The Stephen A. Sparks
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Not to mention having been in magic since 1963!!

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4197-5641) SAM Commemorative Plate
Kellar - Devant - Thurston - Houdini - Blackstone - DeKolta

Clear smokey Swedish gray glass dish, with a gold circle around the edge, 7 1/2 inches in diameter, from the Society of American Magicians New York.

In the center is the Society's red and gold logo.

Encircling the plate, are oval shaped black and white photos of the the 6 top and foremost magicians of our time.

Shows their birth/death dates.

Harry Keller July 11, 1849 * March 10, 1922
David Devant Feb. 22, 1868 * October 13, 1941
Howard Thurston July 20, 1869 * April 13 1936
Harry Houdini March 24, 1874 * October 31, 1926
Harry Blackstone September 27, 1885 * Nov. 16, 1965
Buatier DeKolta Nov. 18, 1845 * Oct. 7, 1903

From the advertisement in the April 1976 issue of MUM
(photo of adv. reproduced above):

Beautifully accentuated in bright red and back with genuine 22 carat gold.

A very limited edition, offered to our members on a first come, first serve basis.

If you didn't purchase one of the plates 39 years ago, here's your chance.

This offering is for the plate only, the advertisement isn't included nor available. - $75.00 (Sorry, this item has sold)

      

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4198-8549) 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

4199-3287) CHANDU The Magician LP Record

A George Garabedian Production.

Original radio broadcasts numbers 1 and 2.

As can be seen from the photos, the LP and cover are in excellent condition. The specs, on the LP, appear to be only a little dust.

Released, 40years ago, by Mark56 Records back in 1974. - $15.00 (Sorry, this item has sold)

       

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4200-2843) 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 (Sorry, this item has sold)

4201-3361) 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

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

4202-6363) HOUDINI, His Life Story by Harold Kellock

HardBound with 384 pages.

Original copyright 1928. This edition is the sixth printing, February 1931 and published by Blue Ribbon Books of New York.

THIS IS THE BOOK WHICH STARTED IT ALL.

In reviewing this book The New York Herald said:
"An entrancing history of a most unusual personality, well worth reading".

The New York Evening Post said:
"As interesting and breath-taking as one of Houdini's own performances".

The Boston Globe said:
"As exciting and as packed full of vivid incidents as was an act performed by that masterful showman".

As can be seen from the photos, below, the book has seen some use. All this, of course, will be hidden by the included repro DustJacket.

Frank B.W. Welch BookPlate on the inside cover.

Binding and pages are tight. - $175.00 (Sorry, this book has sold)

  

  
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As a BONUS, I will include a reproduction DustJacket. This covers the books problems and looks great on the book shelf.


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As a 2nd BONUS, I will include an Original envelope addressed to Houdini and canceled by the Crawfordsville, Indiana Post Office on Jan 7, 1926. Only 9months 24days before Houdini's death.

Unfortunately, there is no letter to go with this envelope, but we CAN ASSUME Houdini handled and possibly opened the envelope Himself.

Handwritten, on the backside of the envelope, in what appears to be Houdini's handwriting:

"Address
also
Put
Al Flosso"


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Also included, in what appears to be in Houdini's handwriting, is a small (5 1/2"x3 1/2"), light green colored envelope:

“Mrs. Jenkins 2nd House down after 6-15”.

Beneath this:

"Put these with my Spiritualism
Friends as it is Harry Cooke"

4203-1328) Reproduction DustJackets/Covers For HOUDINI Books

Do you have a nice (or even not so nice) edition of some Houdini book, but lack the original DustJacket or cover?

Well, how about a nice reproduction, till you find the original?

The book will certainly look better, on your bookshelf, than it does now.

Many years back, some of my customers asked to purchase a repro DJ and I did this for a short while, but then stopped.

I've been using those, I have left, as bonus/giveaway's, when I'd have a Houdini book for sale and it was lacking the original DJ.

Now that I'm retired and no longer a buyer, I thought I'd offer my remaining repro DJs to my customer base.

These repro's were made, a while back, from the Original DustJackets, I had in my personal collection, but have now been sold.

These repro's were made on high quality laser color professional copiers. Not a home copier.

Originally each repro DJ consisted of two pages (left/right sides of the DJ, from middle to end), which have been trimmed, followed by carefully matching the two pieces together, then taped in place.

These will be shipped flat and you place them on your book, matching up the spine, then folding the ends inside the front/back covers to keep it in place - just like you would a regular DJ.

Quantities are limited and I will list how many of each are available, in case you need an extra or want to use one as a gift -and- surprise a friend.

Those available are:

(a) THE MASTER MYSTERY. Houdini's 1919 movie, which also had a photoplay hardbound book issued. One such copy (with original DJ) just sold on Ebay for a little over $500.00. Measures approx. 16 1/4"x7 1/2" - 5 4 3 available @ $15.00each

(b) HOUDINIs/MARGERY Expose'. The first edition was published in 1924. Since this book was more like a pamphlet, this particular cover would just be folded in half and placed around your copy. Measures approx. 11 7/8"x9" - 5 4 3 available @ $10.00each

(c) HOUDINIs PAPER MAGIC. The first edition was published in 1922. Measures approx. 18 1/2"x7 1/2" - 5 4 3  2available @ $15.00each

(d) HOUDINIs PAPER MAGIC. States 5th printing, which would have published in December 1941. Measures approx. 18 1/2"x7 5/8" - 5 4  3 available @ $10.00each

(e) HOUDINIs MAGIC by Walter B. Gibson. The first edition was published in 1932. Measures approx. 19 3/4"x8" - 3 2 1 available @ $10.00each

(f) HOUDINIS LIFE STORY by Harold Kellock. This first edition was published in 1928. Measures approx. 20 5/8"x8 3/4" - 5 4 3  2 available @ $15.00each

(g) HOUDINIS LIFE STORY by Harold Kellock. I'm not sure which edition, this DJ came from. Measures approx. 19"x8 1/8" -  4  3 available @ $10.00each

If you purchase three or more of these, I'll give you a 20% discount on the order.

Once these are all sold and gone - I'm out!!

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(c) (d)

(e)

(f) (g)

4204-6598) DEATH BLOW! Was Houdini Murdered? by Norman Bigelow.

Copyright 1983 with 68pages.

Stapled manuscript measuring approx. 8 1/2"x11"

As the author puts it:

"In writing this manuscript, I realize that the theory of murder will not be well received by some, but at the same time, I would like to propose the idea that the theory of murder in the Houdini case is as reasonable and as good as any that has been offered since his death.....we will review just a few of the many, many comments made by historians which may have some bearing on the case."

Referring to interviews the author, himself, has conducted.

Along with many excerpts from a ton of sources, the author weaves the plot of Houdini having been murdered by the ‘spiritualist’, etc. during the days Houdini was campaigning his WAR against their efforts to deceive the public.

This was the first book/manuscript ever written about the subject -and- is actually a pretty good read, if you know what I mean?

In addition to the DEATH BLOW manuscript, you receive three additional items:

1) Norman Bigelow - Grandmaster. A one page bio about the author.

2) An 8x10 of Norm performing the DOORs OF DEATH, back in 1972, at Brown University

3) An eight-page piece entitled: MARGERY's MEDIUM - This relates to the subject and according to the author, Manny Weltman loved it.

The BONUS of this offering is both the manuscript and photo have been Personally Signed by Norman Bigelow!! - $45.00(for everything)

4205-8777) HARRY HOUDINI, THE HANDCUFF KING - PRESENTED WITH LOVING CUP

This Full Page article published in the October 1901 issue of MAHATMA Magazine.

Houdini was in Essen, Germany when the Loving Cup was presented to him.

Presented during his farewell performance at the Colloseum Theatre.

The article goes on to describe the evening, Houdini's performance, the over crowding of the audience (for one last look at HOUDINI) - right down to describing specially manufactured handcuffs and leg irons for the Challenge, at the end of the evenings performance.

The Loving Cup was made of silver, stands 35 inches high, weighs 40 pounds, and is all inlaid with the 1900 issue of 3 and 5 Mark silver pieces.

There are over 600 marks, in money, in the cup alone.

GAD, does anybody know whatever happened to this Loving Cup?!!

When HOUDINI was only 27 years old, he was taking Europe by storm.

This article goes into great detail.

HOUDINI would stay overseas, from the summer of 1900, for the next five years, crisscrossing the countries - till he finally returned for engagements in the United States.

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

The first two photos, below, were taken with my digital camera. They're a little washed out, due to the shrink wrap covering. The third, from my scanner, shows a better quality photo.

Measures 12"x16" - a standard size, so you can buy a nice ready made frame -and- hang on your wall. - $75.00

          

4206-3699) THE WAR MAGICIAN by David Fisher.

1983 1st American edition. Hardback with DustJacket and 315pages.

Published by Coward-McCann, Inc., New York.

This extraordinary biography of illusionist Jasper Maskelyne is at once a larger-than-life story of an exceptional man and a fascinating re-creation of virtually unknown events in military history. Exhaustively researched and written with the pace and immediacy of a crack thriller, "The War Magician" also includes Maskelyne's own photographs of his illusions and inventions used in the North African Campaign against Rommel. Maskelyne and his Magic Gang performed such feats as hiding the Suez Canal, with a network of searchlights that blinded Luftwaffe pilots and creating a look alike Alexandria harbor, so Luftwaffe pilots would bomb it instead of the real one. Maskelyne's exploits were so successful, Hitler had him targeted for assassination.

A little spotting on the page edges -and- small tear on the front covers top edge. See photos, below.

Book measures approx. 6 1/4"x9 1/4". - $25.00

 

 

4207-7600) The NEW Conjurors' Magazine

Published monthly by Julien J. Proskauer, Edward Dart, etc. and edited by Walter B. Gibson in New York City.

Robert Lund became editor with Volume 4, #10.

Magazines measure approx. 8 1/2"x11".

A shortened version of the "Content" on the covers.

A Complete File consist of 55 issues:
Volume 1, #1 (February 1945) thru Volume 5, #7 (September 1949)

This offering is missing only two issues:
Volume 4, #s 7 and 11.

Volume 1, #1-12 - Complete
February 1945-January 1946

Volume 2, #1-12 - Complete
March 1946-February 1947

Volume 3, #1-12 - Complete
March 1947-February 1948

Volume 4, #1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9,10,12
Spanning the dates of March 1948-February 1949

Volume 5, #1,2,3,4,5,6,7(last issue)
March-September 1949

Houdini's brother, Hardeen, helped get this magazine launched, but he passed away shortly after the magazine started.

This file includes the Hardeen memorial issue, which in years past, I've seen sell on Ebay, just by itself, for $50.00 and higher.

From V4N12 thru V5N7, there were Wonderful drawings, on the cover, by Ed Mishell:

Alexander Herrmann
T. Nelson Downs
Henry Ridgely Evans
Imro Fox
The Martinka's
Robert Houdin
Chung Ling Soo
Felix Horim's "Cloak of Invisibility".

One price for all these magazines - $300.00


 

4208-8945) CHAOS Magazine, The Official publication of the I.B.M. Ring 40

Issues: 18,24,29,30a,30b,34a,34b,36

Known as the “Drinking Ring” of Winnipeg, Canada, in association with The Rounders Of The Night Table.

The material within ' some' of these issues are, shall we say: Xrated, fifthly, dirty, raunchy, grotesque.

In other words, in GREAT DEMAND by those magazine collectors out there in CollectorLand.

Don’t get me wrong, there is a occasional good article and magic trick to shock your fellow magicians with.

As Sid Lorraine put it in the NEW TOPS February 1971 issue:

“Just saw my first couple copies of CHAOS, the official journal of Winnipeg’s Ring 40 Magic Club...known as The Drinking Ring. This bunch of western souserers, from all reports, whoop it up plenty at their meetings and a lot of good magic is washed down with suds. Their magazine is the zaniest I’ve seen and among the wild nutty notes one can actually find a lot of good magic. It is refreshing to find a group that do not take themselves too seriously, but have fun. Unfortunately, you can’t subscribe to this publication, it is for club members only.”

For the most part, the issues have to come from a collection of a member or contributor from back in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Later on, subscriptions were sold, so this would explain why you don’t see too many of the early issues offered.

Some issues came with Supplements and some didn't.
Price of each issue:
$15.00each -or- 3 or more: $12.50each

18) 24) 29) 30a)

30b) 34a) 34b) 36)

Please CLICK HERE to see the full descriptions for all 8 CHAOS Issues.

4209-5599) 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 1919 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

       

4210-7333) THE GEISHA BOY Movie Lobby Card Set

This offering is for all eight Lobby Cards from this Wonderful 1958 movie starring Jerry Lewis, Marie McDonald and Sessu Hayakawa.

Each card measures 11"x14".

All Lobby Cards have small pin holes (and I mean VERY SMALL), which is to be expected.

Please click on the ThumbNail photos, below, to bring up the larger photos, for a better view.

I'm using the photos provided, to me, by the person whom I purchased these from.

I noted, after receiving the Lobby Cards, the seller must have carefully trimmed off the excess brown backing paper, which can be seen in three of the Lobby Cards below.

First Lobby Card, in Row 2, is missing a small portion from the right border. Of course, if framed, this wouldn't show.

Each Lobby Card comes in its own protective 100% Pure Virgin Polyethylene bag. - $75.00(for all 8)

4211-6776) Dragon Fanning Deck

This set of cards was specially designed with the magician in mind. The deck itself is a full inch and a half longer than a standard poker size deck, and has a back design that allows the performer to create an assortment of different colors when fanned - even a full picture of a green dragon. See photos below.

No instructions included. Do fanning decks ever? You card guys/gals will know exactly what to do with this Wonderful/Entertaining deck of cards.

In Very Good condition, and feels as though it has been treated with fanning powder, for ease in spreading. - $20.00

       

(Card box and squared-up deck, both sides)

(Four different fans from backside of deck)

(Three different fans from front side of deck)

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