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Lot 0080
(German. Circa 1930.) A remarkable piece of apparatus. This effect was featured by several performers during the first decades of the twentieth century, most notably English illusionist, Cecil Lyle. In performance, a wind-up gramophone is shown atop a beautiful wood stand. A 78 rpm record is placed on the turntable and starts playing a rousing march tune. A large foulard is thrown over the machine and while it is still playing, the gramophone is lifted under the cloth and carried forward. Suddenly, the magician tosses the cloth in the air, the music instantly stops, and the gramophone vanishes completely. This is a mechanical masterpiece. Unknown to the audience, the faux gramophone atop the stand folds neatly into the tabletop. The music is provided by a duplicate spring-wound phonograph concealed in the record storage cabinet at the bottom of the stand. A mechanical foot switch turns the phonograph on and off to stop the music when desired. While the maker is unknown, this was obviously professionally built by a master craftsman (possibly Bartl). Condition: Overall, very good. The tone arm for the faux gramophone is lacking, but can be easily replaced. Some wear to the foulard. Extremely rare.

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Estimate $3,000 - $5,000Nov 12, 2017