We’ve reached that time of year when magic’s in the air (or is that just pumpkin spice?). Fall is setting in, Halloween is coming, temperatures are (thankfully) reverting to something tolerable, and kids big and small are planning some treats and tricks.
Tricks, did you say? Magic?
Iliad’s got a cool section on magic (as in sleight-of-hand/stage illusions, not “magick”, although we’ve got some of that, too). Located near the Oddities section (within eye-shot of the main sales counter), the section includes guides on how to perform tricks, biographies of famous magicians (especially Houdini), books on the history of magic, and even a few collectible guides on famous routines.
We’ve plucked a few from our top hat to present herewith.
Magic as a Performing Art: A Bibliography of Conjuring by Robert Gill. Hardback first edition in jacket published by Bowker in 1976. Condition is very good in very good jacket; the jacket is lightly sunned and has minor edge wear; there are library stamps on the front free endpaper and copyright page, and a small red dot on the head. $60
Al Koran’s Professional Presentations by Al Koran, edited by Hugh Miller. Hardback in jacket published by Supreme Magic Company circa 1965. Condition is very good in very good jacket, with light sunning and edge wear to the jacket; corners and spine ends slightly bumped, and light foxing to the endpapers. $35
Collection Christian Fechner Magie et Illusionnisme by H. Gros and G. Delettrez. Large paperback auction catalogue published in 2004 by Gros and Delettrez. Condition is very good, with light wear to wraps and curled corners. This is a beautiful auction catalog of rare magic equipment and collectibles, with all text in French. $50
The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston Versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards by Jim Steinmeyer. Hardback third printing published by Jeremy P. Tarcher / Penguin in 2011. Fine in fine jacket. $20
Great Magicians in Great Moments: A Photo Album By Irving Desfor. Hardback first edition in jacket published by Lee Jacobs Productions in 1983. Condition is very good in good jacket, with heavy rubbing and some edge wear with creasing to jacket; and a previous owner’s plate on the front pastedown and a blind stamp on the title page. $65
Buried Alive Every Afternoon, Burned Alive Every Evening: The Life of Lester Lake by Julie A. Schlesselman. Hardback in jacket published by 1878 Press Company in 2016. Near fine in near fine jacket. $60.
The Magic Show by Mark Setteducati, Anne Benkovitz, and Steve Ellis (illustrations). Hardback first edition published by Workman Publishing in 1999. Very good without jacket (as published); the rear part of the book that contains the tricks is still sealed in the original shrink wrap, and there’s minor wear to the front board. $35
The Life and Many Deaths of Harry Houdini by Ruth Brandon. Hardback first edition published by Random House in 1993. Condition is very good in fine jacket; the spine top is bumped, and there is light soiling to the front free endpaper and head. $5.95
Gibeciere: Journal of The Conjuring Arts Research Center by Stephen Minch and others. Trade paperback published by The Conjuring Arts Research Center in 2011. Condition is very good, with just very minor edge wear. $15
Larry Jennings on Card & Coin Handling by Nina Jennings, Jeff Busby, Jules Lenier, and Charlie Miller. Trade paperback published by Busby Enterprises in 1977. Condition is very good, with just light sunning and wear to wraps. $30