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Topic: Auction of the Kramien Show and Magic Collection. SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 1, 2013
Message: Posted by: David Charvet (May 23, 2013 07:09PM)
The show and magic collection of renowned illusionist, Stan Kramien, will be auctioned Sunday, September 1, 2013 with magic auctioneer, David Goodman, handling the gavel.

There will be HUNDREDS OF ITEMS for sale including classic stage illusions from craftsmen including Carl Owen, John Gaughan, Bill Smith, John Pomeroy, Abbotts and more, small magic props old and new, gorgeous costumes, scenery, sound and lighting equipment, Stan's last semi-truck and show trailer, books, posters, memorabilia and MUCH MORE. Auction will be held at Kramien's BIG TOP RANCH ARENA in Newberg, Oregon (near Portland - site of past NW Magic Jamboree conventions.)

In addition, the night before the auction (Saturday, August 31) yours truly will be presenting Kramien's Shazam! show for the final time, live on stage at the Big Top Arena. This will be a weekend of magic and memories for everyone. Stan Kramien (who just celebrated his 88th birthday on May 9) will be there in-person to visit, reminisce and sign autographs.

For full details and video preview, go to: http://www.KramienAuction.com

Thanks for reading!
David Charvet
Message: Posted by: jay leslie (May 23, 2013 07:26PM)
Wish I was there to see the auction and your great performance.
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (May 23, 2013 08:13PM)
[b]This will be monumental... I've seen lots of the stuff.. mind blowing.. Wow! You have to video your performance![/b]
Message: Posted by: Dr. Delusion (May 23, 2013 11:18PM)
Wow!!, You can bet on me being there. I've been lucky enough to see Stan perform his show twice here in Eugene. I think I've made it to at least 7 of his jamboree's through the years. It would be an honor to own something of his.
Message: Posted by: James Arnott (May 24, 2013 05:49AM)
Looks like it'll be a holiday to Oregon then...
Message: Posted by: Mark Boody Illusionist (May 24, 2013 03:17PM)
My daughter goes to college in Newberg ( George Fox University... GO BRUINS!!!) It looks like when I drop her off for her sophomore year, I will be sticking around for a week!

Message: Posted by: Aaron Smith Magic (May 25, 2013 01:03AM)
I'll be there for sure!!
Message: Posted by: David Charvet (May 27, 2013 12:25PM)
We have added a Facebook Event Page with daily updates of items that will be available at the auction.
Take a look at:


We have also added new video clips to the website: http://www.KramienAuction.com.
Click on "About Kramien" and watch him perform the Buzz Saw illusion with David Letterman on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show,
and the show opening from his NHK Magic Special in Japan - filmed at the Variety Arts Theater in Los Angeles.

Thanks for looking!
Message: Posted by: w_s_anderson (May 27, 2013 04:12PM)
What an event!!! David, will you guys post starting bids ahead of time so us hopefuls know how much cash to start setting aside? I have a "dream vision" to pay for, but after that I will start saving for this auction. Will you guys take credit card payments?
Message: Posted by: David Charvet (May 28, 2013 09:12AM)
Scott -

YES, the opening bids and estimates (which are just that, "estimates") will be posted on the website: http://www.KramienAuction.com AUGUST 1. The printed catalog will also be available August 10.

YES - credit cards will be accepted.

If you're bidding online, you may register at http://www.LiveAuctioneers.com after August 1. Proxy bids may also be placed online before September 1, for those who will not be around on the day of the auction.

If you have not ever attended an auction hosted by David Goodman, you're in for a treat. He knows magic, history and is a PRO. He makes every item entertaining.

Hope to see you there!
Message: Posted by: John Martin (May 30, 2013 06:55AM)
This sounds like a great event. I look forward to having the chance to purchase something from the Shazam show. Good luck to all involved.

Message: Posted by: Falconer (Jun 3, 2013 05:32AM)
A lot of wondefuls magic props!

Message: Posted by: David Charvet (Aug 2, 2013 02:11PM)


You may also register to bid online. Bids are being accepted now on all items.

We have picked through the hundreds of items and chosen "the best of the best" - a total of 106 lots - to offer for sale, to keep the auction moving and fun. If you get tired sitting through long, tedious sales, this is the auction for you! There are some great illusions, stage props, costumes, scenery and general magic items, as well as custom one-of-a-kind creations featured by Kramien through the years. With David Goodman at the gavel, it will all go quickly.

Thanks for looking!
Message: Posted by: illusionist333 (Aug 5, 2013 09:11PM)
When you register to be a bidder, can you bid on items now?

If so, I notice some bids on some of the items. How do you know if you win?

If you bid online, will items be shipped to buyers?

Message: Posted by: w_s_anderson (Aug 6, 2013 10:48PM)
Those look like some great deals. is the buyers premium based on the initial price or the final price? Are any of the items available with a "buy it now" option. I was planning on attending, but will now be in Alabama for 6 weeks so I, unfortunately, will miss it.
Message: Posted by: John Martin (Aug 7, 2013 07:25AM)

The buyers premium (ouch!) is added to the final sale price. ie. if you won an item at 100$ the total would be 123$. I don't believe they have a buy now. That would be nice and I certainly would have snapped up a few items this way. I guess it wouldn't be much of an auction if everything was sold before the auction started. LOL

Message: Posted by: Stanyon (Aug 7, 2013 09:21AM)
Someone's bound to ask...the music playing in the background of the auction video is from the musical "They're Playing Our Song"!

Message: Posted by: Lothar (Aug 8, 2013 07:17PM)
I reaaalllly wish there were videos of his TV appearances for sale. I can't find many of them (that I don't already have. lol) I've even checked the SAM video library. I'm looking for his appearance on Carson where he zig zagged his assistant Clayborne.

Speaking of assistants, is Kramien still in contaact with many of them?
Message: Posted by: John Martin (Aug 8, 2013 08:32PM)
A video of the final performance by David Charvet would be something to see.....David?

Message: Posted by: AllAboutMagic (Aug 8, 2013 11:02PM)
Not if that video would be offered at a 23% premium too!!! Jesus! (sorry Stan) I can see it's not that bad when you are buying a low cost item, but I am sure some of those will go up past 5000......then you get to pay an extra grand to the auction house. I'd rather just pay Stan.
Message: Posted by: John Martin (Aug 9, 2013 09:05AM)
You got that right. Is this buyers premium something specific to online auctions. How do the auction companies justify such a steep rate. I've been attending antique auctions sales since I was five and have never seen a buyers premium. Is ths just something ithey do n the States?

Message: Posted by: David Charvet (Aug 11, 2013 10:45AM)
Just to answer a few of the above questions:

YES, once you are registered you can bid - even before auction day. You may put in a "proxy bid" with the amount you're comfortable to pay. Yes, items will be shipped to buyers who bid online. (Shipping costs are in addition to the final purchase price of the item. Will ship via USPS, UPS and freight for large items through "Craters and Freighters.")

Yes, Stanyon, That version of "They're Playing Our Song" was the opening music for Stan's show for many years.

Lothar - Stan only performed the Buzz Saw on the Carson show. There is/was a video on YouTube of him performing the Zig Zag with Clay. BTW, Clay will be back to assist in the final show. Should be a great time.

John - The final performance will be videoed. Not sure what we'll do with it at this point.

The Buyer's Premium is a necessary evil as it helps offset the advertising and production costs/online hosting of the auction.
Message: Posted by: David Charvet (Aug 22, 2013 03:44PM)

I just received this notice from the Kramien Family. I will post any details as they become available.

"August 22, 2013

To Our Friends in the Magic Fraternity

Over the past several months, excitement has been running high in anticipation of the Kramien Magic Auction, scheduled for September 1, 2013. We have heard from many old friends, performers, collectors and enthusiasts from around the world.

Regrettably, due to circumstances beyond our control we are taking this opportunity to inform everyone that we must CANCEL the auction at this time.

In the last week, medical issues affecting both Stan and Rick Kramien have necessitated this decision.

We would like to thank David Charvet, who cataloged and organized the auction. We would also like to thank David Goodman for his help and understanding at this decision.

Especially, we would like to thank all of you who planned to attend and for your continued friendship.


Stan Kramien

Rick Kramien"