Magic's "Invisible Man" Charles Reynolds - His Collection at Auction Charles Reynolds was a photographer, writer, editor and designer of stage illusions. Now his collection of memorabilia, books, and illusions is going up for sale in Chicago.
News-Antique.com - Oct 08,2012 - On October 27th, 2012, Potter & Potter will conduct an auction of the collection of illusion designer, author, consultant and photographer Charles Reynolds.
Best-known for his work on Broadway productions and the shows of Doug Henning and Harry Blacktsone, Jr., Reynolds gained and enviable reputation as a deep thinker about magic and mentalism, and a go-to source for ideas and information when the task of producing a mystifying stage production or television special was in order. He also authored, with his wife Regina, the well-known look at magic advertising, 100 Years of Magic Posters, along with a host of other books. For years, he served as editor for numerous photographic publications, and himself was a chronicler, through his own lens, of the American Circus as well as other subjects, for a wide range of international publications including TIME and Playboy.
Reynolds' collection includes many of the magic posters he so loved, along with an extensive working library of conjuring texts. Prominently featured will be Reynolds' collection of mentalism-related material, including apparatus, book tests, and unusual publications on the subject of mind reading. His library also included many works on illusions, among them the celebrated Magic of Robert Harbin, better known as "The Harbin Book."
The sale will be rounded out by an assortment of magic apparatus, Houdiniana, and ephemera culled from other private collections.
Auction and pre-sale exhibition takes place at Potter & Potter's gallery in Chicago. Exhibition takes place during the week prior to the auction, from 10am to 5pm each day. Full color illustrated catalogs are now available from Potter & Potter.