The Magic Collection of Jim Rawlins • Part II

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Date of the auction: 29.06.2019

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Aquarium.

Aquarium. New Haven: Petrie and Lewis (P&L), ca. 1949. A small rectangular aquarium filled with water instantly fills with goldfish. 7 ½ x 4 x 6”. Hallmarked

Lot #: 1

Reserve: US$125

Date: 29 Jun 2019

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Ball and Cone.

Ball and Cone. Black leather cone with turned wooden insert and three billiard balls (two red, one black), for the routine popularized by Dai Vernon. Cone 5 7/8” high

Lot #: 2

Reserve: US$100

Date: 29 Jun 2019

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Fairy Ball Casket.

Fairy Ball Casket. Circa 1900. Glass-sided box with fancy brass framing instantly and visibly produces a multi-colored ball, or a quantity of handkerchiefs. Advertised by Martinka and others in various incarnations as the “Verbeck Handkerchief Trick.” 4 x 4 x 3 ¾”. Very good

Lot #: 3

Reserve: US$100

Date: 29 Jun 2019

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Steel Ball Through Glass.

Steel Ball Through Glass. California: Milson-Worth, ca. 1980. A steel ball penetrates a sheet of glass despite its position imprisoned in a handsome hardwood frame. 2 ¾ x 4 ¼”. Very good

Lot #: 4

Reserve: US$80

Date: 29 Jun 2019

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Ball Transposition Tube.

Ball Transposition Tube. Circa 1950. The order of three rubber balls, painted red, white, and blue, mysteriously changes when dropped in to a metal tube. Length of tube 7”. Paint worn, else very good

Lot #: 5

Reserve: US$80

Date: 29 Jun 2019

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Edgar Bergen’s Flowering Rose Bush.

Bergen, Edgar. Edgar Bergen’s Flowering Rose Bush. New Haven: Petrie and Lewis, ca. 1939. A barren green plant slowly and elegantly blooms, bearing some dozen real flowers which can then be cut from the branches and distributed to the audience. With the original packing case bearing Edgar Bergen’s

Lot #: 6

Reserve: US$2,600

Date: 29 Jun 2019

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Effanbee Charlie McCarthy Ventriloquist Doll.

Effanbee Charlie McCarthy Ventriloquist Doll. Composition head with painted eyes and features, pull-string for mouth movement (not working). Wooden feet and shoes, original uncommon outfit of wool suit and hat. Height 15”. Small cracks to face, outfit somewhat soiled, otherwise good

Lot #: 7

Reserve: US$50

Date: 29 Jun 2019

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Edgar Bergen’s Charlie McCarthy Table Drape.

Bergen, Edgar. Edgar Bergen’s Charlie McCarthy Table Drape. Circa 1950s. A black corduroy drape with yellow fringe, bearing a felt patch (13” diam.) of Charlie McCarthy. Overall approx. 84 x 36”. Fasteners along top edge. Provenance: acquired from Edgar Bergen by Milt Larsen; from Larsen by John

Lot #: 8

Reserve: US$500

Date: 29 Jun 2019

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Automatic Billiard Ball Stand.

Automatic Billiard Ball Stand. Circa 2010. Motor-driven mechanical stand facilitates the vanish of four billiard balls resting in the cups atop the stand, one at a time. With a set of matching billiard balls, including shell, white ball for color-change, and handkerchief ball. Hallmarked “GARD.” 16

Lot #: 9

Reserve: US$400

Date: 29 Jun 2019

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Mechanical Billiard Ball Stand.

Mechanical Billiard Ball Stand. German, ca. 1915. Nickel plated stand with seven cups to accept billiard balls produced at the magician’s fingertips. One cup prepared to accommodate a shell. As a finale, the stand causes the appearance of the final ball in the uppermost cup automatically. Includes

Lot #: 10

Reserve: US$500

Date: 29 Jun 2019

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McDonald Birch’s Multiplying Chairs.

Birch, McDonald. McDonald Birch’s Multiplying Chairs. Los Angeles: F.G. Thayer, ca. 1938. A wooden chair with patterned fabric seat suddenly, quickly, and magically, becomes two matching chairs. 35 ¾” high. Owned and used by McDonald Birch in his annual country-crossing tours. Larger chair showing

Lot #: 11

Reserve: US$2,000

Date: 29 Jun 2019

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Piece of Backdrop from Birch’s “Silk Mirage.”

Birch, McDonald. Piece of Backdrop from Birch’s “Silk Mirage.” A piece of Asian embroidery formerly belonging to Birch and used in his show in the segment “The Silk Mirage.” Wooden frame, sight 8 ½ x 11 ½”. Note of provenance affixed to rear indicates Birch acquired the backdrop after he was tipped

Lot #: 12

Reserve: US$100

Date: 29 Jun 2019

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Silk Garland Owned by McDonald Birch.

Birch, McDonald. Silk Garland Owned by McDonald Birch. 1950s. An enormous striped silk garland, well over 20 feet long, 16” wide, formerly owned by Birch. According to the accompanying note of provenance, the silk was stolen from Birch’s show in the 1950s, and purchased by the former owner from an

Lot #: 13

Reserve: US$125

Date: 29 Jun 2019

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Birdcage Production Canister.

Birdcage Production Canister. Circa 1910. An empty canister is filled, then the lid is closed. When reopened, two gleaming brass bird cages are produced from within. Attractively hand painted with a Japanese motif. 13” high. Minor paint chipping. A sliding outer sleeve helps conceal the method; this

Lot #: 14

Reserve: US$200

Date: 29 Jun 2019

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Appearing Canary Cage.

Appearing Canary Cage. New York, ca. 1910s. Gilt-painted wire cage, with two wooden perches, on brass platform, which the magician uses to produce a live canary. Small metal manufacturer’s plate on door. Height 14”. Very good functioning condition

Lot #: 15

Reserve: US$150

Date: 29 Jun 2019

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Harry Blackstone Sr.’s Floating Light Bulb.

Blackstone, Harry (Henry Boughton). Harry Blackstone Sr.’s Floating Light Bulb. Circa 1959. Gimmicks for the most famous of Blackstone’s effects, the Floating Light Bulb, in which the illuminated bulb floated across the stage at the magician’s command, and even in to the audience. Majority of the

Lot #: 16

Reserve: US$125

Date: 29 Jun 2019

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Harry Blackstone Sr.’s Floating Light Bulb Case.

Blackstone, Harry (Henry Boughton). Harry Blackstone Sr.’s Floating Light Bulb Case. Circa 1959. Padded travel case owned and used by Harry Blackstone Sr. late in his career to transport the props for his signature trick, the Floating Light Bulb. Bearing later labels from Bill Smith’s Magic Ventures

Lot #: 17

Reserve: US$200

Date: 29 Jun 2019

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Blackstone’s Break-Apart Production Box.

Blackstone, Harry (Henry Boughton). Blackstone’s Break-Apart Production Box. Circa 1950. Large box is shown empty through the clear front door, and a moment later, rabbits or other objects appear inside as the upper handle is lifted away and all sides of the box fall apart to reveal the production

Lot #: 18

Reserve: US$500

Date: 29 Jun 2019

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Harry Blackstone Dancing Handkerchief.

Blackstone, Harry (Henry Boughton). Harry Blackstone Dancing Handkerchief. Cotton handkerchief with a knot tied in one corner, bearing an inked notation in the corner indicating that it was used by Blackstone: “Dancing Hank/Blackstone/Jefferson—Auburn/Oct. 18, 1940.” Several tears and scattered

Lot #: 19

Reserve: US$300

Date: 29 Jun 2019

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Blue Phantom.

Blue Phantom. Colon: Arturo (for Abbott’s Magic), ca. 1970. A blue checker passes through a stack of yellow checkers when covered with a tube decorated with a dragon motif. 15 ¾” high. Minor wear to paint. Scarce

Lot #: 20

Reserve: US$250

Date: 29 Jun 2019

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Miniature Blue Phantom.

Miniature Blue Phantom. Munich: Zauberzentrale, 1985. Small version of Thayer’s popular trick in which a blue checker travels through a stack of white checkers when covered by a tube. Turned metal base, wooden checkers, floral pattern tube. 6” high

Lot #: 21

Reserve: US$125

Date: 29 Jun 2019

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Stage-Size Bogert Tube.

Stage-Size Bogert Tube. Water is poured in to a large brass tube held in a tall metal stand, and yet dry silk handkerchiefs are suddenly produced from inside the tube. The water is then poured back out of it at the conclusion of the effect. On a P&L base. 50” high

Lot #: 22

Reserve: US$200

Date: 29 Jun 2019

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Bran Vase.

Bran Vase. Kansas City: Donald Holmes, ca. 1925. Handsome nickel-plated vase transforms a quantity of rice or bran into a live dove or small hare. 10 x 5”. Depression in lid, else very good

Lot #: 23

Reserve: US$125

Date: 29 Jun 2019

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Bran Vase.

Bran Vase. Circa 1930. Nickel plated vase changes bran into a quantity of ribbons, handkerchiefs, or even a small live animal. Unusual wooden upper knob. Height 10 ½

Lot #: 24

Reserve: US$100

Date: 29 Jun 2019

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Buried Treasure (Bean Box).

Buried Treasure (Bean Box). Colon: Abbott’s Magic Mfg. (Arturo), ca. 1970. A borrowed, marked coin appears in the smallest of three nested wooden boxes lacquered in bright colors. Largest box 5 x 6 x 6 “. A few scratches to paint

Lot #: 25

Reserve: US$100

Date: 29 Jun 2019

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C. Milton Chase Pull Device.

C. Milton Chase Pull Device. Boston, ca. 1910s. Secret brass device with leather strap worn by a magician to silently and swiftly vanish an item in his hands. Not threaded. Diam. of mechanism 1 1/8

Lot #: 26

Reserve: US$100

Date: 29 Jun 2019

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Teak Nest of Boxes.

Calvert, John. Teak Nest of Boxes. Florida: Paul Lembo, 2006. A borrowed object vanishes, then reappears in the smallest of five nested, locked boxes. Constructed from Burmese teak wood with inlaid design, stored in the cargo hold of John Calvert’s yacht, The Magic Castle II. The largest box a 5 ¼

Lot #: 27

Reserve: US$200

Date: 29 Jun 2019

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John Calvert Magic Wand from Salvaged Yacht.

Calvert, John. John Calvert Magic Wand from Salvaged Yacht. Teak wand with chromed tips, mounted to a display plaque which states that the teak used in the construction of the wand was salvaged from Calvert’s first “Magic Castle” yacht, wrecked “by a saboteur off the coast of Morocco.” One of 35

Lot #: 28

Reserve: US$125

Date: 29 Jun 2019

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Cardini’s Vanishing Birdcage.

Cardini (Richard Valentine Pitchford). Cardini’s Vanishing Birdcage. New York: Richard Cardini, ca. 1960. A small rectangular cage vanishes from between the magician’s hands. Unusual sleeve guard. 5 ½ x 4 x 4”. With a letter of provenance; purchased from Cardini’s widow, Swan. Virtually every aspect

Lot #: 29

Reserve: US$1,000

Date: 29 Jun 2019

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Cardini Gold Peau Doux Playing Cards.

Cardini (Richard Valentine Pitchford). Cardini Gold Peau Doux Playing Cards. Chicago: Walgreen Co., ca. 1930. Unopened pack of the bridge-sized fanning cards favored by Cardini in his famous act. Deck sealed in original wrapper with tax stamp (scattered tears to wrapping). Top flap torn at hinge

Lot #: 30

Reserve: US$150

Date: 29 Jun 2019