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Milk Pitcher Magic
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Milk Pitcher Magic

By Fetsch, "Hen"

Maryland Magic Studio, Baltimore, MD, 1945; First Edition; 8vo, 36 pages; illustrated. A collection of over 100 routines, suggestions, tips, presentations, gags, and ideas for the Vanishing Milk Pitcher routine, by magician and magic trick inventor Rowland Howard ("Hen") Fetsch (1912-1961). Very Good Plus, in illustrated blue wraps.

$30.00

Abbot’s Magic Novelty Company Catalog Number 4 (Signed Copy Of The Great Leon)
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Abbot’s Magic Novelty Company Catalog Number 4 (Signed Copy Of The Great Leon)

Abbot’s Magic Novelty Co., Colon, MI, 1937; 8vo, 320 pages; illustrated. Abbot’s profusely illustrated magic catalog for 1937, featuring hundreds of professional magic tricks with description and price for each. Art deco cover art by Sid Lorraine. Former copy of early vaudeville magician Leon Harry Levy (1876-1951), professionally known as "The Great Leon," signed on the title page using his stage name and bearing his paper address label on the verso of the front wrap. Very Good Plus, clean, crisp, bright, no chips or tears. Included is an 8" x 10" original photograph of Leon with his stage assistant Edythe Packard Levy, whom he married in 1903 and with whom he remained for thirty-six years. Because of her ability to magically disappear and quickly reappear on another part of the stage, Edythe became known as the "It’s Me Again!" girl. Both items from the Leon estate. A unique set from the golden age of magic.

$350.00

The National Magic Company Catalog Number 6
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The National Magic Company Catalog Number 6

By National Magic Company

The National Magic Company, Chicago, 1945; First Edition; 8vo, 318 pages; illustrated. Very Good Plus, in attractively illustrated tan, red, and blue stiff wraps, with blue plastic spiral binding. Crisp, bright, and very nice.

$50.00

Signed Photograph, Vaudeville Magician/ Comedienne Doreen Palmer
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Signed Photograph, Vaudeville Magician/ Comedienne Doreen Palmer

By (Doreen Palmer)

Theatrical Studio, Chicago, 1925; Vintage signed silver gelatin 8" x 10" portrait photograph, circa 1925, of comedienne Doreen Palmer, wife and stage partner of Jay Palmer in the magic team "Jay Palmer And Doreen." Jay Palmer began his show business career in 1921 as an assistant to vaudeville magician The Great Leon (Leon Harry Levy, 1876-1951), and in later years to Harry Houdini. After meeting and marrying, the couple formed their own act in which Jay performed most of the magic and Doreen provided comedic counterpoint by way of bored and condescending criticism of her husband’s technique. They were well known for their trademark illusion "The Magic Kettle," in which a small pitcher poured forth a seemingly endless stream of liquid. Doreen and her husband enjoyed a long popularity, continuing their act on both stage and television into the 1960’s. The photo is inscribed and signed to friends Leon Jr. (son of The Great Leon), and his wife "Teddy," a much revered couple in the world of magic. Inscription reads, "To Junior and Teddy, xxxx & Joy, Doreen." As Leon Jr. and Teddy were married in June, 1925, it is likely, judging from the sentiments expressed, that the photo was part of Doreen’s wedding greeting for the new couple. Stamped "Theatrical Studio, Chicago" on the back. From the Great Leon estate. Fine condition.

$40.00

Circa 1930 8" x 10" Photograph, Vaudeville Magician/ Comedienne Doreen Palmer
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Circa 1930 8" x 10" Photograph, Vaudeville Magician/ Comedienne Doreen Palmer

By (Doreen Palmer)

, 1930; Vintage silver gelatin 8" x 10" studio portrait photograph of Doreen Palmer, wife and stage partner of Jay Palmer in the magic team of "Jay Palmer And Doreen." Jay Palmer began his show business career in 1921 as an assistant to vaudeville magician The Great Leon (Leon Harry Levy, 1876-1951), and in later years to Harry Houdini. After marrying, the couple put together their own act in which Jay performed most of the magic and Doreen provided comedic counterpoint by condescendingly criticizing her husband’s technique. They were much known for their original illusion "The Magic Kettle," in which a small pitcher poured out a seemingly inexhaustible supply of liquid. Doreen and her husband enjoyed a long popularity, continuing their act on both stage and television into the 1960’s. From the Great Leon estate. Fine condition.

$25.00

Demon Telegraph #157
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Demon Telegraph #157

By Davenport & Co.

L. Davenport & Co., London, 1952; 8vo, 24 pages, illustrated. Davenport’s "Demon Telegraph" illustrated magic sales catalog for 1952, with over 40 tricks. Very Good Plus, in wraps with sensational front cover illustration. Clean, crisp, and bright.

$30.00

Max Holden’s Magic Catalog No. 7
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Max Holden’s Magic Catalog No. 7

By Holden, Max

Max Holden’s Magic Shops, Boston, 1940; 8vo, 164 pages; illustrated. The Max Holden Co. illustrated magic sales catalog for 1940, showing the latest in magician’s paraphernalia. Hundreds of magic tricks, apparati, effects, books, and accessories. Fine, in illustrated card wraps. Clean, crisp, bright and sharp.

$55.00

The Great Leon: Vaudeville Headliner, Plus Original Photographs
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The Great Leon: Vaudeville Headliner, Plus Original Photographs

By Caveney, Mike

Magical Publications, Pasadena, CA, 1987; First Edition; tall 8vo, 133 pages; illustrated; green cloth; gilt titles. Biography of early vaudeville magician Leon Harry Levy, "The Great Leon" (1876-1951), inventor of "Fire and Water," "The Death Ray Gun," and other popular stage magic tricks. Illustrated with numerous period b&w photographs, plus a color frontispiece reproduction of a Great Leon magic poster advertising the "Fire and Water" trick. Copy #955 of a limited edition of 1,000. As New, without dust jacket, as issued. Laid-in are two vintage portrait photographs, from the Leon estate, of Leon and of his stage assistant Edythe Packard Levy, the "It’s Me Again!" girl, to whom he was married in 1903 and with whom he remained for thirty-six years.

$225.00

The Demon Telegraph No. 132
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The Demon Telegraph No. 132

By Davenport & Co., London

Davenport and Company, London, 1949; small 8vo, 27 pages; illustrated. Articles by John Kenyon, Figaro, P.A. McDonald, Oswarld Rae, J.K. Bays, Walter de Ruyter, A. Buckle, Dr. Pangloss, and Pat Playfair, plus display ads for numerous Davenport Company magic tricks. Fine, in illustrated wraps.

$30.00

Thayer’s Catalogue Of Quality Magic No. 7. The Great Leon’s copy, With Associated Ephemera
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Thayer’s Catalogue Of Quality Magic No. 7. The Great Leon’s copy, With Associated Ephemera

By Thayer, F.G.

Thayer’s Magical Mfg. Co., Los Angeles, CA, 1928; 8vo, 287 pages; illustrated. Thayer’s Magic Catalogue for 1928, containing over 1500 magic tricks, effects, illusions, programs with patter, magic apparati, etc., all with prices. Profusely illustrated. Former copy of vaudeville magician Leon H. Levy, known professionally as Leon Leon or "The Great Leon" (1876-1951), who was also creator and inventor of many celebrated stage magic tricks, like "Fire And Water," "The Torture-Death Box Of Torquemada," "Death Ray Gun," and "The Haunted House." Tipped in at the back are three items: 1) A clipping from the printed program for Howard Thurston’s stage act at the Hanna Theater in Cleveland, Ohio, Dec. 22, 1929, listing each trick and illusion to be performed that evening, thirty-seven in all, in order of their presentation; 2) A written list, in Leon’s own hand, of the twelve illusions and eight tricks performed by Thurston Oct. 21, 1931, in a 55 minute show in New York City, most probably at the Variety Arts Theater on 46th Street, as the list is written on the back of a sheet of engraved Variety Arts stationery; and 3) Two printed pages from the program for Harry Blackstone’s act at the Shubert Detroit Opera House Dec. 15, 1929, containing an enumerated list of 48 illusions and tricks to be performed in the show. Accompanying the catalogue are two additional items: 1) A blueprint, with explanatory text, for an original design to prevent the warping of window frames, invented by Leon and mailed to a patent company in Washington, DC, June 9, 1930. This is the copy that was folded, sealed, addressed, and mailed by Leon to himself at his home on Wilton Place in Hollywood, as proof of authorship. It is stamped and postally canceled at the Arcade Station in Los Angeles on the same date, and 2) A small photograph of a cabinet, designed and constructed by Leon, for an illusion in which a girl enters the apparatus, has her head placed in stocks and is decapitated, only to have the head reappear in a small box at lower right before eventually being restored to her body. Catalogue Very Good, light to moderate external surface wear, internally clean and crisp, binding sound and square. Blueprint and photo both Fine. A unique grouping from the golden age of magic.

$225.00