Sawing In Half

Posted by Peter Monticup on 3/9/2021 to Magic History 101 3 Comments



BRIEF HISTORY OF THE SAWING IN HALF ILLUSION
A hundred years ago, P.T. Selbit introduced this legendary illusion. Magic was changed forever...

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Richard Potter

Posted by Peter Monticup on 2/8/2021 to Magic History 101 1 Comments

RICHARD POTTER
Richard Potter was the Emperor of Conjurers.
He was the the first American-born professional magician.
More people saw his show in the early 1800s than any other performer.
He was the first black American celebrity.
And his story is truly amazing...

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Magic History 101: Fruit Crate Labels

Posted by Peter Monticup on 8/28/2020 to Magic History 101 0 Comments



MAGIC FRUIT CRATE LABELS
I get a lot of questions about how I decorate my back library, where I have been filming the demo videos.
A quick, easy to find and inexpensive choice is to use fruit crate labels.
Here are some colorful examples from my collection...

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Magic History 101: Antique Handcuffs

Posted by Peter Monticup on 8/14/2020 to Magic History 101 1 Comments



ANTIQUE HANDCUFFS
After last week's post about the handcuffs used by Tony Curtis in the 1953 Houdini movie, I got several emails asking to see more antique handcuffs from my collection.
Here are a few of the hundreds of cuffs I have collected over the years...

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Magic History 101: Magic Novelties

Posted by Peter Monticup on 7/17/2020 to Magic History 101 1 Comments

Broadly speaking, magic as a hobby embraces more than just the usual magic tricks and props.
Magicians are also fascinated by unusual and sometimes bizarre gimmicks, games and- stuff!
Let me show you some vintage novelty items from my collection...

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