I wanted to let you know that there is a really great and rare Jack Hughes item up for auction at the Martinka Auction site for the next 23 hours.
If you are a Hughes Collector, this is a must have!!!
If you are a magic apparatus collector, and are fascinated with the rare, unusual and mechanically clever, than this may be for you, as well.
The item is:
End of the Rainbow
Possibly the most desirable effect ever made by Jack Hughes.
While the effect is documented in the Hughes book, the method he used for this one is different than the book.
For the effect, a cabinet on a base is rolled on stage the sides and front panel are opened to show the empty blue interior.
The doors are closed and a large bundle of ribbons is shown and then pushed a bit through a hole in the front door. The performer steps away and then something from within the cabinet begins to pull the ribbons inside until they no longer can be seen.
The performer removes the front door and opens the sides to reveal that the interior has changed from painted blue to ornate scenery and in the center is a doll wearing a dress apparently made from the ribbons.
The apparatus is quite a masterpiece.
The scenery is all hand painted.
The mechanism that pulls in the ribbons is concealed in the base and utilizes a large spring powered motor that is cranked up before the performance, and it works!
This outfit would be a standout piece in any collection.
Here is the link:
http://www.martinka.com/martinka/auctio ... p?ID=20007
You must see the pictures :-)
Yes, I hope to be the proud former owner, very soon!
Thanks for your interest and assistance.
The provenance of this item is that I purchased it directly from Derek Lever (Caretaker of the Jack Hughes legacy, and author of those great books), probably 10 years ago now.