Large quantity of BL Gilbert magic Company of Chicago Magic Effects: 1920’s : from the Thayer Files: Scarce

$50.00

About 6 years ago I purchased what was left of the original Thayer Studios which included Props, Paintings, hand drawn workshop plans, hand drawn catalog illustrations and the entire workshop file of instructions and ephemera.  Much of this was sold at my Potter auctions but the workshop files themselves have never been gone through until now!  We are beginning to sort through the workshop files and are finding some incredible things!  As we have time to search through this massive set of files, we will be listing items directly from them. These items have never been sold and are leaving the original Thayer Workshop files for the first time.

A file of BL Gilbert Magic Company  of Chicago magic effects found in the Thayer files. 1920’s. Dozens of effects. Scarce.  See below.  Step back into history.

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From Magicpedia”

Gilbert brought hundreds of effects to the magic world through his B. L. Gilbert Magic Company. Throughout the 1920s, he published sheets of hand-typed instructions, prices ranging from a dime to a dollar. He offered card routines, mentalism, illusions, pocket tricks, and magic with eggs, slates, matches, silks, paper, bills, balls and many other props. Some of the effects were were developed by Gilbert himself with others by famous artists like Thurston and Anna Eva Fay.

He started in magic as an amateur and was a member of the early Chicago Conjurers’ Club, He began dealing and trading in second hand magic, was friends with August Roterberg.[2] [3]

The following original creations of Gilberts[4]

  • Rising card from Book. A good and clever impromptu trick.
  • Change-over palm, with several coins
  • Wrist chain shackle

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