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The Stephen A. Sparks Collection

Specializing in Houdiniana

  

 Weather in Las Vegas, Nevada

 

This WebSite will be devoted to items I currently have for sale. While most Collectible Dealers Occasionally have a Houdini item or two, we here at SASC Specialize in Houdini Material and have done so for 20+ years.

Not to mention having been in magic since 1963!!

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4120-1328) COMMEMORATIVE KEY CHAIN

The KeyChain is patterned in the likeness of a show ticket.

This comes from the 1994 New England Magic Collector's Association "Yankee Gathering" November 3,4, and 5 in 1994.

Charles and Regina Reynolds were being honored and their image is on the KeyChain.

It's made of metal and is light gold tent, in color.

To the right of "Admit One" is the stamped number: 150

Measures approx. 3 3/4"x1 1/2"

Still in original sealed clear plastic bag, these 20years later. - $20.00


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4121-6556) RAUSCHER THE MAGICIAN TOKEN

One side shows the image of Bill Rauscher with "Master of Magic and Mystery" along the top area, of the token.

Along the bottom area: "Rauscher The Magician".

On the other side, "Rauscher the Magician", in the center with stars above and below.

About the size of a silver dollar. No date given.

It's made of metal and is gold tent, in color.

Still in original sealed clear plastic bag. - $20.00

4122-6599) THE JUGGLER

Called "The Juggler, but in Old English, this means MAGICIAN.

This is an AUTHENTIC 131 Year Old photogravure published in 1883 by Gebbie & Co. It is printed on a heavy-weight paper and is blank on the reverse. The print is in very good condition with the image area crisp, with just a little foxing (very little). It is titled in the lower margin.

Image area: 10 3/8"x5" - paper size: 14"x9 1/4"

Accompanying the print is a nice description of the piece. Some of which states:

'The actors, in the lively scene before us, various classes of society and types of mind are presented. The ladies in the foreground exhibit an amused surprise; the humbler woman beside them betrays a more serious wonderment, while the mother on her left appears to sympathize with the alarm of her children. The men in this group are disposed to be jocular over the performance. An old schoolmaster marches by with his scholars; he is absorbed in his book, possibly is seeking light upon the dark arts. Beyond him two philosophers are apparently speculating on the mysteries of mind and matter. Finally, while one of the jugglers amuses the crowd, the other does not forget to solicit their contributions; for even magicians, strange to say, cannot live without money.'

This measures approx. 10 1/2"x14 1/2"

Print is closer to the color, of the two bottom close up photos.

Imagine how nice this would look framed and hanging on your wall. - $75.00

       

         

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Milbourne Christopher even liked this image, so much, he featured it on the content page of his book: "Panorama of Magic". The book isn't part of this offering.

 

4123-3543) DRAWING of HOUDINI

I acquired this during the 1993 SAM national convention in New Orleans.

I was set up as one of the dealers, and I was approached by one of the attendees stating he had a drawing of Houdini - would I be interested.

It appears to be a combination of charcoal and pencil.

This print is a copy of his original.

He only had this one print and wasn't interested in selling the original.

Measures approx. 10"x12 3/4" and has been laminated for protection - although there are a few creases in, the lower right corner.

I don't know when the drawing was originally done -and- I've not seen another of these offered, in the 21years I've owned this. - $45.00

4124-3574) MAGICAL BOOKIE Issue #34. September 1970. Published by Stephen R. Patrick.

A great source of information came from the pages of The Magical Bookie. These were issued on legal size paper and ran around 6 pages each. Some printed on one side, some printed on both sides.

This issue contains: Magic At The University of Texas by Stephen A. Sparks - Readers writing in with interesting news, include Claude Crowe, Topper Martin, Mickey Hades, John Henry Grossman, Lt. David F. Ginn, and William F. Becker. - Five books are reviewed.

Need this issue to help complete your file? Or to start your new file? - $10.00

 

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4125-4687) MAGICAL BOOKIE Issue #39. March 1972. Published by Stephen R. Patrick.

This issue contains: Examining Those Wild Book Prices. No author given. - Does Binding Magazines Really Help? by Stephen A. Sparks. - Topper Martyn writes on Non-Magic Books. - Reminiscences of Marcus Henvit (Two full pages) - Magical Appetizers (books and posters available for purchase, their descriptions and from whom) - Notabilia (Stephen R. Patrick's editorial).

Well, here you go - the 2nd Magical Bookie for your file. - $10.00

 

(Take the pair for $17.50)

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4126-4847) MUM Magazine, Volume 97, #9 - February 2008

BANACHEK on the cover.

For you Banachek lovers, there are three GREAT articles, about or by him, inside this magazine:

1) Banachek: In Thoughts by Richard Hatch

2) Penn & Teller and The Magic Bullet by Banachek

3) Marketing Banachek's Inspirations by Scott Wells

And, lets not forget editor, John Moehring's, comments on the "Editor Notes" page.

If you have many of Banachek's books, but not this magazine - well, then this is for you. - $10.00

4127-8765) CONJURERs CHATTER

Published irregularly by Stuart Robson. New York City, New York. Conjurer's Shop.

Printed. 8 1/2x11. V1N1 July 1940 - n.V.n. (n.d.).

The last issue was published by Abbott's after taking over the shop.

A total of 28 issues make up a complete file, below are 14 of these.

All issues issued as V1 N.

This offering is for the following issues:

N8 - February 1943
N10 - June 1943
N11 - September 1943
N13 - December 1943
N14 - February 1944
N16 - July 1944 thru N21 - November 1945
(Includes Stuart Robson's Conjurer's Muse Supplement with N19) -Not shown below-
N23 - May 1946 thru N25 - October 1946
(Includes the Announcing The Invisible Pass by Jean Hugard Supplement with N24)

Also, includes an extra issue N20 - August 1945, at no additional charge.

These are listed in the Alfredson/Daily Magazine Bibliography as Scarce.

Great material from 70years ago!! - $25.00 (Sorry, these magazines have sold)

4128-6534) TOWER "DOUBLE LOCK" LEG-IRONs. From the HOUDINI-HARDEEN Collection.

In 1995, I purchased a wonderful Houdini Collection from a gentleman in Florida. In addition to all the items in this Collection, there were several sets of Handcuffs which belonged to Houdini.

What’s offered here is the Tower "Double Lock" Leg-Irons.

The TOWER company came into being some time around 1874, the date of the first Tower patent. Its restraints remained in production, in one form or another, until the 1940s. Some collector's believe that its products were made by the Union Hardware Company, right from the start, but others think that this firm only became involved when it took over the TOWER business at an unknown, but rather later date.

The TOWER cuffs have a lock case, on the inside of the bow, and is distinguished by the position of the keyhole at the bottom of the lock case. This keyhole proved to be awkward, making it difficult to unlock the leg-iron cuffs. These leg-iron cuffs came with an improved Double Locking feature.

The TOWER DOUBLE LOCK cuffs were the standard of the industry for decades.

Below, are assorted photos of the Leg Irons, their display box, a close up of the name plate and the assorted provenance letters.

The Leg Irons are in working order. The photos, below, show the cuffs in the closed and open position.

The key is the Original Key, which came with the Leg Irons.

The Leg Irons come with three letters showing, you, how they are traced back to HOUDINI.

One letter is the Original Letter, from the gentleman in Florida to me, telling about the collection and how it came to be in his possession.

The second letter is xerox (dated 1979) from William Mahan (to the gentleman in Florida), stating the handcuffs, etc. were obtained from Hardeen, who had told Mr. Mahan, the material came from Houdini’s collection. The original letter had been sold, by the original Florida owner, back in 1980.

Mr. Mahan was a CLOSE Personal Friend of the Hardeen family and obtained a lot of Houdini’s material during Hardeen’s later life.

A portion of the letter from Mr. Mahan (dated October 10, 1979) states:

I am sorry that you missed out on the collection of magic I sold to Goulet. But, I am happy that you got the things Ray didn't. The red drape I gave you belonged to Adelaide Hermann; it was given to Lady Ruth, my wife. Also, the ivory (yellow) tipped wand you received was Theo Hardeen's. We were close to Hardeen you know. I'm giving you this wand with with a set of lock picks. I got the picks, and the handcuffs I sold, from Hardeen who told me they came from Houdini's collection. Theo's gifts were the heart of my collection. Pete, if I can be of any assistance regarding any of the posters, magic apparatus, memorabilia, etc., please don't hesitate to ask.

The last letter is from me, stating how the collection came to be in my possession.

The handcuffs have been placed in a Walnut Box, which has a glass lid, so the handcuffs may be viewed. The box measures 12"x18"x3" Deep. The box has a nice varnish and is a bit darker than the photos, below, show. The handcuffs are resting on a pillow of Red Satin (also, a bit darker than the photos show below).

There is a name plate, on top of the glass lid, describing the cuffs. The box has two latches, which can either be opened or locked (keys included).

Since this is the LAST set of cuffs, I have from the collection,  I will also include the original Lengthy Newspaper article (Sunday, July 3, 1988, with photo’s) written about the gentleman in Florida by Times Staff Writer Laura Griffin. - $7,500.00

         

Leg Irons in display box, closed and open.

Display box open

Close up of Leg Irons  in closed/locked position, showing both sides.

Leg Irons stamped as being "Tower Double Lock".

Close up of Leg Irons in open position.

               

4129-8764) HOUDINI Lobby Cards from Mexico.

From the 1953 movie "HOUDINI" starring Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh.

These Lobby Cards are a little larger than our American release size of 11"x14" - these measure 16 1/2"x12 3/4".

The Lobby Cards show colorful images, from the movie, all around the card. Just off center, is a photo image from the movie.

No pin holes.  Lobby cards are in NearMint condition.

a) Houdini about to be lowered into the Water Torture Cell

b) Houdini escaping from jail cell

c) Houdini being placed inside the Metamorphosis box

d) Houdini being chained, before getting inside the river packing case box

e) Houdini, inside the packing case box, being lowered into the iced over river

f) Close up of Bess and Houdini

The BONUS of this offering is each Lobby Card has been Personally Signed by Tony Curtis!! - $75.00each -or- Purchase the remaining six, for the package deal price of $400.00

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The signed Lobby Card(s) comes with a copy of the letter, I received from the gentleman who had Tony Curtis do the signing.
Also included, is a copy of the color flyer showcasing Tony's visit to the Magic Castle.
For those of you who didn't know, Tony passed away, almost four years ago, on Wednesday, September 29, 2010.

4130-4117) HOUDINI - THE MASTER MAGICIAN. His Life and Some of His Secrets by Harold Kellock.

This appears as the Lead Article for the March 1928 issue of The American Magazine. Volume 105, #3.

The article is spread out over a total of Seven Pages and has Four Photos.

As the magazine puts it:

"This is about Houdini the magician, and Houdini the man. Everyone knows of Houdini, but very few persons really knew him, and of these his wife knew him best of all".

The magazine is missing the back cover and pages 75/76, 135/136. Pages 73/74 loose. None of this affects the Houdini article, it is complete and intact.

Great early reading just 17 months after Houdini passed away. - $15.00

        

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4131-9731) HOUDINI - THE MASTER MAGICIAN. His early hardships, the beginning of his fame, and the explanation of some of his tricks by Harold Kellock.

April 1928 issue of The American Magazine. Volume 105, #4.

The article is spread out over a total of TEN Pages and has SEVEN Photos.

Again, Great early reading just 18 months after Houdini passed away.

The magazine is complete and intact. - $15.00

   

(Take the pair for $25.00)

4132-3648) LAUGHING AT LOCKSMITHs by Brian Lead.

Before Brian Lead and Roger Woods published there book: HARRY HOUDINI, Legend & Legacy - Brian Lead had published his manuscript entitled: LAUGHING AT LOCKSMITHs

20 pages and measures approx. 8 1/4"x11 3/4"

No publishing date given.

Chapter’s include:

Introduction and Acknowledgments

Laughing At Locksmiths:
The Legend and the Legacy of Harry Houdini

The Indomitable Miss Minerva...And Friends

Strong Dick of Blackburn

What's In A Name?

Last page shows a reproduction of a flyer for "Miller And His Men".
Towards the end, of the flyer, shows them performing the Musical Farce:
Love Laughs At Locksmiths

The BONUS of this item - it’s AUTOGRAPHED by Brian Lead. - $45.00

4133-5789) HARRY HOUDINI, Legend & Legacy by Brian Lead and Roger Woods

PaperBound with 56 pages and measures approx. 6"x8 1/2".

Published in 1993 by the authors in England.

Chapter’s include:

Acknowledgements

Prologue: An Improbable Fiction

The Indomitable Miss Minerva..and Friends

Houdini and The Mysto Challenge

Strong Dick and The Mystery of The 'Young Houdini'

The Wilson Challenge; Blackburn 1903

Epilogue: Did Houdini Fail?

Bibliography

The BONUS of this offering, the book is signed and numbered by the authors, on the inside cover. #82 of 500.

I have blocked out who the book was signed to.

A great piece of work which started out as a lecture, for their magic club, and became the book EVERYBODY should read. - $45.00

   

4134-3361) HOUDINI, A CIRCUS OPERA

Original Near-MINT Condition Poster

For you Houdini and Magic Poster Collector's, I am offering a VERY SCARCE item. This Poster is from Amsterdam.

In 1977 "HOUDINI, A Circus Opera" debuted in Amsterdam, Holland. It also had performances in Aspen, Colorado(1979) - then again back in Amsterdam (1981). Jerold Norman played HOUDINI for all the productions. Howard Peters played the Escapologist for the 1977 production, then Mark Mazzarella played the Escapologist for the 1979 and 1981 productions.

The Striking image of Houdini, used for the Poster, came from an Original Painting by the Set Director, Floris Guntenaar.

The original painting measured a Massive 8'x13' (that's feet, not inches) and valued at over $12,000.

The photo, below, shows the approx. 31"x65" Poster, which was used to advertise the Houdini Opera.

This is the Original Poster, not a reproduction.

As mentioned at the beginning of this listing - this Poster is in Near MINT CONDITION!!

Originally purchased, years ago, from Floris Guntenaar, and shipped to me from Amsterdam.

How nice would this look hanging on your wall?!! - $75.00

4135-2843) HOUDINI, A CIRCUS OPERA

Music by Peter Schat and text by Adrian Mitchell.

An Original 3-record box ‘LP’ set of records from this 1977 production performed (in English) in Amsterdam.

Jerold Norman played Houdini. Howard Peters was the Escapologist. Stage sets were by Floris Guntenaar. Costumes by Leonie Polak. Directed by Donya Feuel.

This is a Live recording, of the first performance, by the Netherlands Opera Foundation.

This 3-record box set is in NearMint Condition and Unused. Truly a SCARCE recording. - $45.00

(Or, purchase the poster and LP recording, for the package deal of $100.00.)

4136-2909) EXTREMELY LIMITED & SCARCE HOUDINI PRINT

This "Hand Cut -and- Wood Cut" Print was produced by artist Robert Allen. A great contrast of black with one other color. Print is on "Fine Art Paper" and measures approx. 11"x16".

What’s offered here is called an "Artist Proof". These are what the artist would produce, towards the very end of their work, before making the ‘limited signed and numbered’ prints. Generally, there weren’t very many of these APs produced and certainly fewer than the numbered, limited edition commercially produced.

The Artist Proof print, here, is as MINT as the day it was made 43 YEARs AGO in 1971!!

It is also SIGNED BY THE ARTIST, along the bottom. This reads: "Artist Proof"  - "Robert Allen".

The photo’s, below, show the front side and back side, along with a close up of the work itself and the signing at the bottom. - $45.00

     

  

4137-6389) HOUDINI...and beyond Magazine Advertising PROOF

ONLY 3 Exists!! Two have sold, this is the last one.

Back in 1992, I took an Original pastel HOUDINI painting and had a limited number of quality art prints made.

I, also, ran full page color advs. in GENII and MAGIC magazines.

In order to run the advertisements, I had to have made four-color separation negatives and a PROOF.

Only 3 PROOFs were made and I'm offering the last one here.

The Advertisement Reads:

Award Winning Texas Artist, Diane K. Sparks, presents her latest work: HOUDINI...and beyond. An original; limited to a worldwide distribution of only 500 art prints. Each hand numbered and signed by the artist. Print measures 22x28 on 65lb acid free cover paper with fade-resistant ink. Price: $50.00 + $5.00 Shipping and Handling for U.S.A. Delivery. Foreign orders write for shipping price. Please send check or money order (Sorry no Charges) to: Stephen A. Sparks 2142 Little Cedar Dr; Kingwood, Texas 77339 USA

The image shows HOUDINI bound in chains, while a ghostly image of his Mother looks on: from Beyond.

Ad piece has been double matted and shrink wrapped, with form core backing.

The first photo, below, was taken with my digital camera and is a little washed out, due to the shrink wrap covering. The second is from my scanner and a much better quality photo.

The words "GranHoudini.net" are not on the image - only superimposed, here, for this offering. And, there's a small printers ink smudge in the lower right corner of the white border area. If you had this piece re-matted, this would be hidden.

Measures 12"x16" - a standard size, so you can buy a nice ready made frame -and- hang on your wall. - $100.00

                                   

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Stephen A. Sparks (a/k/a Sparky)
The Stephen A. Sparks Collection
Specializing in Houdiniana
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