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This booklet by magician and shadowgrapher, Felicien Trewey explains how to perform "Shadowgraphy" in detail with illustrations. Contains a David Price bookplate and a tip-in from C. Milton Chase, magic and juggling dealer. The piece has repairs (taped spine, one edge) but it completely in tact. A scarce piece of magic ephemera from a popular nineteenth century performer. Friend of Houdini and Kellar. 21 pages plus covers.
An incredible mechanical piece that hides a large group of ballots/billets and, with a press of the wooden release (disguised as a decorative wood strip), opens the hidden compartment and adds them into the closed ballot box. Self-contained. One of two known to survive. Thayer conceived, crafted and built. Whew!
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.
The great fire producing box that allows a silk to be pulled through it without being burned. Flames suddenly appear and disappear from the previously shown empty box. In your full control at all times. A flashy and classic trick. Unique today.
A quite rare Thayer-made magic table. This is the first one that's been for sale in more than a decade. Sturdy, complete and beautifully decorated. Some scrapes and stains but otherwise very good. Yes, it's gimmicked. Distinctly Thayer. You won't find another.
False advertising by Thayer here. You actually need two hands for the trick -- one to hold the box, the other to open it/close it/make the production from it. Four different paint designs. This is the second rarest based on 30 years observing. Very good. Mechanically perfect.
Ever seen this? A complete unique revelation of a previously selected card. The card appears between the ears (which open up) of the rabbit! PLUS two cards rise from the houlette that the rabbit is holding (not shown in photos). Owen Magic quality. Mechanically perfect. Very good. Click to enlarge photos.
This is Bob Kline's classic Copentro. Four coins vanish and VISIBLY (no silk cover) reappear in a shot glass covered by another glass! It's all original including the coin stand, the base and the two glasses. Four copper coins included. VERY good condition. Mechanically perfect. Entirely original including glasses! Circa 1950. One sold at auction recently for $660. (Yikes.)
After card is selected and vanished, a wood and metal spider is placed on its web and spun. Selected card slowly appears in the web "clutched" by the spider. A Thayer gem originally called the Spider Web Card Illusion. Easel version (there was also a floor model). Click to enlarge photo.
Goldin - The Royal Illusionist performed for a week at the New Alhambra theatre in November 1935. This is a two-sided, full program of Goldin's performance including the illusion that he made world famous, A Lady Sawn in Half. Rare. Near mint.
Pin a silk or borrowed handkerchief to this beautifully finished wood frame. Then wrap the frame in paper and jab a scissors or knife into its center. The silk or hank is undamaged. Possibly Thayer. Well made.