Chicago – Potter & Potter Auctions is pleased to announce this sale of nearly 500 lots to be held on Saturday, June 19 starting at 10 a.m. CDT. The event will be held online and broadcast live, with a limited number of physically authorized bidders in the gallery, as determined by current Illinois public health guidelines. Please call the auction house, located at 5001 W Belmont Avenue in Chicago, 773-472-1442 to reserve seats on a first come, first served basis. The auctions will take place on the Potter & Potter website at www.potterauctions.com. Offers by telephone and correspondence are also welcome. All items are available for in-person preview by appointment only.
Historically important, paper-based articles of interest related to magic occupy many of the top spots in this sale.
• Lot 53, a large archive of Robert Harbin’s ephemera and correspondence (British, 1908-1978), is estimated between $ 12,000 and $ 16,000. Harbin, author and magician, was the inventor of a number of inherited illusions, including the daughter Zig Zag. This collection, it must be believed, has been assembled over decades and includes letters, personal and professional correspondence, signed book agreements, scripts, manuscripts, explanations of his tricks, publicity material and even more.
• Lot # 33, a contract signed with the Chung Ling Soo theater for the magician’s appearance at the Grand Theater or Bolton Racecourse, is estimated at $ 2,000-3,000. He indicates that Soo was to perform for “One week from December 2, 1918”. But it was not to be; Soo died onstage at the Wood Green Empire on March 24, 1918 when his Bullet Catching feat tragically went wrong.
• Lot # 8, a remarkable autograph album by famous magicians, is estimated between $ 2,000 and $ 4,000. It was compiled by magician Eddie Dexter during the years 1914-1950. It contains nearly 70 signatures, as well as signed photographs, ephemera and postcards of magicians from the Edwardian era to the dawn of television.
• And two signed and autographed photographs of Harry Houdini also deserve the limelight in this category. The first, lot # 65, shows Houdini flying his biplane over Germany in 1909. The second, lot # 66, shows Houdini performing his Outdoor Straightjacket Escape in Providence, RI in 1917. These are estimated to $ 2,000 and $ 4,000 and $ 2,500 to $ 5,000 respectively. .
Century-old devices connected to superstars in the magic industry are also well represented in this June sale.
• Lot # 219, one c. 2000 Willmann candle illusion by Rüdiger Deutsch, is estimated between $ 3,000 and $ 6,000. This beautiful 26-1 / 2 “high reconstruction, in which the lit flames of seven candles are transposed between two large candelabras, is based on an original from the Klosterman collection.
• Lot # 222, one c. Rüdiger Deutsch’s Cannon Ball vase from the 1990s is estimated at between $ 3,000 and $ 5,000. This replica round, straight from the Hoffmann era, is one of six manufactured and includes a large Morison pillbox that is used to produce and destroy a cannonball at will, which can then be replicated from ‘a top hat.
• Lot 253, a Ken Brooke Master Chop from the 1960s, is valued between $ 3,000 and $ 5,000. This 4 “high spun aluminum example has been owned and used by British magician and television personality Paul Daniels (1938-2016) for years. At its peak, his BBC program” The Paul Daniels Magic Show “has been seen by some 18 million people – about a third of Britain’s total population.
• Lot # 262, an animated skull from the 1920s made in Vienna by S. Klingl, is estimated between $ 4,000 and $ 8,000. This prop consists of a real 8-1 / 2 “tall human skull mounted on a wooden platform and isolated under a glass dome. He nods to answer” yes “or shakes his head to and fro. back to answer “no” when questions are asked by the magician or the audience Unlike other models of this classic effect, this example incorporates a real human skull and is animated in a different way than any others we have. met.
• Lot # 401, a turn-of-the-century Magic Laundry accessory made in Germany by Carl Willmann, is estimated at $ 3,000 to $ 5,000. This trick consists of an iron and sink set to accomplish a magical washing routine with a borrowed tissue. A soiled pocket square is magically “washed” in the basin, then “pressed” into like-new condition by the iron. These props were used on stage by Rüdiger Deutsch in his act Bellachini XIII.
This sale also includes fine selections of vintage posters promoting 20th century artists and popular issues.
• Lot 184, a poster from Harry Houdini’s final tour dating from 1925, is estimated between $ 2,000 and $ 4,000. .
• Lot # 198, one c. 1910 framed The mysteries of Maskelyne & Cooke. The poster of Will, the Witch and the Guardian is estimated between $ 2,000 and $ 4,000. This half-sheet color lithograph was printed in London by David Allen & Sons, Ltd., and is illustrated with a portrait of a witch and a monkey, reminiscent of the iconic ‘I Want You ”by Flagg. Will, The Witch, and the Watchman was Maskelyne’s most popular magic playlet, produced more than 5,000 times at the Egyptian and St. George’s Halls in London.
• Lot # 206, a Thurston. The linen poster of the world’s greatest magician is estimated at between $ 5,000 and $ 8,000. This colored stone lithograph was printed in Cincinnati by The Strobridge Litho. Co., in 1909. It depicts Kellar’s successor performing a rapid transposition illusion with the help of imps and gnomes, the scenes on either side of his portrait captioned “start of turn” and “end of turn” to show the action as seen on stage.
Extraordinary photo postcards are sure to generate considerable interest in this magical sale.
• Lot # 74, a postcard of portraits from the Harry Houdini Keith Theater, is estimated between $ 800 and $ 1,500. This mail was canceled in Providence, RI on February 23, 1906, and bears a beautiful portrait of the magician. It is addressed to MA Bucklet of Manchester, England, probably in the hands of Houdini.
• Lot # 76, a photo postcard of Harry Houdini piloting his plane, is estimated between $ 400 and $ 800. This split-back example is captioned “Houdini flying his Voisin biplane.” Australia’s first successful aviator wins the Aero League Trophy, March 15, 1910. Melbourne, Australia. “
• Lot # 19, five signed postcards from Richard and Swan Cardini to fellow magician and prop maker Danny Dew (American, 1906-1996) and his wife, is estimated to be between $ 300 and $ 600. These cards, all in blue ink, date from the 1960s and relate to Cardini’s performances in Tel Aviv, Virginia, Florida, Venice and Monaco.
This event ends with a library of beautiful selections of magic books.
• Lot # 481, a copy of that of Professor Pepper The true story of Pepper’s Ghost, is estimated between $ 600 and $ 1,200. This late 19th century illustrated tome by John Henry Pepper was published in London by Cassell & Co. It features illustrated plates on a fabric backing and a fold-out frontispiece. It includes contemporary marginalia from an unknown hand with references to phantasmagoria, Natural magic, and related subjects, and with several sheets of notes from the same hand posed.
According to Gabe Fajuri, President of Potter & Potter Auctions, “This sale offers the best of both worlds for collectors of magic – a solid assortment of paper goods (posters, ephemera and photographs, plus Houdiniana) and amazing mechanical devices. from the Rüdiger Deutsch collection. I have high expectations for the auction, as these two categories have been successful for us in the past. “