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My personal collection of props used in the movie, Practical Magic!

 

Prop Acquisition:

Movie props are available for purchase from many venues! Frequently, right after filming of a movie, props and costumes will be auctioned immediately on ebay or other auction sites. Sometimes props later change hands and become part of different personal collections over years till an owner wants to sell or trade. So it's not uncommon to find props becoming re-available to acquire, long after a movie came out, or was a box office hit!

When a movie begins production, the set/prop director has access to prop house.....veritable warehouses of every item you can imagine to create a set with. They can check-out prop items in accordance with their vision for the film, and fitting the time period, etc. Some props have been used for other movies. Some may be visible for only a fraction of a second as the camera pans a room or setting, or perhaps not seen at all "on camera", but still an authentic prop. If a movie goes on to be quite popular, prop houses will often release props to sell post-filming, rather than have it returned to circulation to become available for other film set-use, because prop-value is raised due to the movie's box office popularity.

"Screen-used" props are ofthe highest value, easily recognizable as something you saw used in a movie---like the spellbook used in Practical Magic, owned by this lucky lady -->: http://octoberfarm.blogspot.com/2010/09/otiginal-practical-magic-spellbook.html. (I read on forum follow-up that this sold at the post-filming ebay auction for a reported nearly-$1300) She also owns the umbrella Sally used to jump off the roof at the end of the movie. The value of these type props is obviously higher.....but for many, just having any prop from a movie they cherish is valuable for sentimental, familiar reasons or whatnot....and that is the kind of collector I am.

All genuine props should be accompanied by a COA (Certificate of Authenticity) from a reputable prop house it originated from, that looks something like the following. Some major prop houses in the past have closed & liquidated all their inventory, and buyers or other prop houses snap-up items to re-sell or add to their own collections..... All of the items in my collection have COA's and are issued from one of the largest, most reputable prop houses in the US..

When I began collecting Practical Magic props, I re-watched the movie, trying to catch sight of some of my props. Some I think I see, but are part of cluttered cupboard settings, or more "general background", or I suspect are part of broader scenes like the attic bedroom (where Jimmy morphs out of Gillian's body). In that room are a bevy of knickknacks that line the walls, nooks & crannies.

Most-cherished to me, are props that relate to things about the movie that are core in my own life, things I do, or items I collect anyway---candles, soap dishes (being a soapmaker!), wooden trinket boxes, potion-making bottles, herb ware, tea dishware. I like collecting things I can USE in my own life, not just leave in a glass display cabinet. So that's been what I'm most attracted to collecting...a tea cup for butterfly weed tea, and a cake plate for brownies, or shot glass for tequila! Fun coversation pieces! It's kinda cool to have items scattered about my own house that were part of the movie! Here are some below:

 

The first Practical Magic prop I acquired was this candlestick! Candles are such an intrinsic part of the movie, in many scenes.... Every time I light it, I feel a spark of magic! It's part of many candle groupings throughout my house. (I'm pretty sure I qualify as a candle fanatic!)

Practical Magic prop wooden candlestick Carol Ochs

 

This metal owl is a tealight candle holder inside and feels like it weighs ten lbs, it's sooo heavy! Would make a good weapon in an emergency! When lit, the light shines through his eyes and I often remove the lid on top and set my cup there to keep my tea warm! He's a useful lil' dude! I love his aged metal finish. He wisely sits by me at my computer and and stares at me with his *burning* gaze.....

Practical Magic prop iron owl Carol Ochs

Practical Magic owl cup Carol Ochs Practical Magic owl lit Carol Ochs

 

This heavy glass bubble-filled paperweight is another item I keep on my desk. It looks perfectly magical, because, well,... it IS!

Practical Magic prop glass paperweight Carol Ochs

 

 

What better way to take tea, than in my own magical garden with a teacup & saucer from Practical Magic?

Practical Magic prop teacup saucer Carol Ochs

 

A lovely Victorian soap dish! I like to keep it filled with a soap from my Wylde Wytch Soap line called "Encantado" (means "enchanted") made with lavender and rosemary! "Plant rosemary at your garden gate, grow lavender for luck!"

Practical Magic prop soap dish Carol Ochs

 

Victorian copper herb pots were quite useful back-in-the-day, for gathering herbs and making mashes or teas, and that was what this was sold to me as...an herb pot. As a Practical Magic prop, I'm sure it was for the aunts' bountiful garden gatherings. I use it as a candle pot though, for beeswax candles...hmmm...I love the soft honey scent of beeswax!

Practical Magic Copper Herb Pot Carol Ochs

 

This necklace was part of costumery from Practical Magic. I *think* I recognize it from one of the scenes with Sally in her bontanical store, Verbena.

Practical Magic prop necklace Carol Ochs

 

This charming jewelry trinket box was one of my more expensive acquisitions. I can just imagine it sitting on one of the aunts' dressers, filled with ornate Victorian jewelry, a hatpin or two, can't you?

Practical Magic prop trinket box Carol Ochs

 

More candlery! Can there ever really be *enough*?

Practical Magic wall candle sconce Carol Ochs

 

The perfect serving dish for breakfast brownies! This pretty etched cake plate is perfectly in-keeping with serving ware of the Victorian era.

Practical Magic etched cake plate Carol Ochs

 

I'm an avid bottle-collector anyway, but couldn't resist a potion bottle from the Practical Magic Conservatory!

Practical Magic prop potion bottle Carol Ochs

 

Technically I'm not, but somewhere within me, I'm sure courses Italian blood, because I LOVE basil. I grow it, dry it, and use it on just about everything! So of course, I was invariably attracted to this beautiful cobalt blue Victorian herb shaker from Practical Magic...for what else? My constant eating companion, dried basil!

Practical Magic prop herb shaker Carol Ochs

 

 

 

This is a fun vase, and on the bottom of it are written set notes, placing it in the "living area, set 7, scene 14".

Practical Magic vase Carol Ochs

Practical Magic vase bottom Carol Ochs

 

 

I adore wooden boxes, have collected them just about all my life, I find it very difficult to pass a box without opening it to see what's *IN* it! Consequently, every box I own or give has some small treasure in it! A stone, a shell, a key, a pressed flower, crystal or ornament. When I saw this Practical Magic box, elaborately hand-etched with a Victorian woman motif, and it appears burned for shadow effect, I imagined it was tucked in some cranny in the attic bedroom. Makes a perfect-sized letter box! What treasures or secrets did the Practical Magic women store in it?

Practical Magic etched wooden box Carol Ochs

 

This lovely handpainted teapot is a staple of my garden tea breaks with my Practical Magic teacup & saucer.

Practical Magic teapot Carol Ochs

 

Another Victorian copper herb pot....but I use it to hold pens & pencils.

Practical Magic copper herb pot 2 Carol Ochs

 

Cats have always been important family members in our household, so this kitty candleholder fits right in! We have two black kitties and one white/gray. And their personalities are magical!

Practical Magic cat candleholder Carol Ochs

 

A Victorian copper herb basket used for herb gathering, I keep dried botanicals/potpourri in it, sprinkled with a few drops of essential oils, to softly scent the house in lavender, rosewood, sweet orange, & cinnamon.

Practical Magic copper herb basket Carol Ochs

 

A wooden inlaid trinket box I keep favorite rings in!

Practical Magic wooden trinket box Carol Ochs

 

Jewelry? More treasures? Surely this trinket dish was in Sally's room or the attic bedroom!

Practical Magic ceramic dish Carol Ochs

 

This is my pancake plate! I haven't mastered saguaro cactus pancakes like Gary Hallet; ...I rather prefer thin round blueberry ones! And at Halloween, pumpkin pancakes!

Practical Magic cake plate 2 Carol Ochs

 

This is a Victorian era fireside match holder, but I use it to hold my candle snuffer, a witch hat snuffer!

Practical Magic match holder Carol Ochs

 

This Victorian era ceramic herb pot features a graceful calla lily design. This was a recent acquisiton and I haven't yet decided what treasure to keep in it, or what room to put it in. But I'm thinking of putting cut hand-written messages from cards and letters my kids give me in there, ...a sort of love pot! The best magic of all!

Practical Magic ceramic herb pot Carol Ochs

 

This wooden candlestick has an interesting purple-ish color to it.

Practical Magic purple candleholder Carol Ochs

 

A tequila shot glass! I mean c'mon.....you just KNOW tequila is going to taste better out of a Practical Magic set shot glass!

Practical Magic prop shot glass Carol Ochs

 

More Practical Magic candlesticks...these are brass, typical Victorian era.

Practical Magic brass candlesticks Carol Ochs

 

This item gets used a lot! Because I make soups a lot! A copper & brass ladle from the Practical Magic kitchen!

Practical Magic prop ladle Carol Ochs

 

This is one of my favorite props. Why? To me it looks like three upside down witch hats! No one else ever seems to *see* that but me. Yet I'm sure that's why the set decorator chose it! Most think it looks like icicles or stalagtites.

Practical Magic glass witch hat candle holder Carol Ochs

See what I mean? Three witch hats! ;)

Practical Magic candle holder bottom Carol Ochs

 

This stoneware herb bowl gets used for SO many things! Serving dish, dip dish, mixing bowl, candle arrangement bowl.....You can NEVER have enough bowls....especially when they're from Practical Magic!

Practical Magic Prop Stoneware Herb Bowl Carol Ochs

 

So even though I don't have a gorgeous gothic Victorian home like the Practical Magic house as many of us might wish for, I DO have bits of Practical Magic in every room of my own house! And I'm just sure these items absorbed and give off some of the magic that the movie continues to give off!

Practical Magic Links of Interest:

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman - the book: http://www.amazon.com/Practical-Magic-Alice-Hoffman/dp/0425168468

Practical Magic - the DVD: http://www.amazon.com/Practical-Magic-Keep-Case-Packaging/dp/B002NZK5V4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335903516&sr=8-1

Practical Magic - Warner Bros.:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120791/combined

Practical Magic - Movie Trailer: http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi1837170969/

Practical Magic Soundtrack: http://www.amazon.com/Practical-Magic-Music-Motion-Picture/dp/B00000DAGF

Amas Veritas:http://www.amasveritas.com (A veritable homage site to Practical Magic in every way!)

Hooked On Houses: http://hookedonhouses.net/2009/10/25/practical-magic-a-victorian-house-fit-for-a-witch/

A Modern-Day Practical Magic Inspired Kitchen: http://hookedonhouses.net/2010/03/03/a-practical-magic-inspired-kitchen-that-casts-a-spell/

Victoria Magazine Artcile on Practical Magic House: http://s1197.photobucket.com/albums/aa440/frostedpetunias/Practical%20Magic%20Victoria%20Magazine/

Practical Magic Blog Party - 2010:http://pmblogparty.blogspot.com/

Practical Magic Blog Party - 2011: http://pmparty2011.blogspot.com/

The Original Practical Magic Spellbook: http://octoberfarm.blogspot.com/2010/09/otiginal-practical-magic-spellbook.html

Materials to make your own spellbook: http://www.bellbookandcandlesupply.com/practical-magic-book-shadows-p-1616.html

Be sure to visit our own Practical Magic inspired soaps right HERE at this website: http://carolochs.com/wyldewytchsoaps.php

 

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