Phil Goldsteins color series

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Postby Guest » 10/12/03 02:14 AM

Hi folks,

Do any of you know how many books are supposed to be in Phil Goldsteinns
color series? The reason I ask is that I ordered mine from a Sydney magic shop
and after waiting a short eternity and having my first order sold to one of the
proprierters 'mates', I finally received the boxed set and for a pretty penny
as well.
Anyway, I was just looking through Ebay and noticed the Violet book of
Mentalism for sale! My set does not have the Violet book. Was the violet book an
afterthought to the color series or have I been short changed?

Cheers
Billy
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Postby Stefan Fisher » 10/12/03 06:52 PM

The Violet Book was the last published (1980) and along with the Yellow book seems to be harder to find than the other three.
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Postby Jeremy Greystoke » 10/13/03 12:10 PM

Originally posted by Billy James:
Hi folks,

Do any of you know how many books are supposed to be in Phil Goldsteinns
color series? The reason I ask is that I ordered mine from a Sydney magic shop
and after waiting a short eternity and having my first order sold to one of the
proprierters 'mates', I finally received the boxed set and for a pretty penny
as well.

Cheers
Billy
Hi Billy!

There are five books in the color series: Blue, Red, Green, Yellow, and Violet. I'm a bit perplexed by the "boxed set" reference in your post, since to the best of my knowledge these were all issued as separate booklets over the period of several years. There wasn't a "box" associated with them.

These little booklets now command astonishing prices on eBay...remarkable considering that they were priced from $ 3.00 to $ 5.00 when they were first published. And I considered them to be an absolute steal at that price. The material is excellent and I do hope that much of Phil Goldstein's mentalism creations will one day find themselves in a single, massive volume, like T. A. Waters' Mind, Myth, and Magick.

I'd be interested in hearing a bit more about the "boxed set" of the Color Series....how many books were included, the cost, the format, etc.

It sounds a trifle curious....

Jeremy
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Postby Rennie » 10/14/03 01:40 PM

Billy,
I would also be interested in the "boxed" set as they were sold individually when first printed.I personally have been looking for the Yellow book as that is the only one I am missing.If I must buy a complete set to get it, I will.However if the ones you purchased are copies and not original I would not be interested.So as Jeremy said give us the info.....
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Postby Guest » 10/14/03 09:20 PM

Hi guys,

The boxed set was marketed as 'The rarities series' and contains blue, red, green, yellow plus the booklets - notions and a transatlantic lecture.

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Postby Guest » 10/15/03 01:23 AM

"Sydney magic shop"
What's the adress/url to them??

//G
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Postby Bill Cushman » 10/15/03 06:48 AM

To quote Max:

"There has never been any sort of authorized "boxed set" of my early pamphlets. That someone may have put together a set and sold it is one thing, but the idea that someone was able to assemble fifty "numbered box sets" of legitimate booklets seems virtually impossible, so my assumption would be that bootleg copies are involved.

As to the original print runs, they varied widely. With the Blue Book, for example, there were well over 3,000 published. The 500 figure was specific to the Violet Book, which was published at a time when I was getting tired of the process."

So I believe the question of the legitimacy of these boxed sets seems settled.
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