Spellbinding magician’s kit up for bid at Fellows

Spellbinding magician’s kit

British magician E. Ray Griffiths’ group of tricks, including a box of playing cards stamped with his ‘Fabian’ stage name, will be sold July 27. Fellows image

BIRMINGHAM, UK – A magic kit owned by an esteemed Birmingham magician is up for bid at Fellows. E. Ray Griffiths was president of the British Magical Society in 1947 and performed as “Fabian The Magician.” Fabian was widely renowned as a conjurer in the mid-20th century. His magic box of tricks features as Lot 427 in Fellows’ Antiques, Silver & Collectibles auction, closing on Monday, July 27. The kit has an estimate of £200 – £300.

The kit comprises two magic wands, one with an enameled British Magical Society badge, and the other engraved “presented to E. Ray Griffiths President 1947.” There are also three images of Fabian, one framed which portrays him performing. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the kit is E. Ray Griffiths’ own personal playing cards and original case, with the words “Fabian” impressed.

“Fabian The Magician was a fantastic performer from the Acocks Green area in Birmingham, and to sell his kit is a privilege,” said Kevin Jackson, auctioneer and senior specialist from the Antiques Department at Fellows. “Our Antiques sales always conjure up brilliant prices for diverse items and hopefully this historic magic kit will be no exception. Our antiques auction, ending on July 27th is our first since before the lockdown period and we are thrilled to include fantastic items such as this.”

Besides this enchanting lot, the Antiques, Silver & Collectibles auction features glassware, ceramics, porcelain, paintings, clocks, and furniture. The huge variety in this sale includes historic and modern items along with the weird and wonderful.

For details email info@fellows.co.uk or go to fellows.co.uk.