Houdini Birthday Auction

Tras la Pantalla

Haversat & Ewing Galleries will be hosting the Houdini Birthday auction, March 24-25, 2017:

We have a great selection of collectibles including magicians tokens from Randy Forgaard, personal items from the library of Bill Keuthe, personal items from Ray Goulet, and much more. We’ll have a wide selection of ephemera, posters, equipment, photos, letters and much more.

The preview gallery is now open. Bidding opens March 24.

Good luck to all those bidding.


Potter & Potter Auctions – New Catalogue


The latest magic auction catalogue from Potter & Potter is now available for download. According to the release:

Our April 8th spring auction features magic memorabilia, books, posters, and apparatus for beginning and advanced collectors alike. Highlights include a brooch presented to Bess Houdini by Russian royalty, Carl Waring Jones correspondence, and three pages of rhyming verse hand written by Harry Houdini.

The auction begins at 10:00 AM (central time) on Saturday, April 8.


Winter Magic Auction


In its final sale of the year, Winter Magic: The Rex Conklin Library and Other Fine Conjuring Collections, Potter & Potter Auctions offers the remarkable library of the late  Rex Conklin, whose collection is highlighted by rare blow books, a copy of Dean’s Hocus Pocus among other antiquarian titles, and unique signed copies of books by Houdini bearing related photographs and ephemera. Drawing from other collections, the auction features selections of fine conjuring apparatus, vintage posters, antique prints, and a bevy of photographs and ephemera you won’t find anywhere else, including an early twice-signed cabinet portrait of Harry Kellar.

The auction begins at 10:00 AM (CST) on Saturday, December 10, 2016. The digital catalogue is available for download. Previews take place in the gallery from November 30th – December 2nd from 10am-5pm.

Good luck to all those bidding.


Potter & Potter: Old & New


Potter & Potter Auctions
Magic Old & New
Conjuring from the 16th – 20th Century
August 27, 2016

The catalogue for the next magic auction from Potter & Potter is now available for download and purchase. The auction takes place Saturday, August 27 in Chicago.

According to Potter & Potter:

This auction celebrates the history of conjuring both old and new, featuring antiquarian and modern books, magnificent prints, engravings, and posters, fine pieces of conjuring apparatus, and automatons. A section of Dai Vernon memorabilia includes books, silhouettes, and trophies and props owned and used by “The Professor.”


Download Catalog

Advance Online Bidding

Good luck to all those bidding!


Potter & Potter Magic Poster Auction – June 25

The Collection of Norm Nielsen
The Golden Age of Magic Posters

(Part 1) June 25 in Chicago

On June 25, 2016, Potter & Potter Auctions will have part 1 of the collection of Norm Nielsen. The catalogue is now available online and also available for sale as a hardcover book with a dust jacket including large photographs of each poster with detailed historical information.

Even if you don’t want to participate in the auction, the catalogue by itself makes for a terrific coffee table book!

For more information: visit


Massive Two-Part Auction, April 9

On April 9th, Potter & Potter will host a two-part magic extravaganza. The first secion will feature choice memorabilia related to the most famous magician and escape artist the world has ever known: Harry Houdini.

Lithographs, Broadsides and Challenges, featuring the iconic “Houdini for President” three-sheet poster printed by Strobridge Litho. Photographs and Ephemera, among them Houdini movie stills, postcards, manuscripts, autographs and correspondence, including unpublished material. Associated memorabilia, magic props, handcuffs, lobby displays, scrapbooks, and more – all related to Houdini, his competitors, and escape artists.

The second half will feature items from the storied collection of Lewis Davenport & Co. of London. One of the world’s oldest and most successful magic shops and manufacturers, the Davenport family also owns and maintains one of the world’s great collections of conjuring memorabilia and illusions.

For the first time, items from the family’s well-known holdings will be offered for sale at public auction. Going on the block are scarce and collectible books, vintage stone lithographs, magic props (including several from the famous German firm of Janos Bartl), vintage magic supply catalogs, photographs, ephemera, Will Goldston ephemera direct from his private files, and more.

The auction takes place at 10:00 am on Saturday, April 9th in Chicago. See the items online now. Good luck!

For more information: visit


Upcoming Auction: Le Grand David

Le Grand David AuctionSunday, April 10 with
Kaminski Auctions

Save the date!

We wanted to alert our subscribers to an upcoming auction of illusions, posters, original artwork and memorabilia from the collection of Le Grand David acquired during the company’s 35-year run. Bidding begins Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 10:00 AM following several days of previews at Larcom Theatre in Beverly, MA.

The auction is being run by KaminskiLIVE, who handled a similar auction from the collection two years ago. Soon, lots will be available for preview here.

Don’t miss out!


Upcoming Auction: Haversat & Ewing Galleries

Houdini Auction

March 23-24, 2016 with
Haversat & Ewing

A quick note to save the date for an upcoming auction through Haversat & Ewing, March 23 & 24, 2016. A full listing will be available in March, but we’ve been provided with a few teaser images to whet your appetites:

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From Haversat & Ewing:

On March 24, 1874, Erich Weiss was born in Budapest to humble beginnings. Eventually he rose to fame and fortune as Harry Houdini the world renowned escape artist who “laughed at locksmiths.” He also recognized the importance of collecting and preserving the history of conjuring. So, in honor of his 142nd birthday, Haversat & Ewing Galleries have assembled an Aladdin’s chest of choice magic memorabilia from our nation’s leading collectors which we will offer beginning March 23 and ending a day later on Houdini’s birthday.

In this auction we offer you the files and posters of the late Roy Snyder, Past National President of the Society of American Magicians. Snyder passed away in 2015, after a lifetime in the entertainment business booking acts for S.A.M. national conventions and for the Keswick Theatre in Philadelphia. Snyder was close friends with photographer Irving Desfor and throughout his life Snyder purchased live-action photographs of magic’s most famous personalities. This is an opportunity to get photos of Blackstone, Gwynne, Richiardi, Hugard, Mulholland, Kio, Dante, Vernon, Cardini and dozens of others. These photo files are often accompanied by programs, clippings, letters and supporting memorabilia. One unique lot from the Snyder collection is the contract between Kellar and Thurston.

One of the leading magic collectors and historians was the late Milbourne Christopher. He began auctioning his collection while alive and his wife Maurine continued that after his passing. Even though the majority of the collection was sold prior to her death in 2013, Maurine made previsions in her will for a number of special pieces to benefit the Christopher Foundation. Haversat and Ewing have been authorized by Christopher’s legal representatives to offer these magic items for auction. The proceeds of the Christopher lots will go to support the Milbourne Christopher Foundation which annually recognizes the best and brightest talent in magic.

The remainder of the auction is comprised of choice conjuring memorabilia from a dozen of the nation’s leading historians and collectors including very rare selections from the token collection of Randy Forgaard. You will delight at such rarities as a hand-made Christmas card by David Devant, John Mulholland’s S.A.M. membership card signed by Houdini, a rare autographed Malini program, Fu Manchu broadsides and flyers, J.H. Anderson program, memorabilia of Alexander and Adelaide Herrmann and much more. We hope you enjoy the selection we’ve assembled and of course, welcome the opportunity to bring your items to auction. Thanks for your patronage and friendship.
David and Tom

Preview and catalog available in March.



Potter & Potter

1001 Tricks

The Collection of Bill King (Part II)
Potter & Potter Auctions


The next auction from Potter & Potter in Chicago starts tomorrow, Saturday, February 6, 2016, at 10:00 AM. There are 1001 magic tricks (and more) including apparatus, books, posters and ephemera. The material comes primarily from the collection of Bill King.

Advance bids are currently being accepted online. Good luck to all.


Winter Magic Auctions

Save the dates!

Magic, magic and more magic! All up for grabs and just in time for the holidays…

Potter & Potter is back December 5 with another massive auction of rare and vintage magic memorabilia. The auction catalogue is now available as a free PDF download. Print catalogues can be ordered at Advance bidding is already available online at There is Houdiniana, books, posters, apparatus and way more across a variety of price ranges. The auction officially begins at 10:00 AM CST on Saturday, December 5, 2015 in Chicago.

Haversat & Ewing Galleries is hosting a week-long online Holiday Auction starting December 6. Rarities from P&L, Himber, Abbott’s, Holden’s Brooke, Contento, Brema, Massey, Fox and so many more. Items will be available for viewing starting December 1 at