|A digital throwing card created for Burt's throwing card project|
"No Copyright © 2011.
All information in this checklist may be reproduced or transmitted in any
form or by any means whether electronic, mechanical, or photocopied hand typed or
written without permission from anyone.
No Rights Reserved"
Sadly, Burt's untimely death ended the effort -- but his vision and inspiration drove the creation of this site.
Burt wrote his own bio in a draft version of his throwing card checklist:
"Burton S. Sperber, MIMC – Los Angeles, California b.1929 BSS. Interested in magic since the age of 10. His uncle Maury Leaf, a Hollywood magician taught him many principles of magic. He did magic while in the Army and wrote a number of articles for Bascom Jones periodical Magick. He wrote Miracles of my Friends in 1982 and Miracles of my Friends II in 2010. He is known for developing some of the more popular well known effects in his books Miracles of my Friends I and II. He also wrote mini periodicals from 1993-1995, called A Real Miracle and published under the same name. Member S.A.M., I.B.M., Order of Merlin, Magic Castle, Lifetime Membership and Magic Circle, MIMC and Magic Collectors' Association. Extensive magic collection which includes, catalogues, tokens, mirror cards, trade cards, books and periodicals. For many years he had the largest known catalog collection."
|A draft cover for the throwing card checklist proposed by Burt Sperber.|
Fortunately, in that same draft, Burt authored a Preface which captures his vision for the project:
"As most collectors of magic memorabilia, I always had a few throw-out cards – it was never the most important part of my library of books, catalogues, tokens, tobacco cards, mirror cards, periodicals and other magic items. And, as I talked to fellow collectors of throw-out cards, they mostly said the same thing. They all said their cards were not organized or alphabetized, so now we can at least get some of the large throw-out collections in better order and thank you to them for all of their help in putting this checklist together. I had over 350 cards, through the years I had an opportunity to get more from Ted [Bogusta]. His collection that he built up over the years included Jay Marshall, Al Flosso, Egyptian Hall, Paul Noffke and over the years collecting more to add to my collection it nearly doubled. I have a bio on each of the contributors and the checklist shows all of the cards from all of our collectors."
|Sample page from the proposed throwing card checklist.|
We here at Propelled Pasteboards wish to honor Burton's memory, vision and generosity, and hope that the information and images contained in these pages will assist and inspire historians and collectors.