Lot 855: [Houdini, Harry]



2015-09-16 14:11:36

Lot 855: [Houdini Harry]: (1874-1926) Hungarian-American Magician & Escapologist. Autograph Manuscript Unsigned, Apparently In The Hand Of Houdini'S Secretary And Presumably Dictated By The Magician, Three Pages, 8Vo, N.P. (Atlantic City, New Jersey), N.D. (18Th November 1920), To [Roger Barrett], On The Blind Embossed Stationery Of The Players' Club. The Manuscript Provides The Details For A Card Trick And States, In Full, 'Does Roger Know This Trick - Take Pack Of Cards Turn Up Top Card Count Up To Thirteen Viz The Top Card Is A 9 Add 4 More - Keep On Making Packs Counting To 13 - (King Is A Pack In Itself) You Will Generally Have A Few Cards Left, But Should It Come Out To An Even Count Of 13 The Result Will Be The Same. Ask Someone To Remove All But 3 Packs - Collect These & Add Any Residue In Making The Packs - Shall We Call This The Main Pack. Ask Someone To Turn Up The Top Card Of Two Of The Remaining 3 Packs - And Add 10 To Their Addition (Always Ten Irrespective Of The Turn Up) Say A 5 And A Queen - That Is 17 & 10 Is 27. Count 27 Cards Off The Main Pack And The Card On The Top Of The Remaining Uncovered Pack Is The Same As The Number Left In Your Hand'. Accompanied By The Original Envelope Bearing The Printed Heading Houdini (On Tour) And Hand Addressed By Houdini'S Wife, Bess, To Mr. And Mrs. Oliver R. Barrett In Kenilworth, Illinois. A Rare Example Of A Magician Revealing The Secrets Of A Trick. Some Very Light, Extremely Minor Age Wear, Otherwise Vg. Roger Barrett - Son Of Oliver Barrett, Houdini'S Friend And Attorney, And A Noted Autograph Collector. International Autograph Auctions' Autograph Auction October 2015 Saturday, 3rd October 2015 Estimate: £600-800
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