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SPHINX MAGAZINE LOTs
Choose A Lot, At Priced Marked -or- take ALL 3 Lots for $50.00
4340-1387) Five SPHINX MAGAZINEs From 1925 - $25.00
THE SPHINX MAGAZINE - Volume 24, #1 - March1925- Official Organ of the Society of American Magicians. - Edited by A. M. Wilson, M.D. - Rosini and King on the cover. - 36 pages and measures approx. 8 1/2"x11 1/2". - Houdini's book exposing Margery the medium advertised in Hornmann Magic Co. adv (w/head shot of Houdini) -and- Houdini listed as the President of the SAM. - THE SPHINX MAGAZINE - Volume 24, #3 - May 1925 - AMAC and Chris Van Bern on the cover. - 36 pages and measures approx. 8 1/2"x11 1/2". - Houdini listed as the President of the SAM. - THE SPHINX MAGAZINE - Volume 24, #5 - July 1925 - Al Snyder, Editor of The Osirian on the cover. - 28 pages and measures approx. 8 1/2"x11 1/2". - Houdini listed as the President of the SAM. - Some paper loss along the outer edge, on the back cover. This is in the border area and no text, etc. is affected. - THE SPHINX MAGAZINE - Volume 24, #6 - August 1925 - Queen City Mystics, Assembly #11 on the cover. - 28 pages and measures approx. 8 1/2"x11 1/2". - Houdini listed as the President of the SAM. - Front and back covers are loose. - THE SPHINX MAGAZINE - Volume 24, #10 - December 1925 - Dr. Rockwell (Quack-Quack) on the cover. - 28 pages and measures approx. 8 1/2"x11 3/8". - Houdini listed as the President of the SAM.
4341-3674) Three SPHINX MAGAZINEs From 1928 and 1929 - $20.00
THE SPHINX MAGAZINE - Volume 27, #5 - July 1928- Official Organ of the Society of American Magicians. - Edited by A. M. Wilson, M.D. - Laurant on the cover. - 40 pages and measures approx. 8 1/2"x11 3/8" - A couple of the magic dealers advertising the new Harold Kellock book: "HOUDINI, His Life Story" - THE SPHINX MAGAZINE - Volume 27, #9 - November 1928 - Oswald Williams, John Mulholland and Jasper Maskelyne on the cover. - 52 pages and measures approx. 8 1/2"x11 3/8". - Covers loose. - Small tear through the pages at the '12 o-clock position. - Due to 'pulp-like' paper, there's chipping around the edges of the outer covers. - Please see photo above. - THE SPHINX MAGAZINE - Volume 27, #10 - December 1928 - Birch on the cover. - 48 pages and measures approx. 8 1/2"x11 3/8".
4342-4555) Six SPHINX MAGAZINEs From 1930 and 1931 - $25.00
THE SPHINX MAGAZINE - Volume 29, #06 - August 1930- Official Organ of the Society of American Magicians. - Edited by A. M. Wilson, M.D. - McDonald Birch on the cover. - 36 pages and measures approx. 8 1/2"x11 3/8". - THE SPHINX MAGAZINE -Volume 29, #08 - October 1930 - Fred Keating on the cover. - 48 pages and measures approx. 8 1/2"x11 3/8". - Full memorial page, by Bess Houdini, on the 4th anniversary of Harry Houdini's passing. - THE SPHINX MAGAZINE - Volume 29, #11 - January 1931 - Vilmos Lenard, MD on the cover. - 52 pages and measures approx. 8 1/2"x11 3/8". - Front and back covers are loose. - THE SPHINX MAGAZINE - Volume 29, #12 - February 1931 - Francis G. Benedict on the cover. - 48 pages and measures approx. 8 1/2"x11 3/8". - THE SPHINX MAGAZINE - Volume 29, #12 - February 1931 - duplicate issue. - Francis G. Benedict on the cover. - 48 pages and measures approx. 8 1/2"x11 3/8". - Front and back covers are loose. - Bits an pieces missing from the front and back covers in the border area. - Thanks to wide margins, no text, etc. are affected. - THE SPHINX MAGAZINE - Volume 30, #6 - July 1931 - Royal L. Vilas on the cover. - 42 pages and measures approx. 8 1/2"x11 3/8".
4323-3574) 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
4324-4687) 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)
4325-8755) MAGAZINE WITH "MAGIC THEMED" COVER
THE FARM JOURNAL Magazine for November 1926. Volume 50, #11.
The magazine measures approx. 8 1/4"x12".
The Cover has a Wonderful 'Magic theme' by Walter Beach Humphrey.
A Magician in full tux, holding a magic wand in his left hand. His right hand holding a rabbit by its ears - as if having just produced it from the farm boy's hat. The boy is holding the hat between his two hands and his face has a look of 'wonder' as to how the Magician just performed this miracle. On top of the Magician's table an empty glass, a couple balls and a top hat with silks draped over the hat's edge. On the floor are playing cards scattered about.
Some discoloration at the top, some page folding at lower right corner, but the overall appearance is actually pretty good. Please refer to the photo, below, for better detail.
Great period piece from the 1920s - now pushing 90 years old. - $45.00
4326-8938) SEYMOUR DAVIS On The Cover of MUM Magazine
The BONUS of this offering is Seymour Davis has Autographed The Front Cover!!
To Joyce, that great
lady of magic
Volume 71, #1 - June 1981 -$10.00
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4302-8945) CHAOS Magazine, The Official publication of the I.B.M. Ring 40
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:
18) 24) 29) 30a)
30b) 34a) 34b) 36)
Please CLICK HERE to seethe full descriptions for all 8 CHAOS Issues.
4269-7640) SALUTATIONs TO ROBERT-HOUDIN by Sam H. Sharpe
His life magic and automata. Illustrated with sketches, photographs, and collected artworks from the author's collection and the collections of other famous historians.
Published, in 1983, by Micky Hades International in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
SoftBound with 193 numbered pages, plus the INDEX, in the rear of the book, comprising of five pages.
The table of contents has been reproduced, below, for ease in reading.
The original work was published in The Linking Ring Magazine, spread out over SEVEN Volumes.
Mickey Hades took the material and published it in book form.
Book is in Excellent to Near Mint condition. There's a very small stain, on the cover's upper right corner. Upper left back cover corner has a small fold. Click the ThumbNail photo, below, to see what I'm referring to. Inside pages are just fine.
Can't remember the last time I had a copy of this to offer - its been Quite A LONG while...
Measures approx. 8 3/8"x10 7/8"
Reproductions of three Hand Written Robert-Houdin Letters - with type written translations.
French Postcard for Musee De La Magie - with Robert Houdin bust statue on photo side -and- reproduction photo of Robert-Houdin's grave site.
All the above for the one price of:$135.00
4274-7399) THE VANISHING MAN, The Amazing Johnathan's Final Curtain by Julie Seabaugh
The LAS VEGAS WEEKLY Magazine - January 15-21, 2015
Inside, a five page article (with photos).
Tag line on the first page, of the article:
"Body failing and mind on fire, The Amazing Johnathan reflects on his bloody, buzzed, gloriously unhinged legacy"
A large size format magazine, in that it measures 10 1/4"x13 1/4" - $12.50
4276-4573) THE READERs DIGEST Magazine. Volume 101, #604. August 1972.
Inside, a five page biographical account of on the life of Robert-Houdin entitled: "The Magic Touch of Robert-Houdin" by Curtis Cate.
As the magazine states:
A Mechanical genius and master of the sleight of hand, he gave the magician's art a new dimension that still dazzles in our day.
This magazine would be a nice edition for you Robert-Houdin collector's, who might have missed this issue. - $15.00
4277-6357) 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 are different from the article above.
This article, in the Las Vegas Sun Newspaper for Sunday, October 13, 2013, has a great early 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
4281-1325) MAHATMA Magazine Volumes 5&6 BoundComplete July1901 thru June 1903 - $175.00
(Scarce and out of print)
Please refer to the above two listings for the description of these two Volumes.
4268-5645) ESCAPE MASTERs Magazine
Volume 30, #4 - Autumn 2005
Published by Thomas Blacke in Johnston, R.I.
The Presidents Page by Thomas Blacke
The Business of Entertaining by Windy Douton
"So You Want To Make Money Entertaining With Your Show"
Bigelow Writings by Norman Bigelow
Stephen A. Sparks
A Little Biography
Mario Manzini on JAIL ESCAPEs
Micky Hades' New Expanded Encyclopedia of Escapes
"A Unique and Valuable Forum For The Aspiring Escapologist"
Measures approx 7"x8 1/2" with 16pages (cover to cover)
A GREAT publication from way back when. - $12.50
YES, that's me on the cover.
Let me know if you'd like me to personally autograph it to you.
LayAway is available - if this is for you, just email for details.
4139-1328) MAHATMA Magazines
Here’s the ultimate offering for you magazine collectors!!
This large format magazine, measuring 9 1/2"x11 1/2", was the First major magazine in English since "The Conjuror's Magazine" in the late 1700s.
Some time prior to March 1895, Francis J. Martinka, one of the pioneer manufactures and dealers in magical goods in New York, and proprietor of "The Magical Palace" at No. 483 Sixth Avenue, conceived the idea of publishing a magical paper and calling it: "Mahatma".
He had conceived the novel design appearing on the issues, and had gone so far as to have an electro plate made of this.
Around the middle of February 1895, Mr. Martinka concluded it would be best not to allow the publication, of a magical journal, to conflict with his already large business interests.
Martinka turned over "Mahatma", with all the news he had gathered for the publication of the initial issue, to Mr. George H. Little who financed its publication from March 1895, until, and including the October 1895 issue.
At this time, Mr. Little decided to issue the paper weekly instead of monthly and changed its title to "Vaudeville", and the first issue of the paper under this name appeared in November 1895 (Vol.1, #9) to be followed by one more issue "Vaudeville" (Vol.1, #10), which was dated November 23, 1895.
The publication "Vaudeville" was then suspended and "Mahatma" reappeared (as Vol.1, #9) in March 1898.
Little also produced two issues of another magazine called: "Artist-Era" shortly after "Vaudeville" and before returning to publishing "Mahatma".
The first issues of "Mahatma" were printed by George H. Little (on a Washington hand press) in the rear of Martinka’s. What better place, since Martinka’s had been known for years as the Magicians’ Headquarters. It was only natural that the Martinka’s were the constant recipients of all the magical news of the day. This information they, very courteously, turned over to Mr. Little, for his printing plant, in the rear of their shop -and thus- "Mahatma", the pioneer of all magical journalism, was launched out into the World of Magic.
Editor’s for the various issues were:
V1,#1 to V3,#8 - George H. Little
V3,#9 to V5,#2 - Walter G. Peterkin
V5,#3 to V9,#8 - T. Francis Fritz
This important magic periodical ran from March 1895 to February 1906. It is A Must for the magic historian. The magazines are filled with photos and information, on the magic scene of the time. Besides the many ads for the various Magic Dealers, etc., you'll also find a number of early ads for Houdini, some with photos.Possibly Houdini's First ads.
Several of the issues have been rubber stamped by Hamley’s Magical Saloon of London, as Hamley's was the British distributor of this publication. Some issues have small number of pages with edge tears, mostly small and found at the folds; some are hole punched; some have loose pages; some are out of bound editions.
The issues available are:
Volume 2, #2,3,4,5,6,7,10,12 (August 1898-June 1899)
Volume 3, #1,2,6,8,9,10,11,12 (July 1899-June 1900)
Volume 4, #3,4,6,8,9,10*,11,12 (September 1900-June 1901)
Volume 5, #1,2,4,5,6,7,9,10,11,12 (July 1901-June 1902)
Volume 6, #1,2,3,4,6,9,10,11,12 (July 1902-June 1903)
Volume 7, #2,3,4,5,7,8,9,10,11,12 (August 1903-June 1904)
Volume 8, #1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9,10,11,12 (July 1904-June 1905)
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