Town House Magic St. Louis,MO Advertising Banknote
Town House Magic ( 12 inches by 5 1/2 inches folded. )
Town House Magic was operated Bev Taylor out of St. Louis, Missouri during the 1940s and 1950s. In the nearly ten years of operation, they released over 100 items including classics as Forgetful Freddie, Mutilated Parasol, Block Penetration, Chick Pan, Phantom Tube. Guillotine, Westgate Bowl Production, Topsy Turvy Bottles, Blendo, Sliding Knot, Sword Thru Neck, and Rice Bowls
Bev Taylor's Town House Magic-Advertising Large Banknote-mid 20th cent-FINE---
ITEM: Bev Taylor's Town House Magic-Advertising Large Banknote-mid 20th cent-FINE- Sphinx on the front. Cups and Balls, and Indian rope trick on the back.
DATE: Circa 1950s/60s
SIZE: 5 1/2 by 12 1/4 inches, printed on both sides.
COND: Minor use marks. Has been folded with three vertical folds. All in otherwise very Fine condition.
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Bev Taylor (Beverly Wilford Taylor)
Died April 15, 2005
Bev Taylor was the founder of Townhouse Magic (1945) and its principle magic trick designer.
He was a builder of the magic apparatus and effects produced by that company, with such items as Forgetful Freddie, Mutilated Parasol, Blemo Penetration, Chick Pan, Phantom Tube, Westgate Bowl, and many others. He sold the company to Don Lawton, only to take it back after the new owners failed. Many of the hallmarked items from Townehouse Magic are very collectable today.
Taylor published the first book written by Karrell Fox, Kornfidentially Yours, in 1954.
Taylor served as president of I.B.M. Ring One in 1953 and as I.B.M. Territorial Vice-President, and was also a member of the S.A.M. In the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. Taylor received the Order of Merlin — Excalibur Award for 60 year continuous membership to the IBM.
Beverly ‘Bev’ Wilford Taylor by Bruce Hetzler, Linking Ring, June, 2005
History of Magic in St. Louis by Don Rataj (2011)