9: Cage Production Table. Merv Taylor. Custom Made.
Cage Production Table. North Hollywood, Merv Taylor, ca. 1960. A four-legged night club-type table on casters that conceals a large stainless steel birdcage that can be produced by the magician in the midst of his act, apparently from nowhere. Custom-made by Merv Taylor for Bill Chaudet. Cage measures 18 x 12 x 14". Table shows wear from professional use, but overall good condition. Unique. Chaudet was named successor to Harry Blackstone, Sr., but went on to become a popular and busy nightclub entertainer based in California and was a technical advisor on many TV and film productions. He used this cage as the opening trick in his nightclub act.