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James Alan
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the Sponge
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On 2009-10-15 09:59, James Alan wrote:
http://www.magicana.com/SidLorraine/Chat......box.html

Too good to be true?

???? Are you just trying to get people to go to the site?
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If he is, I hope it works. What a great site. And what a great story, that anyone who bought magic through the mail in the "old days" can appreciate.

Thanks for posting the link.

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Of course he is trying to generate traffic. I have been to that site several times...great reading.
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The "Blooming Rose Bush" that is referred to is NOT the famous P&L item which was marketed as "The Flowering Rose Bush" and was known as Petrie's Masterpiece. Although mentioned in the 1939 P&L catalog as the "Blooming Flower Bush" it is not pictured and appears only in the list of "outstanding Petrie Creations" on page 76. It is described in detail on page 3 of the second P&L catalog which was published in 1958. No price is given in either catalog, the 1958 edition stating simply "Price Complete (with carrying case) on application." "The P&L Book" by Barbi Walker and Robert Seaver describes the effect, reproduces an advertisement for it in which the "NEW LOW PRICE, ONLY $195" is given with the notation "delivery in about four weeks." A $100 deposit was required with your order. It is difficult to determine how many were ever made. I was told that there were only 12; however, after meeting with several other owners at the magic collectors' convention held in Arlington, VA in 2006 I have been able to identify the owners of at least 17.

It is one of my most prized possessions. They rarely come up for sale, but when one does it is usually at auction and as I recall they have sold at auction for $3,500 or more. I don't believe you could find anyone who could make one now for any price.
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Actually he tries another method here which is kind of neat:
http://www.magicana.com/SidLorraine/Chat......Act.html

Assuming of course, you don't knock over your table!
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