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The vanishing birdcage is one of the great 20th century stage magic tricks. Visual but small, impressive while only requiring the magician, it is a classic piece to perform while larger props are being placed or when a performer wants a little more dialogue with the audience. A vintage Merv Taylor birdcage went up for auction on eBay over the weekend, and the seller claims it is in working condition. While certain versions have a (justifiably) bad reputation, this model includes an artificial bird… You can check out the auction here if you need to add this to your act or your collection. The auction will end next Sunday, July 28.