TLS signed “Howard Thurston,” one page, 6.75 x 9, personal letterhead, January 13, 1927. Letter to Will Goldston, in part: “It seems that we ought to be better toward one another in a business way in exchanging ideas for tricks. So let us write oftener and keep one another posted. Thanks for your information about the Rope Trick. I am anxious to know if Selbit is connected with the experiment you are speaking of. He saw me working now, and the patent papers will soon be issued, and I intend to have it patented in England to prevent copying.” Matted and framed with a colorful reproduction promotional poster—featuring the rope trick—to an overall size of 22 x 17. In fine condition, with a pair of notations in another hand, and some pin holes to the upper left. Debuting as a magician at the age of sixteen, Will Goldston later became a merchandiser of magic tricks and the editor of Magician Annual and Magician Monthly, publications that did much in promoting American illusionists to the European populace. In part to Goldston’s good advice, Thurston quickly implemented the “Rope Trick”—which involves a length of cord eerily rising from a basket and the magician, or the magician’s assistant, climbing it until they’re out of view—into his legendary magic show. The James Collings Collection. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.
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