UPDATE - Houdini Ltd Edition Stanhope
Just 189 of the regular edition and 24 of the deluxe edition remain. Click below to get yours.
In 1910 Houdini made the first flight over Australia at Digger's Rest. Around the same time, a stanhope optical viewer was made in France to commemorate the flight. By peeking inside, one can view images of Houdini and his plane.
Using one of the original stanhopes as an example, a limited run of Houdini stanhopes was produced. Inside of each viewer is a custom lens with a tiny negative embedded inside of it.
We have these available in two editions. The standard edition includes the stanhope viewer in a custom walnut case which has been etched with Houdini's autograph. Inside the case is a Martinka seal that was made using Houdini's actual press. Also included is a protective box and a numbered certificate of authenticity. Only 225 will be made and the price is $195 plus S&H.
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There will be only 50 of the deluxe edition offered. The deluxe edition includes the standard stanhope viewer and then a second viewer that contains a different rare Houdini image. Part of the deluxe package is a commemorative coin that features Houdini's biplane as it flew over Australia. It includes a custom walnut case which has been etched with Houdini's autograph. Inside the case is a Martinka seal that was made using Houdini's actual press. Also included is a protective box and a numbered certificate of authenticity. The price for the deluxe edition is $375 plus S&H.
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These sets would make a great addition to your collection, look great displayed on a desk and also make an impressive gift. The recent airing of the History Channel's Houdini movie, Houdini is
These turned out great and I am sure you will be pleased if you decide to acquire one.
Martinka Auction 66
July 30 through Aug 10
We have gathered a great selection of items for auction 66, it will include some unusual apparatus, great Houdini items and more. Check often.
Magic Phone Stand
We have an amazing amount of interest in our Magic Phone Stand. The good news is that you will be able to order them here soon.
The Shop @ Martinka
Our web shop is now online at: Martinka
We have listed some of the favorite items found in our retail store. Each week, we will be adding more new items with some oldies mixed in. A free DVD (titles vary) will be included with each order (while supplies last).
Martinka Auction 48 - Christopher Collection Auction
Thank you to all who helped contribute to the success of our first sale of items from the Christopher Collection. It was a fun and exciting day!
The final auction results can be viewed here
The Christopher Collection Auctions
April 20th, 10 AM, Hotel Pennsylvania, 18th Floor. 701 7th Ave., NYC.
Martinka is pleased to announce that by arrangement with Maurine Brooks Christopher we will be holding a unique and extensive auction of numerous rare and exciting items from the famous Christopher Collection. This collection has been a source of wonder for magicians and collectors that has spanned decades. Milbourne Christopher, a name synonymous with magic the world over, began collecting when he was a boy. At the time of his death on June 17, 1984 he amassed one of the most complete and extensive historical collections on conjuring in the world. Posters, etchings, photos, scrapbooks, memorabilia and artifacts beyond belief, plus a great variety of the rarest of books resulted from a lifelong effort to build and assemble one of the great treasure troves of magic in existence.
This auction will take place on April 20th (10 AM - 4 PM) with a viewing of all items on the evening of April 19th (5 PM - 9 PM) at the NY Hotel Pennsylvania, 18th Floor. We have retained expert Magic Auctioneer, David Goodman (NYC Lic. 1383720) to call the live sale. Online bidding will also be available. Premises Lic: 1385230
The NY Hotel Pennsylvania is located at 401 Seventh Ave (at 33rd St.), NY, NY 10001-2062 and can be reached at 1-800-223-8585. The hotel is across the street from Fantasma Magic, be sure to stop by while you are in the area.
Mark your calendar so you don't miss this once in a lifetime chance to share in
this great auction event. A very exciting and strong assortment of items has been selected.
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ANNOUNCING A NEW BOOK
BY WILLIAM V. RAUSCHER
Goebel The Man with the Magical Mind
by William V. Rauscher
MARTINKA & CO.
THE MAN WITH THE MAGICAL MIND
The Story of a Conjuror and Costumer
with a foreword by Jim Steinmeyer
In the 1970’s and 1980’s George Goebel presented a grand, classical magic production called the Goebel Magical Revue. With a cast and staff of 35, he astonished lay audiences and received accolades from fellow magicians. Those shows wowed both Jim Steinmeyer and Lance Burton, each of whom contributed to this book. Goebel’s life and career in Baltimore, Maryland, brought him into contact with countless magicians, including Milbourne Christopher, Hen Fetsch, Doug Henning, and Phil Thomas. His knowledge of Howard Thurston, Thomas Chew Worthington III, Henry Ridgley Evans, and magicians around the country is extensive. His A. T. Jones Costume Company has 300,000 costumes for musicals, plays, and operas. It’s housed in a three-story building, which also serves as a haven for some very unusual friends. Goebel’s private collection of magic and escape restraints is exceptional. Goebel tells how he gained experience working with Milbourne Christopher on the Jackie Gleason and Garry Moore shows—assisting with the Vanishing Elephant plus rehearsals for Christopher’s Bullet Catch. His remembrance of the Baltimore eccentric magician Dantini is illuminating and touching. Read about Goebel’s escape work in Japan, Baltimore magic history, and his detailed account of building and presenting a full evening magic show that included a 10-member dance ensemble under the leadership of a former Radio City Music Hall Rockette.
8 ˝ by 11 - Cloth Bound - Color Dust Jacket - Over 200 Pages - Over 380 Photos and Illustrations Including 12 Color Pages - A complimentary DVD containing segments of a 1982 Goebel show, film clips, and news interviews plus views inside the Jones Costume Co. Hocus-Pocus !
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Martinka's Collector's Reference Center
We are currently working on a new software program that will enable collector's to research and value the items that they collect. We will make an announcement once it is complete. Please email us to be notified.
The Mephisto or Satyr's Head Trick can be found featured in Martinka catalogs from the late 1800s. We currently have a Mephisto in development that will be unlike any other. Just twelve will be made and several are already spoken for. More details will be released as we approach completion of this very special project.
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Martinka's Magic Stamp Lithographer
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For the first time in over 50 years, Martinka & Co. is again manufacturing magic. The first release in our "Limited" series is a miniature money maker that magically turns paper into postal stamps. This beautiful piece is handcrafted of select walnut, with painted accents, lead crystal and an embedded Martinka token. Just 36 will be made as a limited and numbered edition. One would make a handsome addition to your desk or magic collection. These are offered for $260 Postpaid in the US (add $10 for foreign).
Martinka Magic Auction XXIX
May 12, 2008
This will be a special auction that includes a choice set of items that have been selected due to rarity, uniqueness or value.
We will also have the June Auction in our standard format and will be making an announcement shortly about a nice collection that will be included!
Please call us as soon as possible if you have items that you would like to include in either, (201-444-7576) space is limited.
Martinka Live on News 12
On April 1st, News 12 setup a live feed from our shop and featured our antics throughout the day. We were able to let millions of viewers know that we are looking for vintage magic, maybe some interesting items will surface!
Martinka Featured in the Bergen Record and Health & Life Magazine
We had two nice stories written about the business in January and March, both included color photos. We believe the articles are responsible at least in part for the surge of new auction registrants we are seeing.
Martinka Sponsors Mindfreak H2On October 31st, a totally tricked out Hummer H2 will be unvieled at the SEMA auto industry trade show in Las Vegas. Martinka was pleased to be part of this unprecedented project. Criss Angel will be on hand to introduce this magic themed vehicle on Halloween and then the magical H2 will be scheduled for appearances throughout the country. The vehicle was created by RealWheels Accessories in order to showcase thier unique products. You can read more about it HERE.
Forbes has featured an article on collecting magic and gives Martinka a nice mention. You can read the piece
Martinka Auction XX
The Collected Magic of Rich Bloch
*** A big thank you to all participants for helping to make this our best auction to date. ***
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In Memory Of
February 11, 1926 - September 26, 2003
Goodbye my friend, you will be missed always.
Martinka Exhibits at the SAM Centennial
The SAM Convention in NYC was a fantastic event. Those in attendance may have seen our display of vintage apparatus and memorabilia pertaining to the SAM and Martinka.
Also on exhibit was the famous Ellison wand collection and items from the collections of Milborne Christopher and Mario Carrandi. David Copperfield was in attendance for the unvieling of the USPS Houdini stamp.
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Martinka & Co. has been serving magicians since just after the Civil War and
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* Houdiniwas president of Martinka & Co. in 1919.
* October 31st, marked the 75th anniversary of Houdini's death.
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