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DoneSat, Sep 12, 2009 2:00 PM GMT

MAGIC: the Collection of Walter Graham

Potter & Potter Auctions is pleased to announce an auction of magic memorabilia, apparatus and books, and rare sheet music, featuring the collection of noted magician, historian and publisher Walter Graham, of Omaha, Nebraska.

Highlights include:
-A rare and outstanding selection of magic-themed sheet music including examples printed for Hartz, Anderson, Thurston, and others.
-An outstanding Checker Cabinet trick (ca. 1947) manufactured by Theo "Okito" Bamberg, known the world over as one of magic's most outstanding craftsmen.
- Apparatus from legendary craftsmen from magic's history, including Petrie & Lewis, F.G. Thayer, Martinka, and others.
-The Magic of Robert Harbin -œ one of 500 privately printed copies of this monumental book which details the construction of some of magic's most famous illusions.
-A scarce lithograph advertising Howard Thurston's performance of the fabled Indian Rope Trick - produced by the Strobridge Lithograph Company, ca. 1910.
-The Albo Books -œ a complete set of this invaluable and privately circulated 11+ volume work about the history and collecting of magic.
-Memorabilia from the estate of famed Omaha amateur magician and debunker of fraudulent mediums, David P. Abbott.
-Will Goldston's famous "Locked Books."
-Large lots of vintage and contemporary stage, close-up and card tricks, most offered at no reserve.
-Vintage stone lithographs and contemporary posters.
-A large, choice selection of vintage and contemporary books and periodicals.
-A rare Frank Marshall "Tommy Knots" ventriloquist doll, and other ventriloquism-related material.