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David Oliver
Yankee Gathering XVI Wrap-up

Thank you to all attendees for making Yankee Gathering XVI such a memorable event. It was wonderful seeing old and new friends.

Whether you attended the latest Yankee Gathering or not, you'll want to read Frank Dudgeon's excellent overview of the event.

Attention collectors and biblophiles: Yankee Collector #17 is now available for purchase online. This issue contains articles from 17 contributors with nearly 200 pages of magic history and collector knowledge.

See you in 2018!

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Discoverie of Witchcraft

Annual Business Meeting: Saturday, March 18, 7 PM

First Parish Church (Upper Hall) - 35 Church St, Watertown, MA 02472

Please bring your new acquisitions and show-and-tell items.

The election will be the first order of business at this meeting. After that, we will discuss events and meetings for the upcoming year, and general operation of the club as we move forward.

Also to add a bit of fun for the evening, we traditionally have a show-and-tell. If you have some recently acquired treasures, or just came across one in the closet, bring it in and tell us about it.

As mentioned, the meeting will start at 7, but for those interested in getting something to eat ahead of time, meet in the church parking lot about 5:30 or so. From there we can decide whether to go to Not Your Average Joes or Demo’s, or both if people want.


Upcoming Collecting Events

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Three Ring Auction

Potter & Potter Auction, Saturday, July 23rd from 10am - 5pm, CST.

Ladies and gentlemen! Boys and girls of all ages! The greatest auction house on earth is now offering for sale an ostentations & overwhelming number of gorgeous and artistic antiques and relics from the world's most unrivaled of circuses, carnivals and wild west shows!

Included in this not-to-be-missed extravaganza of an auction will be carousel horses, sideshow banners, circus posters and lithographs, Buffalo Bill and wild west memorabilia and ephemera, Coney Island Amusement Park relics, and oh, so much more! Photographs, autographs, wagons, banners, wood carvings, signs, and other fantastic objects sure to delight and amuse will all go on the auction block!

More information.



Featured Magic History and Collecting Sites

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Hermann Throwing Card

Propelled Pasteboards: Judge Gary Brown, Tom Ewing, and Gary Frank have collaborated to create an an entertaining and thoughtful blog dedicated to the art and history of Throwing Cards.

For more than a century, magicians have dazzled audiences by throwing playing cards with remarkable power, speed and precision. Some conjurers propelled cards to showcase their extraordinary skill and dexterity, bouncing cards against the rear wall of the theater, sailing them into the balcony or landing them in the laps of specific spectators. Visit the Propelled Pasteboards site to learn ore about this amazing specialty.