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.
Originally, Floyd Thayer called these "rough" billiard balls. They were designed to give the magician a better grip on them unlike the standard smooth sets of multiplying billiard balls. For that reason and because he was a marketing genius, he named them Clingo.
Each ball is scored with concentric circles spaced evenly. They are very rare in any condition. These are in fine condition. And Floyd Thayer turned them. No one else. No one else could.
A special centerpiece for any collection. Click photo to enlarge.
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.
Surprisingly rare. This is a tidy little production tube which is shown empty, papered on each end after which a small production is made. Almost 6 inches tall with two square rings to hold paper at each end, this piece is a fooler. Decorated with Asian-like characters in Thayer gold and red. Mechanically perfect, near mint. Only a few of these still around, thus the price.
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 to exist; this is one of them.
Price is $375 plus shipping and insurance. SALE PRICED!
Beautiful and near mint from the 1920s. It's the transposition of a scoop of rice, an orange and a stack of checkers under two decorated tubes and a rice vase (not in photo). This includes a box for confetti (which other sets don't have) and an early Thayer "bird" paint design. And TWO Thayer-turned pedestals. Don't pass on this. (Click to enlarge)
Price is $1250 plus shipping and insurance. ($400 off our original price!) - Sale pending.
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 is 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.
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. Click to enlarge photo. Made and sold by Thayer. A Charles Waller idea. A fooler. Quite rare.Near mint.
Price is $94.00 plus shipping. This is a ridiculous New Year's price! Sale priced.