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"PROF. DE LA MANO / Has arrived, and will positively appear / as advertised. / We would most respectfully call the / attention of the Public to our / INIMITABLE PROGRAMME...."
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"PROF. DE LA MANO / Has arrived, and will positively appear / as advertised. / We would most respectfully call the / attention of the Public to our / INIMITABLE PROGRAMME...."

By De la Mano.

New York: Printed by A.B. Seer's Engraving and Printing Establishment, 26 Union Square, N.Y., circa [1885].. [1885].. Fine. A WONDERFUL HANDBILL ADVERTISING A PERFORMANCE BY THE 19TH CENTURY STAGE MAGICIAN PROF. DE LA MANO - sc A 9-1/2 inch high by 6-1/8 inch wide broadsheet printed on light blue paper with 2 columns of text printed under the banner headline. A pictorial illustrated border on the verso depicts the magician performing a series of tricks with the assistance of devils. The border, on this unused handbill, was meant to frame the name of the site and dates of the performances (not here filled in). There is a minor crease to the top right corner, else near fine. <p>Among the tricks advertised are: The Enchanted Wedding Rings, Mene, Tekel, Uparsin. / Mind Reading and the Blood-Red Writing on the Arm. / Enchanted Cross / Mahomet's Cane / Apparition Rings / Pyramids of Egypt / An Egg- straordinary Product / Multum in Parvo. / Ah Sin's Laundry / Second Sight Wonders / The Enchanted Candle / Ink vs. Water.

$35.00

PHOTOGRAPH INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY ICE-SKATER JUGGLER & MAGICIAN RALPH ENGLISH.
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PHOTOGRAPH INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY ICE-SKATER JUGGLER & MAGICIAN RALPH ENGLISH.

By English, Ralph. Juggler, magician, vaudeville performer [1930s-1950s]. He performed his routines on ice skates.

1931., 1931.. Very good. - Black-and-white publicity photo, 10 inches high by 8 inches wide. Inscribed by English at bottom right and signed "Ralph English". There are a few small creases to the emulsion & the corners are lightly bumped. Very good. <p> A full-length photo of Ralph English standing on a floor of ice with a satiny theatre curtain behind him. He is depicted smiling, wearing evening attire, a top hat and ice skates. He is leaning slightly backwards, his left arm supporting his back, his other arm held aloft with three juggling pins gripped in the fingers of his right hand. The inscription reads: "To Fred / anyone that needs information about ice skates should see you. Boy!! you set me right. / Lots of luck - / Ralph English / Ice Cycles 1931".

$75.00

"SIM SALA BIM" (EL ESPECTACULO QUE MARAVILLA) CON "DANTE"... ESPERANZA IRIS.... [AN ORIGINAL FLYER ADVERTISING A PERFORMANCE BY THE GREAT MAGICIAN DANTE]
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"SIM SALA BIM" (EL ESPECTACULO QUE MARAVILLA) CON "DANTE"... ESPERANZA IRIS.... [AN ORIGINAL FLYER ADVERTISING A PERFORMANCE BY THE GREAT MAGICIAN DANTE]

By [Jansen, Harry August]. Dante the Magician

[Mexico], [1943].. [1943].. Very good. - sc - A 5-1/2 inch high by 8-3/8 inch wide broadside flyer printed on buff stock advertising a performance by Dante the Magician to celebrate the silver jubilee of the great theater "Esperanza Iris". A simple boldly printed flyer proclaiming "'Sim Salabin' (El Expectaculo que Maravilla) con 'Dante' el Mago Mravilloso y su cia. Internacional. Para celebrar las Bodas de Plata del Gran Teatro - Esperanza Iris - !!Muy Pronto!!". There is minor creasing to the top left corner. Very good. <p>Dante the Magician was the stage name of the Danish-born American magician Harry August Jansen (1883-1955). Making his debut as the Great Jansen at the age of 16 under Charles Wagner, he was picked up by the great magician Howard Thurston who gave him the starring role in his second unit show under the stage name Dante. Working in Vaudeville, burlesque, theatre and even film and television, Dante the Magician became known for uttering his trademark incantation "Sim Sala Bim". He used these very words in his appearance in the Laurel & Hardy comedy "A-Haunting We Will Go."<p>Founded in 1918, Mexico's Teatro Esperanza Iris was named for the operetta singer of the same name. Its construction was partially funded by her from earnings from a recent tour. Iris is said to have lived in the foyer of the building for a time. The theater was abandoned following her death in 1962. Mexico City revived it in 1976 to promote cultural events and changed its name to Teatro de la Ciudad for a while. In 2008, Mexico restored the original name of Esperanza Iris.

$25.00

THIMBLE MAGIC

By Hugard, Jean

New York: Max Holden, 1943.. 1943.. Good. - Octavo, softcover bound in pictorial wrappers. The binding is lightly rubbed, bumped & soiled. The rear wrap is darkened with some very small stains. 43 pages plus 1-page publisher's ad. Illustrated with textual diagrams in black & white. A previous owner's name is penned on the front endpaper. There is a piece out of the top corner of the title page with an adjacent price scribbled out in ink & an ink arrow. The top page corners are lightly bumped. Good. <p>Second printing.

$20.00

THAYER STUDIO MAGIC PRESENTS A COMPLETE BAR ACT!!!

By (Thayer Studios)

Traverse City, MI: Thayer Studios, 1945.. 1945.. Very good. - Quarto [11 inches high by 8 inches wide]. A yellow pictorial cover sheet & 4 mechanically reproduced pages plus a rear blank are bound with 3 staples along the top edge. The bottom edge of the cover sheet is lightly creased. Very good. <p>A description of a routine for producing various drinks from one container.

$15.00

THE MENTOR Vol. 14 No. 12. Serial No. 287. January, 1927. (Magic Black and White, and Magic-Makers Old and New)

By (Houdini, Harry; Houdin, Robert; Mesmer; Count Cagliostro; et al). King, Clement; et al. Moffat, W. D.; editor

(Springfield, OH: The Crowell Publishing Company, 1927).. 1927).. Fair. - Quarto [approximately 11-1/2 inches high by 8-1/2 inches wide], softcover with a color pictorial front wrapper drawn and engraved on wood by Howard McCormick. The backstrip & rear wrap are lacking. The cover is bumped, chipped & lightly soiled. Pages A-D [ads] & 67 pages, including additional ads. Numerous sepia-toned & black-and-white illustrations & pictorial ads. 1 signature is detached with its front edges roughed & chipped. There are tears to the top edge & front edge of page 41 & to the top edges of pages 42-48. There is a piece out of the bottom corner of the last page. The top edges of the pages are rippled, probably from humidity. There is occasional soiling. Fair. <p>"The Mentor" often highlighted a particular theme and this issue, published three months after Houdini's death, focused on magic and magicians. Among the contents are "Magic Old and New from Paracelsus to Houdini" by Clement King; and articles on Robert Houdin's "Historic Handkerchief Conjuring Feat", "Mesmer the Mesmerist", Count Cagliostro, and tribal magic in Guiana.

$15.00

HERRMAN'S TRICKS WITH CARDS. (Cover title)

By Herrmann, Alexander. (1844-1896)

(Chicago, IL: Max Stein Pub. House), circa [1940].. [1940].. Fair. - Octavo, softcover bound in pictorial golden yellow wrappers. The wraps are bumped, chipped & lightly soiled with some light staining. There is white staining to the top edge of the front wrap & the top corner of the rear wrap is torn with large pieces out. The head & tail of the spine are torn with the front wrap partially detached. [4], [11]-100 & [2] pages. There is a stain to the top end of the fore-edge with small stains to the top corners of some rear pages. The pages of this pulp publication are toned with short tears to the front edges of several leaves. There is a very light crease across the top corners of the leaves & the corners of the first few pages are bumped. Black-and-white textual illustrations. Good only. <p>Herrmann's name is misspelled with only one "n" on the book's cover. This is a made-up volume, of which six pages are from Canfield's expose of con games, card sharper's tricks and gambling.<p>Alexander Herrmann was a French magician, better known as Herrmann the Great. The Herrmann family was known as the "first-family of magic", and those who saw Herrmann perform considered him the greatest magician they ever saw.

$10.00

SCARNE'S MAGIC TRICKS

By Scarne, John

NY: Crown Publishers, Inc., (1951).. (1951).. Very good. - Octavo, red cloth titled in white, in dw. The dw is rubbed & chipped with the rear panel soiled. 256 pp. B&W illustrations. The top edges of the last few leaves are rippled from humidity. Very good in a good dw.

$20.00

FAMOUS MAGICIANS OF THE WORLD / Reviewed by Arnold Furst

By Furst, Arnold

Oakland, CA: Magic Limited, Lloyd E. Jones, 1957.. 1957.. Fine. - Quarto, soft cover bound in pictorial black-and-white wraps. The wraps are lightly rubbed with some very light spotting to the white rear wrap. [48] pages. Profuse black-and-white illustrations. Near fine. <p>Copy number 334 of a "Special Autographed Edition" signed by Arnold Furst on the inside front wrap.

$45.00