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Postby Kevin Connolly » 09/29/10 01:51 PM

If you collect magic in any form, this upcoming auction is for you. The auction has everything for the beginning to advanced magic collector. If you collect books, posters, apparatus, ephemera, Dai Vernon, Paul Fox, Thurston and yes, Houdini, than get yourself registered for the next Potter & Potter auction. I dont know how they do it, but every auction they produce is better than the last.

There are over 400 lots for every magic taste imaginable. The auction is on October 23rd, so get ready to spend. The link is below to buy the catalog or to view it online. There are dozens of pictures in the catalog and online that are a real treat. When you click on the link, plan on an hour or two to ponder what items you just cant live without. Good luck to all. Here is the link:

Potter & Potter Magic Auction
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Postby Doug Thornton » 09/29/10 02:35 PM

(PS It's the collection of Herb Zarrow.)
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 09/29/10 04:02 PM

... and a load of items from the Paul Fox family.
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Postby Pete McCabe » 09/29/10 06:06 PM

Don't tell people that, Richard. Now Jeff Busby will sue to stop the sale.
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Postby Dustin Stinett » 09/29/10 06:10 PM

I cannot live without a lot of it, but, alas, must find a way. :(

I did discover what I believe to be an erroror at least a statement that could lead to an errorin the note on the description of lot #138 (first edition, first impression of Greater Magic):

The first impression of Greater Magic contains a chapter titled Old and New Magic that was replaced by another, titled Magicana and written by Leo Rullman in all subsequent editions. [Emphasis mine.]

I believe this can be construed to mean that the second and third impressions of the book have the Magicana chapter when in fact they do not.

The new chapter did not appear until the fourth impression thus making it the second edition. The note should have read that the first edition (not impression) had the Old and New Magic chapter.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 09/29/10 07:01 PM

Jeff Busby couldn't sue his own toe right now.
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Postby William Phung » 09/29/10 08:42 PM

Great Scot! What a collection.
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Postby Pete McCabe » 09/29/10 09:35 PM

What if he was wearing Paul Fox Socks?
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Postby Edwin Corrie » 09/30/10 03:15 AM

Good grief, and I thought I had a lot. Must show this to my wife.
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Postby Kevin Connolly » 10/02/10 01:29 PM

The catalog just arrived and what a beauty it is. It has very informative descriptions and tons of photos of many of the lots. There something about holding a hard copy in your hands that I can't describe. I guess it's the collector in me. All I know is that if you collect magic, you should have this in your library. Better yet? Win something at the auction. :)
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Postby Ted M » 10/05/10 03:11 PM

How fun to see Lot #13, the Demon Head Automaton!

Four cards are selected. The demon's eyes move from side to side, and its mouth opens and closes. The deck is placed in the Demon's mouth. Two selected cards then appear from its mouth and two from the top of its head. Crafted by a ventriloquist figure maker and standing 27" high.

I was just looking at this last night in Hoffman's Modern Magic (p 458) and BANG! There it is!
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Postby Potterauctions » 10/22/10 11:32 AM

Fair warning - the auction commences tomorrow at 10 am Central Standard Time. If you are bidding online, do so soon, or log on in the morning.

Also, a brief podcast regarding the sale was conducted for The Antique and Auction Forum. Listen to it by clicking here:

http://www.antiqueauctionforum.com/Pott ... er_23.html

Good luck to everyone who participates!

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 10/22/10 11:36 AM

To say there's an amazing amount of incredible items in this auction is a gross understatement. I'm just glad I don't collect any of this stuff!
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Postby erdnasephile » 10/22/10 12:58 PM

To me, the gem of the collection is the Csuri notes...Wow!!!

(The most surprising dollar value to me is the expected 150/250 for the Wow Book Test)
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Postby Kevin Connolly » 10/23/10 03:05 PM

A little more than half way over and prices are doing well. Fulves material drew amazing prices. A complete set of Sphinx went off the charts. More later.

Many items are being either driven or bought by internet bidders. Maybe there is some new blood in the game?
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Postby Doc » 10/23/10 06:47 PM

Maybe there is some new blood in the game?

Some of it was mine...all over the floor. At least I don't have to justify spending over half a grand on Dai Vernon's celluloid sixth finger to my significant other. :o
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 10/23/10 08:19 PM

To some, Vernon's props are sacred.

I treasure the first edition of the Dai Vernon Book of Magic that he autographed to me: "with great admiration for your wonderful books" or something along those lines. I wouldn't part with it for any amount of money.

I have decks of cards handled by certain people, Jennings and Dingle, that aren't signed or anything, but I know what they are. Watching Jennings do 50 tricks and then having him hand me the deck to keep is a great moment. But since the deck isn't signed in any way, it'll just go into the junk heap when I die.
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Postby Dick Koornwinder » 10/23/10 09:10 PM

Yes, Fulves' material was doing quite well!

An example:
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Postby Doc » 10/24/10 12:57 PM

"To some, Vernon's props are sacred."

Yeah, like Captain Danjou's hand. :D

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Postby Leonard Hevia » 10/26/10 06:14 AM

I have an extra copy of the Potter & Potter catalog for this auction. If anyone wants it, contact me and I'll mail it out to you. Just cover the postage.
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Postby Joe Naud » 10/26/10 08:44 AM

Leonard, I PM'd you.
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Postby Leonard Hevia » 10/27/10 06:07 PM

James Foster of Texas gets the catalog. I wish I could send out a copy to everyone who requested it but I only had one extra copy.
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