Phil's Magic Market shows an array of classic and antique magic being sold by Phil Schwartz.
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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.
This is Thimblewhiz, an original thimble production and vanish that was created and expertly turned by Floyd Thayer. No one else has made one since. Fake has chipped. Finely turned and finished in mahogany. It will fool everybody. Complete with thimbles, base, fake and cover. Mechanically perfect. The word "rare" certainly applies here.
An exquisitely made billiard ball stand originated in wood by Floyd Thayer in homage to the European metal ball stands of the nineteenth century. This one was turned by Owen Magic Supreme (Alan Zagorsky) and is mint.
Warren Hamilton (of Jo-Anne the Card Duck fame) made this Square Circle. Comes with the fake, the pagoda outer tube (the "square") and the round tube (the "circle") decorated with Chinese face. No base. Good condition.
This is Christian Fechner's monumental work on the Magic of Robert-Houdin. Two books and slip case. NEVER opened. Click photo to enlarge and see they're in the original sealed wrapping. MINT. (Used copies on Amazon start at $750!)
This is Bob Kline's classic Copentro. Four coins vanish and visibly reappear in a shot glass covered by another glass! It's all original including the coin stand, the base, the two glasses and even the coin loading stick (broken - use a nail file or emery board). Four copper coins included. VERY good condition. Mechanically perfect. Entirely original. Hard to find with original glasses. Circa 1950. One sold at auction recently for $660.
More than 100 years ago, Floyd Thayer began turning these mahogany mechanical marvels. I've rated this in my top ten of Thayer turned pieces. Cards rise from a houlette (no included) that sits on this gorgeous plate. Operated with your index finger alone. Near mint. Mechanically perfect. Sweet.
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 best silk cabby ever made! Warren Hamilton, the craftsman of the 1950s through 1970s, benefited from seeing the construction of the great Thayer silk cabbies. And then he made a better one. They aren't easy to find. All lacquered wood. The decoration is partly stenciled and partly hand painted. Beautiful and classy. Click photo to enlarge. Very good condition.
The magnificent triple penetration stage stocks just in time for Halloween. A stage illusion with high impact. It'll fool magicians because you can pass out the spikes! Complete with spikes, mahogany mallet and the elaborately decorated hand/head stocks. This Thayer mechanical marvel is seldom found and available. You'll fool yourself performing it!
Fantastic representation of Thayer Quality Magic. And truly hard to find in any condition. This is a very well constructed and finished three-block mystery made and sold by Thayer. Condition is very good and fully functional. You just won't find another.
An original photo of American illusionist Harry Kellar and his Los Angeles home. A rare piece of 1920s magic ephemera. (Photo partially cropped and section obliterated to prevent copying. Actual photo is fully intact.) Click photo to enlarge.