The Stephen A. Sparks Collection

Specializing in Houdiniana

  

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Not to mention having been in magic since 1963!!

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4036-6499) MAGIC COLLECTORs REPRINT SERIEs

Published by Walter Graham of Omaha, Nebraska.

Printed quarterly and measuring 8 1/2"x11".

Volume 1, #1 thru Volume 4, #4 - June 1969 to October 1973.

What's offered here are 15 of the 16 issues.

I'm assuming these came directly from Walter Graham, all at one time, as there's a note in the back of the folder which reads:

"15 issues complete.
Complete except for
1 issue -
Volume 4, #1
Thurston ads & Reviews"

Beneath this the paper is rubber stamped:

Walter B. Graham
1010 So. 91 Circle
Omaha, NE 68114

A total of 16 issues make up a complete file. Each issue having one (or more) Supplements.

Supplements Include:

Volume 1, #1 - June 1969 - Mahatma #1 (March 1895)
Volume 1, #2 - Sept. 1969 - Houdini's Red Magic Section -and- Houdini's Exposure of Talking Teakettle
Volume 1, #3 - December 1969 - First Issue of Vaudeville, Volume 1, #9 (November 1895)
Volume 1, #4 - March 1970 - Series of Eight Programs

Volume 2, #1 - June 1970 - Second Issue of Vaudeville, Volume 1, #10 (November 23, 1895)
Volume 2, #2 - Sept. 1970 - First Issue of Artist Era, Volume 1, #11 (February 4, 1896)
Volume 2, #3 - December 1970 - Second Issue of Artist Era, Volume 1, #13 (February 25, 1896)
Volume 2, #4 - March 1971 - Howard Thurston's MAGIC WORLD 1914-15 Season

Volume 3, #1 - June 1971 - Old Tops, Volume 1, #1
Volume 3, #2 - Sept. 1971 - Magic City, Volume 1, #1
Volume 3, #3 - December 1971 - Magic Circle Sťance Program 1906
Volume 3, #4 - March 1972 - The Magical Searchlight, N1

Volume 4, #1 - June 1972 - Thurston Ads and Reviews (issue and supplement missing, as per Mr. Graham's note)
Volume 4, #2 - Sept. 1972 - The Soldiers Adieu
Volume 4, #3 - December 1972 - The A.M.C.C. Review, Volume 1, #8
Volume 4, #4 - March 1973 - MAGIC, Volume 2, #2

For those of you who are collector's of America's first magic magazine: MAHATMA
this Magic Collector Reprint Series is a must - as it includes reprints of the Extremely Scarce/RARE Vaudeville and Artist Era issues.

Virtually a Compete File, only missing one issue/supplement - $250.00

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4037-9599) HOUDINIs FABULOUS MAGIC by Walter B. Gibson & Morris N. Young

HardBound with DarkGreen DustJacket.

Stated First Edition with 1961 copyright and 214pages.

Has Red colored cloth covers, which are a little faded at the top/bottom. There's a 'ding', at the top of the back cover, near the spine.

Published by Chilton Book Company of Philadelphia and New York..

Content's Include:

The Substitution Trunk - Houdiniís Handcuff Act - Houdiniís Jail Escape - Houdiniís Card Scaling - The Straitjacket Escape - The Needle Trick - Houdiniís Box Escapes - The Milk Can Escape - Other Milk Can Escapes - The Mailbag Escape - Walking Through a Brick Wall - The Vanishing Elephant - The Orange Tree - Houdiniís Radio Illusion - The Giant Card Star - The Buried Box Escape - Pillory Escapes - Underwater Escapes - The Water Torture Cell - About Houdini.

Book measures approx. 5 1/2"x8 1/4" and includes a clipped out, original, advertisement for the book.

All this and over 55 Illustrations and photographs. - $45.00

    

    

4038-5646) HOUDINIs FABULOUS MAGIC by Walter B. Gibson & Morris N. Young

HardBound with Grey DustJacket.

Original copyright 1961.

I'm guessing this is the third printing, as the letters "a" and "b" are missing from what would be "a" thru "h".

Has Red colored cloth covers. 214 pages.

Published by Bell Publishing Company of New York.

Content's Include:

The Substitution Trunk - Houdiniís Handcuff Act - Houdiniís Jail Escape - Houdiniís Card Scaling - The Straitjacket Escape - The Needle Trick - Houdiniís Box Escapes - The Milk Can Escape - Other Milk Can Escapes - The Mailbag Escape - Walking Through a Brick Wall - The Vanishing Elephant - The Orange Tree - Houdiniís Radio Illusion - The Giant Card Star - The Buried Box Escape - Pillory Escapes - Underwater Escapes - The Water Torture Cell - About Houdini.

Book measures approx. 5 1/2"x8 1/4".

The BONUS of this offering -  the book is signed four times:

1) On the title page by Morris N. Young, MD
2) By Sidney H. Radner on page 41
3) Again, by Sidney H. Radner on page 179
4) Again, by Morris N. Young, MD beneath his photo of the back of the DustJacket

All this and over 55 Illustrations and photographs. - $45.00

   

                

         

4039-5456) HOUDINIs FABULOUS MAGIC by Walter B. Gibson & Morris N. Young

HardBound with orange DustJacket.

Original copyright 1961.

Since all letters "a" thru "h" are present, I'm assuming this was the first printing published by Bell Publishing Company of New York..

Has orange colored cloth covers. 214 pages.

Content's Include:

The Substitution Trunk - Houdiniís Handcuff Act - Houdiniís Jail Escape - Houdiniís Card Scaling - The Straitjacket Escape - The Needle Trick - Houdiniís Box Escapes - The Milk Can Escape - Other Milk Can Escapes - The Mailbag Escape - Walking Through a Brick Wall - The Vanishing Elephant - The Orange Tree - Houdiniís Radio Illusion - The Giant Card Star - The Buried Box Escape - Pillory Escapes - Underwater Escapes - The Water Torture Cell - About Houdini.

Book measures approx. 5 1/2"x8 1/4".

The BONUS of this offering - the book is signed four times:

1) On the title page by Morris N. Young, MD
2) By Sidney H. Radner on page 41 (Sid has added: "Burned May 1, 1995)
3) Again, by Sidney H. Radner on page 179 (Sid has added: "Burned in Niagara Falls, CA May 1, 1995)
4) Again, by Morris N. Young, MD beneath his photo of the back of the DustJacket

All this and over 55 Illustrations and photographs. - $55.00

      

         

     

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4040-7640) HOUDINIs FABULOUS MAGIC by Walter B. Gibson & Morris N. Young

SoftBound with with 214pages..

First Barnes & Noble Book edition, published in 1977.

Content's Include:

The Substitution Trunk - Houdiniís Handcuff Act - Houdiniís Jail Escape - Houdiniís Card Scaling - The Straitjacket Escape - The Needle Trick - Houdiniís Box Escapes - The Milk Can Escape - Other Milk Can Escapes - The Mailbag Escape - Walking Through a Brick Wall - The Vanishing Elephant - The Orange Tree - Houdiniís Radio Illusion - The Giant Card Star - The Buried Box Escape - Pillory Escapes - Underwater Escapes - The Water Torture Cell - About Houdini.

Book measures approx. 5 1/2"x8 1/4".

The BONUS of this offering - the book is inscribed and signed on the free end page by Morris N. Young, MD

All this and over 55 Illustrations and photographs. - $35.00

                     

4041-7562) MAGIC FOR FUN by Sidney H. Radner

Copyright 1956 and published by Padell Book Company of New York.

PaperBound with 93pages.

Over 100 magic tricks which can easily be learned, and which will mystify and entertain any audience.

Book measures approx. 6"x9"

The BONUS of this offering - the book is signed and dated on the title page by Mr. Radner. - $35.00

                        

4042- 9030) HOUDINI, HIS LIFE and ART by The Amazing Randi and Bert Randolph Sugar

PaperBound with 192pages, FULL of Information, Photos, Illustrations, etc. about Houdini.

First Printing. Copyright 1976, published by Grosset & Dunlap of New York.

Chapters include:

Little Ehrich The Great
The Houdini's
Rising Star over Europe
American Conquest
Sorrow, Straitjackets, and Vanishing Elephants
Silent Movies and Spirit Mediums
The Closing - Houdini the Showman
The Handcuff King
Slander in Germany
To Restrain the Murderously Insane
"Failure Means a Drowning Death"
The Chinese Water Torture Cell

The BONUS of this offering - the book is signed three times:

1) By Sidney H. Radner on page 152, beneath a photo of a sťance being held at the Houdini Museum in Niagara Falls, Canada
2) Again, by Sidney H. Radner on the same page, 152, and Mr. Radner has added: "Ann Fisher was the Medium".
3) A nice inscription and signature, on page 153,  by Jay Marshall, who was also in attendance.

Book measures approx. 8 1/4"x10 3/4"

This is a Great 38 YEAR OLD book for your library, whether for reference material -or- just learning more about Houdini. - $45.00

      

 

4043-5390) HOUDINI, HIS LIFE and ART by The Amazing Randi and Bert Randolph Sugar

HardBound with DustJacket and 192pages, FULL of Information, Photos, Illustrations, etc. about Houdini.

First Printing. Copyright 1976, published by Grosset & Dunlap of New York.

Chapters include:

Little Ehrich The Great
The Houdini's
Rising Star over Europe
American Conquest
Sorrow, Straitjackets, and Vanishing Elephants
Silent Movies and Spirit Mediums
The Closing - Houdini the Showman
The Handcuff King
Slander in Germany
To Restrain the Murderously Insane
"Failure Means a Drowning Death"
The Chinese Water Torture Cell

The BONUS of this offering - the book is signed two times:

1) By Sidney H. Radner on page 152, beneath a photo of a sťance being held at the Houdini Museum in Niagara Falls, Canada
2) A notation Sidney H. Radner on the same page, 152, stating: "medium = Ann Fisher".
3) A nice inscription and signature, on page 153,  by Jay Marshall, who was also in attendance.

Book measures approx. 8 1/2"x11"

This is a Great 36 YEAR OLD book for your library, whether for reference material -or- just learning more about Houdini. - $55.00

    

 

4044-6578) THE BUNCO BOOK by Walter B. Gibson

Copyright 1946 and published by Sidney H. Radner of Holyoke, Massachusetts

SpiralBound with 96pages.

The content page was so detailed, I have reproduced it below for ease in reading.

The BONUS of this offering - the book is signed and inscribed by Mr. Radner on the title page.

The book is virtually in Mint Condition!!

Book measures approx. 8 3/4"x11 1/4". - $75.00

                               

4045-3879) HOUDINIs STRANGE TALES

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

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.

The BONUS of this offering - the book is signed by both Pat and Tracey.

There are many times the number of books signed by Pat alone, so this is a treat to have Tracey's signing, as well.

You'll ENJOY reading these stories, by Houdini, from such A Long Time Ago!! - $35.00

                     

4046-3540) MAGIGRAM Magazine - Volume 4, #3 - November 1971

Inside, a GREAT article about HOUDINIs Water Torture Cell being on permanent loan to the Houdini Magical Hall of Fame in Niagara Falls, Canada.

Three photos shown in article:

1) The Water Torture Cell with The Amazing Randi, Walter Gibson, unknown third person, Sidney Radner and Henry Muller.
2) The Amazing Randy being placed in a Strait-Jacket, as Sidney Radner and Henry Muller look on.
3) The Amazing Randy having just escaped, while suspended upside down, dropping the jacket to the crowd below.

The BONUS of this offering - the article is signed by Mr. Radner on July 9, 1993. - $35.00 (Sorry, this magazine has sold)

      

4047-9957) GENII Magazine - Volume 68, # 1 - January 2005

Articles Include:

1) Kalin & Jinger: Real Magic
2) Supernatural Chicago by Dustin Stinett
3) Presenting the Tarbell Magic Kit. Introduction by Richard Kaufman
4) Magical Vanuatu by David Groves

In addition to the above articles, there's a Wonderful, 9page article with many photos (by Michael Edwards) entitled:

Going Going GONE!
The Sidney H. Radner Collection
& The Great Houdini Auction

The auction will be ten years ago, this October 2014 - we you there or sitting at your computer watching/listening/bidding to a live feed for 8 Hours?

Probably one of the last GREAT Houdini magic auctions before the world-wide economic bust. - $20.00

                   

4048-7587) THE LINKING RING Magazine - Volume 73, #3 - March 1993

John Booth wrote a column for The Linking Ring for more years than  you could imagine: Memoirs of a Magician's Ghost

What makes the 4page article, in this particular issue, special is it has to do with Sidney H. Radner and how his Magic/Houdini collection became a Mecca for Houdini historians, at the Houdini Historical Center, in Appleton, Wisconsin.

The BONUS of this offering - the magazine is article is signed  by both Mr. Radner (dated July 9, 1993) and Mr. Booth. - $20.00

  

4049-8654) THE LINKING RING Magazine - Volume 73, #4 - April 1993

As a follow up to the previous listing, this offering has Part Two of the article -and- it, too, is signed by both Mr. Radner and John Booth. - $20.00

  

4050-2695) HOUDINI...and Beyond

20+ Years Ago, Award Winning Artist, Diane K. Sparks (no relation), did an Original painting of Houdini. From the Original, this poster was produced.

The image area measures 21 1/2"x27 1/2". The overall poster measures 24"x36", which leaves plenty of boarder area - should you wish to have the poster framed.

Poster is on a glossy paper stock with fade resistant ink.

The words: "Harry Houdini Poster" are only super imposed for this listing and isn't on the actual poster itself.

The Print shows Houdini bound in chains, while a ghostly image of his Mother looks on: from Beyond. - $15.00

Buy 10 for the special price of $100.00/shipping included within the USA.
Keep one for yourself and use the extra's as gifts, door prizes for magic club meetings, etc.

4051-3236) HOUDINI Posters

FOUR of Them - ALL Signed!!

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 protťgť 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. Three have sold. One of the remaining sets is my personal set -so- this offering is my LAST SET to sell. - $200.00

4052-5592) REPRODUCTIONs of GREAT HOUDINI POSTERs

I don't know who did these or when they were made, but they sure were done well.

The Colors are Very Bold and Dramatic. Some are laminated.

Those available are:

(a) THE MASTER MYSTERY, Episode #13
(b) THE MASTER MYSTERY, Episode #13(but the number has been hidden)
(c) HARRY HOUDINI, King of Cards
(d) THE MASTER MYSTERY, Episode #4
(e) THE MASTER MYSTERY, Episode #11
(f) THE GRIM GAME, Version Two
(g) HOUDINI, beast/water torture cell
(h) HOUDINI, Europe's Eclipsing Sensation

While the posters all appear to be the same size, in the photos below, those with yellow lettering measure 11"x17", those with red lettering are 11"x14"
-and- the last two (h) and (i) are 9 1/2"x13 1/2"

Your choice: $15.00each

a)   b)   c)   d)

e)   f)   g)   h)

(Or, take all eight for $50.00)

4053-1314) 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 didnít 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 donít come this nice.

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

     

4054-7478) WINDOW CARD POSTER FROM HOUDINIs FINAL TOUR

Providence, Rhode Island, Opera House.

September 20th, 1926 - just a little over a month before Houdini would die.

Measures approx. 14"x21 3/4".

Piece missing from upper left corner.

Greatest Magician of the Age

HOUDINI

Master Mystifier

3 SHOWS in ONE
A full Evening's Entertainment
Magic - Illusions - Escapes
And Fraud Medium Exposes

All this has been professionally matted and framed. Overall measurements are 22 3/"4x31". - $15,000.00

     

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Stephen A. Sparks (a/k/a Sparky)
The Stephen A. Sparks Collection
Specializing in Houdiniana
2873 Foxtail Creek Avenue
Henderson, Nevada 89052 USA

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