OPPOSITE: One of Gaughan’s many display cases packed
with 18th- and 19th-century magic apparatuses. Inset
shows 19th-century French boxwood ball-and-vase tricks.
THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE: The Harry Houdini automaton
in a re-creation of his 1922 office; dowels of every size;
Psycho, an 1875 automaton formerly owned by Harry
Kellar and Houdini; one of 12 clocks built by Gaughan
entirely from Brazilian rosewood.