundreds of them. He was so successful that he expanded his product line to include small and larger sizes than the original 3-inch die box. He also made variations on the trick with billiard balls, coins, cigarette packs, alarm clocks and more. Among the very unique and quite rare version is the Break-Apart Die Box.
This is a Thayer Break-Apart Die Box (shown apart). The two compartments attach via a slide mechanism (which is in perfect working order). There's still the sound of the die moving from side to side, but in this version, the two sides are held several feet apart, without connection until they are re-joined. Click to enlarge photo.
At a recent (last 6 months) auction, one of these sold for $1,500!
This is the extremely rare and quite amazing fortune reading spirit ball from Thayer. Perfect for a mentalist or spiritualist act. Only one other exists that I know of. This one is mechanically perfect in function and in very good condition. (Click to enlarge photo)
Price is $875 plus shipping and insurance. Sale pending.
The rare Milson-Worth Transcendental Half. A wonderful penetration ala the Coin of the Realm crafted of wood (mahogany or walnut) in the 1970s by Milson-Worth.It is quite simply one of the finest pieces of its kind ever made. With copy of instructions. Wood with brass hinges. MINT, MINT, MINT. (Click photo to enlarge.)
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. Magnificent, very good and unique. Click photos to enlarge.
(Click to enlarge) This is Bob Kline's imaginative card picker called the "Graveyard Ghost." It was his version of the Warren Hamilton "Jo-ann the Duck" card picker. This one has the often missing hood to cover the skeleton's skull so that he can peek at the card he's selecting. One of these without the hood just sold for $555 (includes buyer's premium) in the recent Haversat & Ewing auction.
From Donald Holmes in Kansas City about 90 years ago. Holmes produced and sold the best glass tricks of the day, often selling directly to other dealers. We listed (and sold) the classic Holmes mirror glass on this site. Click to enlarge photos.
This is the Holmes Confetti to Candy Glass, a method to load a glass apparently with confetti and, later, change the confetti into a candy or a small bird. Photos show the glass "full" of confetti and a top view of the heavily fluted glass and the fake confetti-covered metal insert containing the load. (Use your own shoe box of confetti at the beginning of the trick where the load is initially hidden.)