Making Room for More!

Good news! We are about to take possession of a massive collection for consignment containing thousands of items, so we’ve been busily making room for it all including putting up additional shelving.

That’s why I’ve decided that it’s finally time to part with several of my coveted antique illusions that have been part of my personal magic collection. Hopefully, they’ll end up in someone’s collection that will cherish it as much as I have over the years.

Max & Nik make ready the backroom with new shelving for the thousands of items expected.

Max & Nik make ready the backroom with new shelving for the thousands of items expected.

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow or is it Just an Illusion?

The illusions I’m parting with are the Jack-O-Lantern Girl Illusion by Carl Owen, Circa 1941 and Geisha Illusion, both owned by renowned Mexican magician, Paco Miller who successfully toured Central and South America for decades.

These illusions are not just any old illusions, they are magic HISTORY.

According to the accompanying provenance, in 1941 Paco Miller (Edmundo Jijon Serrano) purchased the Jack-O-Lantern Girl illusion directly from Owen Magic Supreme having been personally crafted by the Owen brothers themselves, Carl and Emmet.

Paco Miller presenting the Jack-O-Lantern Girl illusion in the 1940's.

Paco Miller presenting the Jack-O-Lantern Girl illusion in the 1940’s.

The Jack-O-Lantern Girl Illusion made its premiere in Paco Miller’s show at the Esperanza Iris Theater in Mexico City on December 7, 1941, later known as Pearl Harbor Day.  Mr. Miller substantiates this fact recalling the sad announcement of the attack made just moments before the commencement of his show on that infamous day.

Paco Miller used the Jack-O-Lantern Girl illusion up until retiring the show in 1973.

Paco Miller used the Jack-O-Lantern Girl illusion up until retiring the show in 1973.

Today, the illusion continues to be manufactured by Owen Magic Supreme and is known nowadays as The Witch of the Pumpkin.

Paco Miller's vintage 1941 Jack-O-Lantern Girl illusion in the showroom.

Paco Miller’s vintage 1941 Jack-O-Lantern Girl illusion in the showroom.

EFFECT:  As the scene opens, an enormous Jack-O’-Lantern Pumpkin is seen resting atop a corn stalk pedestal and enclosed within a low lattice type fence.

A small green step ladder is brought forth and the girl assistant enters the pumpkin via the top. Her face is visible through the open front of the Jack-O-Lantern. The front is closed and the lid is placed on and the pumpkin is picked up by the handles and carried downstage towards the audience.

When the top is removed, instead of the girl we find she has been transformed into an animal, the quintessential Halloween animal, the black cat!

Not often seen by contemporary audiences, the premise of this effect is simple to follow and straightforward, so the sheer impact of this phenomenally unique effect is utterly jaw-dropping.

Most certainly this is a collector’s piece, but it is indeed show-ready. The illusion includes a letter of provenance from Paco Miller’s son, Edmundo Miller, verifying its authenticity as well as several photographs on the illusionist performing it during his heyday.

Regardless of your intentions, be it performer or collector, this Jack-O-Lantern Girl Illusion, plays or displays beautifully. The illusion has its original paint intact and was very well taken care of by Paco Miller’s son over the years.

Edmund Spreer’s The Geisha Illusion, Circa 1940’s  

The other illusion that will be finding a new home is The Geisha Illusion. Constructed in the early 1940’s during World War Two for Paco Miller by brilliant and legendary illusion-builder Edmund Spreer in Mexico City.

This illusion is a one-of-a-kind original that was invented by Spreer, who was also responsible for the creation of Fu Manchu’s (David Bamberg) surprising illusions that toured Latin America during the Post-War Era.

The Geisha Illusion. Constructed in the early 1940's during World War Two for Paco Miller by brilliant and legendary illusion-builder Edmund Spreer.

The Geisha Illusion. Constructed in the early 1940’s during World War Two for Paco Miller by brilliant and legendary illusion-builder Edmund Spreer.

EFFECT:  An elaborately painted Japanese Pagoda is wheeled onstage and the four doors, on three sides of the box, are opened showing the inside of the box to be entirely empty. There are two doors in front, and a door on each side that is hinged at the back. The cabinet can be maneuvered about showing it at multiple angles to the audience.

All of the doors are closed and the cabinet is wheeled in a circle show it from all sides. When the doors are again opened, a beautiful Geisha is produced in adorned in traditional Japanese costume. The effect is perfect as it seems implausible that a girl could have been secreted anywhere inside the cabinet.

A rare one-of-a-kind illusion invented by Spreer, who was also responsible for the creation of Fu Manchu's (David Bamberg) surprising illusions.

A rare one-of-a-kind illusion invented by Spreer, who was also responsible for the creation of Fu Manchu’s (David Bamberg) surprising illusions.

It should be noted that a lengthy description along with sketches for the illusion were erroneously published in ILLUSION BUILDER TO FU MANCHU, A Tribute To Edmund Spreer by Robet E. Olson. It was assumed that The Giesha operated on a mirror principle since many of Paco Miller’s illusions very effectively utilized this technology. Subsequently, the author later discovered that the illusion actually operated on an entirely different mechanical principle.

Paco Miller's Geisha Illusion in our showroom.

Paco Miller’s Geisha Illusion in our showroom.

Both illusions were officially retired in 1973 when Paco Miller’s BIG show was mothballed concluding a celebrated multi-decade stage career.

Baby Comes, Baby Goes

More good news. I’m going to be a grandpa again! Yippee!

Cole and his wife Amanda just recently announced that they’re expecting, three months along now, and we cannot be more excited about the news.

Cole and Amanda at a Giants game.

Cole and Amanda at a Giants game.

My prediction is that it’s a GIRL, and my impeccable track record proves that I am seldom wrong on baby predictions.

Baby on the way. I think it's a girl.

Baby on the way. I think it’s a girl.

Cole just sold his new Camaro as his priorities are quickly changing being an expectant father. He’s willingly letting his muscle car go to make room for baby. Welcome to fatherhood son.

Cole's Camaro will be going to a new home. Good-bye baby.

Cole’s Camaro will be going to a new home. Good-bye baby.

Vote for Mike on AGT

Our friend and good customer magician Mike Super will be appearing once again on American’s Got Talent. Last time Mike performed the Devil’s Pitcher and was enthusiastically received and voted in to the next level. Mike will be appearing at Radio City Music Hall on next week’s show, so please tune in and vote for him.

Mike Super will be on America's Got Talent next week. Be sure to watch and vote!

Mike Super will be on America’s Got Talent next week. Be sure to watch and vote!

As always, have a great weekend my friends,

Paul

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