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.
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.)
Frederick Eugene Powell (1856-1938) was Dean of the Society of American Magicians and several other magic organizations. He performed with Servais LeRoy and Imro Fox as part of the "Triple Alliance." He also had his own stage show and performed across the country. In movie theaters, Powell's live show opened for the traveling showing of the Houdini film "The Man from Beyond." Frederick Eugene Powell was the model magician for the wonderful illustrations in the Petrie & Lewis magic catalogs and lived for years with its owner, John Petrie.
This inscribed and signed in white ink portrait photo was signed in 1930. It's framed, matted and ready to hang on your wall. The matted photo measures 6 1/4 x 8 3/4 inches within the matting (8 x 10 inches without the matting). A very rare piece of early twentieth century magic ephemera.
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.
It's so breathtakingly beautiful that the few who own them keep them on display and don't perform them. Based on the Delben blotter, this is the late Carl Williams' homage to the original and decorated with distinctly Okito transfers (not decals!). It's one of his Replicas of the Masters. Primarily made in green, this is one of only eight made in red. And one of only three that Carl signed beautifully in paint on the base.
In original box with original instructions, wrappings and gimmick. A mechanical, magnetic wonder. Click to enlarge photo.
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.)
This is a program from the 1953 Golden Jubilee held to honor Floyd Thayer, magic inventor, manufacturer and dealer. It is in mint condition and includes an 8" x 10" glossy photo of Thayer posing in his home next to one of his most noteworthy creations, the Whispering Buddha. This is rare and a great piece of magic history.
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.
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 in your collection.