There is an excellent "behind the scenes" look at the entire Thurston show. It is based on the notebooks and photographs of Thurston himself, edited by Maurine Christopher, with additional material by Jim Steinmeyer, and published by Mike Caveney. "Howard THurston's Illusion Show Work Books" (volumes 1 and 2) lists the effects from the 1912 season, and also the effects (and all the patter) from the 1927 season. These books are out of print, and (as I found out the hard way), are hard to come by (but I did!).
I don't think it would be proper for me to reproduce the entire list here, as I would be lifting copyrighted material to do so. Here, however, is a very brief summary of SOME of his performance items:
* A series of quick mechanical effects to honor Magicians Past and Present
* Rising Cards
* Kellar's Levitation
* Fish Bowl Production
* Ducks (production)
* Vanishing Doves
* Siamese ("9 People") Cabinet (Jarrett's 9 Person Production Cabinet)
* Shadow People (production and disappearance of a number of people on a platform)
* Spirit Paintings
* Phantom Piano
* Lady and Lion
That should give you a rough idea. If you have a serious interest in learning more about Thurston's effects, you should try and locate copies of the Workbooks. David Booth may still have a copy of Volume 2 available (firstname.lastname@example.org
). Jim Steinmeyer's edition of Jarrett Magic (called "The Complete Jarrett", currently in print and easily available) would also be helpful. Lastly, would be the book on antoher great illusion designer/builder, "PT Selbit" by Warlock and Larsen; I have a copy back-ordered from Magic Books by Post -- they are expecting a new shipment soon.
Hope this helps!!