Stage Magic Apparatus

Sammy the Performing Seal – Ray Hackman

This trick is touted as an award winner at the 1959 IBM-SAM convention so that would make this circa early 1960’s. The wood stand is 16 X 8 inches. The routine starts with three cards. One is a picture of the seal, one of a ball on a launching device and the third card is the oversize card with the tent picture. The tent card is used to cover one end of the stand or the other in performance. The ball vanishes from the card and appears on the seal’s nose. However, the magician “accidentally” reveals part of the secret but all ends well after some sucker byplay with the kids. The stand has a moveable ball attached to the back to allow the audience to see the ball travel. This is at least 50 years old and although the wood stand is in great shape, the cards (pictures) show some age discoloration. Complete with all the cards, wood stand, original instructions, and an original flyer that was used to advertise the trick. It is from Ray Hackman (the inventor and builder) of Palos Heights, Illinois. Click on the thumbnails to enlarge the photos. $50





Sword and Dice – Vintage Japanese Magic

This is circa 1970’s and it might be by Tricks, Co. of Japan. I do know (from the label on the box) it is called Sword and Dice by Toshio Akanuma with a number SM-7 indicated. A wooden die (approximately 2.75 inches in size) is shown with a slot running through it. The die is placed in the tube and trapped in place by running the metal sword thought the tube and die. At the magician’s command the die penetrates the sword and drops out of the tube and can be immediately examined. Complete with original instructions, box, tube, die and metal sword. A great piece for any collection! Click on the thumbnails to enlarge the photos. $75




Flame of Kan-Del – Rainho

Flame of Kan-Del by Jim Rainho, circa 1972. A tall candle (approximately 15 inches) is seen on an ornate stand. The magician lights the candle and covers it with a tube. The lit candle is removed from the stand, wrapped in a sheet of paper and vanished. When the tube is removed from the stand the lit candle is found back in place. This is in great condition, never used. I tested the electronics and it works perfectly (it operates on three AA batteries, not included). Comes with everything as new; electronic candle, ornate candle base, tube, dowel for making additional candle shells, extra ignitor, and original instructions. A great piece for your collection. Click on the thumbnails to enlarge the photos. $135




Hole-Lucination by Randy Helms

Here’s one you don’t see every day! Sitting in a frame is a large white card (4.5 X 7 inches). It has a hole near the center of one long edge with a red arrow pointing at the hole. The card is removed from the frame and examined. The card is replaced in the frame and the magician moves the hole to the opposite side of the card! He then moves the hole to the bottom of the card! The card is removed from the frame and the hole is seen to be really in the new location. This is circa 1970’s and is in great condition. Complete with all the parts and original instructions (4 pages!). Then instructions identify this as a product of a company called “Magic… By George!” – Limestone, Tennessee. Click on the thumbnails to enlarge the photos. $50




Zig Zag Soda Can – Original!

This is an original Zig-Zag Can made by Frank Klein (the instruction sheet listed his address as Falls Church, Virginia) circa 1980’s. It’s in excellent condition and is complete with the original instructions. The original Frank Klein Zig-Zag Can is a rare find and does not show up for sale very often, especially in perfect condition. Complete with cabinet, blades and original instructions. Click on thumbnails to enlarge photos. $95




Teacher Teacher

A card is shown with the word “red” but printed in white letters. It is covered with a cloth and then shown to have changed color so the writing is now red to match the word. The kids tell you that you are just turning the card over. But you finally show the other side and it is a picture of the teacher. In mint condition with original instructions. The instructions do not mention the manufacturer but is probably circa 1970’s. Click on thumbnails to enlarge photos. $25




Bongo’s Giant Hat – Original Supreme Magic

The classic Bongo’s Giant Hat but still in the package with the original Supreme Magic instructions. Great to use or for the collector since it is still sealed in the package. Click on thumbnails to enlarge photos. $10




Ultra Block Penetration – Vintage Tannen

I’m guessing this is one of the original Ultra Block Penetration put on the market by Louis Tannen probably in the 1970’s. The instructions do not have a date but do identify it as Louis Tannen (at the 1540 Broadway address). The entire apparatus is made of plastic and works great. The block is just under 3 inches in size and the overall height of the tower is approximately 9 inches. In great shape along with the original instructions. Back when they were making new magic out of “space age” plastic! Click on the thumbnails to enlarge the photos. $50




Snake Drawer Box – Vintage

This is cool. A heavy cardboard drawer box but instead of producing your standard silks, etc. it comes with a spring snake that shoots out of the box when opened a second time. But that’s not all! There is a pressure activated device that shrieks when the snake is released (the compressed snake holds the shrieking device compressed as well and when the snake releases so does the noise maker). The box is small, approximately 4.75 inches long and 2.75 inches tall and wide. The spring snake is 21 inches long and is cloth covered. The snake and box are both in excellent condition. Click on the thumbnails to enlarge the photos. $45




Melting Mirror – Daytona Magic

A framed mirror approximately 12 by 16 inches is shown on both sides. The mirror can be tapped all over to show it is solid. A silk is used to clean the glass when suddenly it melts right through. The silk is pulled out the opposite side yet the mirror is shown to still be intact and without any holes. Very nice quality and in excellent condition complete with original instructions. Click on thumbnails to enlarge photos. $85




Mod Glass by O’Dowd

From 1976 this is a clever utility glass. Similar in construction to the classic Milk Pitcher except this glass can begin completely empty. Then it can be filled in front of the audience in real time and it appears the glass is being completely filled. However, the liquid is actually going in between the gimmick and the glass wall. The glass can then be used like a Milk Pitcher to cause the liquid to disappear. The instructions provide five different effects that can be performed with the glass. The glass is made of real glass and stands approximately 4 inches tall. In excellent condition complete with original instructions and box. Click on thumbnails to enlarge photos. $30




 

Small Formica Mirror Box

A small, approximately 5 inch cubed, Mirror Box with patterned Formica surfaces. Also has cool little feet and knobs to add to the unique look. The photo showing the interior show how nice the mirror illusion is; this is a very well made little box. Another feature is the removable mirror. It fits loosely into channels and can be removed for cleaning or whatever your imagination comes up with. This also means that if you ever break the mirror it is very easy to replace. A really fantastic little Mirror Box! $50




Sucker Spots – Supreme Magic

Sucker Spots by Roy Baker released by Supreme Magic circa 1970’s. A large card (12 inches square) is shown to have two black spots and two white spots on each side (the sides are identical). The magician claims he can make the spots travel to different positions on the card. However, he is obviously just turning the card to make it seem the spots are in different positions. The audience is quick to point this out and is obviously not impressed. Finally to save face the magician causes all the spots to change color leaving him with four different color spots. NOTE: there are actually TWO of the special mechanical cards included here. I have two sets of the same trick (but one set of original instructions) so you will be getting both. Only one is used in performance, the other can be a back-up for you. Both are in good condition but not mint. They show some signs of age but neither is very bad. They both function, just some age wear. Original instructions are included. Click on thumbnail to enlarge photo. $20




Merv Taylor Wonder Box

A trick devised by Himber and made of stainless steel by Merv Taylor (both boxes have the Merv Taylor hallmark). With this apparatus a production of two loads of silks can be made from what appears to be two empty square tubes (boxes). The boxes are in good condition except for one of the doors for one of the load chambers is slightly sprung. As can be seen in one of the photos it does not close all the way flush like the other door. This may be something that can be repaired but I’ll leave that up to the buyer. Priced very low to compensate for this issue and includes original instructions.  Click on thumbnail to enlarge photos. $95




Shrinking Glove

The Shrinking Glove, in excellent condition. Magician is seen wearing a pair of yellow gloves. He removes them and gives one a squeeze, suddenly it has become tiny. No instructions but if you know how to put on a pair of gloves you can perform this! Click on thumbnails to enlarge photos. $10




 

Thayer Jumbo 4 Ace Stand

A large card stand designed to hold jumbo cards. There is also a secret metal flap in each space to allow the described effect to be performed. Basically the effect involves four packets of four cards being distributed on the stand. A card from each packet magically travels to a specific pack on the stand. The stand does all the work for you via the secret metal flaps. There are no cards included. You get the large wooden stand and the original Thayer instructions. There is some minor paint loss and wear but overall it is in nice condition. Click on thumbnails to enlarge photos. $45




Cane to Flowers

Cane to Flowers. A tall (approximately 2 feet) display of feather flowers designed to be produced from a vanishing cane. NO CANE INCLUDED, feather flowers only, use any vanishing cane. In great condition. Click on thumbnails to enlarge photos. $20




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