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Ken Trombly  Magic enthusiast/collector, sharing the fruits of an obsessive search for original magicians' posters & ephemera. See more old paper at my website,

This weird illustration is on the cover if a late 19th century magic book that includes everything from card tricks to bringing a chicken back to life. #art #illustration #picture #book #magic #performance #antique #collectibles #ephemera #paper #devil #graphic

The lid of a turn of the century children’s magic set from Germany. #toy #children #hobby #magic #magician #performance #art #antique #collectibles #entertainment #magie #zauber #tricks

The back page of a well illustrated brochure for American magician, Andress, whose experience working as an advance man for the circus, gave him an awareness of quality advertising. #art #advertising #magic #magician #antique #promotion #graphic #ephemera #paper #vintage #old #illustration #drawing #entertainment #performer

This appears to be a 19th century political cartoon of some sort, with the usual politician as magician, here performing before royalty. #art #antique #drawing #illustration #caricature #magic #magician #cartoon #politician #performer #entertainer #show #royalty #graphic #vintage #paper #ephemera #rabbits

Leon Levy, who performed as The Great Leon, was an inventor and stage illusionist of some renown in the early years of the 20th century. This three sheet poster promotes one of his original creations. #vintage #theatre #picture #poster #plakat #art #affiche #antique #apparatus #entertainment #graphic #illusion #illustration #magic #magician #old #paper #stage #promotion #theatre #vintage

19thcentury German broadside featuring a phantasmagoria type act, where spirits are conjured up on the stage! #vintage #paper #art #affiche #antique #spirits #spooky #stage #german #entertainment #graphic #illusion #illustration #magic #magician #old #plakat #poster #picture #theatre #vintage

In 1849 John Henry Anderson also known as the Great Wizard of the North, appeared at Balmoral Castle before the Royal family. The popular Scottish wizard’s show included an illusion in which he produced numerous objects from an apparently empty oversized book, culminating with the production of his young son, depicted here. This engraving appeared in an article about Anderson shortly afterwards in The New Penny Magazine. #promotion #performer #picture #art #antique #audience #magic #magician #royalty #england #ephemera #entertainment #graphic #illusion #illustration #old #paper #tricks #vintage #scotland #kilt

The emerging popularity of magic as a hobby is exemplified by this 19th century French engraving of fashions of the time. Here, little Murgatroyd is demonstrating the Dai Vernon wand spin to his adoring siblings! #performer #picture #art #antique #audience #apparatus #ephemera #entertainment #fashion #closeupmagic #hobby #children #graphic #illustration #french #france #clothing #magic #magician #old #paper #parlor #tricks #vintage #cupsandballs

Look who came by for a visit! George Hardeen - yes, the grandson of Theo Hardeen, brother of Harry Houdini! He especially enjoyed this one sheet Litho of his granddad and great uncle. #vintage #stage #paper #old #art #affiche #antique #houdini #hardeen #escape #ephemera #entertainment #graphic #illustration #magic #magician #plakat #poster #picture #performer #promotion #geneology

In 1901 Harry Houdini was in the midst of a meteoric rise to wide popularity. Here he is caricatured in his performance at the Alhambra Theatre, in The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News, a London weekly magazine founded in 1874, coincidentally the same year as Harry Houdini/Erich Weiss’s birth. #portrait #picture #entertainment #art #antique #ephemera #england #graphic #handcuffs #houdini #caricature #cartoon #illustration #magic #magician #escape #london #old #paper #stage #theatre #vintage

This gorgeous Strobridge one sheet poster was printed for a young Howard Thurston, around the time that he had taken over the Kellar show. Which means that this beauty is well over 100 years old. It is for sale, and will soon he up on my website, magicposters.com. #picture #entertainment #art #affiche #antique #levitation #floatinglady #thurston #magic #magician #old #paper #plakat #poster #stage #vintage #performance #performer #promotion #graphic #illusion #illustration

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