News-Antique.com - Apr 14,2010 - Potter & Potter's next public auction is scheduled for May 16th, 2010, at 9:00 am at Potter & Potter's auction gallery on Chicago's north side. This will be the fourth sale of memorabilia and magic material from the legendary collection of a legendary magician, Jay Marshall.
Of specific interest will be:
-Props used by famed magician Buatier de Kolta, Eugene Laurant, Frank Ducrot, Imro Fox, Louis "Pop" Krieger, Laurie Ireland, Karl Germain, Jane Thurston, and Fred Kaps (including a prop used on The Ed Sullivan Show the night Kaps followed The Beatles first appearance on that program).
-Archives of correspondence and large collections and cartons full of vintage ephemera.
-Unusual and scarce apparatus from Martinka, Bland and other early makers.
-Collections of foreign-language magic books.
-A large scrapbook of material related to famous American illusionist Carl Hertz.
-Rare books dating to the 18th century.
-Unique posters and early broadsides.
-And much more! Items of interest to collectors at all levels will be offered in the sale.
Exhibition will be held during the week of May 10th at Potter & Potter's Chicago gallery, with special showings arranged for attendees of the Magic Collectors' Weekend (held in Rosemont, IL on the three days preceding the auction). Additional information is available at the Potter & Potter website.
Jay Marshall was an accomplished magician and ventriloquist who appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show 14 times, at the Palladium in London and Radio City Music Hall in New York. His highly successful and storied stage career was complimented by an active, if legendary passion for collecting showbiz and theatrical material, specifically focused on magic memorabilia, apparatus and posters. This will be the fourth sale from Marshall's incomprehensibly large holdings of magicana. He died in 2005 at the age of 85.