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Topic: Magic apparatus of old
Message: Posted by: BCS (Jul 13, 2008 01:19PM)
I want to build some reproductions of magic apparatus of old, late 1800s and early 1900s. I have books showing the workings and such. What I am hoping for is that any of you might share pictures of your collections. Or if someone knows of a website that might have pictures of tricks of from the time span stated above.
Thanks in advance,
Message: Posted by: Wizard of Oz (Jul 16, 2008 03:58PM)
I'm a beginner collector myself Bruce, and seek such a site myself. I've yet to find one, but I often go to the KT Magic and Martinka auction sites and look at the photos from the past auctions. You'd be surprised how vast their archives are. The International Magic Auction is another fine site to get lost in. Hope this helps.
Message: Posted by: magiquarian (Jul 16, 2008 10:03PM)
Sugest you also try http://www.randomta.com
Message: Posted by: BCS (Jul 17, 2008 09:09PM)
Thank you for the great suggestions.
Message: Posted by: P&L2007 (Jul 17, 2008 11:39PM)
Martinka is probably the best place to see a wide range of effects from over the years.
Message: Posted by: Kjellstrom (Oct 24, 2009 02:24AM)

Martinka Magic Auction 39

October 23, 2009


Just a quick email to let you know that Martinka Auction 39 is now underway.

This time through we have gathered a nice assortment of items in all categories. Many lots are being sold without reserve, so if a bid is placed, the item will be sold. The auction will end on November 1st.

Please check in often as we will be adding over 100 more lots over the next week and then some surprise items near the end! Highlights include a very rare Okito set, an automata, an assortment of book tests and items from the newly discovered collection of Prof. Struck, a magician who performed with the Great Herrmann!

As always, you can view the listed items at: http://www.martinka.com/auction

I hope that you enjoy the sale.

Kind Regards,


Martinka & Co. - "America's Oldest Magic Company"


Message: Posted by: Rennie (Oct 24, 2009 10:12AM)
Martinka has some nice items, only problem is all items start at a minimum bid of $25.00. I have found items on Ebay equal to the Martinka auction for a lot less money.
However if you are just looking for pictures, check them out!
Message: Posted by: Stevethomas (Oct 24, 2009 12:15PM)
Another reason I cherish and keep my old Ron Allesi Magic catalogs from the 80s and 90s. Pic-filled catalogs (albeit b&w) with some of the finest collectable and antique magic props with descriptions. Same goes for my KT Magic and Sun Magic catalogs. A true wealth of information.

Then, along came the internet.

Message: Posted by: Magic Researcher (Nov 6, 2009 01:10AM)
Check out the apparatus in Ken Klosterman's "Salon De Magie" for pictures of some of the best.
Message: Posted by: BCS (Nov 6, 2009 12:18PM)
MR Thanks for tip!

Have a great weekend,
Message: Posted by: martinka (Jan 19, 2010 01:39AM)
Don't forget the Albo books, they contain a wealth of information on apparatus, especially for the magic builder. Inside you will find color photographs of the apparatus and also drawings explaining the inner workings of the tricks.

We have a few volumes photographed and listed in our currently running auction, here's the link: http://www.martinka.com/auction