Antique magic tricks go under the hammer

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Two trunks full of antique magic tricks and books, once owned by a magician from Oldham, are set to go under the hammer later this month.

Gathered between the 1940s and 1970s, the collection belonged to former Magic Circle member Cyril Bayliffe, who was born in 1928.

Tricks such as The Dagger Chest, fire-eating, escapology, mind-reading illusions and a saw trick are included in the sale at Hansons in London along with two handwritten notebooks detailing 63 tricks.

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The magician, whose catchphrase "Inky Pinky Plinky Plonk" delighted audiences for decades, died at the age of 58 in 1987,

Mr Bayliffe's daughter, who wishes to remain anonymous, isselling the collection.

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"I remember coming home from school one day in the 1970s and dad asking to try a trick on me.

Cyril Bayliffe's daughter

Mr Bayliffe's wife, Joan, died recently at the age of 93 and their daughter decided the time is right to let her father's collection go.

"When I opened the trunks, I had no idea what was inside but as I pulled out the tricks the memories came flooding back," she said.

"There are all sorts, big and small, including one where you can pretend to chop off your thumb.

"I'd like to pass on the magic and the fun my father was renowned for to the next generation of magicians."

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Chris Kirkham, associate director of Hansons London, said: "It's a fascinating collection that will appeal to magicians and collectors worldwide. I hope to see some magicians joining us on viewing day. Let the auction magic begin."

The Cyril Bayliffe Magic Collection will be sold on Monday, June 10 at Hansons London Saleroom, Teddington.