Tag Archives: A. C. Gilbert Company

Magic Bond

In mid-October, magician Nelson Nicholson guided me through his estate in Orange. The puzzle box of a home, the result of 13 separate additions, was filled with artifacts from the golden age of magic—between 1890ish and 1920ish, before film had …

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Wonders Wandered

Alfred Carlton Gilbert would approve.

When A. C. was around, the labyrinthine Fair Haven complex now dubbed Erector Square—after the iconic…

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Reinventions

Gilbert Cast in a Trunk; photo by Lisa Daly and Dana Astmann

For most people, having a non-functioning umbrella is an excuse to consign it to the trash can. Not so for the founding members of New Haven’s A Broken Umbrella Theatre, who named their troupe in part as a clever homage …

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In These Parts

"The Erector Set at 100" at the Eli Whitney Museum and Workshop

Alfred Carlton Gilbert was a Yale medical degree holder, Olympic gold medalist and successful industrialist, and he accomplished at least two of the three by magic.

Mr. Gilbert, you see, was an…

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