Magic Potter & Potter Auction

Potter & Potter Winter Magic Auction – Dec 15th Only!

Winter Magic Auction

Here are a few items that will be auctioned by Potter & Potter on Dec. 15th. Online Only!

[Playing Cards] 15 Souvenir Playing Cards Packs Collection. Includes Robert-Houdin Musee De La Magie (sealed), Tommy Cooper KP Nuts (sealed), Criss Angel (sealed), Al Koran, Jeff McBride, Impossible (sealed), Stars of Magic, Gamagic, Siegfried & Roy the Mirage Las Vegas (sealed), Le Grand David (sealed), Fogel, Silvan (signed), Davenports Centenary, Kellogg’s Frosties, and Magic Castle. Poker and bridge size. Very good.

Society of American Magicians –  Early Society of American Magicians Banquet Photograph. New York: ca. 1910. Handsome Large-format boudoir/cabinet card panoramic silver print sepia-toned photograph of an early gathering of the S.A.M., each attendee dressed in formal jackets and ties. Among those in the image are Frank Ducrot, Oscar Teale, Harry Rouclere, W. Golden Mortimer, J.W. Sargent, and others. Festive ribbons dot the floor and tables. 16 ½ x 22”. Mount chipped, corners of image bear remnants of old mat, central image clean. Rare.

Includes large framed posters, magazine clippings (“How I Escape a Strait Jacket” from the Ladies Home Journal (1918), an original), various pieces about handcuffs and escapism, Dean Gunnarson signed poster, broadsides (some framed), periodicals, and many more. Various conditions.

Orson Welles/Mercury Productions Letter to Berg’s Magic Studio. 1944. Letter to Berg’s Magic Studio concerning Welles’ order of “Here’s New Magic” and “Berg’s Ultra-Mental Deck” on Mercury Productions letterhead. Browning, soiling.

Devant, David and Nevil Maskelyne. Our Magic. New York: Dutton, 1911. Publisher’s navy cloth stamped in gilt and white. Illustrated photographically. 8vo. Bamberg Magic & Novelty over-slip to title page. 8vo. 487 + [1]pp. Minor rubbing and fraying at ends; an attractive, tight copy.

Robert-Houdin, Jean Eugène (trans. Professor Hoffmann). The Secrets of Conjuring & Magic. London: George Routledge & Sons, 1878. First edition. Red cloth stamped in black and gold, all edges gilt. Frontis. Illustrated. 8vo. 373, [6] pp. ads. Binding broken with several loose gatherings, covers rubbed, bumped, and soiled; needs re-sewing, sold as is.

Chung Ling Soo (William E. Robinson). Two Chung Ling Soo Marvellous Chinese Conjurer Letterheads. Circa 1900. Two copies of Soo’s colorfully lithographed letterhead, one overprinting “Direction/Maurce E. Bandman” and both signed at the lower right by Soo’s grandsom, Mike Robinson. Light creases, second copy with losses along top and bottom margins.

Thurston, Howard. Portrait of Howard Thurston and Family. Baltimore: Thos. C. Worthington, ca. 1910s. Linen-finish silver print portrait of Thurston with his daughter, Jane, and wife, Leotha. Original studio folder, signed by Worthington outside frame. 6 x 4”. Fine.

These are but a few of the wonderful collectables going to be auctioned on Dec. 15th.

Here is the link to the catalog and more information about the auction.

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Cabaret Performing Arts Video

Rod Harrison performs Lord Buckley

Here is a video of Rod Harrison performing Lord Buckley’s THE NAZ and a short excerpt from Lord Buckley performing it as well.

Excerpt from Lord Buckley doing “The Naz” in 1960 at Gate of Horn in Chicago.

Guest Blogger Oliver Trager – Author of the definitive biography on Lord Buckley “Dig Infinity“.

Despite being such a still relatively unknown and increasingly remote character in the consciousness of the western world, Lord Buckley sure has a lot of imitators. Go on YouTube and do your own search but, for whatever reason, there ain’t many attempting to channel Lenny Bruce much less Henny Youngman.
No, Buckley draws a certain flavor of personality and performer and Rod Harrison is at least tied for first as the best of the best. His energetic onstage buoyancy captures the manic Buckley and is an intoxicant of sorts in its own right — a shamanic portal of transcendence!
For anyone interested in a different take on tackling the persona and material, I will be playing the lead role in “Dig Infinity!” my play drawn from my book on the man at the FringeNYC Festival this coming August, dates/times/venues tbd.

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Music Photography

New York City – Rock and Roll Heaven -Fillmore East

What an amazing lineup of Rock and Roll stars performing at the Fillmore East in the 1970’s.

I loved going there and hearing the most amazing music. I lived on East 7th Street at the time and it was a few blocks to walk.

This is one of the early photographs I took. I went on to photograph for Zygote Magazine and Crawdaddy.