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Both storage units containing the items which once belonged to the Pendragons were sold yesterday in an auction attended by more than 150 people: http://bit.ly/huUKp2
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Yea, but WHAT was inside the ATA Cases???

Enquiring minds want to know!
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That would've been an interesting episode of the show, "Storage Wars".
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OK, here's a report from the auction...

I flew all the way from Cincinnati to California for this auction. Yeah, I know, that's crazy- not only are you rolling the dice on who might be there with a big bankroll, but there was also the chance that Charlotte might still show up and pay off the back-rent just before the auction begins (something she could legally do). And- the cases were known to be mostly empty, but that was fine for me. I know what cases cost, and if I were the winning bidder, it would be totally worth the trip. Plus, I was sure there would be a load of otherwise cool things in there, such as Pendragons posters, etc. I found a way to fly for next to nothing. And, as a bonus, it got me into a warmer climate for a few days!

I showed up for the auction roughly 30 minutes ahead of time. I was happy to see that I was one of only about ten people there. However, in the next short span of time, the masses arrived. I only met one other magician, a local who had come out to see the action. There were a fair amount of gawkers who had seen the story on the news. The media has since reported that there were about 150 people present, but my pictures say more like 300.

As the auction began, they started with several other units. I saw this as a good thing because hopefully people would spend their money elsewhere. The 2 Pendragons units were auctioned 6th and 7th. Well, long story short, I was quickly outbid. The larger unit, the one shown in the news video, went for $3700. The second unit, which was mostly vacant, went for only $350. That unit consisted of 2 cases and a third partial one, and one of the two complete cases was damaged. So, on to plan B after the entire auction was over. I spoke with the man who had won the larger unit and made him an offer on just the cases. He didn't accept what I was willing to spend, but after lots of talking, we finally reached an agreement and I bought three HUGE cases for a steal.

Here's the neat part, though- by making this arrangement, I got to see the inside of the space up close and hands-on. It's true, the cases were "mostly" empty. But, there were all sorts of bits and pieces of illusions there. There were several illusion bottoms (tables with wheels but not true "bases"), three swords, two wooden crates in the back (and I didn't get to see inside those), tons of plastic storage containers (it was really neat to hold the one that said "Pendragons sands") and a huge load of the typical non-magic stuff that you'd expect to find- clothing, books, that kind of thing. The snow animator stool was completely gutted- just a shell was left. Inside the nearly vacant unit, the one large case did contain some illusion parts. It appeared to be what was left of an "Artist's dream" or something similar. It was way to small to fit in that huge case, so I'm certain it had been put there as an afterthought. Against the rear wall, there was a true "base", about six feet long, but it was missing it's legs and whatever was supposed to camoflauge the extra thickness on the bottom- not usable in it's current state. There was what appeared to be a big black backdrop, and it was made to light up, sort of like a fiber-optic curtain, except this one was made with Christmas lights.

So, I came away with three gigantic cases for a great price and I'll be using them to transport my illusions, so if Jonathan or Charlotte is reading this, please know that these three went to a good home. What bothers me, though, is that the folks who won the units are not magicians and therefore will likely discard all the rest of that history. It was so cool to actually see and hold that stuff, knowing whose it was. But now, most likely, Charlotte's books will end up in a second hand store somewhere and the plastic bins will be tossed out. To those folks, it's just more "stuff". It's a shame! Still, at least one magician will continue to use 3 cases for their original purpose.

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On 2011-01-21 18:10, freefallillusion1 wrote:
OK, here's a report from the auction...

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What bothers me, though, is that the folks who won the units are not magicians and therefore will likely discard all the rest of that history. It was so cool to actually see and hold that stuff, knowing whose it was. But now, most likely, Charlotte's books will end up in a second hand store somewhere and the plastic bins will be tossed out. To those folks, it's just more "stuff". It's a shame! ***

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Hi Phil,

I'm confused. If the successful buyer was not a magician and was likely just going to toss the "magic-related" stuff, why was he unwilling (or why were you unable) to include those valueless (to him) items in the sale he made to you? What a shame for magic and magic history that you were not able to acquire such items.

No criticism intended; just curious about the missed opportunity.

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Wow!

Thanks so very much for the report, Phil!

Congrats on your new cases!

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Hi Phil,

I'm confused. If the successful buyer was not a magician and was likely just going to toss the "magic-related" stuff, why was he unwilling (or why were you unable) to include those valueless (to him) items in the sale he made to you? What a shame for magic and magic history that you were not able to acquire such items.

No criticism intended; just curious about the missed opportunity.

Best,

Mike


Hi Mike,

I tried my best to get as much as I could but... This guy was an individual who had a warehouse in southern California and what he does for a living is buy storage units and sell everything that he can. So, in this case, he wouldn't let go of anything. I told him that if there was anything, anything at all, that would be garbage to him, that it would mean something to me as a collector. But, he viewed every scrap as a potential sale. Now, after he's had time to look through it all, I'm sure he'll realize that he can't do anything with the plastic tubs that say Pendragon, but on Wednesday, there was nothing that was going to leave that space without money changing hands. He did sell a couple of items to some other folks but he was reluctant to do even that. He wanted all those other people gone before he would deal with me on the cases. As for the three cases that I did get, I had to do some serious bargaining and at one point I actually walked away. That's finally what it took for him to come down to my terms on price. In an effort to loosen the guy up, I showed him a trick and I used a sparkly cloth as a close-up pad- it would have been great if he'd given me even just that cloth. But, it wasn't going to happen. It would have been great to use something in my act that belonged to the Pendragons! Oh well, I can settle for cases that have stickers from all over the world!

Phil
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Phil was kind enough to offer a new version of his report from the auction for the Magic Newswire and you can find it here: http://bit.ly/fJtAcU
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Hi Mike,

I tried my best to get as much as I could but...***

Phil


Phil,

Thanks for the further explanation. It was much appreciated. While I understand the seller's position (and his absolute right to do as he did), it is indeed unfortunate that he was soooo reluctant to "let go" of pieces that were intrinsically valueless (or of limited monetary value) except for their perceived historical significance.

Kudos to you for your efforts on behalf of the magic community and for your success in actually being able to acquire the pieces that you finally were able to buy.

Best,

Mike
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What a story! Maybe you can put pictures of your cases on so they can be shared?
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