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In this subtopic, you will find unique pieces from my own collection that I have decided to sell, or one-of-a-kind memorabilia and objects related to magic that have fallen into my hands and that need a good home.

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Rupert Howard
Rupert Howard Magic Course by Rupert Howard

This is a pristine copy of the rare Rupert Howard Magic Course. It is an almost complete set of 23 lessons of the 25 lesson course. The two lessons missing are lesson 17 and 18. Each lesson is an oversized booklet with a color cover and glossy inside pages.

This course is rare and a perfect addition to any serious collector of magic books. Additionally you will receive a disc with the complete digital version of this set.

Most likely you have never heard about this magic course. When I think about a 'magic gem' I have these 25 volumes in mind. This course could be called the 'British Tarbell...

★★★★★ $1500
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Luis Zingone
Zingone's Recorded Card Tricks (used) by Luis Zingone

These three 78 rpm records with instructions come in a beautiful hardcover folder. Everything is in very good condition. Even the instructions are the original instructions. Zingone teaches six card tricks. These records were released in 1939.

$250
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Ted Annemann & Victor Farelli
202 Methods of Forcing - with Victor Farelli Notes (used) by Ted Annemann & Victor Farelli

This copy was Victor Farelli's own copy of Annemann's 202 Methods of Forcing and features Farelli's handwritten notes. Also included is a tipped-in sheet: The Master's Touch by Annemann with a handwritten dedication by Annemann dated 4-6-29. This makes it a unique association copy.

$250
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John Philip Quinn
Fools of Fortune (hardcover) by John Philip Quinn

This is an 1892 edition in good condition.

The original description read:

A history of the vice in ancient and modern times, and in both hemispheres; an exposition of its alarming prevalence and destructive effects; with an unreserved and exhaustive disclosure of such frauds, tricks and devices as are practiced by "professional" gamblers, "confidence men" and "bunko steerers."

This is a massive tome on gambling, the largest one at that time, describing gambling locations, games, scams, fraud and how they are operated, as well as many personal stories from the author. Makes for fascinating...

$200
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hardcover

PEA: Psychic Entertainers Association
Vibrations issues volume 20, 21 (used) by PEA: Psychic Entertainers Association

Note: I would prefer to sell this lot to a PEA member, because their magazine is for members only. However, after several years of repeatedly offering this lot to the PEA and to individual members nobody showed any interest regardless of price. Therefore I am opening it up to anybody interested be it a member of the PEA or not.

These issues were previously owned by Al Mann who was a member of the PEA. Issues are in excellent condition. The lot includes:

  • Volume 20: Numbers 7, 8, 9, 10, 12
  • Volume 21: Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (misnumbered as 6), 6, 7, 8, 9, 11
  • Bylaws 1998
  • PEA posters order form ...
$200
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David Britland
Parallax: a topological miracle (used) by David Britland

Softcover stapled booklet in excellent condition (like new). Included is a jumbo-sized version of the prepared card. Also included is a letter by Martin Breese to the Filofax company and a Filofax brochure. Martin pitched them on selling FiloTrix, magic tricks which fit into the Filofax clear pockets, and are sold wherever Filofax is being sold. Parallax should have been the first such trick.

To my knowledge, this FiloTrix idea was never realized. However, it is a nice example of Martin's business sense and constant exploration of business opportunities. A unique association piece for collectors....

$200
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Will Goldston
Will Goldston's Easy Road to Magic: in seven lessons (used) by Will Goldston

Softcover hole punched. Probably had a string through the holes which is missing. On the cover the name Stanton Carlisle is written with a ballpoint pen. Likely this copy belonged to Stanton Carlisle at some point. Cover somewhat damaged and torn at the spine. For details on the content see the digital edition.

$150
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Will Goldston
Will Goldston's Card System of Exclusive Magical Secrets (used) by Will Goldston

Hardcover in landscape bound with string. This copy is in excellent condition. For details on the content see the digital edition.

$150
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Jon Racherbaumer
The Legendary Kabbala (1971-1981) (used) by Jon Racherbaumer

Hardcover with dust jacket. Like new condition. For details on the content see the digital edition.

$150
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Gabe Fajuri
Potter and Potter Auction Catalog Lot (used) by Gabe Fajuri

This lot consists of 16 printed Potter & Potter auction catalogs. All but two are softcover perfect bound in good condition. Two are hardcover catalogs with dust jacket. These are Part I and II of the Magic Poster auction of the Norm Nielsen Collection. (Part I has a bumped lower right corner.) All these catalogs are beautifully produced in full color and a feast for the eyes. The list of catalogs is:

  1. The Collection of Herb Zarrow, October 23, 2010.
  2. The Golden Age of Magic Posters, The Nielsen Collection Part I, June 25, 2016.
  3. Magic Old & New, Conjuring from the 16th - 20th Century, August...
$150
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Orville Wayne Meyer
Magic in the Modern Manner (used) by Orville Wayne Meyer

Hardcover book in good condition; some edge bumping. For details on the contents see the digital edition.

$150
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Wilford Hutchinson
Conjurers Chronicle (used) by Wilford Hutchinson

This complete file was bound and then unbound from its cover. For details on the contents see the digital edition.

$150
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Martin Breese
New Sorcerer (used) by Martin Breese

This is a complete file in pristine condition. It was actually Martin Breese's own file. For details on the contents see the digital edition.

$120
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Arthur Good
Magical Experiments (hardcover) by Arthur Good

This is a first edition in excellent condition, with gilded edges.

The best way of learning new things is doing them. Magical Experiments or Science in Play is a fascinating collection of kitchen table top experiments with every day household goods. Many of which have a 'magical' twist to them, in the sense that it is for the unfamiliar observer not quite clear how these tricks are performed, or what the physical mechanisms behind them are. More than 150 experiments are described with gorgeous lithographs. This book was originally written in French and later translated to English. This in...

$100
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hardcover

Dr. Bruno Furst & Lotte Furst
Memory: a home study course in memory and concentration (used) by Dr. Bruno Furst & Lotte Furst

These are 14 staple bound booklets inside a cardboard slipcase. The slipcase is damaged and has been repaired with clear tape by a former owner. The booklets themselves are in good shape with some abrasions on the spine. For details about the contents see the digital edition.

$100
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Inez Vernelo
M. Inez Catalog 1904 (used) by Inez Vernelo

Softcover stapled. Rare catalog from 1904 Chicago.

$100
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Murray Bonfeld
Faro Concepts (used) by Murray Bonfeld

Book in like-new condition, plastic comb-binding. For details on the contents see the digital edition.

$100
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Edward M. Vernelo
E. M. Vernelo Catalog 1901 (used) by Edward M. Vernelo

Beautifully rebound old catalog from the John Henry Grossman collection.

Vernelo, another Chicago magic dealer, not only sold a good selection of magic tricks but also novelties, puzzles and a large selection of non-magic books. About half of this catalog is dedicated to books in all kinds of fields of interests including letter writing, public speaking, jokes, stories, bookkeeping, photography, calculations, and many more.

$100
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Doug Dyment
Mindsights (used) by Doug Dyment

Stapled booklet, plus stapled loose sheets, plus original envelope these two items came in. The envelope has some foxing and small tears, the booklet and stapled sheets are in like-new condition.

"QuickerStack" (a.k.a. The Half-Hour Memorized Deck) is a full-deck stack for the entertainer who wants to do memorized deck work, but not make it a life's work. This new approach yields a sequence that (unlike some currently available) can be safely displayed to an audience (for example, here are the first ten cards: 7S-5H-10C-KD-2H-9C-AS-QD-6C-3C). Nonetheless, the conversion from any card's value...

$100
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August Roterberg
1911 Supplementary Catalogue of New Tricks (used) by August Roterberg

Rare supplementary catalog from August Roterberg (1911).

$90
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Wiljalba Frikell
The Secret Out (used) by Wiljalba Frikell

Original pictorial green cloth binding. Cover and back have some spots of discoloration. Spine is slightly damaged. Binding is tight. Inside clean. Inside cover has three exlibris: D.N. MacDougall, S.McK Library, Margaret Yates. For details on contents see the digital edition.

$85
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Professor Hoffmann
Tricks with Cards (used) by Professor Hoffmann

Hardcover in good condition. Covers have some fraying, rubbing and discoloration. Inside pages yellowing. Prior owners name and address written in pencil on the inside front cover. For details on the contents see the digital edition.

$80
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hardcover

Albert M. Wilson & F. T. Singleton
Magic the Magazine of Wonder (used) by Albert M. Wilson & F. T. Singleton

This magazine was been bound into a bigger volume and then unbound from that volume. This has damaged the spine of the issues and there are a few sewing thread holes near the spine, a remnant from the prior binding. For details on the contents see the digital edition.

$80
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Lewis Ganson
The Art of Close-Up Magic Volume 1 (used) by Lewis Ganson

Hardcover book with dust-jacket. Dust-jacket has some minor damage on the lower edge and some minor soiling. Dust-jacket is protected by a clear cover that has been folded over it. Harry Stanley edition. For details on the contents see the digital edition.

$75
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August Roterberg
Roterberg Catalog 1 (used) by August Roterberg

This is the first catalog Roterberg issued, about 1894, titled: "Descriptive Catalogue of the Latest European Novelties in Magic, Second Sight, Anti-Spiritualism". It is in good condition. The prior owner added a clear acetate cover for protection.

$70
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T. G. Murphy
Imagication (used) by T. G. Murphy

Hardcover with dust-jacket in like-new condition. For details on the contents see the digital edition.

$60
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Medjid Kan Rezvani
Les Coussinets De La Princess (used) by Medjid Kan Rezvani

Hardcover in good condition without dustjacket. Text is in English even though the title suggests otherwise. Information about the contents can be found here.

$60
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George Brunel
Fun With Magic (hardcover) by George Brunel

This edition is from 1906 published by H. M. Caldwell Company. Flyleaf has pencil marks by Carolyn Miller. Some bumping and foxing.

Amusing Experiments in Physics, Chemistry and Geometry

The title is a little bit misleading, because there are no real magic tricks in this book, at least not the kind that a magician would assume. It is essentially a book of 'kitchen' science experiments. Some of these experiments can of course be presented like a magic trick. But the majority of them are simply interesting or surprising science experiments which can be done at home with a little bit of preparation. ...

$50
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hardcover

George Brunel
Fun With Magic (hardcover) by George Brunel

This edition is from Hurst & Co. Cover some damage on the upper left corner. Dust jacket is falling apart. Otherwise, including binding, in very good condition.

Amusing Experiments in Physics, Chemistry and Geometry

The title is a little bit misleading, because there are no real magic tricks in this book, at least not the kind that a magician would assume. It is essentially a book of 'kitchen' science experiments. Some of these experiments can of course be presented like a magic trick. But the majority of them are simply interesting or surprising science experiments which can be done at...

$50
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hardcover

Will Goldston
Latest Conjuring (used) by Will Goldston

Hardcover in green cloth stamped. Former retail sticker on back. For details on content see the digital edition.

$50
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August Roterberg
Roterberg Catalog 8 (used) by August Roterberg

The catalog is in good condition. A prior owner has added a clear acetate cover to protect it. For details on the contents see the digital edition.

$50
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August Roterberg
Roterberg Catalog 5 (used) by August Roterberg

Early Roterberg catalog in good condition. The prior owner added a clear acetate cover for protection.

$50
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Arthur P. Felsman
Felsman Catalog No. 17 (used) by Arthur P. Felsman

Softcover book in decent condition.

Arthur P. Felsman took over August Roterberg's business. His catalog looks very similar to the Roterberg catalog with beautiful illustrations and detailed product descriptions. Compare for example with Roterberg Catalog No. 15.

$50
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J. B. Bobo
The New Modern Coin Magic (used) by J. B. Bobo

Hardcover with dustjacket in good condition. For details on the contents see the digital edition.

$50
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Davide Costi
Close-Up Elegance (used) by Davide Costi

Hardcover book with dust-jacket. The dust-jacket has some minor stains and a tear at the lower spine edge. For details on the contents see the digital edition.

$45
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Martin Breese
Al Koran: The Unique Years (used) by Martin Breese

Hardcover with dust-jacket. Dust-jacket has a little hole in the upper right-hand corner, a squeeze mark on the back, and slight bends on the lower edge. Otherwise the book is in excellent condition. For details on the contents see the digital edition.

$45
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Henry Hay
The Amateur Magician's Handbook (used) by Henry Hay

Harcover with dustjacket in like-new condition. This is the 4th edition published by Castle Books. For details on the contents see the digital edition.

$45
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John Brown Cook & Arthur Buckley
Gems of Mental Magic (used) by John Brown Cook & Arthur Buckley

Hardcover book in good condition. For details on the contents see the digital edition.

$45
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Charles Bertram
A Magician in Many Lands (used) by Charles Bertram

Hardcover without dust jacket in good condition. For details on the contents see the digital edition.

$45
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J. G. Thompson Jr.
The Miracle Makers (used) by J. G. Thompson Jr.

Harcover with dustjacket. A clean and tight copy. For details on content see the digital edition.

$40
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David Britland
Chan Canasta: A Remarkable Man Volume 2 (used) by David Britland

This copy has a dedication by the author David Britland to Martin Breese.

This is the long-awaited follow-up to the first volume. It is a quality soft back publication, perfect bound. It contains a lot of information that arrived too late for inclusion in the first volume. We are grateful to all those who have helped us produce this set of books on the Remarkable Chan Canasta.

  • Publisher's Introduction
  • Further Discoveries by David Britland
  • Chan Canasta article (reprinted from Magic Magazine)

The first volume can be found here: Chan Canasta: A Remarkable Man Volume 1

1st edition 2001, 45 pages....

$40
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Lance Burton
Lance Burton Collectible Puzzle Design #3 by Lance Burton

This is a brand new Lance Burton puzzle from the collectible puzzle series. It is design #3. The box is still in its original shrink wrap and has never been opened. As the cover states, the puzzle is 18" x 24" when assembled. Manufactured by Marcelo Contento Productions in Watertown, MA, USA.

$40
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Professor Hoffmann
Latest Magic (used) by Professor Hoffmann

Hardcover book with a damaged spine. Otherwise, the book is in good condition including the binding. This is the first edition from 1918 published by Spon & Chamberlain. For details on the contents see the digital edition.

$40
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Jean Hugard
Hugard's Annual of Magic 1938-1939 (used) by Jean Hugard

Hardcover in good condition. For details on the contents see the digital edition.

$35
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Maurice Sardina
The Magic of Rezvani (used) by Maurice Sardina

Softcover stapled in good condition. For details on the content see the digital edition.

$30
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Hercat
Simple Tricks (used) by Hercat

Softcover with binding broken (front cover has separated from the book block and spine is missing). Front cover has stains and some drawn lines. For details on the content see the digital edition.

$30
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Hercat
Latest Sleights and Illusions (used) by Hercat

Softcover with missing spine; front cover and frontispiece have separated from the book block. Otherwise in good condition for its age.

$30
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