VERY RARE vintage U.F. Grant prop from the estate collection of a retired professional magician.
This prop is being offered as a "shelf collectible".In other words, it is not recommended that it be used with fire.You could use it as a production tube (like a Squared Circle tube), or you could just display it on your magic shelf as the wonderful and rare vintage collectible piece that it is.
The Hand Cremation was sold by U.F. Grant as an illusionette (a small illusion).The idea was that you could place your hand inside the tube, place the tube and hand inside the box, light the top of the tube on fire, lift the tube out of the box to show that your hand "vanished", replace the tube inside the box and then magically bring your hand back, unharmed.
As we mentioned, this item is best purchased as a shelf collectible.It is impractical to use as a working prop.Also, it is in delicate condition- the paint is flaking.
But what a showpiece and conversation starter!Imagine owning an authentic VINTAGE piece of U.F. Grant magic!
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U.F. Grant (January 12, 1901- March 1, 1978), known as "Gen" Grant, was a magic dealer and inventor. He was a descendant of General U. S. Grant and was named for the General.Grant began his magic career in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, where he created and marketed his first magic tricks. Later he joined the Abbott Magic & Novelty Co. for a brief period, and then eventually settled in Columbus, Ohio where he launched his own firm, U.F. Grant Magic.In 1944, he partnered with R.N. Menge to create a line of magic props under the name "Grant and Menge" or "G. & M." The partnership only lasted a year, and such items are very collectible today.Grant introduced a number of classic effects that are still in use today, including the Temple Screen, the Chen Lee Water Suspension, and the Bengal Net Illusion.He also authored dozens of magic booklets covering everything from card and coin tricks to building your own illusions.Eventually, Grant turned the business over to his daughter, the late Mary Ann King, who renamed it "MAK Magic". MAK Magic is still in business today, supplying magic retailers with quality products under the leadership of Mary Ann's son Jimmy King.
Tube is painted metal.Box is painted wood. About 8.5" tall. CONDITION: fair to good. Paint is flaking (see photo)