2012 February 17 - I just completed a magic lecture tour across the Southern states, arranged by Scott Wells, Southern Lecture Tour Coordinator of Houston. I was in seven cities including St. Louis, Kansas City, New Orleans, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin. Two places I stayed at have been in the homes of magic collectors who have magic museums and collections second to none I have ever seen. ...The pictures attached are images from the home of Mark Jensen. It is hard to look anywhere here and not find something related to magic. His collection includes over 200 products by Marshall Brodien who was the owner and creator of 300 items sold on television under the title of “TV Magic.” Mark’s poster collection would cover all his wall space.
He has too many things to list them all. His book collection is one of the largest I have ever seen, with many originals and collector’s editions, signatures collected by all the greats, and illusions built and sculptures made by artists of the 1800s (to include an original plaster of “Traveling Magician” by John Rogers.
I thought my father’s book collection was impressive, but these two collections beat my dad’s by a long shot. I did learn from all of this that there are magic books and products that sell for hundreds of dollars that collectors will buy, which further encourages me to eventually produce all of my father’s own material in a collector’s edition.