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DECKs of PLAYING CARDs LOTs

4332-4117) 18 Assorted Decks of Playing Cards - Most From the 1960s & 1970s - $40.00

1) JAJACO Round Playing Cards

2) Forcing Deck from International Magic Studio in London. (26) Eight of Diamonds -and- (26) Regular Cards.

3) Mene-Tekel Deck. Fox Lake red back cards. Haines House of Cards. Norwood, Ohio. 50 cards total with 2cards the same. 25 different pair.

4) ESP Deck. Fox Lake blue back cards. Haines House of Cards. Norwood, Ohio. Assorted/usual ESP symbol cards, plus other signs/objects, as well, A total of 61 cards.

5) 52 Blank Cards, no Jokers. Hoyle 'Official' Playing Cards. Bridge size. Red backs.

6) Forcing deck. Only three different cards in this 41 card deck. Three of Diamonds; Queen of Spades; and Five of Clubs. Fox Lake blue back cards. Haines House of Cards. Norwood, Ohio.

7) Aviator Deck with 28 Blue back cards -and- 28 Red back cards.

The next batch of decks are all regular decks.

8) Blue back Tally-Ho No.9

9) Red back Hoyle

10) Red back Fox Lake

11) Blue back Fox Lake

12) Red back Aviator

13) Red back Bicycle. Rider Back.

14) Blue back Bicycle. Rider Back.

15) Red back Club Special BEE Narrow Size. Cello is torn at the top, but the deck is still sealed with the stamp.

16) Princess Cruise Line Playing Cards Ė new/cello sealed. Cello torn on one side.

17) Snoopy deck. Produced by Hallmark.

18) Two Horses deck.

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4335-1328) COMMEMORATIVE KEY CHAIN

The KeyChain is patterned in the likeness of a show ticket.

This comes from the 1994 New England Magic Collector's Association "Yankee Gathering" November 3,4, and 5 in 1994.

Charles and Regina Reynolds were being honored and their image is on the KeyChain.

It's made of metal and is light gold tent, in color.

To the right of "Admit One" is the stamped number: 150

Measures approx. 3 3/4"x1 1/2"

Still in original sealed clear plastic bag, these 20years later. - $20.00


ASSORTED IBM and SAM

PROGRAMs and PANORAMIC PHOTOGRAPHs

Did you, or a family member, attend any of these conventions? Did you receive one of these panoramic photographs and/or programs, they've been lost for years and you've ALWAYs wanted to replace it? Well, here's your chance!!!

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4336-1652) 50th Annual S0CIETY OF AMERICAN MAGICIANs Convention Program and Panoramic photo from May 30th thru June 1st 1952 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Some of those performing/attending the convention (and may be in the photo) include:

Frances Ireland - Long Tack Sam - Bert Allerton - Slydini - Dr. Jaks - Silent Mora - Chan Canasta - Herman Hanson - Jay Marshall - Lou Tannen - Gene Gordon - Betty and Tommy Tucker - Dagmar - Stanley from London - Manny Williams

Those I did find include: Milbourne Christopher - Ace Gorham - John Scarne - Harlan Tarbell

Photo (29 1/4"x10") has been shrink wrapped onto a piece of foam core.

Program measures 8 1/2"x10 3/4" with 33pages.
(There are handwritten notes in the program, a newspaper clipping about the convention, and an envelope (with convention registration form and advertising flyer) from Herman Hanson to Dr. I. D. Hosman, so I'm guessing this was his program)

Photo is $75.00 - The Program is $45.00 -or- Take both for $100.00

               

4337-3544) 21st Annual INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF MAGICIANs Convention Program and Panoramic photo from May 30th thru June 2nd 1949. Held in Chicago, Illinois.

Some of those performing/attending the convention (and may be in the photo) include:

Tony Slydini - Jack Gwynne - Dorny - H. Adrian Smith - Eugene Bernstein - Clarke C. Crandall - Joe Berg - Theo. (Okito) Bamberg - Sam Berland - Arthur H. Buckley - Bert Allerton - Paul le Paul.

Those I did find, include Tony Slydini and Jack Gwynne.

Program measures 6"x8 3/4" with 84pages.

Photo (20"x12") has been shrink wrapped onto a piece of foam core.

Photo is $75.00 - The Program is $45.00 -or- Take both for $100.00

       

4338-4587) One last Panoramic Photo from the:

ANNUAL BANQUET, 14th CONVENTION, MAGICIAN'S ALLIANCE OF EASTERN STATES

Berkley Carteret Hotel, September 29th, 1956.

Sorry to say, the only one I recognize is Ace Gorham. Maybe someone, who was in attendance or from the east coast, might find more faces and can email them to me.

Photo (20"x10") has been shrink wrapped onto a piece of foam core. - $50.00

4225-6454) DANTE The Magician Tobacco Card

From the IN TOWN TONIGHT Churchman Tobacco Cards, from 1938, issued by the Imperial Tobacco Co. of Great Britain and Ireland.

Thereís a detailed description on the back of the card.

The card is in Near Mint Condition -and- would look great Framed.

The card measures approximately 1 3/8"x2 5/8". - $10.00

  

4307-1452) 1966 CLOWN STAMP issued by the US Postal Service.

Actually you get four stamps. Whatís offered here is a "Plate Block", which consist of four stamps (still attached) and the corner serial numbers
. This would have come from a Ďfull sheet of 20 stampsí. There's only one plate block per sheet of stamps.

As the photo below shows, itís a very colorful and Happy picture of a Circus Clown.

This stamp was issued 51 years ago to commemorate the American Circus and the Clown.

These are as new as the day they were issued.

Know someone who does Clown magic, etc. - well, hereís a great gift for them (or yourself). - $5.00(upto three available)

4308-1347) 1971 ROBERT-HOUDIN Stamp from France.

Portraits of Famous Frenchmen Issue. Scott Catalogue Numbers B445-B450.

This colorful set was issued to commemorate the lives of a few of Franceís distinguished historical figures. The color shadings of the stamps are subtle but visually stunning. Each is pictured on a stamp with an object symbolizing his lifeís work.

Those honored by the set are:

Daniel Francois Auber, composer
Gen. Charles Diego Brosset, architect
Victor Grignard, Nobel Prize winning chemist
Henri Farman, aviator
Gen. Charles Georges Delestraint, soldier
-and-
JEAN EUGENE ROBERT-HOUDIN, Magician

The stamps in this set have vivid, fresh colors, superb centering and perfect, never hinged gum. The striking colors would make these stamps gorgeous as a framed set. They are as New as the day they were produced, almost, 46 Years Ago. - $15.00

      

4309-1347) 1971 ROBERT-HOUDIN Stamps from France

Portraits of Famous Frenchmen Issue.

This colorful stamp was issued to commemorate the lives of a few of Franceís distinguished historical figures, of which one was Robert-Houdin.

The color shadings of the stamps are subtle, but visually stunning and show an object symbolizing his lifeís work.

The stamps have vivid, fresh colors, superb centering and perfect, never hinged gum.

They are as New as the day they were produced, almost, 46 Years Ago.

A total of four stamps for the one price. - $25.00

4311-8522) 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.

I tested this for workability and it does work - see second photo below.

So cute and probably hard to find. - $25.00

    

4298-6599) THE JUGGLER

Called "The Juggler, but in Old English, this means MAGICIAN.

This is an AUTHENTIC 134 Year Old photogravure published in 1883 by Gebbie & Co. It is printed on a heavy-weight paper and is blank on the reverse. The print is in very good condition with the image area crisp, with just a little foxing (very little). It is titled in the lower margin.

Image area: 10 3/8"x5" - paper size: 14"x9 1/4"

Accompanying the print is a nice description of the piece. Some of which states:

'The actors, in the lively scene before us, various classes of society and types of mind are presented. The ladies in the foreground exhibit an amused surprise; the humbler woman beside them betrays a more serious wonderment, while the mother on her left appears to sympathize with the alarm of her children. The men in this group are disposed to be jocular over the performance. An old schoolmaster marches by with his scholars; he is absorbed in his book, possibly is seeking light upon the dark arts. Beyond him two philosophers are apparently speculating on the mysteries of mind and matter. Finally, while one of the jugglers amuses the crowd, the other does not forget to solicit their contributions; for even magicians, strange to say, cannot live without money.'

This descriptive page measures approx. 10 1/2"x14 1/2"

Print is closer to the color, of the two bottom close up photos.

Imagine how nice this would look framed and hanging on your wall. - $75.00

       

         

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Milbourne Christopher even liked this image, so much, he featured it on the content page of his book: "Panorama of Magic". The book isn't included in this offering.

 

The next 7 offerings all have to do with:

4300-5114) THE DAYs OF THRILLs AND LAUGHTER

>>>This 1961 film was a composite feature about the films of the Silent Era, of which one of Houdiniís movies: "The Man From Beyond" was showcased.

Below are various Scarce Items, from this movies release -now- 56 Years Ago.<<<

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I've had these for quite awhile and had multiples, so now it's time to drop the prices and move them out.
Individually, they're priced @ $210.00 - Take the LOT for $125.00

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1-sheet poster (27"x41"). Houdiniís name in the credits, but no scene from his part of the movie. Excellent to Near Mint in condition. 1-sheet posters are the Most Desirable of poster collecting, due to their excellent size for framing and hanging on the wall. - $20.00

    

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3-Sheet Poster (41"x81"). Comes in two sections. One measures 27"x41" and the other 54"x41". Houdiniís name is in the credits, plus the Niagara Falls scene where Houdini is holding the woman in his arms, while in the water - just after saving her, from going over the Falls. - $45.00

    

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Insert (or Panel) Poster (14"x36"). Along with the movie 1-sheet, this is probably the Second Most Collectible Size. Looking Great when matted and Framed. Houdiniís name in the credits, plus the Niagara Falls scene where Houdini is holding the woman in his arms, while in the water - just after saving her, from going over the Falls. Most posters of this nature come folded, but this one was rolled all these 50+ years and in Great Condition - $45.00

    

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SIX Assorted Movie Lobby Cards

This 1961 film was a composite feature about the films of the Silent Era, of which one of Houdiniís movies: "The Man From Beyond" was showcased.

Almost a full Set of American Movie Lobby Cards.

There were a total of eight Lobby Cards released for this movie, each showing a different Silent Film Star.

What's offered here are six of the eight.

All Lobby Cards measure 11Ēx14Ē.

Houdiniís name is shown in the Credits, on the left side, of ALL the Lobby Cards.

Click on the thumbnail photo's, below, for a better view of these Wonderful Lobby Cards. - $7.50each(or take all 6 for $35.00)

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Window Card Poster (14"x22"). Houdiniís name in the credits, but no scene from his part of the movie. Most Window Cards come folded, this one isnít and is in Near Mint Condition. - $15.00

    

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Lobby Card (12 Ĺ"x16 Ĺ") from Mexico.

Houdini's name is in the credits, plus the scene where Houdini is hanging off the edge of a cliff.

Now's there's Saturday afternoon MovieSerial drama for you.

Where else can you buy an Original Houdini Lobby Card for under $2,000?!!
- $15.00

    

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PressBook

Measures 13"x16 1/2" and contains six Large pages of advertising material, which the theatre's would use to advertise the movie in the Newspapers, etc.

PAGE ONE: the "Synopsis" of the film; what the 40"x60" poster looks like; the 'cast' and 'credits'.

PAGE TWO: an assortment of line drawings and photos to be used in the 'adv. campaign'.

PAGE THREE: an assortment of "teaser ads" and several photos from the movie, with captions beneath each. Of the seven photos, two are of Houdini. (1) "Houdini, The Cliff Hanger", and shows just that - Houdini hanging off a cliff -and- (2) "Saved From Niagara". This photo shows Houdini in the water, with a woman in his arms. As if he'd just saved her.

PAGE FOUR: has several close up photo's of the various stars and more art work from various scenes.

PAGE FIVE: contains various articles, which would be used for "Publicity." One article is on Houdini: "Houdini Thrills Anew In Long Lost Films."

PAGE SIX: shows what the various Posters and Lobby Cards look like.

Outside of being folded in half, this PressBook looks as new as the day it was printed, some 54 years ago - $35.00

       

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The Stephen A. Sparks Collection
Specializing in Houdiniana
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