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64-65 NYWF-Hall of Magic-Memorabilia-Poster

Original 64-65 NYWF Hall of Magic Original Memorabilia Very Rare Poster

Original Memorabilia from the Allakazam Archives Collection:

VERY RARE - ORIGINAL "New York Worlds Fair 1964-1965 Corporation"  Poster (Copyright 1963) for The General Cigar Hall of Magic. This venue hosted the 7th Most Popular Live Attraction at the Fair, 2 years running.  The show was created by Mark Wilson, star of "The Magic Land of Allakazam." 

 

This is a large, 30"x40" Poster. Its  condition is NEAR MINT - NEW/OLD STOCK.  It's been stored rolled since printed in 1963, with only sleight wearing on the edges that were on the end of the protective tube.  This is a recent warehouse find.  This poster comes from magician Mark Wilson's personal collection.  Mark produced the live show that was performed in the Hall of Magic and picked up this poster from the General Cigar offices in 1963.   Many famous magicians were influenced by this show, including David Copperfield.  Mr. Copperfield saw the show many times as a young man.  

 

The reason this poster is so rare, is because they were printed for the NY Metropolitan Transit Authority as subway and bus stop posters.  Once used, the NY-MTA posters were destroyed.  This poster was never sold at the Fair.  That's why Mark Wilson has the only known surviving originals.  This is an Extremely Rare Poster.  It has been authenticated by the Curator of the Queens Museum at the Flushing Meadows grounds of the original NYWF.

 

The background is based on the work of Bob Peak, although the rest of the layout is done by an unknown artist.  The "Copyright" notice at the bottom shows it was printed by Robert Moses' NYWF Corp. in 1963, prior to the opening of the fair.   The same art was used in other ways for post cards and magazine ads.  But this large printed poster was never distributed to the public, making it quite a special and unique discovery!  The retro style of the family attending the fair, the Unisphere, and the "Smoke Rings" (part of the General Cigar planned attraction) all represent a bygone era, and a real treasure for any collector or fan of World's Fairs.

 

Please write us with any questions.  We will maintain it in it's pristine "Rolled" condition and Ship it to you by USPS in a sturdy tube.  Mark Wilson is currently 90 years old, and quite healthy.  If you would like it autographed, please specify that when you place your order.  Don't miss this opportunity to own an incredible piece of NYWF and Magic history!  

 

Proceeds from the sale of this poster go to the preservation and maintenance of the Allakazam Archives, dedicated to the digitization of the pioneering work of Mark Wilson and Nani Darnell in the world of Magic.

Large NYWF Proposal Art by Frank Martineau for The Hall of Magic

64/65 NYWF Super Rare Near Mint ORIGINAL Print Poster

Image Notes:

This is a 56 year old  poster in amazing condition!  Printed with durable ink on sturdy bond paper.  It's been stored away from sunlight, so if there is any aging it is only on the edges of the rolled ends, and perhaps a slight bit along the exposed back portion that was the outside part of the roll.  But the printed front of the poster is in Mint or Near-Mint condition.  This is a phenomenal find!  And, there are no other sources that I have found for these original prints!  


Get your's now, because when it's gone..IT'S GONE!

Features:

  1. 1
    ORIGINAL PRINT
  2. 2
    Stored in Mint or Near-Mint condition for 56 years!
  3. 3
    Original color - no fading
  4. 4
    Officially printed by the 1963 New York World's Fair Corporation
  5. 5
    “Certificate of Authenticity,” issued by the Allakazam Archives
  6. 6
    Made in the USA

© Greg Wilson – All Rights Reserved

Additional Information:

Frame

None

Dimensions

30” Wide x 40” Hig

Artist

1963 New York World's Fair Corporation

Media

Printed Paper

Origin

Compilation of artists

Genre

NY Metropolitian Authority Mass Transit Poster

Category

Memorabilia, Collectable, New York World''s Fair

Thank you for Supporting the Allakazam Fund

When you buy something for yourself here at the Allakazam Archives, know that you are doing more magical good for yourself and future generations.  


The funds we raise are used to digitize, preserve, and maintain the Allakazam Archives and more.  We thank  you and rely on your contributions to keep this project going.


Thank you for making the magic happen!

NYWF 64 Proposal-Canvas Print-Concept Art

The Concept Art 32"W x22"H from the 2nd Show Proposal for the New York World's Fair, by Frank Martineau

Original art from the Allakazam Archives Collection:

Towards the end of the Magic Land of Allakazam, Mark Wilson sold an amazing "Film to Life" interactive live stage show that incorporated all the cutting edge magic that the Allakazam Creative team could come up with.  Sadly, they discovered that the show that was sold to the General Cigar Co. for the Hall of Magic was beyond what the technology of the time could achieve!  What a horrible position to be in, especially a couple of months out from the opening of the 64/65 New York World's Fair!


Mark, armed with a new show  proposal, and some new concept art, went to the headquarters of General Cigar, in New York, to explain the situation and "sell" them on the new "Magic Show" production.  This spectacular piece of Concept Art, seen here as the Gallery Canvas, Large 32"wide by 22" tall version, was a leading piece in that presentation!  History tells us that not only did Mark save the production company's reputation, but, he and his team created one of the top 10 live attractions, ranking #7 in audience reviews for both years of the World's Fair.  Thats a great achievement when competing with giants like Disney.


The process of this spectacular illusion is presented on a single 32" x 22" panel.  A clear box is assembled on a flat platform, covered, hoisted by a crane, and then, in a magical "Smoke Ring", a lovely lady in a sparkling dress is produced.  This art was drawn by famous magician and artist, Frank (Francis) Martineau, in 1964, for Mark Wilson.   It has been told to me that Martineau was so skilled at this type of line drawing, with ink or pencil, that he rarely, if ever, made a sketch.  He would visualize it and go directly into the finished product.  Although it has  been said that he had a rough temper, he certainly was a "fine artist".


This beautiful, Numbered Edition, Gallery Wrapped, Canvas Print represents our dedication to the true color and texture achieved by Frank Martineau.  We paid close attention to the original and, on each print, have carefully, manually, added the detail of glitter to the Lady's dress, making the production effect even stronger in this Presentation art.   It's not "storyboard" art. It has a much higher degree of finish.   This 34" wide x 22" tall rendering was intended to be a feature piece in the presentation and help save the day.  It's never been released to the public.  That's why this is a wonderful opportunity to amaze your friends and family with the story of how rare and special this New York World's Fair Presentation Art piece is!


There is an incredible companion piece to this presentation art (see image below). It is an extremely RARE ORIGINAL POSTER, Real Memorabilia, in near Mint condition.  I have found many elements related to this whole NYWF story.  I plan on writing about that whole experience.   We also have  a DVD of the full show, as it  was performed, along with other limited ephemera from the Fair.


Either as a stand-alone piece or side by side with the "General Cigar, The Hall of Magic" Poster, this is an excellent addition to a magical Gallery!   This  is a great way to bring a little Magic from the NYWF into your home!   And now you can have your own Allakazam Archives Canvas Gallery Wrap, that may last much longer than the original!   

Large NYWF Proposal Art by Frank Martineau for The Hall of Magic

64/65 NYWF Super Rare Near Mint ORIGINAL Print Poster

Image Notes:

Allakazam Archives Gallery Wraps are perfect for any space. Each wrap is crafted with using our premium canvas reproduction techniques and hand wrapped around a deep, hardwood stretcher bar. Hung as an ensemble or by itself, this frameless presentation gives you a versatile way to display art in your home.

Features:

  1. 1
    Premium museum-quality canvas substrate
  2. 2
    Hand mounted on wooden stretcher bars
  3. 3
    Long-life pigment inks that outperform conventional press inks
  4. 4
    Edition number is applied to each Limited Edition Canvas
  5. 5
    Individually numbered “Certificate of Authenticity,” matched to the art piece
  6. 6
    Made in the USA

Numbered Edition gallery wrapped canvas:

The Allakazam Archives Collection, Numbered Edition Canvases, combine old world craftsmanship with the finest materials and latest production technologies to create extraordinary artwork, for you.  Using museum-quality canvas, our reproduction process captures not only the color and mood of the enchanting original art, but the actual brushwork as well.  Every piece is made with the strictest quality control, giving your Allakazam Archive Treasure a look almost identical to the artist’s on-easel original. Vibrant colors, rich textures and color tones accurate to the original, are the hallmarks of your finished piece.

© Greg Wilson – All Rights Reserved

Additional Information:

Frame

Gallery Wrap, Hand Mounted on Wood Stretcher Bars

Dimensions

34” Wide x 22” High x 1.5” Deep

Artist

Frank (Francis) Martineau

Media

Authentic Museum Quality Canvas

Origin

Pencil and Chalk on black art board, with Glitter accents

Genre

Concept Art, Show Proposal

Category

Gallery Wrapped Canvas, New York World''s Fair

Thank you for Supporting the Allakazam Fund

When you buy something for yourself here at the Allakazam Archives, know that you are doing more magical good for yourself and future generations.  


The funds we raise are used to digitize, preserve, and maintain the Allakazam Archives and more.  We thank  you and rely on your contributions to keep this project going.


Thank you for making the magic happen!

Mummy Illusion-Canvas Print-Concept Art

Mummy Illusion, circa 1959, Numbered Edition Canvas Print from The Allakazam Archives

Original art from the Allakazam Archives Collection:

Mark Wilson knew that not everyone's imagination will see the same image of a show as he does.  So, circa 1959, he commissioned this beautiful concept art series for his magic show proposals.  This one tells the story of the Magician and the Mummy Illusion.  This particular piece was painted in Dallas, Texas, around 1959, by an artist that understood how to make magic look very theatrical!  Mark included this art in his presentations to networks and sponsors, while trying to sell his ultimate dream of a Network Magic Series.  Later his dream came true as "The Magic Land  of Allakazam".


If you are not familiar with the effect, here's what happens.  The Magician shows the mummy and places it into an empty sarcophagus.  After a thematic magical conjuring presentation,  the mummy transforms into a live Egyptian Princess.   I especially like the dabs of water-color around the edges where the artist mixed colors and tested his brush.  We carefully maintained this previously hidden part of the art.


This beautiful, Numbered Edition, Gallery Wrapped, Canvas Print represents our dedication to the true color and texture achieved by the original artist.  It's not "storyboard" art. It has a much higher degree of finish.   This 22"wide x 18" tall rendering was intended to be a feature piece in the presentation of this new creative concept proposal.  It's never been released to the public.  That's why this  is a wonderful opportunity to amaze your friends and family with the story of how rare and special the Mummy Illusion piece is!


There are two more incredible pieces of water-color art that are the companions to this show's presentation.  (See collection listing)  One is the Chef Illusion and the other is the Toy Soldier Illusion.  I have not yet found the description of the full show.  I hope I will find it soon.  This looks like a really fun show.   


Either as a stand-alone piece or side by side with the Chef Illusion and the Toy Soldier Illusion, this is an excellent addition to a magical Gallery!  So far, these three pieces are the only water-color renderings from that 1959 proposal.  I've seen a small photo print of a fourth image featuring a Levitation, but I have not yet found the original art.   This is a great way to bring a little Magic from Allakazam into your home!   And now you can have your own Allakazam Archives Canvas Gallery Wrap that may last much longer than the original!   

Toy Soldier Illusion, circa1959, Concept Art Series

Chef Illusion, circa1959, Concept Art Series

Mummy Illusion, circa1959, Concept Art Series

Image Notes:

Allakazam Archives Gallery Wraps are perfect for any space. Each wrap is crafted using our premium canvas reproduction techniques and hand wrapped around a deep, hardwood stretcher bar. Hung as an ensemble or by itself, this frameless presentation gives you a versatile way to display art in your home.

Features:

  1. 1
    Premium museum-quality canvas substrate
  2. 2
    Hand mounted on wooden stretcher bars
  3. 3
    Long-life pigment inks that outperform conventional press inks
  4. 4
    Edition number is applied to each Limited Edition Canvas
  5. 5
    Individually numbered “Certificate of Authenticity,” matched to the art piece
  6. 6
    Made in the USA

Numbered Edition gallery wrapped canvas:

The Allakazam Archives Collection, Numbered Edition Canvases, combine old world craftsmanship with the finest materials and latest production technologies to create extraordinary artwork, for you.  Using museum-quality canvas, our reproduction process captures not only the color and mood of the enchanting original art, but the actual brushwork as well.  Every piece is made with the strictest quality control, giving your Allakazam Archive Treasure a look almost identical to the artist’s on-easel original. Vibrant colors, rich textures and color tones accurate to the original, are the hallmarks of your finished piece.

© Greg Wilson – All Rights Reserved

Additional Information:

Frame

Gallery Wrap, Hand Mounted on Wood Stretcher Bars

Dimensions

22” Wide x 18” High x 1.5” Deep

Artist

Unknown (Still researching)

Media

Authentic Museum Quality Canvas

Origin

Commissioned by Mark Wilson, Dallas TX, Circa 1959, Water-Color

Genre

Concept Art, Show Proposal

Category

Gallery Wrapped Canvas

Thank you for Supporting the Allakazam Fund

When you buy something for yourself here at the Allakazam Archives, know that you are doing more magical good for yourself and future generations.  


The funds we raise are used to digitize, preserve, and maintain the Allakazam Archives and more.  We thank  you and rely on your contributions to keep this project going.


Thank you for making the magic happen!

Chef Illusion-Canvas Print-Concept Art

Chef Illusion, circa 1959, Numbered Edition Canvas Print from The Allakazam Archives

Original art from the Allakazam Archives Collection:

Mark Wilson knew that not everyone's imagination will see the same image of a show as he does.  So, circa 1959, he commissioned this beautiful concept art series for his magic show proposals.  This one tells the story of the Magician producing his Assistant as a Chef Illusion.  This particular piece was painted in Dallas, Texas, around 1959, by an artist that understood how to make magic look very theatrical!  Mark included this art in his presentations to networks and sponsors, while trying to sell his ultimate dream of a Network Magic Series.  Later his dream came true as "The Magic Land  of Allakazam".


If you are not familiar with the effect, here's what happens.  The Magician shows the cooking pot to be empty, adds a series of ingredients, such as "Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice", and magically conjures up his lovely assistant.  I especially like the Parisian set in the background, and the hint of the green drape-skirt behind  the table.  It's as if they were trying to set it up to really be performed with an empty table.  Notice how the darker water-color around the edges guides your eye back into the brighter middle of the magical image.  We carefully maintained even the previously hidden "unfinished" edges of the art.


This beautiful, Numbered Edition, Gallery Wrapped, Canvas Print represents our dedication to the true color and texture achieved by the original artist.  It's not "storyboard" art. It has a much higher degree of finish.   This 22"wide x 18" tall rendering was intended to be a feature piece in the presentation of this new creative concept proposal.  It's never been released to the public.  That's why this  is a wonderful opportunity to amaze your friends and family with the story of how rare and special the Chef Illusion piece is!


There are two more incredible pieces of water-color art that are the companions to this show's presentation.  (See collection listing)  One is of the Mummy Illusion and the other is of the Toy Soldier Illusion.  I have not yet found the description of the full show.  I hope I will find it soon.  This looks like a really fun show.   


Either as a stand-alone piece or side by side with the Mummy Illusion and the Toy Soldier Illusion, this is an excellent addition to a magical Gallery!  So far, these three pieces are the only water-color renderings from that 1959 proposal.  I've seen a small photo print of a fourth image featuring a Levitation, but I have not yet found the original art.   This is a great way to bring a little Magic from Allakazam into your home!   And now you can have your own Allakazam Archives Canvas Gallery Wrap that may last much longer than the original!   

Toy Soldier Illusion, circa1959, Concept Art Series

Chef Illusion, circa1959, Concept Art Series

Mummy Illusion, circa1959, Concept Art Series

Image Notes:

Allakazam Archives Gallery Wraps are perfect for any space. Each wrap is crafted using our premium canvas reproduction techniques and hand wrapped around a deep, hardwood stretcher bar. Hung as an ensemble or by itself, this frameless presentation gives you a versatile way to display art in your home.

Features:

  1. 1
    Premium museum-quality canvas substrate
  2. 2
    Hand mounted on wooden stretcher bars
  3. 3
    Long-life pigment inks that outperform conventional press inks
  4. 4
    Edition number is applied to each Limited Edition Canvas
  5. 5
    Individually numbered “Certificate of Authenticity,” matched to the art piece
  6. 6
    Made in the USA

Numbered Edition gallery wrapped canvas:

The Allakazam Archives Collection, Numbered Edition Canvases, combine old world craftsmanship with the finest materials and latest production technologies to create extraordinary artwork, for you.  Using museum-quality canvas, our reproduction process captures not only the color and mood of the enchanting original art, but the actual brushwork as well.  Every piece is made with the strictest quality control, giving your Allakazam Archive Treasure a look almost identical to the artist’s on-easel original. Vibrant colors, rich textures and color tones accurate to the original, are the hallmarks of your finished piece.

© Greg Wilson – All Rights Reserved

Additional Information:

Frame

Gallery Wrap, Hand Mounted on Wood Stretcher Bars

Dimensions

22” Wide x 18” High x 1.5” Deep

Artist

Unknown (Still researching)

Media

Authentic Museum Quality Canvas

Origin

Commissioned by Mark Wilson, Dallas TX, Circa 1959, Water-Color

Genre

Concept Art, Show Proposal

Category

Gallery Wrapped Canvas

Thank you for Supporting the Allakazam Fund

When you buy something for yourself here at the Allakazam Archives, know that you are doing more magical good for yourself and future generations.  


The funds we raise are used to digitize, preserve, and maintain the Allakazam Archives and more.  We thank  you and rely on your contributions to keep this project going.


Thank you for making the magic happen!

Toy Soldier Illusion-Canvas Print-Concept Art

Toy Soldier Illusion, circa 1959, Numbered Edition Canvas Print from The Allakazam Archives

Original art from the Allakazam Archives Collection:

Mark Wilson knew that not everyone's imagination will see the same image of a show as he does.  So, circa 1959, he commissioned this beautiful concept art series for his magic show proposals.  This one tells the story of the Magician and the Toy Soldier Illusion.  This particular piece was painted in Dallas, Texas, around 1959, by an artist that understood how to make magic look very theatrical!  Mark included this art in his presentations to networks and sponsors while trying to sell his ultimate dream of a Network Magic Series.  Later his dream came true as "The Magic Land  of Allakazam".


If you are not familiar with the effect, here's what happens.  The Magician is isolated and locked in a prison-like cabinet (on the left).  Meanwhile, assistants build a "Toy Soldier" using rifles as a tripod to support a Toy Soldier head.  What you don't see here is the "robe-like" cloth that wraps around the tripod.  The rifles are removed and the Toy Soldier head begins to dance about.  Suddenly, we discover that the Magician has vanished from his confines... but, simultaneously, the cloth robe is whisked away to reveal that the Magician is free, and inside the Toy Soldier!  This illusion is a version of what is also known as the "Vampire" Illusion.  I especially like the dabs of water-color around the edges where the artist mixed colors and tested his brush.  We carefully maintained this previously hidden part of the art.


This beautiful ,Numbered Edition, Gallery Wrapped, Canvas Print represents our dedication to the true color and texture achieved by the original artist.  It's not "storyboard" art. It has a much higher degree of finish.   This 22"wide x 18" tall rendering was intended to be a feature piece in the presentation of this new creative concept proposal.  It's never been released to the public.  That's why this  is a wonderful opportunity to amaze your friends and family with the story of how rare and special the Toy Soldier Illusion piece is!


There are two more incredible pieces of water-color art that are the companions to this show's presentation.  (See collection listing)  One is of the Mummy Illusion and the other is of the Chef Illusion.  I have not yet found the description of the full show.  I hope I will find it soon.  This looks like a really fun show.   


Either as a stand-alone piece or side by side with the Mummy Illusion and the Chef Illusion, this is an excellent addition to a magical Gallery!  So far, these three pieces are the only water-color renderings from that 1959 proposal.  I've seen a small photo print of a fourth image featuring a Levitation, but I have not yet found the original art.   This is a great way to bring a little Magic from Allakazam into your home!   And now you can have your own Allakazam Archives Canvas Gallery Wrap that may last much longer than the original!   

Toy Soldier Illusion, circa1959, Concept Art Series

Chef Illusion, circa1959, Concept Art Series

Mummy Illusion, circa1959, Concept Art Series

Image Notes:

Allakazam Archives Gallery Wraps are perfect for any space. Each wrap is crafted using our premium canvas reproduction techniques and hand wrapped around a deep, hardwood stretcher bar. Hung as an ensemble or by itself, this frameless presentation gives you a versatile way to display art in your home.

Features:

  1. 1
    Premium museum-quality canvas substrate
  2. 2
    Hand mounted on wooden stretcher bars
  3. 3
    Long-life pigment inks that outperform conventional press inks
  4. 4
    Edition number is applied to each Limited Edition Canvas
  5. 5
    Individually numbered “Certificate of Authenticity,” matched to the art piece
  6. 6
    Made in the USA

Numbered Edition gallery wrapped canvas:

The Allakazam Archives Collection, Numbered Edition Canvases, combine old world craftsmanship with the finest materials and latest production technologies to create extraordinary artwork, for you.  Using museum-quality canvas, our reproduction process captures not only the color and mood of the enchanting original art, but the actual brushwork as well.  Every piece is made with the strictest quality control, giving your Allakazam Archive Treasure a look almost identical to the artist’s on-easel original. Vibrant colors, rich textures and color tones accurate to the original, are the hallmarks of your finished piece.

© Greg Wilson – All Rights Reserved

Additional Information:

Frame

Gallery Wrap, Hand Mounted on Wood Stretcher Bars

Dimensions

22” Wide x 18” High x 1.5” Deep

Artist

Unknown (Still researching)

Media

Authentic Museum Quality Canvas

Origin

Commissioned by Mark Wilson, Dallas TX, Circa 1959, Water-Color

Genre

Concept Art, Show Proposal

Category

Gallery Wrapped Canvas

Thank you for Supporting the Allakazam Fund

When you buy something for yourself here at the Allakazam Archives, know that you are doing more magical good for yourself and future generations.  


The funds we raise are used to digitize, preserve, and maintain the Allakazam Archives and more.  We thank  you and rely on your contributions to keep this project going.


Thank you for making the magic happen!

Wizard Castle-Canvas Print-Concept Art

Wizard Castle Concept Art by Glenn Schmitz, Numbered Edition Canvas Print from The Allakazam Archives

Original art from the Allakazam Archives Collection:

The creative team that brought you the Magic Land of Allakazam was also working on many other "spin-off" projects.  This proposal involved a Wizard, puppets, a young hero, and a magical castle.  This "Wizard Castle" museum-quality canvas print (22"W x18"W) is a dramatic setting that (former Disney artist) Glenn  Schmitz created as a beautiful Water-Color rendering. Glenn honed his skills during his work at Disney, as you can see in the style of this piece.  Notice that the lighting on the front of the Castle comes from a torch being carried across the draw-bridge.  You can only see the tip of the flame about halfway across the bridge, but, the illumination from it bounces off the front door and the inside of the entry arch to the right of the Castle.  A  clever way to dramatize the beginning of our hero's entrance into the Wizard's lair!


This beautiful, Numbered Edition, Gallery Wrapped, Canvas Print represents our dedication to the true color and vibrance that Glenn intended.  It's not "storyboard" art. It has a much higher degree of finish.   This 22"wide x 18" tall rendering was intended to be a feature piece in the presentation of this new creative concept proposal.  It's never been released to the public.  That's why this is a wonderful opportunity to amaze your friends and family with the story of how rare and special the Wizard Castle piece is!


There's a second incredible piece of water-color art that is the companion piece in this story's presentation.  (See collection listing)  It's an energetic rendition of our Hero in the climatic Wizard Battle.  I have not yet found the description of the full story.  I hope I will find it soon.  This looks like a really fun show.   


Either as a stand-alone piece or side by side with Wizard Battle-Concept Art, this is an excellent addition to a magical Gallery!  So far, the Wizard Battle is only other water-color rendering from the same proposal.   This is a great way to bring a little Magic from Allakazam into your home!   And now you can have your own Allakazam Archives Canvas Gallery Wrap that may last much longer than the original!   

Wizard Castle Concept Art by Glenn Schmitz

Wizard Battle Concept Art by Glenn Schmitz

Image Notes:

Allakazam Archives Gallery Wraps are perfect for any space. Each wrap is crafted using our premium canvas reproduction techniques and hand wrapped around a deep, hardwood stretcher bar. Hung as an ensemble or by itself, this frameless presentation gives you a versatile way to display art in your home.

Features:

  1. 1
    Premium museum-quality canvas substrate
  2. 2
    Hand mounted on wooden stretcher bars
  3. 3
    Long-life pigment inks that outperform conventional press inks
  4. 4
    Edition number is applied to each Limited Edition Canvas
  5. 5
    Individually numbered “Certificate of Authenticity,” matched to the art piece
  6. 6
    Made in the USA

Numbered Edition gallery wrapped canvas:

The Allakazam Archives Collection, Numbered Edition Canvases, combine old world craftsmanship with the finest materials and latest production technologies to create extraordinary artwork, for you. Using museum-quality canvas, our reproduction process captures not only the color and mood of the enchanting original art, but the actual brushwork as well. Every piece is made with the strictest quality control, giving your Allakazam Archive Treasure a look almost identical to the artist’s on-easel original. Vibrant colors, rich textures and color tones accurate to the original, are the hallmarks of your finished piece.

© Greg Wilson – All Rights Reserved

Additional Information:

Frame

Gallery Wrap, Hand Mounted on Wood Stretcher Bars

Dimensions

22” Wide x 18” High x 1.5” Deep

Artist

Glenn Schmitz, Circa 1961

Media

Authentic Museum Quality Canvas

Origin

Concept Art for an Allakazam Spin-off Show Proposal

Genre

Concept Art, Allakazam, Show Proposal

Category

Gallery Wrapped Canvas

Thank you for Supporting the Allakazam Fund

When you buy something for yourself here at the Allakazam Archives, know that you are doing more magical good for yourself and future generations.  


The funds we raise are used to digitize, preserve, and maintain the Allakazam Archives and more.  We thank  you and rely on your contributions to keep this project going.


Thank you for making the magic happen!

Wizard Battle-Canvas Print-Concept Art

Wizard Battle Concept Art by Glenn Schmitz, Numbered Edition Canvas Print from The Allakazam Archives

Original art from the Allakazam Archives Collection:

The creative team that brought you the Magic Land of Allakazam was also working on many other "spin-off" projects.  This proposal involved a Wizard, puppets, a young hero, and a magical castle.  This "Wizard Battle" museum-quality canvas print (22"W x18"W) is one of the most energetic, high action scenes that (former Disney artist) Glenn  Schmitz created as a beautiful Water-Color rendering. Glenn honed his skills during his work at Disney, as you can see in the style of this piece.  Notice the full magic illusion occupying the left side of the frame.  Those of you that know the method will enjoy the way they represented the secret to operating the little Princess Puppet.


This beautiful, Numbered Edition, Gallery Wrapped, Canvas Print represents our dedication to the true color and vibrance that Glenn intended.  It's not "storyboard" art. It has a much higher degree of finish.   This 22"wide x 18" tall rendering was intended to be a feature piece in the presentation of this new creative concept proposal.  It's never been released to the public.  That's why this is a wonderful opportunity to amaze your friends and family with the story of how rare and special the Wizard Battle piece is!


There's a second incredible piece of water-color art that is the companion piece in this story's presentation.  (See collection listing)  It's of the exterior of the Wizard's Castle.  I have not yet found the description of the full story.  I hope I will find it soon.  This looks like a really fun show.   


Either as a stand-alone piece or side by side with Wizard Castle-Concept Art, this is an excellent addition to a magical Gallery!  So far, the Wizard Castle is only other water-color rendering from the same proposal.   This is a great way to bring a little Magic from Allakazam into your home!   And now you can have your own Allakazam Archives Canvas Gallery Wrap that may last much longer than the original!   

Allakazam Archives for the Preservation of the Magic Land of Allakazam

Allakazam Archives for the Preservation of the Magic Land of Allakazam

Image Notes:

Allakazam Archives Gallery Wraps are perfect for any space. Each wrap is crafted using our premium canvas reproduction techniques and hand wrapped around a deep, hardwood stretcher bar. Hung as an ensemble or by itself, this frameless presentation gives you a versatile way to display art in your home.

Features:

  1. 1
    Premium museum-quality canvas substrate
  2. 2
    Hand mounted on wooden stretcher bars
  3. 3
    Long-life pigment inks that outperform conventional press inks
  4. 4
    Edition number is applied to each Limited Edition Canvas
  5. 5
    Individually numbered “Certificate of Authenticity,” matched to the art piece
  6. 6
    Made in the USA

Numbered Edition gallery wrapped canvas:

The Allakazam Archives Collection, Numbered Edition Canvases, combine old world craftsmanship with the finest materials and latest production technologies to create extraordinary artwork, for you. Using museum-quality canvas, our reproduction process captures not only the color and mood of the enchanting original art, but the actual brushwork as well. Every piece is made with the strictest quality control, giving your Allakazam Archive Treasure a look almost identical to the artist’s on-easel original. Vibrant colors, rich textures and color tones accurate to the original, are the hallmarks of your finished piece.

© Greg Wilson – All Rights Reserved

Additional Information:

Frame

Gallery Wrap, Hand Mounted on Wood Stretcher Bars

Dimensions

22” Wide x 18” High x 1.5” Deep

Artist

Glenn Schmitz, Circa 1961

Media

Authentic Museum Quality Canvas

Origin

Concept Art for an Allakazam Spin-off Show Proposal

Genre

Concept Art, Allakazam, Show Proposal

Category

Gallery Wrapped Canvas

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Rebo Art-Canvas Print-Show 37

Rebo Art by Glenn Schmitz, Numbered Edition Canvas Print from The Magic Land of Allakazam, Episode 37, Rebo's Balloon Shop, 1961

Original art from the Allakazam Archives Collection:

This beautiful large caricature of Rebo the Clown is very special.  It was originally created on a large piece of paper, using chalk, by The Magic Land of Allakazam's Glenn  Schmitz (a former Disney artist).  Glenn's favorite medium was chalk on paper. An interesting side-note is that, apparently, his fingers were cracked from the excessive use of chalk for his renderings.  This particular piece was made as a set piece for Episode #37 of The Magic Land of Allakazam.  It hung in Rebo's Balloon Shop alongside the equally large and spectacular partner piece of Basil the Baffling Bunny.  (See collection listing).  


Either as a stand-alone piece or side by side with Basil's caricature, since the original design was for the set, this particular sketch of Rebo is a great way to bring a little Magic from Allakazam into your home!  Not surprisingly, it is a favorite of the Wilson Family.  Nani even allowed Greg to hang the original in his bedroom at the Wilson residence for many years.  And now you can have your own Allakazam Archives Canvas Gallery Wrap that may last much longer than the original!   

Episode #37 of  The Magic Land of Allakazam

The Basil Caricature of the Set of 2

The two pieces of art, highlighted in blue, in the show

Image Notes:

Allakazam Archives Gallery Wraps are perfect for any space. Each wrap is crafted using our premium canvas reproduction techniques and hand wrapped around a deep, hardwood stretcher bar. Hung as an ensemble or by itself, this frameless presentation gives you a versatile way to display art in your home.

Features:

  1. 1
    Premium museum-quality canvas substrate
  2. 2
    Hand mounted on wooden stretcher bars
  3. 3
    Long-life pigment inks that outperform conventional press inks
  4. 4
    Edition number is applied to each Limited Edition Canvas
  5. 5
    Individually numbered “Certificate of Authenticity,” matched to the art piece
  6. 6
    Made in the USA

Numbered Edition gallery wrapped canvas:

The Allakazam Archives Collection, Numbered Edition Canvases, combine old world craftsmanship with the finest materials and latest production technologies to create extraordinary artwork, for you. Using museum-quality canvas, our reproduction process captures not only the color and mood of the enchanting original art, but the actual brushwork as well. Every piece is made with the strictest quality control, giving your Allakazam Archive Treasure a look almost identical to the artist’s on-easel original. Vibrant colors, rich textures and color tones accurate to the original, are the hallmarks of your finished piece.

© Greg Wilson – All Rights Reserved

Additional Information:

Frame

Gallery Wrap, Hand Mounted on Wood Stretcher Bars

Dimensions

22” Wide x 30” High x 1.5” Deep

Artist

Glenn Schmitz, 1961

Media

Authentic Museum Quality Canvas

Origin

Set Décor from The Magic Land of Allakazam, Episode #37,

Originally Chalk on Paper, we carefully replicated the texture of the paper and chalk

Genre

Caricature Sketch, Allakazam, Set Piece

Category

Gallery Wrapped Canvas

Thank you for Supporting the Allakazam Fund

When you buy something for yourself here at the Allakazam Archives, know that you are doing more magical good for yourself and future generations.  


The funds we raise are used to digitize, preserve, and maintain the Allakazam Archives and more.  We thank  you and rely on your contributions to keep this project going.


Thank you for making the magic happen!

Basil Art-Canvas Print-Show 37

Basil Art by Glenn Schmitz Numbered Edition Canvas Print from The Magic Land of Allakazam, Episode 37, Rebo's Balloon Shop, 1961

ORIGINAL ART FROM THE ALLAKAZAM ARCHIVES COLLECTION:

This beautiful large caricature of Basil the Baffling Bunny is very special.  It was originally created on a piece of paper using Chalk by The Magic Land of Allakazam's (former Disney artist) Glenn  Schmitz.  Glenn's favorite medium was chalk on paper. An interesting side-note is that, apparently, his fingers were cracked from the excessive use of chalk for his renderings.  This particular piece was made as a set piece for Episode #37 of The Magic Land of Allakazam.  It hung in Rebo's Balloon Shop alongside the equally large and spectacular partner piece of Rebo.  (See collection listing).  


Either as a stand-alone piece or side by side with the Rebo Caricature, since the original design was for the set, this particular sketch of Basil is a great way to bring a little Magic from Allakazam into your home!  Not surprisingly, it is a favorite of the Wilson Family.  Nani even allowed Greg to hang the original in his bedroom at the Wilson residence for many years.  And now you can have your own Allakazam Archives Canvas Gallery Wrap that may last much longer than the original!   

Episode #37 of  The Magic Land of Allakazam

The Rebo Caricature of the Set of 2

The two pieces of art, highlighted in blue, in the show

Image Notes:

Allakazam Archives Gallery Wraps are perfect for any space. Each wrap is crafted using our premium canvas reproduction techniques and hand wrapped around a deep, hardwood stretcher bar. Hung as an ensemble or by itself, this frameless presentation gives you a versatile way to display art in your home.

Features:

  1. 1
    Premium museum-quality canvas substrate
  2. 2
    Hand mounted on wooden stretcher bars
  3. 3
    Long-life pigment inks that outperform conventional press inks
  4. 4
    Edition number is applied to each Limited Edition Canvas
  5. 5
    Individually numbered “Certificate of Authenticity,” matched to the art piece
  6. 6
    Made in the USA

NUMBERED EDITION GALLERY WRAPPED CANVAS:

The Allakazam Archives Collection Numbered Edition Canvases combine old world craftsmanship with the finest materials and latest production technologies to create extraordinary artwork, for you. Using museum-quality canvas, our reproduction process captures not only the color and mood of the enchanting original art, but the actual brushwork as well. Every piece is made with the strictest quality control, giving your Allakazam Archive Treasure a look almost identical to the artist’s on-easel original. Vibrant colors, rich textures and color tones accurate to the original, are the hallmarks of your finished piece.

© Greg Wilson – All Rights Reserved

Additional Information:

Frame

Gallery Wrap, Hand Mounted on Wood Stretcher Bars

Dimensions

22” Wide x 30” High x 1.5” Deep

Artist

Glenn Schmitz, 1961

Media

Authentic Museum-Quality Canvas

Origin

Set Décor from The Magic Land of Allakazam, Episode #37,

Originally Chalk on Paper, we carefully replicated the texture of the paper and chalk

Genre

Caricature Sketch, Allakazam, Set Piece

Category

Gallery Wrapped Canvas

Thank you for Supporting the Allakazam Fund

When you buy something for yourself here at the Allakazam Archives, know that you are doing more magical good for yourself and future generations.  


The funds we raise are used to digitize, preserve, and maintain the Allakazam Archives and more.  We thank  you and rely on your contributions to keep this project going.


Thank you for making the magic happen!

EPISODE #38

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Check out the twins in the middle of the frame.  The two sweet girls wear the same dress and hairstyle.  But their attitude is so different.  

"What's the Magic Word Kids?... KELLOGG'S!"

The enthusiastic "Kellogg's" yell by the girl, center frame, turns the head of the boy next to her (right side of frame)!

"Wow, you're trying hard!" Says the Boy on right.

Then finally, she's a little embarrassed, and covers her mouth with her hands.  Meanwhile, here sister on the left just watches on, like "Yup, that's my sister..."

I love looking at the kids closely during this bit!

Does anyone recognize their faces?  Notice that this is not a "Scouting" audience.   These are kids that just wanted to see the show.  And notice how broad the age range is.  Please write in with  your memories of the show.

Magic Land of Allakazam Episode #38

This is Episode #38 which aired on week 38, June 17th, 1961.  The Evil Puppeteer Illusion, and features the Allakazam Players!  Mark, Nani, and Rebo play themselves, Bob (Harland/Torchy) Towner plays the "Evil Puppeteer", and Bob Fenton plays the Old Town Mayor.  Little Mike, Jackie Joseph, and Lynn Barton make brief appearances as the audience for the puppet show.

Allakazam Players, including Mike in shorts!


I noticed these two little girl twins in the top right corner of the frame at the opening of the show. (see below)  They caught my eye because they clapped so differently.  The right with a horizontal "normal" clap, as the other kids do... and the one on the left fervently clapping with a vertical drum beat action!  But wait, there's more... 

Opening of the show.  Notice the girl in center bottom... so sad about the big collar on her dress.  "Mother made me wear this!"


The House of Cards illusion on a Mignon Table.  

The magical minds working on these shows are amazing.  The thought that goes into each presentation is so well planned out.  Notice the subtle move by bringing on the EMPTY table from the right side, and Rebo's antics misdirecting from his big cart of cards, apparently haphazardly stacked... on purpose!

Magicians, watch this presentation closely, you will notice how clever they are in the process of producing Nani.  I had to roll back to see the placement of the middle layer  of flat cards, to see how Nani can stand up!  Oh, and watch how attentive Mark is to the two front cards that keep coming un-hooked.

Allakazam Show #38, House of Cards Illusion-built

Notice how Nani deftly  squeezes between the horizontal cards.  That took team work!

And then, everyone needs to strike those cards quickly to let her out, meanwhile Nani fixes her costume!  Tug Tug, and it's perfect.

What kid or for that matter, what person would not just flip over the enchanting Nani Darnell!

Another amazing aspect of these shows is the minimal rehearsal time they had, and yet how well they pulled off each performance.  There's a lot going on to make all that happen just right.  One slip up and Nani would have been caught in quite the compromising position!

Nani with Mark's gentle hand... I don't think he's doing much to help her though.  But it looks nice.

Watch the show closely as Nani elegantly leaps from that very high table, to the ground, landing with ease.  That's a well trained gymnast!  (She also taught Gymnastics as the assistant to her High School Gym Coach!  And had her own act for many years before Mark).

Nani, landing with a smile and perfect composure!

Still smiling, she adjusts her costume with ease, like the pro that she is!

I think the magic of the show was not just the tricks, but the relationship between Mark and Nani.  Just look at how cute they are!

End of the opening illusion!  Episode #38

And here's where Mark introduces the first commercial... after succeeding at producing Nani from a very complicated House of Cards!  Great Team Work!


Just after the Cartoon, Mike gets to do magic with a Spaceman, a Rocket, and the Moon!  I think he's having fun with this one.  Oh, and he speaks too!

Mike, Rebo, and Daddy Mark working together!


Mark presents the "Split Deck" with a little Bridge size Fox Lake deck!  Even though the cards are small in real life, it plays big on TV!  It's a shame that the little boy helping him was so nervous.  It was hard for him to relax and enjoy the magic.  But the trick worked great!

Allakazam Show #38, The Split Deck

Mark does his "now" standard segue into the "Mark in Audience" bit.  But this week it's not a tirck he shares with the kids, it's how to improve your dexterity!  He teaches finger exercises.  Look at how skilled his fingers are.  

This kid is wondering, "how does he do that?"   And then, "Why does he do that?"


The Big Bavarian Set!  I wonder where it came from?

The Allakazam Players present the next "one-act" play, with  the story narration as Mark's voiceover.  Remember, when you watch it, that this is done live.  Mark's voice is actually playing on the set, and the characters are reacting to it as it happens.  Even though the show is recorded, there can be no mistakes in this "live" TV presentation, because there's no money to go back for a second take.  

The other commendable aspect of this episode, is the creation of the two characters played by the two Bobs.  Robert Fenton plays the Town Mayor.  And, Robert Harland "Torchy" Towner plays the Evil Puppeteer.  Nani reminded me that each of them did their own makeup, not only to save money, but also because they were very good at it.  Each had a background in Theater and Circus that started way before the Magic Land of Allakazam.

The Town Mayor describes the thefts that have plagued his town recently, to Mark. 

The story is introduced and entirely acted out through the narration.  Watch the episode, I don't want to spoil it for you here.  Instead, let's look at how clever Fenton and Tower were with their characters!

Mark meets the Puppeteer, and already has doubts about the truth behind this odd fellow.

Later, Mark whisks off the Puppeteer's fake beard, revealing the Evil Villain!  To the Mayor's surprise.

Imagine this in color, with Towner's brilliant red hair, erupting like flames from his head.  It's not a surprise that he was given the nickname, "Torchy".  I knew him later in life, with white hair, as genius and lovable man , "The Wizard Harland"

In the story of this Episode, Nani and Rebo have been caught in an evil spell and transformed into puppets!  Notice that the puppets have matching costumes to the real Rebo and Nani that we saw in the opening of the story!

Closeup of the Nani and Rebo puppets

These two custom made puppets were the creation of a team of two: Glen Schmitz, the series lead art designer.  And Carol Beth Kindig, the hidden hero and un-credited seamstress that worked closely with Nani to fulfill all of the "sewing ' needs of the show.

Carol Beth, or as I knew her, Auntie CB, worked for Mark and Nani for many decades, starting with Allakazam, but continuing on through the many different companies that Mark had in the years to follow.  She made the Robot Girl costume, and most all of Nani's personal costumes.  She also helped design and perfect many of the fabric magic tricks performed in the amusement park shows, the trade shows, Corporate productions, and even magical elements for the Burger King shows.

Her craftsmanship is unparalleled.  She made things to last by making them perfect.  Many of her pieces are still in use today in my shows, even though they may be 50 to 60 years old.  They are made so well, that they look like new!

Auntie CB did it all on a simple yet durable Singer Sewing machine that had one stitching pattern... a straight line.  She maintained the machine as well, with love and great care.  We still have the machine, as it was Nani's personal sewing machine before Carol Beth.

In the late 80's Carol Beth suffered from cancer throughout her body, but never complained about the pain, nor did she seek treatment.  Her wonderful soul worked hard right up to the end when she passed in her sleep, with the elegance that was her style in life.  

Mom told me that she knows that Carol Beth had a crush on Bob Fenton, but we have no idea if it was mutual.  Both of them were very private people outside of work.  

Auntie CB and John Gaughan are probably the two longest running and consistent team members in Mark and Nani's life.  I know I loved her very  much myself, and we all miss her dearly.

The Happy ending, Nani and Rebo are turned back into people, and the Villain was captured...  of course!


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They look so happy and relieved that it all worked!

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AIRED 38TH WEEK June 17, 1961 KELLOGGS SHOW #38
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