Early-to-mid-20th century French magic game comprised of nine different elements, including a black-and-white-painted wooden magic wand, a green and blue plastic spinning top, two sets of painted wooden beads on strings, a clear plastic disk in a paper envelope, a set of metal rings in a coated paper envelope, two playing cards in a paper sleeve, a wood-handled awl-type tool, and a two-piece red-painted wooden item. 4to. Game housed in original thick paper-covered cardboard box with chromolithographed image by Hella Arno to lid depicting a magician pulling a white rabbit out of a top hat, and with printed rules in French affixed to underside of lid. Box approximately 7-3/4 x 11-3/4 x 1-3/4 inches. Overall good condition, some minor soiling and dust-staining, slight abrasions to corners. Mulhouse, France (Bahy) n.d., circa 1940's/1950's.
A printed label affixed to the underside of the box lid lays out recommendations and explanations for how to use the various items inside the box. The items are identified as "Le Poignard", "La Piece Fondante", "Les Olives Mysterieuses", "Les Anneaux Magiques", "La Reglette Elastique", "La Boule Hindoue", and "La Baguette Magique". Each item is accompanied by its own brief paragraph of explanation. The rules also emphasize the importance of the comportment of the magician: "L'éloquence de prestidigitateur est également très importante, pour fasciner votre auditoire et vous permettre ainsi de préparer vos truquages tout en parlant." The rules close with a notice that if you were pleased by the contents of this box, to please ask your local supplier for the larger model with 20 different tricks enclosed. As of October 2019, we could not find any listings for this magic set on WorldCat. Book ID: 50267