Stage Magic Apparatus

Improved Zig-Zag Soda Can – Frank Klein

What makes it an improved version is the ability to open a little door in the center section to show the middle of the can in the zig zagged state. The current gimmick in the center section allows you to use either Coke, Pepsi or 7up, it can be changed during the performance to allow a spectator a choice of cans. Also, the gaff can be easily removed and you can make a gaff from whatever can you wish to use. Your are not limited to the three can gaffs included. The earlier version of the trick did not have this center section gaff. Also, the earlier version was made of wood. This version uses plexiglass components. It is better built than the earlier version, it has closer tolerances and functions more smoothly. In excellent condition and includes the original instructions. Click on thumbnails to enlarge photos. $125

Babcock Elusive Teddy Bear (Rabbit)

Just like the standard Babcock Elusive Teddy Bear found on the Babcock Magic website but this uses the comical face of a rabbit instead of a teddy bear. And this one is BIG! About 50% larger than the one Mel Babcock usually builds (see photos with tape measure). Expertly built by Mel Babcock from select hardwoods, mostly walnut. In mint condition complete with the original instructions.  Click on thumbnails to enlarge photos. $125

P&A Card Silk Set

In perfect like new condition.  A set of two cards silks made by P&A. One silk represents a blank card and the other has the Queen of Diamonds. The silks are approximately 16 inches square (see tape measure in one photo for size reference). Click on the thumbnails to enlarge the photos. $25

Mini Tricky Bottles

A set of Grant’s Tricky Bottles but is a smaller than usual size. The tubes are 7.25 inches tall and 2 inches in diameter, about half the size of the typical sets. The bottles are glass. The tubes are in mint condition. The labels on the bottles show some age discoloration but are otherwise in great shape. Click on the thumbnails to enlarge the photos. $25

Tubby the Clown

Large wood silk screened photo of a clown (approximately 9 x 11 inches). Clown is covered with wooden cover (with silk screened picture of a circus tent) and when uncovered Tubby has changed colors from red to blue. The kids know the magician was merely turning the clown around. Finally the back of the clown is show and it is indeed, the back of the clown! In perfect condition. Click on thumbnails to enlarge photos. $35

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. $40

Tear Down – DVD

DVD of Andrew Mayne’s method for the torn and restored newspaper. Incredibly it requires no preparation and the newspaper can even be signed. That’s right, an impromptu method and it can be done with regular size newspaper or tabloids. Click on thumbnail to enlarge photo. $10

Santa and the Rabbit – Madblood Creations

First, there is no rabbit; I don’t know why the trick is called Santa and the Rabbit! What you do get is a folder with a haunted looking house printed on both sides and a Santa card. The Santa card is placed in the folder and the kids clearly see he is wearing his red suit. The folder is tuned over and Santa is now shown to be in a green suit. The magician turns the folder over again and changes him back to red. The kids yell that the green suit Santa is on the back of the card and this goes on for as long as the magician wants. Finally the red suit Santa card is removed from the folder and turned around; there is a yellow suit Santa and no sign of the green suit! The folder can even be handed out for examination. I believe that when Madblood Creations created this it was with a ghost which explains the haunted house on the folder. However, they probably later made other cards for other occasions (like Santa for Christmas shows) that would utilize the same folder. The rabbit in the title may refer to another card that was available. But this set is only the Santa card (no Rabbit and no Ghost), the folder and the original instructions. In excellent condition and actually a very deceptive trick! Probably circa 1970.  Click on the thumbnails to enlarge the photos. $20

Miracle Book Test

A book of over 300 pages is shown. A spectator opens the book to any page and is asked to look at the third word on the sixth line of the freely chosen page. The magician jots down a word on a pad of paper and it is shown to be very same word. Marketed by D. Robbins this is circa 1970’s and is complete with original book, instruction sheet and special pad which has some secret cues for the performer. Click on the thumbnails to enlarge the photos. $10


Tommy Windsor’s Pop Corn Dye Box

A vintage Tommy Windsor Popcorn Dye Box, box and original instructions. By D. Robbins. This is kinda old, probably circa 1970 and may be more for the collector than something you would use in a show due to its age. It is in very good condition, but due to its age may not be as durable as a new version. Complete with original packaging. Click on the thumbnails to enlarge the photos. $7

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. $25


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

Mike Rose

Get On The List!

Email Mike at: and say something like, “Put me on the Hard To Find Magic email list!” and that’s exactly what will happen. Thanks!