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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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Book Shelf Cinema Magic Silent Film

The Vaudevisuals Book Shelf – “Hidden in Plain Sight” by Colin Williamson

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Williamson offers an insightful, wide-ranging investigation of how the cinema has functioned as a “device of wonder” for more than a century while also exploring how several key filmmakers, from Orson Welles to Christopher Nolan and Martin Scorsese, employ the rhetoric of magic. Examining pre-cinematic visual culture, animation, nonfiction film, and the digital trickery of today’s CGI spectacles, Hidden in Plain Sight provides an eye-opening look at the powerful ways that magic has shaped our modes of perception and our experiences of the cinema.

“Fresh and intriguing, Hidden in Plain Sight offers a wealth of fascinating historical information on the myriad ways and contexts in which moving images have evoked experiences of wonder from audiences. Williamson’s interest in the material is infectious.”

—Stephen Prince, author of Digital Visual Effects in Cinema: The Seduction of Reality

“In answering questions that date back, at least, a century in movie-making, Williamson looks at how movie magic has inspired people to learn more about the techniques and technology behind the images. “
—Flicksided
Purchase the book here.