Phil's Magic Market shows an array of classic and antique magic being sold by Phil Schwartz.
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From the Thayer catalog listing: A handsomely decorate bube is shown empty -- From the Thayer catalog listing: A handsomely decorate 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.
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 $75. (If international, add postage & insurance)
What you see above are two metal tubes in fine shape, two celluloid inserts and one glass. You can have the glass, when covered, vanish or produce liquids/fish/floating carrots from either tube. Just lift off the insert as you lift the tube. Or get a second glass and do a liquid passe passe or a "Flying Fish" effect. Click photo to enlarge. Only two known.
Beautifully machined by Owen Magic about thirty years ago. The classic close-up trick where you always select the bar that rattles despite the spectator's attempts to fool you. Or you them. (Click photo to enlarge.)
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 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.
You know the Sucker Die Box trick, right? Thayer invented the Double Door 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. There's still the sound of the die moving from side to side. But in this version, the sides are held feet apart, without connection until they are re-joined. Click to enlarge photo.
The original. Purchased from Ben Stone himself (he made it) in the 1970s. Complete with photocopy of original instructions. Mint. One recently sold for $360 in the Potter & Potter auction. Click photo to enlarge.
You don't see magic that looks like this very often. 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 (also on sale on this site), this is Carl Williams homage to the original and decorated with distinctly Okito transfers. It's one of his Replicas of the Masters. Primarily made in green (twenty green were made). Only eight made in red.
When created by Carl's Custom Magic, they sold out quickly. No longer made. In original box with original instructions, wrappings and gimmick. Click to enlarge photo.
Price is $1495 plus US shipping and insurance.
Green version of same Okito-Williams piece of which 20 were made: $1295.
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, mint and unique. Click photos to enlarge.
The Paul Diamond Himber Wallet. As perfect as it was in 1975 when made. For card and money effects. Switches, changes, vanishes and produces any flat item that fits in it! And it comes with the original dollar bill (US Federal Reserve Note) negative (on acetate) that came with it. The Treasury department apparently interceded and production ceased. Click photos to enlarge.