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Circa 1935. This is a four-page promotional folder for Dr. Harlan Tarbell. Good condition with three holes punched for notebook. Filled with photos, quotes and descriptions of the Tarbell Course author and illustrator.
This was invented in the 1940s by Mal B. Lippincott. This one is from the 1960s, probably by Haenchen. Click photos to enlarge.
Show the locked box. Give an audience member the key. Place the locked box into a hat or open container on your table. Vanish a signed quarter or borrowed finger ring. Remove the locked box from the container and hand it to the person with the key to unlock and remove its contents. Voila! The quarter or ring. Magic! Well made with brass hinge and hasp. Original lock and key.
Caution with this one. It's the gimmicked stand for the razor blading swallowing trick. (Blades not included.) The wooden stand displays eight razor blades between small orange knobs. The blades and thread are gathered and placed into the metal blade holder (in the center of the stand) which allows for your switch to threaded blades. Click to enlarge.
From his famed performance at El Rancho Vegas in 1956, this is an original check payable to and endorsed by Carl Ballantine for $1,000. NOTE: Portions of the check were blocked for these photos but the original check is fully in tact with a crisp, clean signature. Click photos to enlarge them. This is more than rare; it's unique. One of a kind performer's payment at an original Las Vegas venue.
Price is $55. (If international, add postage & insurance)
From the Thayer catalog listing: A handsomely decorated tube is shown empty --yet, immediately and without false moves of any sort, two large silks are produced therefrom." Circa 1936. Made by Thayer. A Charles Waller idea. A fooler. Quite rare. Near mint.
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.)