John Bushey - Collector

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    John owns one of the finer collections of Houdini books in private hands.  His collection includes many very rare
Houdini pitchbooks, including the ones pictured below.   He is always looking to add to his collection and will buy
or trade for any items he does not have.  He owns most of Houdini's books, in dustjackets, and hundreds of books
and pamphlets on Houdini, escape artistry, and handcuffs.  Pictured below are a small portion of John's collection.  
These include earlier biographies, with dustjackets, pitchbooks, and books by Houdini.  If you have any questions
please contact me from the above link.
 

                              
                  "The prize piece in the collection is one of Houdini's Handcuff-King Breaker handcuffs.  It is an original Lily Iron
that was altered so that the locking
                 mechanism works differently and uses a different key than normal Lily Irons.   
Houdini would use the "breakers" to stump imitators and other escape artists."
                                                                 
                                                              
Houdini Pitchbooks

Magic Made Easy - 1898

Magic Made Easy, catalog, @1898
sensational perplexor

America's Sensational Perplexer; @1903, 32pg
america
America's Sensational Perplexer; 1904; 20pg
1907
The Famous Houdini;  @1907; 32pg
houdini 1908
Houdini;  @1908, 63pg
sjh
Life and Adventures;  @1908; 32pg
(One signature edition)
Adventurous LIfe 1922
The Adventurous Life...; 1922; red cover
handcuff Tricks Exposed 1910
Handcuff Tricks Exposed;
handcuff tricks exposed 1911
Handcuff Tricks Exposed;  
rut2
Life History & Handcuff Secrets; 1914; 36pg
rut
Life History & Handcuff Secrets; 1914; 32 pg
ruts3
Life History & Handcuff Secrets; 1908, 63pg

ruy
Life and Adventures...; @1908
(2 signature edition)

Mein Training
Mein Training Mein Tricks; 1909
puzzles
adventurous life orange 1922
The Adventurous Life;  1924 ed.
Yar
Yar the Primeval Man; 1921
margery pamphlet
Margery pitchbook. 1st pnt.
( 1st printing;  copyright on front cover)
grt
The Adventurous Life...; 1920; 43 pg
ruy3
The Adventurous Life;  1922 ed.
tre
Life History & Handcuff Secrets; @1909; 32 pg
rwu
Houdini...Prose & Picture; 16 pg
tol
Life & History of Hardeen;
rare blue cover ed.
tol2
Life and History of Hardeen;
autographed inside cover
                hem1
                             Il Mystero Di Osiris, 1921
              hem2
                       Mysterious Mr. Yu, 1921
                  arby
                   Houdini's first pitchbook, @1894
                    jkl
        America's Sensational Perplexer - 12 p, @1903
               ddd
         The Marvelous Adventures of Houdini
      The Justly Celebrated Elusive American - 1917

      
                ddddd
          Life and History of Hardeen @1909  24 pp
                adg
   Life History and Handcuff Secrets of Houdini - 1908
      large format, wider and taller than other editions
                  jjjj
Lifeand Adventures of Houdini - @1908  2 signature ed.
                   lll
               Margery Pamphlet - 1924 2nd printing

                                                                    Houdini Books:

j1
Handcuff  Secrets - 1910 hardcover
j2
Handcuff Secrets - 1910 - softcover
j3
The Right Way To Do Wrong - 1906
j4
The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin - 1908
j5
The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin - 1909 Routledge
j6
The Unmasking w/ H.S. treatise - 1909
j7
Miracle Mongers - 1920
j8
The Master Mystery - 1919 - Reeve & Grey
j9
Miracle Mongers - 1929
k1
Paper Magic - 1922
k2
Paper Magic - 1929
k3
Rope Ties & Escapes - 1921
k4
A Magician Among the Spirits - 1924

               
                  
Vintage Pitchbooks from other Escape Artists
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          Above Escape Artist pitchbooks:

Secret of the Handcuff Trick                                             Pollard                         1907  (also the 1911 edition in my collection)
Secrets of the Handcuff Trick                                            Prof. Day
Great Handcuff Tricks                                                      Prof. Ellis Stanyon         1903  16 pages
Handcuff Tricks                                                                Hereward Carrington    1913  
The Great Mysteries                                                        Oudini  (red cover came in two varients, one with discaimer sticker inside cover)
The Great Mysteries                                                        Oudini   Green cover ed.
The Great Mysteries                                                        Oudini   White cover ed.
The Great Mysteries Exposed                                          Oudini   Gray cover ed.
The Great Handcuff and Gaol Breaking Mystery Exposed  Selby
Handcuff and Gaol Breaking Mystery Exposed                  Selby
Handcuff and Gaol Breaking Mystery Exposed                  Selby
Handcuff and Gaol Breaking Mystery Exposed                  Selby
THandcuff and Gaol Breaking Mystery Exposed                Selby
Handcuff and Gaol Breaking Mystery Exposed                  Selby
LIfe History of Harry Kardoc
Thrilling Episodes of John Clempert
Jail Breaking
Jail Breaking
         
           Houdini Biographies and Books


f1
Kellock, 1928 1st ed.
f2
Kellock, 1930 Blue Ribbon ed.
f3
Gibson, 1930, 1st ed.
f4
Ernst & Carrington, 1932 1st ed.
f5
Gibson, 1932 1st ed. 
f6
Gibson, 1930 
f7
1947, compiled by Pressing
f8
1947, compiled by Pressing
f9
S. H. Sharpe, 1950
f10
Sardina, ltd. French ed. - 1947
f11
Warne, rare, nd
f12
Sardina, hc, 1950
f13
Sardina, sc, 1950
f14
Cannell,
f15
Cannell,
f16
Courtney,  1942
ddd
Sardina, 1947
f17
Courtney, 1951
ddd2
Dick Wresch, 1961
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