MARTINKA -- MT239.000
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MARTINKA -- MT239.000

DATE: Unknown
OBV: Magician astride world, Mundus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur
REV: Same
COMPOSITION: NS, R4,V6; N, R4, V6, 30.5-R

Information From:
Magicians' Tokens And Related Items
An Illustrated check-list with estimates of values and rarities.
by F. William Kuethe, Jr.
TAMS Journal, Volume 18, Number 5, October 1978, (Part Two)
Product Details
Personal Details
Read It Yes
Location Magic Library (Home)
Condition Very Fine
Owner Bryan-Keith Taylor
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Martinka & Company is America's oldest magic company. Throughout the years the company has acquired and combined with over 30 other magic firms including Hornmann and Milton Chase and its roots date back to the early 1800s.

Contents [hide]
1 Beginnings
2 Projects
3 Owners
4 Notes
5 External links

[edit] Beginnings
The business was founded in 1877 by the brothers, Francis and Antonio Martinka.

In the back of their New York City store was a workshop where magic illusions were built for all of the famous magicians of the day. Customers of the past included Alexander Herrmann, Harry Kellar, Howard Thurston and Houdini. And in more recent times, Woody Allen, David Copperfield (illusionist) and David Blaine have also visited the shop.

[edit] Projects
The Martinka brothers also built the special effects for shows including the original production of The Wizard of Oz. In the 1940s, Martinka & Co. was involved in several top secret projects that still remain a mystery today.

In 1902, the Society of American Magicians was founded in the backroom of the Martinka shop.

[edit] Owners
The business has had a string of famous owners including Charles Joseph Carter The Great (1917), Harry Houdini (1919), Al Flosso, the Coney Island Fakir (1939), and Jackie Flosso. Today, the firm is run by Ted Bogusta and operates a brick and mortar shop with a mini museum as well as an online magic auction. The company continues to purchase magic collections and libraries, which are used to supply magicians and collectors throughout the world with vintage and modern magic.

In 2004 the shop and museum moved from NYC to Midland Park, NJ. The company has resumed manufacture of magic tricks.[1]

[edit] Notes
^ Martinka & Co. website.
[edit] External links
Martinka & Co. official website
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