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The nicest Thayer Drawer you’ve ever seen! Painted in red, gold, blue and black with a distinctly Thayer design. If you’re gonna paint mahogany, this is how it should look. Mint. Sweet. (Click photo to enlarge)
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.
The classic. It's a Thayer Blue Phantom. Invented in 1930 and crafted by Thayer in 1931. Watch the blue disc/checker move up and down the stack of yellow discs/checkers. Turned wood and metal. Stands 16-inches tall. Near mint. Scarce. Wonderful. Regaled with a Thayer dragon in Thayer gold, red and black. Mechanically perfect.
1997. This is Romano's thoroughly illustrated, 406-page hard cover volume on the art of magic throughout history - woodcuts, engravings, lithography, drawings, artwork, sculptures and more. It is also the story of the artists whose work is featured in magic posters, catalogs, books, periodicals and other places where art is used. Comes with book cover in mint condition. This is #17 of 500 copies printed. The book is out of print. It is mint.
The marvelous Thayer Sand Frame crafted beautifully in mahogany. Finely made, fully sealed and quite rare. Have you seen another? Use it to vanish, restore or produce a playing card, business card or prediction. Or simply display it. You'll be the only one on your block to have one. Near mint.
1944. A lovely woman undresses in a triple change effect including the humorous, surprise ending. Complete banners, clothes, and with Bob Gunther's artwork on both the canvas apparatus and the illustrated original instructions (written by Bill Larsen, Sr.). As a bonus, there is a second hand-painted version (maker/painter unknown) with the expected X-rated ending (unless you live outside the U.S. where it wouldn’t be X-rated). Invented by Fred Culpitt. Some nudity. You must be 21 to order. (Only kidding.) Click photo to enlarge. One just sold for $220!
This is another Carl Williams masterpiece. A square tube decorated ala Okito is shown. Top and base are removed and you thrust your arm through the tube to show it's empty. Then, reassemble the tube, base and top and produce lots of stuff. A sweet and unique piece. Mechanically perfect. M-m-mint. Click photo to enlarge.
A six-box Nest of Boxes made by Merv Taylor himself in the 1950s. I purchased it years ago from Merv's grandson. All six boxes are wood and painted black. PLUS there's a seventh red cardboard (see photo) box that fits snuggly into the smallest black wood box and contains several red, white and blue expanding balls.
THIS IS PRECISION WOOD WORKING! No keys needed. The second box has come apart (see photos of it laying next to the nest). A simple re-glue (no hammers or nails) and you'll have it repaired. Priced according to repair and rarity. (This may be the only one there is!) Click photos to enlarge.
Often thought to be a Thayer-made effect, this is one of Ben Wallace's finest pieces. And rare. It's called "Dog Gone" because it's a sucker die box effect with a dog bone (painted on a block). It slides from side to side before vanishing entirely and reappearing in, where else, the dog house.
This is Floyd Thayer's classic Milady's Parasol trick back when ladies carried parasols (small umbrellas). Complete with gimmicked purse and parasol, silks and parasol cover. Parasol handle is expertly wood-turned by Floyd Thayer and painted colorfully. Click photo to enlarge. A rare piece!
A pair of original Mysto slates right out of a Mysto Magic Set (set not included). Slates are real slate, not metal. As you can see in the photo, they are proudly hallmarked, MYSTO. Complete with flap. Mentalism at its best and easiest.
A really fine and instantaneous livestock production. Nothing in the cage. Then, without covering the front, open the latch and a rabbit, guinea pig, Rocky Raccoon or whatever you have appears before their eyes. From the Owen Magic Supreme "Signature Series" line built and sold in the late 1950s. Measures 12" x 9 3/4" x 6 7/8" Very good! Click photos to enlarge. Shipping additional. Also known as the Rabbit Hutch.
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.
Two photos (click to enlarge) showing a top view and bottom view (with breathing holes) of a table top that can assist you with a dove production (Use your own tube, box or hat). Of course, you can produce other items. Wedge design and gold trim make the top appear quite thin. Works fine. Very good condition. No base or doves included.
Don't know who made this but they did a good job. The tray (probably stained) appears to be walnut. Objects such as a stack of cards or coin(s) can be vanished or switched by simply depressing one side of the top of the tray. A versatile item. Innocent looking. Mechanically perfect.
Here's a magic tray that contains a reel inside it. It needs work. The photos show the tray assembled and disassembled (lid off). Second photo reveals the reel and the lever to operate it when performing. I don't know if the reel works. I also don't know the maker. Fix it up and use it for rising card effects, a flash production, etc.
Circa 1936. Thayer's largest version of the Floating or Ethereal Table. Rare and wonderful. Mahogany. (Click photo to make it float, I mean, to enlarge it.) Strong and sturdy enough to act as a center or side table, too.This is a terrific one-person stage illusion. And can serve as a sturdy center table in your show!