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4238-3436) THREE 5X7 Reproduction PHOTOs of HARRY HOUDINI

Professionally printed by photo lab -not- a computer printer.

All three quality glossy prints for one price - $25.00

      

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SPHINX MAGAZINE LOTs

Choose A Lot, At Priced Marked -or- take ALL 4 Lots for $65.00

4240-9054) Five SPHINX MAGAZINEs From 1921 and 1923 - $17.50

THE SPHINX MAGAZINE - Volume 20, #3 - May 1921 - Official Organ of the Society of American Magicians. - Edited by A. M. Wilson, M.D. - Arthur H. Buckley on the cover. - 36 pages and measures approx. 9"x11 1/2". - THE SPHINX MAGAZINE - Volume 20, #5 - July 1921  - George W. Heller on the cover. - 28 pages and measures approx. 8 3/4"x11 1/2". - THE SPHINX MAGAZINE - Volume 20, #6 - August 1921 - Magnus, Magician caricature on the cover. - 36 pages and measures approx. 8 3/4"x11 1/2". - THE SPHINX MAGAZINE - Volume 20, #8 - October 1921 - Prof. Hart of Buffalo on the cover. - 36 pages and measures approx. 9"x11 1/2". - A little paper loss, in the border area, of the cover page. No texts, photos, etc. affected. - THE SPHINX MAGAZINE - Volume 22, #3 - May 1923 - Ben R. Badley on the cover. - 32 pages and measures approx. 9"x11 1/2".

4241-1387) Five SPHINX MAGAZINEs From 1925 - $17.50

THE SPHINX MAGAZINE - Volume 24, #1 - March1925 - Official Organ of the Society of American Magicians. - Edited by A. M. Wilson, M.D. - Rosini and King on the cover. - 36 pages and measures approx. 8 1/2"x11 1/2". - Houdini's book exposing Margery the medium advertised in Hornmann Magic Co. adv (w/head shot of Houdini) -and- Houdini listed as the President of the SAM. - THE SPHINX MAGAZINE - Volume 24, #3 - May 1925 - AMAC and Chris Van Bern on the cover. - 36 pages and measures approx. 8 1/2"x11 1/2". - Houdini listed as the President of the SAM. - THE SPHINX MAGAZINE - Volume 24, #5 - July 1925 - Al Snyder, Editor of The Osirian on the cover. - 28 pages and measures approx. 8 1/2"x11 1/2". - Houdini listed as the President of the SAM. - Some paper loss along the outer edge, on the back cover. This is in the border area and no text, etc. is affected. - THE SPHINX MAGAZINE - Volume 24, #6 - August 1925 - Queen City Mystics, Assembly #11 on the cover. - 28 pages and measures approx. 8 1/2"x11 1/2". - Houdini listed as the President of the SAM. - Front and back covers are loose. - THE SPHINX MAGAZINE - Volume 24, #10 - December 1925 - Dr. Rockwell (Quack-Quack) on the cover. - 28 pages and measures approx. 8 1/2"x11 3/8". - Houdini listed as the President of the SAM.

4242-3674) Three SPHINX MAGAZINEs From 1928 and 1929 - $20.00

THE SPHINX MAGAZINE - Volume 27, #5 - July 1928 - Official Organ of the Society of American Magicians. - Edited by A. M. Wilson, M.D. - Laurant on the cover. - 40 pages and measures approx. 8 1/2"x11 3/8" - A couple of the magic dealers advertising the new Harold Kellock book: "HOUDINI, His Life Story" - THE SPHINX MAGAZINE - Volume 27, #9 - November 1928 - Oswald Williams, John Mulholland and Jasper Maskelyne on the cover. - 52 pages and measures approx. 8 1/2"x11 3/8". - Covers loose. - Small tear through the pages at the '12 o-clock position. - Due to 'pulp-like' paper, there's chipping around the edges of the outer covers. - Please see photo above. - THE SPHINX MAGAZINE - Volume 27, #10 - December 1928 - Birch on the cover. - 48 pages and measures approx. 8 1/2"x11 3/8".

4243-4555) Six SPHINX MAGAZINEs From 1930 and 1931 - $20.00

THE SPHINX MAGAZINE - Volume 29, #06 - August 1930 - Official Organ of the Society of American Magicians. - Edited by A. M. Wilson, M.D. - McDonald Birch on the cover. - 36 pages and measures approx. 8 1/2"x11 3/8". - THE SPHINX MAGAZINE -Volume 29, #08 - October 1930 - Fred Keating on the cover. - 48 pages and measures approx. 8 1/2"x11 3/8". - Full memorial page, by Bess Houdini, on the 4th anniversary of Harry Houdini's passing. - THE SPHINX MAGAZINE - Volume 29, #11 - January 1931 - Vilmos Lenard, MD on the cover. - 52 pages and measures approx. 8 1/2"x11 3/8". - Front and back covers are loose. - THE SPHINX MAGAZINE - Volume 29, #12 - February 1931 - Francis G. Benedict on the cover. - 48 pages and measures approx. 8 1/2"x11 3/8". - THE SPHINX MAGAZINE - Volume 29, #12 - February 1931 - duplicate issue. - Francis G. Benedict on the cover. - 48 pages and measures approx. 8 1/2"x11 3/8". - Front and back covers are loose. - Bits an pieces missing from the front and back covers in the border area. - Thanks to wide margins, no text, etc. are affected. - THE SPHINX MAGAZINE - Volume 30, #6 - July 1931 - Royal L. Vilas on the cover. - 42 pages and measures approx. 8 1/2"x11 3/8".

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4244-7648) HOUDINI, THE CAREER OF EHRICH WEISS by Kenneth Silverman

SIGNED THREE TIMEs!!

Twice by Kenneth Silverman (once on the free end page -and- on the back cover of the DustJacket).

Signed once by Sidney H. Radner (Hardeen's protťgť and recipient of Houdini's collection after Hardeen passed away in 1945). Mr. Radner passed away in 2011.

HardBound with DustJacket.

Copyright 1996. First Edition. Published by HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. New York.

Measures 6Ĺ"x9Ĺ" with 466 pages.

Chapters include:

Metamorphoses (One:1874-1898, Two:1899)

Handcuff King (Three:1900-1905, Four:1900-1904, Five:1905-1909)

The Upside Down (Six:January-June 1910, Seven:1910-1913, Eight:1913-1915, Nine:1916-1917, Ten:1918-1919)

A Magician Among The Spirits (Eleven:1920-1922, Twelve:Spring 1922-Spring 1923, Thirteen:January 1923-Spring 1924, Fourteen:Summer 1924, Fifteen:August 1924-February 1925, Sixteen:Fall 1924-Spring 1926)

Paligenesia (Seventeen:January-August 1926, Eighteen:August-November 1926)

Appendix and Source Guide.

This Pulitzer prize winning author, who has also written biographies of Cotton Mather and Edgar A. Poe, has drawn on fresh information to produce a fascinating and rich account of Houdini's life. Silverman tells the story of Houdini's origins as Ehrich Weiss, one of five sons of Rabbi Mayer Weiss, an immigrate from Hungary to America; his theatrical debut in dime museums and burlesque shows during the 1890s; and his rapid rise to stardom that culminated in twenty-five years of worldwide fame. The author also describes Houdini's tangled family life, his war against Spiritualism, and his encounters with such celebrities as Sarah Bernhardt, Jack London, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Most of all, he re-creates the illusions and escapes that Houdini performed throughout Europe, the United States, Russia, and Australia. Amazement's which made Houdini the highest-paid variety artist of his time. The author treats in depth many unfamiliar facets of Houdini's career: Houdini as an aviator, a fight fan, inventor, author, film-maker, book collector, and fraud-buster. He reveals for the first time Houdini's affair with the widow of a famous American writer and offers new information about his early circus days, his run-ins with anti-Semitism, his struggle to educate himself, his stormy rivalries with other magicians, and his sudden death at the age of fifty-two.

This is Probably THE BOOK when it comes to a biography about Houdini.

I remember Ken once telling me:

"There are 10 versions for every Houdini story and if I couldn't prove the story as fact from fiction, it didn't belong in my book".

The book is enhanced by more than one hundred photographs of Houdini and his escapes, many never before or rarely published. You have to read this book for yourself, it's simply Amazing!! - $75.00

                               

       

4245-6576) NOTES TO HOUDINI!!!

If you have the GREAT Houdini biography (HOUDINI, The Career of Ehrich Weiss) by Kenneth Silverman, then you need the book of ĎNOTES'.

SIGNED FIVE TIMEs!!

Kenneth Silverman signed on the free end title page.

Sidney H. Radner (Hardeen's protťgť and recipient of Houdini's collection after Hardeen passed away in 1945) also signed on the free end title page. Mr. Radner passed away in 2011.

Richard Kaufmann signed at the bottom of the title page.

Mario Carrandi -and- Stanley Palm both signed on the "Pictorial Credits" page.

Published by Richard Kaufmann and Alan Greenberg.

1996 First Edition.

HardBound with DustJacket.

Measures 6 1/4"x9 1/4" with 182 pages..

A wonderful addition to the biography. With over a dozen photos not in the biography -and- some of them Never published.

As the author puts it:

"The notes contain additional new material about Houdini, discuss a few fine-points, and , most important, document the information in the book. And they point to sources for further research".

Extremely limited to only 500 copies and Sold Out for many many years. - $150.00 (Sorry, this book has sold)

              

         

4246-7576 THE LIFE AND MANY DEATHs OF HARRY HOUDINI by Ruth Brandon.

Two First Editions: The British Edition -and- The American Edition.

Each HardBound with DustJacket.

Besides the usual items found in Houdini Biographies, Ruth Brandon explains, in detail, the secrets of Houdiniís most celebrated escapes, but, more importantly, she asks, "What was Houdini really trying to escape from?".

Searching for the answer, she reveals a man far more extraordinary than any audience could have imagined.

As the books states:

"Ruth Brandon reveals much that is new - including how Houdini invented a phantom son and wrote daily long letters to his wife, Bess. Also, the first full description of Houdiniís fabled death; and fresh material on the early life of Margery, the Medium who played such a significant role in Houdiniís life.

Chapters include:

The Manacled Diver - Rabbits from a Hat - Metamorphosis - Aaronís Rod - Two Ladies - Freaks - Handcuff King - With One Bound He Was Free - The Disappearing Fathers Trick - All in the Mind - The Death and Resurrection Show - The Lady Vanishes - Film Star - Merlinís Cave - Magician Among the Spirits - Margery - Inside the Coffin - Houdini Lives!

55 photos, some of which you wouldnít normally see in a Houdini biography.

a) British Edition. Copyright 1993.

Published by Secker and Warburg in London. 338 pages.

SIGNED TEN TIMEs!!

On the free end page is a sticker label with Ruth Brandon's signature. I purchased this book from Frank Koval, who brought it over from England. Later, Frank had Ms. Brandon sign the sticker and then Frank mailed this to me separately.

The "Acknowledgements" page is signed by the following:

Frank Dailey
Frank Koval
Jay Marshall
Morris N. Young, MD
Elaine Lund
Sidney H. Radner
Charles Reynolds
Eddie Dawes
Patrick Culliton

Book measures approx. 6 1/2"x9 1/2" - $150.00

          
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b) U.S. Edition. Copyright 1993.

Published by Random House in New York. 358 pages.

SIGNED SEVEN TIMEs!!

The "Acknowledgements" page is signed by the following:

Frank Dailey
Jay Marshall
Elaine Lund
Sidney H. Radner
Charles Reynolds
Eddie Dawes
Patrick Culliton

Book measures approx. 6 1/2"x9 1/2" - $125.00

   

4247-7547) MODERN MAGIC MANUAL by Jean Hugard

Copyright 1939 and published by Harper & Brothers of New York and London.

Third Edition.

Introduction by Julien J. Proskauer.

Foreword by Theo Hardeen (Houdini's Brother).

The content pages were so detailed, I have reproduced them below for ease in reading.

Book measures approx. 6"x8 3/4".

On the inside front cover is my bookplate.

The BONUS of this offering is the book is signed THREE times to Dan F. Norton.

On the free end page:

To
Dan F. Norton
with all good wishes
Jean Hugard
Feb. 1942

On the "Introduction" page:

To Dan F. Norton
who will find on page XIV
some information on sales - he
won't need.
Cordially
Julien J. Proskauer
Past President
S.A.M

Also included is a 1936 SAM membership card signed by SAM President Proskauer.

This card has nothing to do with the book - just a nice Proskauer tie in piece.

On the 2nd page of the "Foreword" Page:

To Dan F. Norton
with kindest regards
Hardeen

It doesn't get much better than this. Signed by the Author (Jean Hugard) - well known magician Julien J. Proskauer -and- Houdini's brother: Hardeen.

HardBound with DustJacket and 345pages. - $500.00

     

4248-2879) HOUDINI COMES TO AMERICA. By Ronald J. Hilgert

Hardbound. 47 pages. Copyright 1996 by The Houdini Historical Center. Published by Sidney H. Radner and Thomas J. Boldt.

This book involves the facts surrounding the Weiss family's departure from Europe to the United States in 1878. Contains 28 pictures and documents, some of which have never before been published.

Was Ehrich Weiss actually born in Budapest, Hungary?
Just when did the Weiss family emigrate to America?
Where did they arrive?
Did they travel together?

This AND MORE can be found in this fascinating account which the author spent years researching.

As a nice BONUS, the book is Signed by Ron Hilgert, Sid Radner and Tom Boldt.

As an EXTRA nice BONUS, the book was signed again by all three on the free end page.

You will never be able to get an extra couple signatures, again - as both Mr. Hilgert and Radner have since passed away.

Limited edition, this copy numbered 165 of 300. - $125.00

     

4249-7265)  Houdiniís Texas Tours - 1916 & 1923 by Ron Cartlidge

This HardBound book, with Beautiful DustJacket, was written by Texasí own: Ron Cartlidge.

Printed by Capital Printing Co., Inc. of Austin, Texas.

119 pages with some NEVER BEFORE SEEN photographs and illustrations of Houdini performing in and around the Great State of Texas.

The book was Privately Published by the author.

Total production was a mere 700 copies. 648 copies of what Ron likes to call the "First Editions" -and- 52 "Special Editions".

Needless to say, the Special Editions sold out quickly.

If youíve followed the other books on Houdini, then you already know, you wonít find hardly anything having to do with the two tours Houdini made in Texas. Making this a Wonderful, New and Fascinating area to explore - and thatís just what the author, Ron Cartlidge, has done.

As the author puts it:

"Houdiniís two trips to Texas are covered in detail. The names of Texas citizens who assisted Houdini or challenged him are here, as well as the names of the cities that were lucky enough to host him. This book is not only for the magic historian but will be of interest to the general public as Houdiniís life is covered from beginning to end".

"Houdiniís tours of Texas include numerous challenges from the citizenry of Texas. There were also the escapes from straight jackets while hanging up-side down from tall buildings. Houdini enjoyed frequent visits to civic clubs, radio stations, and other groups to discuss Spiritualism and his life in magic".

"Houdini made a prediction on the outcome of the annual Texas-TexasA&M football battle. He called San Antonians remarkable, when 12,000 turned out in cold weather for a Houdini "hanging" and said, "The Deputy Sheriffs of Bexar County had the strongest arms of any men Iíve ever met".

Chapters include:

One: Houdiniís Life Before Texas
Two: 1916 - Fort Worth
Three: 1916 - Dallas
Four: 1916 - Houston
Five: 1916 - San Antonio
Six: 1916 - Austin
Seven: 1916 - Dallas
Eight: 1923 - Houston
Nine: 1923 - Galveston
Ten: 1923 - San Antonio
Eleven: 1923 - Austin
Twelve: 1923 - Fort Worth
Thirteen: Houdiniís Death and Funeral
Fourteen: Escapes and Challenges in Texas & Houdini Time-Line
Fifteen: Postscripts 2002

This is followed by the Bibliography and a detailed listing of the 41 photographs scattered through out the book.

As mentioned earlier, this is Great reading in an area of Houdiniís life, which the other Houdini biographers, simply didnít have the space and time to research.

GOOD THING MR. CARTLIDGE DID!!!

I am offering, here, the Numbered and Signed "SPECIAL EDITION": #13 of 52

GREAT inscription, by Mr. Cartlidge inside. - $150.00

               

      

4250-4664) HARRY HOUDINIs "FRAUDULENT SPIRIT MEDIUM EXPOSE LECTURE" 2nd Generation Slides

Back in the 1990s, I purchased a set of 35mm slides, which were made from the Original Glass Slides Harry Houdini used for his Fraudulent Spirit Medium Expose Lecture, in the 1920s.

I guess you could call these slides second generations, since they were produced from the original glass slides.

After Houdini's death, the lecture was continued by both Oscar Teale and Dean Frederick Eugene Powell.

In addition to the 50 glass slides Houdini used for his lecture, Teale and Powell introduced additional glass slides.

One thing to remember about this lecture, it was given in the 1920s. People were a LOT more gullible, back then, and really wanted to believe what they were hearing, from the mediums, was true and honest.

Houdini sure did!!

But, after going from one medium after another, and finding them all to be fraudulent, Houdini wagged his expose' campaign war on the whole spiritualism industry.

Of the 50 images, in Houdini's lecture, I have 42. With the added 25 photo's, what you're getting, here, is the Houdini/Teale/Powell lecture with a total of 67 photos.

I know the photos, below, of the slides sitting on top of a light box, show 69 slides -and- the two pieces of paper showing the slides only 67. There are two duplicate slides.

The photo's, below, are the following:

a) The slides outer boxes.
b) The plastic boxes, holding the slides, and the outer boxes the plastic boxes would slide into.
c) The slide boxes opened.
d) Two pages, showing the slides.
e) thru i) The actual slides setting on top of a light box.
j) 12 photos, made from some of the slides.

As far as I know, there is not another set available - as I purchased these directly from the person who had the Original Houdini Glass Slides, which he later sold. - $500.00

a)   b) c)

d)

e) f) g)

h) i)

j)

No rights given or implied - these slides are being sold from one collector to another.

4251-1158) HOUDINIs STRANGE TALES

A collection of fiction by the legendary Harry Houdini edited by Houdini expert Patrick Culliton and T. L. Williams.

Mr. Culliton has hand written, near the bottom of the title page:

"this is a limited
edition of 250
copies of which
this is:
      126"

The book contains Seven Short Stories; Three One-Act Plays -and- Eight Film Treatments.

As Patrick Culliton puts it:

"a collection of Houdini's fiction ever published. Despite the fact that most of the pieces in this book were actually published in various print media during his lifetime, very few people have been aware of their existence. The material in this book was quite difficult to find."

The book was published in 1992 and contains just under 100 pages.

A great piece of work by Pat and Tracey.

I Guarantee you'll ENJOY reading these stories by Houdini, from such A Long Time Ago!!

GREAT inscription inside, by Mr. Culliton, wherein he touches on Houdini's final moments, and the Doctor telling Bess, "He's gone, Mrs. Houdini." - $50.00

              

     

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