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4019-7639) 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
4020-3354) THE UNMASKING OF ROBERT-HOUDIN and HANDCUFF SECRETs by Harry Houdini
The book is missing the section on "Handcuff Secrets".
London, George Routledge & Sons, Ltd., Broadway House, Ludgate Hill, 1909.
Contains a two page Addenda and Corrigenda to the writings of Mr. H. Evans, by the author, just before the contents page in front.
There are five pages listing the approximately 225 illustrations.
HardBound with 333 pages and includes a full index, at the rear of the book.
The Significant Events in the Life of Robert-Houdin; The Orange-Tree Trick; The Writing and Drawing Figure; The Pastry Cook of the Palais Royal; The Obedient Cards---The Cabalistic Clock---The Trapeze Automation; The Inexhaustible Bottle; Second Sight; The Suspension Trick; The Disappearing Handkerchief; Robert-Houdinís Ignorance of Magic as Betrayed By His Own Pen; The Narrowness of Robert-Houdinís "Memoirs".
Chestnut brown cloth pictorial hardcover with gold gilt titles on front and on spine, heavy stock paper. The spine has a cameo bust of Houdin.
A little staining, very little, on the front cover and there are some corner dings.
Back cover is almost separated, which would explain the missing "Handcuff Secrets" portion. Apparently a previous over removed "Handcuff Secrets" and left the rest of the book intact.
For some reason, the first three photos of the covers, below, appear to have two different colors. The book is closer to the first two photos, which shows the front and back covers.
If the book wasn't missing "Handcuff Secrets", which is approx. 100pages, the price would be closer to $400-500.
The "Unmasking of Robert-Houdin" portion, which is 333pages, is complete.
The book appears to have been inscribed, but someone has erased the pencil portion of whom it was inscribed to.
You can faintly see "To" and "From", but that's about it - however, the Very Bold ink signature of Commander John Gibbings, dated July 1910, cannot be missed.
If you can't find the regular edition of "The Unmasking...", which would be priced around $200-250, then this offering is for you. - $175.00
4021-6357) SIEGFRIED AND ROY PACKAGE!!
(a) The Interview #1
A decade after their show was cut short, the Strip icons invite John Katsilometer inside their secret garden.
Published in the Las Vegas Weekly, October 3-9, 2013 issue.
Magazine measures 10 3/8"x13 1/4"
GREAT article, with many photos, spread out over a full Seven Pages!!
(b) The Interview #2
Essentially the same article, as above, but with six photos - a couple of these different photos.
This article, in the Las Vegas Sun Newspaper for Sunday, October 13, 2013, has a great photo of S/R, sitting in a Las Vegas showroom booth with Liberace.
The other photo is with Michael Jackson, the three of them holding baby white tigers.
The newspaper measures approx. 11"x22" (front page) - 22"x22" (for the double wide), continued article inside.
Three full pages, as can be seen below. -$15.00 for both (a)&(b)
Shipping is as follows, for these oversize magazine/newspaper:
USA - Priority Mail $7.50
CANADA - First Class International Mail $11.50
Priority International Mail $32.50
Rest of World - First Class International Mail
Priority International Mail $45.00
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4023-2287) THE RIGHT WAY TO DO WRONG, an Expose' of Successful Criminals by Harry Houdini.
This IS NOT a reprint, but an actual ORIGINAL COPY from 1906!!
For those of you not familiar with this book, the chapters include:
Income of a Criminal - Professional Burglary - Difficulties of Burglary - Burglarsí Superstitions - Thieves and Their Tricks - The Aristocrat of Thievery - Pickpockets at Work - Beggars and Dead Beats - Begging Letter Swindles - Tricks of Bunco Men - The Game of Wits - Fake! Fake! Fake! - Bogus Treasures - Famous Swindles - The Fair Criminal - The "Brace" Game - Cheating Uncle Sam - Humbugs - About Myself - Conclusion
Gee, seems we could use this book TODAY!!
Front Cover has a couple of small pieces missing from the upper left and lower right corners. The Back Cover is missing a small piece from the lower left corner. Inside pages are just fine. The covers, themselves, appear to have been professional reattached, as most copies of this book - the covers are loose.
The book's color isn't quite as dark red, as the photos below, but pretty close.
Were the book in Near Mint condition, we would price it at $750.00. And, there's one running on Ebay, in better condition, for $1,025.00.
Don't miss out of this RARE FIND!! - $500.00
4024-4599) MERLIN THE MAGICIAN Rubber Stamp
Merlin, with his long white hair and beard, holding his magical staff, wearing his long robe.
The rubber stamp measures approx. 1 1/2"X3" and is virtually brand new.
I only used it to make the rubber stamped images shown in the first photo below. - $12.50
4025-8491) PHILIP MORRIS WINDOW CARD for his Pasadena, Texas performance of "Wonderful World of Fantasy" on Tuesday, September 16, 1969.
Measures 14"x22" and is Virtually Mint. Not bad for being 44+ years old.
The BONUS of this offering is the Window Card is Autographed by Mr. Morris. - $35.00
4026-7487)HOUDINI, A Pictorial Life by Milbourne Christopher
First Edition - copyright 1976 and published by Thomas Y. Crowell Company of New York.
HardBound with DustJacket and 218pages.
Master of Manacles
First to Fly Over Australia
The Film Maker
Conan Doyle and the Spirits
Houdini the Magician
In the rear of the book you'll find the Appendix - Acknowledgments/Sources - Bibliography -and- a 3page Index for ease in finding what you're looking for.
This is a Great Reference book for you Houdinifies.
Book measures approx. 8 3/4"x11 /14". -$15.00
4027-7538) A MAGICIAN AMONG THE SPIRITS by Houdini.
Original copyright 1924. Published by Harper Brotherís. New York and London. 294 pages. This is the 1972 edition published by Arno Press, Inc. Hardbound with DustJacket.
The Founders of Modern Spiritualism - The Davenport Brothers - Daniel Dunglas Home - Palladino - Ann OíDelia Diss Debar - Dr. Slade and His Spirits Slates - Slate Writing and Other Methods - Spirit Photography - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - Why Ectoplasm - By-products of Spiritualism - Investigations, Wise and Otherwise - How Mediums Obtain Information - What You Must Believe To Be A Spiritualist - Magicians as Detectors of Fraud - Conclusion.
DJ has some repair work and a little water staining, at the lower part of the spine. Noticeable mainly on the DJs reverse/blank side and not so much from the front/printed side. I didn't see any any water stains to the book cover or pages inside.
If you donít want to pay up to $250 for the First Edition, this book makes a great reading copy. - $15.00
4028-8432) HOUDINI COMMEMORATIVE STAMP FROM 1951.
For what was billed as the MID CENTURY CONVENTION in New York, the SAM and IBM got together and had this stamp created ďIN MEMORIAMĒ of the 25th anniversary of Houdiniís passing.
Measuring a little over 1 1/2Ēx2Ē (larger than our postage stamps of today), it has purple lettering and drawings of Houdini, set against an off-white background.
Now63 years old itself, this stamp offering is in Great Condition. - $15.00
4029-2607) Comic Book with Houdini story lines
SPAWN, in which Houdini is Spawn's mentor.
Comic book featuring SPAWN, a new-age hero-villain who encounters Houdini during a New York City crisis involving a bomb and a wizard.
Published by Image Comics.
Part one Spawn issue #19, October 1994, 22 pages. - $7.50
4030-3204) SIX Macon, Georgia NEWSPAPERS, FROM 1919, WITH ADVERTISEMENTs AND ARTICLES FOR HOUDINIs 15-PART SERIAL: "THE MASTER MYSTERY".
Each paper has a nice size advertisement for the Houdini movie.
The six are Sundaycomplete papers (running approx. 40 pages), each advertising Serial Episode numbers 3 thru 7 and 9. Some of the papers also have articles about the movie.
Dates, advertisements and articles include:
August 17, 1919 - page 5, 4 1/4"x6" adv. for Episode #3.
August 24, 1919 - page 5 (second section), 4 1/4"x5" adv. for Episode #4 -and- 2"x2 1/4" article: "Houdini Escapes From Diving Suit"
August 31, 1919 - page 4, 4 1/4"x5 3/4" adv. for Episode #5
September 7, 1919 - page 7 (second section) 6 1/2"x2 1/4" adv. for Episode #6
September 14, 1919 - page 11 (second section) 3 1/4"x6 1/2" adv. for Episode #7 (See Houdini escape from the Electric Chair)
September 28, 1919 - page 9 (second section) 4 1/4"x4 1/2" adv. for Episode # 9 -and- 2"x5" article: "New Houdini Feats Shown in 9th Episode"
Itís tough enough to find ANY complete newspaper, with a Houdini movie advertisement, and here are a total of 6 - From 94+ Years Ago!! - $50.00each
(Or, take all six for the combined price of $250.00)
4031-5599) AMERICAN HERITAGE Magazine. April 1972. Volume 13, #3.
This magazine comes HardBound, instead of paperbound like most magazines.
Contains: "Houdini's High-Flying Hoax" by Art Ronnie.
A wonderful article about the airplanes which collided during the filming of Houdini's movie: "The Grim Game".
A full six photos in this article -plus- great reading on what was almost tragic, but turned out to be the best thing for the movie.
Houdini offered a Huge Reward to anyone who could prove this scene in the movie was not for real.
Since it DID Happen, this was a pretty safe bet and smart of Houdini to capitalize on the publicity, of the almost fatal stunt. -$15.00
4032-8387) 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)
4033-0834) - Harry Houdini and Marie Hinson Signed 8x10 Photograph
4034-6488) 1992 EMMETT KELLY JR. MAGICIAN/CLOWN STATUE
Shows Emmett Kelly, Jr. standing behind his magicianís table, holding a magicianís hat in his left hand (of which thereís a cut crystal ball coming out of the top). His right hand is holding a rabbit, by the rabbitís ears. On top of the table are fans of cards and a pair of dice. On the floor, around the table, are all kinds of items: silks, four more rabbitís, two more round cut crystals balls, three linking rings, etc. etc.
On the front of the floor base, itís stamped into the metal: "The Magician"
The statue stands 5" tall and the floor-base is 5"x3"..
This 1992 limited produced statue was Exclusively produced, in the United Kingdom, for Flambro imports.
Being made of pewter, itís quite heavy - weighing 3Ĺ pounds by itself.
The detail in this piece is Amazing.
I haven't had one of these to offer in probably two years. - $85.00
4035-4656) ESCAPE ARTIST Signed 8x10 Photograph
Sorry to say, I don't know who this is -or- when the photo was taken (maybe the 1970s?).
The inscription reads:
If you know who this performer is, please email and let me know.
That is, if it doesn't sell first!! - $10.00
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The Stephen A. Sparks Collection
Specializing in Houdiniana
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