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Topic: Not sure what to do with this find/old collection?
Message: Posted by: ctmwilson (Aug 8, 2015 07:50PM)
Not sure if this is the right place for questions, but I picked up a box of pretty old Magic items recently. I was donating a bunch of stuff at a Goodwill and I saw an old box out of the corner of my eye while I was talking to the kid who was going through my stuff. I asked him if I could have the box for five bucks, and he said, "sure". I got home and found it was full of old magic items, most of which were still in the original boxes with instructions. There was also a pack of "Book Plates" in a very old tin. One was metallic red and gold, inscribed with "McGill University Montreal", and the name "GERALD W. HALPENNY", so my guess is this was his collection. I 'Googled' the name, which wasn't hard to find. Dr. Gerald W. Halpenny was President of the Canadian Medical Association, got his M.D. in 1934, etc.. Anyway, I thought about selling it, but would have no idea what the value of these items are in their original boxes. There is an "Electric Bow Tie-A FRANCO PRODUCT" (with a VERY old battery), "VANISHER-AN ENARDOE PRODUCT", "Vanishing Coin in Glass", cups and ball set, "Adams' Jiffy Coin Trick copyright 1940", "Adams' Chinese Bottle", "Adams' Nickel to Penny to Dime" set (I've never seen machined buffalo nickel, wheat-leaf pennies, one with a mercury dime face on the flip side (for Dime and Penny?), "Rattle-Bars", "DeLand's Automatic Playing Cards" with part of a US. stamp that covered the box opening, "12" Color Changing Handkerchief", and a bunch more items that would take a lot of space to list here. I've been doing close-up magic as a hobby for 12 years now, but I've never seen things like this. I can send pics if anyone has any thoughts or ideas. Thanks.
Message: Posted by: jay leslie (Aug 8, 2015 11:17PM)
Donate these to your local magic club for their raffle.
Message: Posted by: ctmwilson (Aug 9, 2015 10:27PM)
Good idea, they're probably the most likely ones to take good care of these things.
Thanks jay!

-Don't Blink :)
Message: Posted by: Dave Dorsett (Apr 5, 2016 11:29AM)
Hmmm... McGill University. Interesting magical coincidence-

http://www.archives.mcgill.ca/reference/ref_reffaqs.htm#F
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Apr 5, 2016 01:28PM)
IIRC...The late JOHN B00TH, was a graduate of McGill.
Message: Posted by: tommymcc84 (Apr 21, 2016 04:57AM)
Sounds like a great find! I agree with Jay, I'm sure the local magic club would really appreciate it all :)