Here is one of several automata to be offered in an upcoming auction, which will also feature an extensive collection of magic apparatus.
From the online description:
Levitation Automaton. Cheshire, Anatoly Zaya-Ruzo, 2010. A magician stands behind a couch on which his assistant rests. As music plays, the assistant levitates up above the couch and the conjurer passes a hoop over her floating body. Four movements in all. Modeled after a similar automaton crafted in 1860. Magician figure features a bisque (porcelain) face. Base measures 11 1/2 x 8 1/2". Overall height of 16". As new.
Potter & Potter conducts public auctions in Chicago, which are also carried live on the web. The sale featuring this another other pieces will be held on Sunday, May 22nd, 2011 at 10:00 am. The auctions and pre-sale exhibitions are held in thier gallery space at 3729 N. Ravenswood, Suite 116, Chicago, IL 60613.
Here is where you can learn more about this upcoming auction offered by Potter & Potter.