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Willmann

Carl Willmann’s box of apparatus for hand shadows

Carl Willmann’s box of apparatus for hand shadows

This box contains a large variety of shapes which help the artiste create interesting and complex shadowgraphy images. The contents of the box closely match the items described in Carl Willmann’s book ‘Handschatten-Spiele’. Towards the end of the book he lists various objects and says that ‘All items listed under No. 35 – 106 are packed together in a fine box Mk. 50—.’ This is the box to which he refers. Click View Details to see the additional illustrations of the book and the labels on the packaging of the objects. Some labels mention Bartl and Willmann and others mention Bartl, so at least some of the contents must be circa 1920. Also shown are three examples of the metal and composite objects alongside their illustration in Willmann’s book. From top to bottom, the three objects are: one of the hats for a happy couple; a trombone; a balcony with a bell which can be rung mechanically.

Bird and cage transposition

Bird and cage transposition

The magician magically causes a bird to vanish from the cage on one stand and appear in the cage on the other stand. According to one expert, the cages were made by Bartl or Willmann in Germany.

Vanishing lamp on pole

Vanishing lamp on pole

The magician shows a nickel plated pole which has a shallow saucer shaped tray on the top. The elaborate lighted lamp is stood upon the tray and the pole raised into the air. Suddenly the lamp vanishes. The apparatus is advertised in Bartl and Willmann catalogues.