Phil's Magic Market shows an array of classic and antique magic being sold by Phil Schwartz.
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Invented by Jack Gwynne in the early 1930s, Thayer made the best one ever. This is it. Solid. Decorated in red, blue, gold and black. Cool and distinctive Thayer dragons. Mechanically perfect. Very good. May never have been used. Scarce today.
Beautiful and classic. This is an original ball vase and hammer (or mallet) from Germany's 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.
Another Thayer mechanical marvel. Seen the bill in lemon? Forget it! This is sweeter. It's a ring on string (or ribbon) IN an orange IN a mahogany box. (Go ahead. Read that again.) It's a wonderful effect.
(Click to enlarge) A nice original photo of Dr. A.M.Wilson, published of The Sphinx (1904-1930). Hole in photo but overall good. Houdini started Conjurer's Magazine to compete with it; he failed. A great piece of magic ephemera.
Wow. Just gorgeous. (Go ahead, click the photo to enlarge it.) This pedestal dates back to maybe 1912 and delivers a silk or two into a glass (bottomless or inverted) placed on top of it. Turned by Floyd Thayer on his lathe. Golly.
Price is $294.00 (Someone repainted it [nicely] or it would be more.)
A Thayer piece from the 1920s. 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 $204 plus shipping. CLEARANCE SALE PRICED
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.
Looks like a Thayer piece but is probably European. Show the box empty, fill it with silks, close, open, produce a bird cage with bird! Or do the reverse and produce silks. Very good. Bird included but is not alive.
The original Kikuchi Fire Box. Flames appear and vanish at will. Silks pass through the colorful box while fire and flames come out the top. The silks imerge unburned. A classic seldom seen today. Rare.