Magic History 101: Vintage Magic Catalogs

Posted by Peter Monticup on 9/19/2020 to Magic History 101 1 Comments



VINTAGE MAGIC CATALOGS
Before the Internet, there were the catalogs!
Here are my recollections of ordering from the giants of the mail order magic world...

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Magic History 101: Magic 8 Ball

Posted by Peter Monticup on 9/3/2020 to Magic History 101 0 Comments



MAGIC 8 BALL
Though we know it as a fun novelty toy, the Magic 8 Ball got its start as an authentic spiritualist tool.
It is a fascinating story...

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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: Phrenology

Posted by Peter Monticup on 8/21/2020 to Magic History 101 0 Comments



PHRENOLOGY
Phrenology is a quirky pseudoscientific idea that personality traits can be "read" by feeling the shape of the bumps on the head.
A replica of that head is in 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: Giant's Rings

Posted by Peter Monticup on 7/23/2020 to Magic History 101 0 Comments

What better way to show how big a giant is than to demonstrate how big his finger is in comparison to yours!
Let me show you some vintage giant's rings from my collection...

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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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Magic History 101: Vintage Ball Vases

Posted by Peter Monticup on 7/2/2020 to Magic History 101 2 Comments

The Ball Vase is one of those legendary magic effects that has been around forever.
Many vases were finely turned from exotic wood, and seem to only get more beautiful with age.
Here are a few vintage and antique pieces from my magic collection...

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Magic History 101: DeLaMano

Posted by Peter Monticup on 6/7/2020 to Magic History 101 1 Comments

In the late 19th century, a little known traveling magician disappeared from a rooming house in upstate New York, leaving behind his trunk full of magic tricks, personal items- and posters.
This is the story of how I rescued the trunk from complete destruction...

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Magic History 101: Spirit Rapping Hands

Posted by Peter Monticup on 5/17/2020 to Magic History 101 3 Comments

Spiritualism- the belief that it is possible to communicate with the dead.
It all started with two young girls playing a prank in 1849, and grew into a movement that is still active today. ....

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Magic History 101: Houdini's Desk and Bible

Posted by Peter Monticup on 5/10/2020 to Magic History 101 2 Comments

I have discovered many magical treasures in my travels, but probably none as exciting as finding these items that belonged to the great Harry Houdini....

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Magic History 101: Carnival Games

Posted by Peter Monticup on 5/3/2020 to Magic History 101 3 Comments

Especially years ago, carnival games could be the biggest cons that the average person would experience.
Generally, the games were cleverly fixed in such a way that it would be impossible to win- unless the operator wanted you to win.
STEP RIGHT UP and let me show you how they worked...

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Magic History 101: Bran Vases

Posted by Peter Monticup on 4/23/2020 to Magic History 101 1 Comments

Very old magic props are hard to find, mainly because they don't look like magic props.
Let me tell you about these Bran Vases...

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Magic History 101: The Great Raymond

Posted by Peter Monticup on 4/19/2020 to Magic History 101 2 Comments

Maurice "Morris" Saunders had a stellar career as THE GREAT RAYMOND, performing mainly in Europe and Australia.
Perhaps his greatest fame in the magic world is the huge amount of wonderful promotional materials he left behind.

Let me tell you about the Great Raymond...

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Magic History 101: The Fire Globe

Posted by Peter Monticup on 4/5/2020 to Magic History 101 0 Comments

The first installment in my series about antique magic props and their history.
Let me tell you about the Fire Globe...

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Magic History 101: The Traveling Magician

Posted by Peter Monticup on 4/5/2020 to Magic History 101 0 Comments

The second installment in my series about antique magic props and their history.
Let me tell you about the Traveling Magician statue, a highly collectible piece that's nearly 150 years old.

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