Archive for the 'History' Category

Tommy Cooper On Sullivan

Posted by Michael on September 24th, 2021

We have probably played this before… I can’t imagine we haven’t. But I was flipping channels last Sunday night and ran across this very performance on an airing of the best of Ed Sullivan compilation program run on ME-TV. Check your local listings not only for Ed Sullivan shows (I believe the Decades networks also play these best of shows) but for Johnny Carson on AntennaTV. Lots of great old magic out there!

The Roots Of Abracadabra

Posted by Michael on September 16th, 2021

I am pretty sure we have never shared anything from the folks at Latin Tutorial before but there is a first time for everything! This one is for y’all history buffs.

Sotheby’s Announces Ricky Jay Auction

Posted by Michael on September 10th, 2021

Ricky Jay (seen above in a piece from the PBS American Masters Episode featuring him) was an accomplished sleight of hand expert, performer, author and magic collector. Sotheby’s will hold an auction of his magic collection October 27 and 28 in New York. Details and highlights are discussed in this Fine Books and Collections piece.

Houdini’s Metamorphosis Trunk

Posted by Michael on September 3rd, 2021

This video from Fantasma Magic’s Houdini Museum of New York is not exactly solely a performance, but it does included footage of Houdini’s brother Hardeen performing the act.

The Klosterman Collection Auction Is Coming

Posted by Michael on August 19th, 2021

Ken Klosterman’s Salon de Magie is legendary among magic collectors. It is arguably the world’s greatest private magic collection and is definitely in the top two. Potter and Potter Auctions will present the first part of this amazing assembly of magic October 30, with previews October 1-5 in Loveland, Ohio and again in Chicago the two days before the auction.

Find out more on the Potter and Potter website.

The video above is of Mr. Klosterman himself taking WCPO reporters on a mini-tour of his collection a few years ago.

Highlights From 2005 Get Together

Posted by Michael on August 6th, 2021

Let’s finish up the week with a few highlights from the evening shows at the 2005 Magic Get Together. You can see more from past Abbotts Magic Get Togethers at the official YouTube page.

Backstage At The Get Together

Posted by Michael on August 6th, 2021

From the Abbotts Magic Get Together YouTube page comes this look behind the scenes of the stage show from 2008.