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Just in case you were thinking of tossing your old
props and effects, Ralph and Terry Kovel suggest you reconsider.
Their column in The Wichita
Eagle helps owners of the strange and old determine their value.
Magic collectors are willing to shell out big coin for
That sentence makes
sense to us but we are not sure it really said anything. Let us try it this way: Magic collectors have
big money and are looking for things to buy.
Last year a poster titled "Houdini,
Europe: Eclipsing Sensation," showing Houdini in
hand restraints, sold for a record $78,000. It was one of many magic items
recently bought by collectors.
The Kovels noted a "renewed interested in
anything related to a magician or a magic show, including trick locks, cards,
handcuffs, scarves, top hats, photographs of magicians, books about magic and
larger props like the box used when sawing a woman in half."
Be on the look out for an item called a "magician’s
This piece of furniture is often
much more than something you would find on stage at a magic show.
Indeed, the rare magician’s table "is
built with hidden compartments, sliding shelves, boxes and other special
devices that help with the tricks."
They do not tell us the price but apparently Red Baron’s Antiques
"auctioned a unique magician’s table a couple of months back (pictured). It’s a
conversation piece that sold to a collector or perhaps to an amateur magician."
Alas, our magician’s tables would not likely fetch
Sure, we have secret
shelves, hidden traps, and even a servante.
The value of the table is apparently directly related to the original
owner’s fame or notoriety.
Check out the article to read about a very interesting
magician’s table the authors passed-up and now regret.