Jan 20, 2011 10:02 PM by Nancy Chen

Bidder buys famous magician's storage unit, only to find empty boxes

A man is feeling like he's seen magic after some treasures he was hoping to get had already vanished.

Claude Yarbrough and his wife Charlotte lived on the Central Coast and performed magic around the world as 'The Pendragons'.

Yesterday, the contents of their storage units in Arroyo Grande went to the highest bidder.

A Northridge man bought eleven crates for $3,700 without being allowed to look inside them beforehand--and they turned out to be empty.

"I took a chance to bid on it, and hopefully something good is going to come up," said Ezat Darabi, who said he was prepared to spend $5,000 on the unit.

Todd Plastino, a managing partner at Fortress-Secure Mini Storage, the storage facility, said he had been hoping for more.

"A lot of these people turn around and resell the items so I was hoping there would be something good for them, but apparently most of the cases from what I've been told are empty," Plastino said.

Still, it wasn't a total loss.

Darabi says the crates themselves are worth between $500 to $700 each, so he plans to sell them to a magician in Cincinnati.

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