These 11 vintage magic posters pertaining to late-19th and early 20th-century and show performers such as Joseph Dunninger, Hardeen, Harry Houdini, the Hermanns, Harry Kellar, Martinka & Co., Harry Thurston and the Zancigs. Posters are for the following: Albini, Brush, Dunninger, Germain the Wizard, Houdini, Hill Magical Co., Kellar, Laurant, Rouclere, and Thurston. Of course the most famous of them all was Houdini. Harry Houdini (born Erik Weisz, later Ehrich Weiss or Harry Weiss; March 24, 1874 – October 31, 1926) was an Austro-Hungarian-born American illusionist and stunt performer, noted for his sensational escape acts. He first attracted notice in vaudeville in the US and then as “Harry Handcuff Houdini” on a tour of Europe, where he challenged police forces to keep him locked up. Soon he extended his repertoire to include chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, straitjackets under water, and having to escape from and hold his breath inside a sealed milk can with water in it.
(Posters: New York Public Library Digital Collection)