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4148-3236) HOUDINI Posters

FOUR of Them - ALL Signed!!

THIS IS MY PERSONAL SET - SIGNED, TO ME, BY SIDNEY RADNER!!

The original four posters were part of the Sidney H. Radner Houdini collection -and- eventually were sold during his Las Vegas Houdini auction, back in October 2004.

The four posters sold for: $121,500.00

Prior to this, in 1993, the Houdini Historical Center reproduced the four posters.

Mr. Radner attended the SAM national magic convention, held in New Orleans July 1993, and brought a few of the posters to sell.

This set of four, being offered here, was purchased directly from Mr. Radner and he was kind enough to personally sign/date each.

For those of you who might not know, when Houdini passed away, his brother Hardeen received almost all his collection. Mr. Radner was Hardeen's protégé and received the collection when Hardeen passed away. Mr. Radner passed away on June 26th, 2011.
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(a) Colosseum Poster was originally printed by Adolph Friedlander in Hamburg, Germany.

Colosseum is a beautiful red, black, and ivory reproduction and measures 18"x 24".

Signed by Mr. Radner in the lower right corner area.

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(b) Houdini in Russia Poster originally printed by Atelier J. Zier in Leipzig, Germany 1903.

Houdini in Russia has rich colors and measures 18"x24"

Signed by Mr. Radner in the lower right corner area.

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(c) Ehrenerklarung Poster originally printed by Atelier J. Zier in Leipzig, Germany 1902.

Houdini in Kaiser Wilhelm's court is printed in full color and measures 18"x24"

Signed by Mr. Radner slightly to the right of the lower left corner area.

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(d) Water Torture Cell Poster originally printed by the Strobridge Company in Cincinnati, Ohio 1916.

Water Torture Cell has been reprinted in full color, with added art nouveau border appropriate to the era.

This poster is a little larger than the other three in that it measures 22"x28"

Signed by Mr. Radner in the lower right corner area.

      

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I purchased a total of five sets. Four have sold. This offering is my LAST SET. - $250.00

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4149-8549) MICKEY MOUSE "MAGICIAN" 3-D PLATE

A limited edition (and numbered) plate produced in 1999 by the Bradford Exchange. Measuring 7" across, "Magician Mickey" is a combination of hand painted cold cast resin and fine hard fired porcelain.

Bringing together the intricacy of sculpture, the vividness of hard-fired porcelain and the eternal charisma of Mickey Mouse, this charming collector's plate honors the 70th anniversary (1928 -1998) of one of the most popular animated stars of all time. Against a background inspired by animators' model sheets stands a wonderfully dimensional, hand-painted figure of Mickey Mouse.

As can be seen from the photo below, Mickey, in full tux, has a fan of cards streaming from his waist high held left hand, to his head high held right hand. The cards continue, from there, along the right side boarder of the plate. On the left side boarder, of the plate, is a rabbit and wand. In the bowl of the plate are four different drawings of Mickey.

Comes with original shipping box and COA - $75.00

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4150-8387) REMINISCE Magazine. Volume 10, #1 - January/February 2000.

Inside is the wonderful, one page, article: "HOUDINI...MY MAGICAL UNCLE" by Marie Hinson Blood.

Marie tells of the many memories of her favorite uncle. - $15.00 (check out the signed photo just below)

 

4151-0834) - Harry Houdini and Marie Hinson Signed 8x10 Photograph

This photo was produced and signed, 21 years ago, in 1993.
 
Houdini and niece, Marie Hinson Blood, taken on set of one of Uncle Harry's silent movies.
 
HAND SIGNED in 1993 by Marie Blood
 
The delightful Marie Blood, niece of Harry Houdini, and the only relative (aside from Bess) to have appeared on stage with, and to have lived in the home of Houdini, passed away on November 2, 2004.
 
Marie wrote a portion of Pulitzer-Prize winning author Kenneth Silverman's biography on Houdini. She lectured to the national conventions of The International Brotherhood of Magicians and the Society of American Magicians.
 
Along with David Copperfield, Marie introduced the popular HOUDINI POSTAGE STAMP, in New York, on the date the stamp was released to the public. Marie participated in a nationally televised David Blaine publicity stunt (buried beneath a container of water), and was featured on other nationally broadcast Houdini-related specials including THE SEARCH FOR HOUDINI, hosted by Star Trek's William Shatner, as well as several episodes of television's INSIDE EDITION, and a nationally broadcast special, produced by Wisconsin Public Television.
 
Marie was also featured in TIME MAGAZINE, when she took part in the 50th annual Houdini Séance, in Appleton, Wisconsin.
 
The photograph offered, hand signed by Marie Hinson Blood, was created for appearances at shopping malls, theaters and magician's conventions.
  
If you had the opportunity to meet Marie, at one of the national conventions, you carried away treasured memories of a unique personality, and special memories, not only of Magic's most famous performer, but of his wonderful niece. - $50.00

4152-1258) HOUDINIs ADVERTISING POSTER FOR HIS BOOK:

The Unmasking of Robert Houdin

Poster measures approx. 12"x18 1/2". Has a nice photo of Houdini sitting sideways on a chair, with book in his lap.

Poster is vanilla in color with black and red printing. Price of the book: $1.00

Some of the printing on the poster states:

"The Truth About Magic. The most fascination and Only Authentic Expose' and History of Magic Ever Written. 200 Superb Illustrations."

Then at the bottom is listed: "Conjurer's Magazine Publishing Company - New York City. N.Y."

Poster has been professionally matted and placed in a black wood frame. TruVue glass has been used, which provides for 98% of UV protection.

I've scanned three different sections. Please click the ThumbNail photos, to bring up the larger photo.

The scanned images are brighter than the actual poster itself. The first two photos, below, are truer to the actual color. Some reflection can be seen in the first photo, due to the glass.

Poster has a stain, at the top, which is actually on the backside and has bled through. I could of had this hidden, with the matts, but believe a Houdini poster should be displayed in its entirety. If you don't agree with this thinking, you could have the poster reMatted to hide the stain.

Poster was folded in the middle, at sometime over its lifetime.

Poster mounted onto Linen for protection and preservation.

With most all other Houdini posters bringing Hugh Sums, these days, this may be the only under valued one at this time.

Overall size of framed piece is approx. 19 1/2"x25 1/2" - $5,000.00

       

   

4153-2695) HOUDINI...and Beyond. An Extremely Limited Art Print.

21 Years Ago, Award Winning Artist, Diane K. Sparks (no relation), did an Original painting of Houdini.

From this Original, a Limited Edition of Quality Art Prints were made.

Along the bottom white border, each print was Hand Numbered, Titled and Signed by the Artist.

The Art Print measures 22”x28” on 65lb, Acid Free, THICK Cover Paper with fade resistant ink.

The Print shows Houdini bound in chains, while a ghostly image of his Mother looks on: from Beyond. - $50.00

     

4154-3274) AMERICAN FILM MAGAZINE, Volume 3, #6 April 1978.

Inside article:

"THE MAGICIAN and the MOVIES" by Erik Barnouw.

Before Mr. Barnouw published his 128 page, hardbound book by almost the same name ("The Magician and the Cinema"), he wrote a smaller version, of the topic, for the American Film Magazine.

Like the book, this Lead-in article discusses the extensive role Magicians played in the evolution of cinema. Magicians created the “trick film”, which laid the foundation for the special effects of modern cinema.

This article shows what Magicians were doing with moving images, magic lanterns, etc. long before the motion pictures.

As a nice bonus, the magazine has a Great Cover shot of Houdini’s Rare Poster from his 15-part Silent Movie Serial THE MASTER MYSTERY. - $20.00

 

4155-3268) THEATRE MAGAZINE for March 1923. Volume 37, #264.

This is a Large Format magazine (measuring 9 3/4"x12 3/4").

Under the heading of "Special Articles" is one about Houdini:

"The Mystery Man of the Stage"
by Burr C. Cook.

As the magazine states:

"Interesting Close-up of a Famous Magician Who Indulges Other Tastes Than Feats of Strength".

Article touches on:

(a) 1920 Webster’s Dictionary addition with exact listing described. (b) Riveted into a large, hot water boiler in 1907 by the Marine Boiler Works of Toledo, Ohio. (c) The rest of page on Houdini, the book collector. citing examples of: (1) David Garrick’s Original Diary. (2) 1584 edition of Scott’s "The Discouverie of Witchcraft". (3) "Annus Mirabilis" (1666) by Dryden. (4) "Life of Edmund Kean" by Hawkins. (4) "The Memories of the Life of Theophilus Keene" by Richard Savage.

In addition to the article, there’s a nice photo of Houdini which isn’t published very often.

This magazine looks as though it were published yesterday. Outside of a small tear, on the front covers bottom edge, it has good tight covers, clean pages, etc. etc. On a scale of 1-10, it would have to be a 9!! - $75.00

         

4156-9548) MAGIC MAGAZINE for November 1993.  Volume 3, #3. From cover to cover a total of 76pages.

Articles inside include:

Jay Owenhouse: Magic on the Road. He has created a unique combination of magic and business; a combination which grosses over $1 million annually. Here's how he does it. (cover photo also)

Orson Welles & Casino Royale. David Berglas and Ali Bongo reminisce about the making of the 1967 James Bond spoof, the magic scenes that made it, and those that didn't.

Batman Meets Houdini. A few months ago, we tipped you off to an upcoming D.C. Comic that joined the forces of Harry Houdini and Batman. Well, The Devil's Workshop is out, and it's not for the squeamish or sensitive.

Advertising and Magic. With more and more magic advertising appearing, it seems appropriate to analyze just how good (or bad) magic ads are. We went to the expert, Michael Diliberto, to give us the basics, plus a few examples of how he would do things differently.

Flim-Flam. Our resident scam-man, Bob Farmer, has come up with something that has all the features of "Three Card Monte" and "The Shell Game", but it's much easier to learn and, in some cases, you can even eat the evidence.

Somewhere within these pages, you'll also find my 'first' Full Page color adv. for the Limited Edition Houdini print I offer for sale. That should make you want to buy the magazine PERIOD. Ha!! - $10.00

       

4157-1648) GENII MAGAZINE for October 1992. Volume 55, #12.

From cover to cover a total of 70pages.

Starts off with "New Zealand Magic From Down Under". Compiled by Alan Watson.  Effects include: Restaurant Cake Production - Mathman's Prophetic Card - Plain Old Fun - Kid Show Bits & Pieces - My Lucky Rabbits - Balloon Animals - Zealando's Ambitious Card - The Hot Video - Chicane's Two Second Coin Load - The Vanishing Shrinking Table Napkin - Comedy Dove From Balloon - Inverto Bottles.

"Magic Section" is next with: Thought Suggestion - Black & White Illusion (illusion plans) - New Jugs For Old - The Body Swap Illusion.

Next is "Featured Articles": Dai Vernon Memoriam - Magicana - Secret Cabaret Live - Under The Banyan Tree - Velvet Mandrake - Fulminations.

Somewhere within these pages, you'll also find my 'first' Full Page color adv. for the Limited Edition Houdini print I offer for sale. That should make you want to buy the magazine PERIOD. Ha!! - $10.00

       

4158-3579) MAGIC. Vol. 5, #4. October 1995

Nice color portrait of Bess Houdini on the Cover with caption “Bess Houdini, Did the woman behind the legend create the Myth?”. Several articles in this issue by David Charvet. On page 54, a four page article entitled, “Beatrice Houdini”. - On page 58, a six page article entitled, “Edward Saint”. - On page 64, a two page article, “Houdini, the film that perpetuated the Legend”. - And on page 67, a four page article, “‘Bess’ Speaks, Janet Leigh talks about the making of ‘Houdini’”.

A Jammed Packed Issue full of great articles and tons of photo’s (some not published for a long time).

And, can you believe it - there's another adv. for my Houdini Poster!! - $12.50

      

4159-6528) SNOOPY, "The Magician", LIGHT SWITCH PLATE

Measures approx. 3 1/2"x6"

Colourful light plate showing Snoopy waving his 'magic wand' over what would be the on/off switch, while his buddy Woodstock looks on.

When mounted, the on/off switch is rest of the hat. Both Snoopy and Woodstock are standing on top of the magicians table.

Printed at the top:

Snoopy's Disappearing Light Trick

I would say this would be GREAT for your child's bedroom, etc - however - I've seen too many adult magicians, out there, with their magic toys, too!! - $17.50

4160-8522) MICKEY MOUSE "SORCERER's APPRENTICE" NIGHT LIGHT

Has a light sensor -so- the night light comes on automatically when the room, you use this in, goes dark.

Measures approx. 3"x4 1/2" and I believe it's from the 1990s.

Was tested for workability and it does work - see photo below.

So cute and probably hard to find. - $25.00

    

4161-4724) THE GEISHA BOY starring Jerry Lewis

This is a 14”x36” poster (called a Panel or Insert Poster).

The Great Wooley (Jerry Lewis) is a magician who is entertaining GIs in Japan. Upon their arrival he causes a series of unfortunate mishaps for the headliner, actress Lola Livingston (Marie McDonald), including knocking her down a flight of stairs and rolling her up in the red carpet. An orphan, Mitsuo Watanabe (Robert Hirano) witnesses the spectacle and laughs for the first time since his parents died. When his aunt Kimi Sikita (Nobu McCarthy) brings the boy to Wooley to thank him, he and the boy become close, which irritates the aunt's boyfriend, a Japanese baseball player, as well as a stewardess (Suzanne Pleshette) who has fallen for Wooley.

Wooley continues to perform his act to large audiences in Japan, and not wanting to disappoint the boy by letting him find out that he is an unknown performer in the U.S., he tries to sneak away when it is time for him to return to America. The boy follows him, and Wooley must pretend that he no longer cares for the boy, which makes him cry. However, he still follows him to America by stowing away on the plane. Once in America, they are reunited and Wooley becomes a successful performer in America.

Top portion shows Lewis’ name and title of movie. Middle portion shows Lewis, seated, eating with chop sticks. To the left of this is the female star (Sessue Hayakawa). To the right, the boy star. Under this are cast and credits. The bottom portion shows Lewis (in full tux) holding a rabbit. As though he had just pulled it out of the top hat, which is on the table next to him. Scene also shows the female and boy stars, in their assistant costumes.

Poster is folded into quarters, as most All Posters of this size come.  After folding, the poster becomes almost the size of the Lobby Cards (11x14) and could be shipped off, with the film, to the next movie theatre. The folds are a little washed out in the photos below.

Only the 4th of these I've EVER had to offer. Overall condition would be Excellent for this 56 year old poster from 1958.

As the photos, below, show - the poster has been professionally Double Matted and placed in a metal Framed. Overall measurements of the frame approx. 21"x43"

On a scale of 1-10, I would call this one a 7. - $100.00 - or, if you want only the poster, without the frame - $75.00/(poster only)

                      

4162-1314) THE GREAT MYSTERIES

Written and Published by The Handcuff King, "Oudini".

That's what I said, Oudini.

Houdini had many, out there, who were impersonating his Handcuff Act and this guy even, almost, stole Houdini's name to go along with it.

PaperBound and measures 5"x6 3/4" with 80pages.

1st Edition. 1909

Oudini exposes how to get out of Handcuffs, Iron Box, Iron Broiler, Coffin, Rope Chair, Mail Bag, Band Box, Tramp Chair, Glass Case, Paper Bag, Packing Case -and- Straight Jacket.

Gee, no wonder Houdini didn’t like him!!

Outside of the oxidized stapes, this book is Virtually in Mint Condition. It looks like it was put away in 1909 and just surfaced, 105 Years Later!!

You won't Believe the Great Condition. They generally don’t come this nice.

And in case you didn't know, this is probably the Most Sought After of the Houdini Imitator writings. - $75.00

     

4163-7639) 200 MORE TRICKs YOU CAN DO by Howard Thurston

Copyright 1927 and published by A.L. Burt Company of New York and Chicago.

HardBound with original DustJacket and 187pages.

Book and DJ have a little water staining, as can be seen from the photos below. This seems to be contained to the outside and edges of the book, as I don't see any staining on the pages inside. Some chipping to the DJ, but as the photos, below show - it's almost complete.

For your convenience, I have reproduced the content pages below.

Book measures approx. 5 5/8"x8"

While I see this edition come available, from time to time, I hardly ever see it with the very scarce DustJacket. - $75.00

LayAway is available, just email for details.

   

 

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