Antique Shop

Antique Collecting

Antique Collecting

ABOUT fifty years ago, when the subject of English furniture first began to be studied and to be written about, it was divided conveniently into four distinct types. One writer called his books on the subject The Age of Oak, The Age of Walnut, The Age of Mahogany and The Age of Satinwood. It is not really quite as simple as that, for each of the so-called Ages overlaps the others and it is quite impossible to lagt down strict dates as to when any one timber was introduced or when it finally, if ever, went out of favour.

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The Microcosm Of Magic

There are magical antique dealers, magical journalists, even magical politicians. There are magical Tories, who insist that what was good enough for Maskelyne and Cooke is good enough for them. There is the magical avant-garde, who sit by the hour in cafes remaking the magical world. I have never yet met magical existentialists, but I am sure that they exist.

Tools Psychic Crutches

You'll find the same type of disclaimer useful at those times when someone hands you an item with the request that you do a psychometric reading from it The item may be something handed down to the individual from a favorite grandmother, or it may be something the person picked up that day at an antique store.

Finally an opaque scarf is thrown over his head to cover everything The readings continue in greater detail

Arthur Negus was an expert on antique furniture who became famous in Britain on a long-running BBC television show called Going For A Song. It was a panel game, the object of which was to identify the age, origin and value of numerous obscure antiques. Negus possessed an ineffable charm that endeared him to television audiences and his accurate assessment of the objects on offer bordered on the supernatural. He would have made an excellent psychic, seemingly able to tell the history of any object by simply examining it.

The Props

13 Nowadays It Is more difficult to find small glass bottles at these places. Look arouna at antique shops and flea markets. Some import shops have appropriate bottles. Please be careful mixing these chemicals. Ordinary lighter fluid with a tiny bit of cologne or after shave lotion will do. Mix your chemicals at your own risk. Punx, Craige, and I cannot be held liable for any accidents you have with any of this. BP

Radio Illusion

Below is a quick sketch of its basic dimensions. The illusion itself can be made from 3 8 birch, stained and finished to resemble an antique radio. The working is exactly like the classic Doll House with the front doors being the speaker area of the radio. The curved roof sections open to the sides as your assistant stands. If made to pin hinge together, this prop could break down smaller than most any other illusion you may own.

Owen Clark

Alfred Owen Clark, to give him his full name, would have been the last man in the World to suggest that his metier was sleight of hand. Essentially an inventor of highly original mechanical tricks, he had little or no time for manipulation qua manipulation. Judge then of my surprise when one morning in Caledonian Market, London, where he and I often met, both on the look out for bargains in antiques, he was full of enthusiastic excitement over an entirely new approach to the coin catching trick which is such a favourite of mine. His invention was to have none of the usual flourishing movement of hand and fingers and no handling of the receptacle which was to receive the coins. His hand was to have fingers wide apart and to be shown slowly back and front before each coin made its appearance. Furthermore, each coin as it was produced was to be dropped into a clear glass bowl. It really sounded too good to be true.

The Folder

How does a performer hope to sell himself at a good fee with such a picture DO NOT HAVE YOUR PHOTO MADE WITH A TABLE PILED HIGH WITH APPARATUS. It is not the conglomeration of apparatus that sells you, but WHAT YOU DO WITH IT. You must sell your PERSONALITY. You are a MAGICIAN and not a dealer in hardware or antique furnishings.


I first became aware of Michael some years ago, during a visit my wife and I made to the Magic Casde in Los Angeles. The Castle, on a hill above downtown Hollywood, is a lavishly decorated Victorian mansion that has become a landmark and a reference point for magicians from all over the world. Once a private home, the house was acquired about thirty years ago by two brothers who were both magic buffs, Milt and William Larsen they converted the building into a combination museum and haven for devotees of magic in all its forms. The rooms are crammed with antique furnishings, gewgaws, and magical mementos, and decorated by old posters, photographs, prints, lithographs and paintings of long-vanished magicians and celebrated magic acts. The Castle, which is operated as a private club, has a top floor which contains a reference library and reading room open only to members and professional conjurers. Theoretically, only members are allowed to frequent the Castle, but it's not difficult to...