Mural, Moylan & More

This week, more interesting things have come our way.

We’ve been awaiting the arrival of a custom Dai Vernon wall mural that was painted at Dean Dill’s request by an artist friend. When we visited Dean’s Shoppe to pick up his estate, upon seeing the mural, we thought, “What a shame, we’ll have to leave it here.” Luckily, shortly thereafter I realized it could be directly cut from the drywall and framed for posterity.

Why leave such a unique relic of one of magic’s most revered coin magicians to be painted over by the next tenant?

And THAT is precisely what happened. Here is more information on this unique piece.

Dean’s Shoppe Dai Vernon Wall Mural

Acquired from the estate of Dean Dill, the actual Dai Vernon artwork by Neil Saavedra that was hand-painted on the wall at Dean’s Shoppe.

DESCRIPTION: This mural is the actual artwork that was hand-painted by Neil Saavedra and lived on the kitchen wall at Dean’s Shoppe on Verdugo Road in Glendale, California for so many years. We actually had the drywall piece cut from the wall, so we know it’s the real McCoy.

In early 2002, artist and friend Neil Saavedra painted this mural of the late, great Dai Vernon, “The Professor” on the kitchen wall of Dean’s Shoppe in Glendale California. Dean had a profound reverence and respect for Dai Vernon and desired to have Vernon’s image depicted in his barber & magic shop.

Look at the size of this wall mural! This piece is ideal for magic historians or Dai Vernon aficionados.

Look at the size of this wall mural! This piece is ideal for magic historians or Dai Vernon aficionados.

Dean Dill and Saavedra were close friends, so when Dean asked Neil to create a special centerpiece of his newly acquired shoppe, Neil happily obliged. Saavedra created a number of signs and images in Dean’s Shoppe, but this mural was something very special to Dean as the Professor was very important role model and mentor to so many.

The mural was painted by Saavedra over several few nights while hanging out with Dean, playing guitar and cracking jokes as they often did. The mural oversaw many a late-night session of card-carrying magicians sharing and interacting as they gathered at the kitchen table at Dean’s Shoppe.

The painting was created by first doing a sketch of the famous Dai Vernon image, then projecting it on the wall — black acrylic paint was utilized to finish the piece.

Other artworks Saavedra created for Dean was the design of the Dean’s Shoppe sign, his business cards, his catalogue, the Houdini sign recreation, and all of his ads and many of the packaging designs for his effects, including the original art for Dean’s Box.

Artwork Dimensions: 61-inches tall, 40.25-inches wide and 2.5-inches deep; weight 80 lbs.

On the back, photos and written background of the piece. A nice touch that will preserve the history of this unique artwork.

On the back, photos and written background of the piece. A nice touch that will preserve the history of this unique artwork.

On the back is a written history of the piece written by Saavedra as well as photographs of Dean and Neil in the kitchen with the piece shortly after its completion. Also included is a montage of photos of Dean’s famous appearance on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

This artwork is an undeniably unique relic and most certainly a conversation-starter for years to come.

A sturdy, long-lasting frame was constructed for this 80-pound art piece.

A sturdy, long-lasting frame was constructed for this 80-pound art piece.

This one-of-a-kind Dai Vernon art piece will hopefully oversee many NEW late-night magic sessions as a new generation of magicians share the Art with each other in a den, studio, game room or special place in your home or business.

Condition: Excellent – framed under Plexiglas in a black painted wood frame with a single white mat.

Announcing the Edward Moylan Estate

Just arrived and soon to be made available on our site, the Edward Moylan Estate.

This amazing collection includes rare and discontinued apparatus from such top-of-the-line manufacturers as P & L, Thayer, Owen, Abbott, Haenchen and Silk King Studios.  Items ranging from close-up to stage and most in absolute pristine, never-used condition.

Also included will be several rare and out-of-print books, by such authors as Caveney, Albo, Charvet and Steinmeyer…..some from the private collections of Doug Henning and Ken Griffin.’

There will also be photographs and ephemera, some from the Harry Blackstone Jr. estate.

And a truly one-of-a-kind item….an original Alan Wakeling automaton.  The first automaton made by Alan after he retired as Mark Wilson’s Creative Director.

Stay tuned for updates and a release date via email. If you’re not on our mailing list, be sure and get signed up by clicking on the image below. You will be directed to the home page of our website. Look for the Daily Updates section (right side, midway down) and sign up or become a member by clicking on JOIN TODAY link just above it.

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Original Thayer Spirit Painting

Another consignment prop we picked up from Alan Zagorsky was this original Floyd Thayer Spirit Painting.  It is obviously a collector’s piece, but this rare bird is a sterling example of magic from yesteryear, reminding us of a simpler time, before television and more sophisticated forms of entertainment.

Upon inspection it's easily seen that Floyd Thayer's handiwork is written all over this circa 1940's prop. A fine collectible magic prop from before the middle of LAST century.

Upon inspection it’s easily seen that Floyd Thayer’s handiwork is written all over this circa 1940’s prop. A fine collectible magic prop from before the middle of LAST century.

The basic effect is simple. A blank canvas is placed into the frame and slowly develops into a painting of a thought-of celebrity. This particular prop came with several celebrities of the day; Will Rogers, General MacArthur and Pope Paul. Sadly, the Will Rogers painting had aged severely, no longer being of any use.

General Douglas MacArthur is one of several celebrities that "magically" materialized on a blank canvas when the spirits we called upon.

General Douglas MacArthur is one of several celebrities that “magically” materialized on a blank canvas when the spirits we called upon.

It’s in really extraordinary condition given its age — circa 1940’s.  All it needs is a new bulb and wiring. Otherwise it’s in really terrific condition. We’ll be putting it up on the website very soon.

Have a great weekend my friends,

More news later,

Paul

 

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