RARE and collectible!... This is an A. Roterberg magic catalog entitled: "1911 Supplementary Catalogue of New Tricks" issued for his magic shop in Chicago, Illinois in 1911 (Copyright, 1910)...The founder, August Roterberg, born in Hamburg, Germany, emigrated to the US in 1894 and set up a magic shop in Chicago together with a mail order magic business. The mail order business survived until 1911 or so and the magic shop was closed in 1916...Roterberg is best known as a magic inventor and is credited with inventing the modern versions of the "Multiplying Billiard Balls" (Excelsior Ball Trick 1898) and "Multiplying Thimbles" tricks.
He wrote several classic books for magicians only: New Era Card Tricks (1897), Card Tricks and How To Do Them (1902), Latter Day Tricks (1896), The Modern Wizard (1896).
New Era Card Tricks (1897) is Roterberg's masterpiece. Scholars are pretty sure that S.W. Erdnase (well-known author and professional cheat who wrote the classic book on card cheating "Expert at the Card Table" in 1902) must have known and read this book. It is still today an extremely important work on cards. His books are the first books on conjuring written expressly for magicians. Previous conjuring books were written for the general public or for children. Roterberg’s books were published by magic dealers specifically for sale in magic stores only!...This catalog runs 36 pages and measures 6" X 9".
1924 Heaney Magic Co. Catalog #25...This vintage catalog runs 224 pages...It's filled with descriptions of tricks, jokes, and full-length acts including a mind-reading act. It's a pocket-sized catalog measuring approx.4 1/2" X 6 1/2". The interesting part about this catalogue is that all illustrations are Victorian-type wood-cuts. The Heaney Company was located in Berlin, Wisconsin and the founder Gerald Heaney was well-known in Wisconsin and neighboring states as "Heaney The Great". Inside the front cover there's a photo of Heaney and info, including newspaper clippings, about his act. The cover drawing of the magician in the cape bears a striking resemblance to Heaney himself and is purportedly meant to be him...We've seen this catalog listed on the market for between $10. to $40.
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1945 catalogue of magic tricks and supplies for magicians. Based in Chicago, IL...We've seen this offered on the market for between $45. to $120. It's rare!
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1958 Kanters Magic Catalog #10...
Kanters was a famous Philadelphia magic shop...The photo cover on this is fabulous!! It contains photos of most of the greats of magic including Houdini and Howard Thurston!
It's considered a little scarce and I see it going for between $20. to $50. Click on the Thumbnail photo to bring up a large image!
D. Robbins Co., a wholesale magic supplier, issued this catalog to magic shops who then gave or sold this catalog to their patrons. The magic shop would place an imprint of their shop's name and address on the cover (see photo)...In the magic business, D. Robbins is a legend...They introduced the trade name: E-Z Magic to cover their line of easy tricks for beginners.
They are basically a One Stop supplier for magic stores with a huge inventory of 100's of tricks ..D. Robbins Co. was established in 1916 by David Robbins, an amateur magician, who retired in 1960. Robbins was originally located in Manhattan, moved to Brooklyn, NY in 1978 and to Cranbury, NJ in 2004...By the way, they are still in business to this day and can be accessed on line at: http://www.ezmagicrobbins.com/
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Inside page from 1924 Heaney Magic Catalog #25...Described above at the top of this page...Click on the Thumbnail photo to enlarge!
Scarce A. Roterberg Magic Catalog...Chicago, IL ...Circa early 1900's...Runs 208 pages...Sells for $200.00 on the collector market...The founder, August Roterberg, emigrated from Germany to the US in 1894 and set up a magic shop in Chicago together with a mail order magic business. The mail order business survived until 1911 or so and the the magic shop was closed in 1916...Roterberg is best known as a magic inventor and is credited with inventing the"Multiplying Billiard Balls" trick. No inside pages of this catalog are are available...Click on photo to enlarge!
Catalog #24 was issued in 1923 by the Heaney Magic Co. (see catalog #25 above for details about Heaney)...It runs for 96 pages, measures approx. 5" X 7", and is printed on a quality semi-glossy coated printer's stock.
This is no ordinary magic catalog because it appears to contain effects originated by Heaney himself including Heaney’s version of the famous Houdini illusion the “Substitution Trunk Mystery” which appears on page 34 of the catalog (photo of page below...click on it to greatly enlarge photo!) and is priced at $50. in 1920's dollars!...
Furthermore, Heaney claimed that many other illusions advertised were actually manufactured in the company’s own manufacturing shop. There's a 2 page ad for the world-famous Ten-Ichi Water Act in which the catalog states that this illusion was manufactured in their own workshop (pages 89 and 90)(photo below...click on the photo to enlarge it!)…Price $300. in 1920’s dollars!...
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Heaney's manufactured version of the, then famous, Ten-Ichi Water Act...Click on photo to enlarge!
Houdini illusion (named "Metamorphasis" by Houdini), the "Substitution Trunk Mystery"...
Heaney manufactured this advertised version of the illusion...Click on photo to enlarge!