11 Must See Vintage Magic Posters

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.

Harry Houdini: The Jail Breaker. Introducing His Latest & Greatest Prison Cell & Barrel Mystery. Houdini is strapped & locked in a barrel placed in a police cell which is also locked and in less than 2 seconds changes. places.
Coming!! The Most Novel Attraction of the Season. Laurant The Celebrated Magician. 3-Great Acts-3 All Special Scenery Magnificent Performance.
Europe’s Eclipsing Sensation. Houdini. The World’s Handcuff King and Prison Breaker. Houdini Invites You To Bring Your Own Regulation Handcuffs, etc.
The Prisoner of Canton. Thurston Kellar’s Successor. Mr. Kellar Says: Thuston will be the greatest magician the world has ever seen.
Thurston the Great Magician. The Famous Indian Rope Trick as Seen In India.
Kellar. Levitation. Vintage magic poster

The Incomparable Albini. World’s Master Magician and Illusionist. Vintage magic poster
Kellar The Great Magician. Vintage magic poster
Hill Magical Col. Y.M.C.A. Hill Maical Co. Madam Svengali and Ivanoff.
America’s Sensation! Harry Handcuff Houdini. The Jail Breaker. Houdini has broken out of prison and Police station cells in the principal cities of the world. Vintage magic poster
Brush The Mystic. The Hindu Basket.

(Posters: New York Public Library Digital Collection)

Bizarre Vintage Circus Posters Of Clowns And Strange Acts

Circus poster showing Louise Hilton perched on a white horse, about to leap over a scarf held by a clown and a ringmaster.

Vintage circus posters from the turn-of-century were colourful pieces of artwork one could easily hang on their wall today.

Circus poster showing Louise Hilton perched on a white horse, about to leap over a scarf held by a clown and a ringmaster, 1920 vintage circus posters.
The human canon ball
The human canon ball, 1879
Aerial balloon performance with tents and audience below, 1870
Five celebrated clowns attached to Sands, Nathans Co’s Circus, 1856
Circus poster for an equestrian performance showing Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, 1892e
Circus poster showing the “Great Jumbo’s Skeleton” on a pedestal with several spectators; includes a cameo portrait of P.T. Barnum, 1888.
French circus poster shows two performers in the basket of an airship navigated by a rudder and a propeller. The basket bears the date 1884.
The Barnum & Bailey greatest show on earth Breath-taking Japanese slide for life. Circus poster showing a Japanese tight-rope walker descending a steeply angled wire, 1898
Cirque dʹhiver … Tous les soirs,à 8 heures / Stafford & Co., Nottingham.
French circus poster shows an aerialist floating with arms outstretched above a city skyline with a balloon in the background, 1880
The great Wallace shows An innovation in aerialism, the triple revolving trapeze of the sisters Vortex, 1899
The Barnum & Bailey greatest show on earth The world’s largest, grandest, best amusement institution / / The Strobridge Lith. Co., Cinti & New York. Circus poster showing trapeze artists, 1896
The Barnum & Bailey greatest show on earth Scenes in the grand water circus, 1895
Gala puppet circus Clowns, cowboys, acrobats, animals, and novelty acts, 1936
Sells Floto circus M’lle Beeson, a marvelous high wire Venus, 1921
Al. G. Field Greater Minstrels oldest 23rd year, best, 1908
The ballooon girl a comedy drama of circus life by Robert J. Sherman : not a moving picture., 1900
The ballooon girl a comedy drama of circus life by Robert J. Sherman : not a moving picture, 1900
The Barnum & Bailey greatest show on earth. The marvelous foot-ball dogs / Strobridge Litho. Co., Cincinnati & New York, 1900
Circus Peacock 1895
Sells Brothers enormous united shows. … The wonderful Snow White … zebu and riding peacock, 1895 vintage circus posters.
Poster showing the clown Crandall performing with his mule, and small portraits of Crandall and of the Ringling brothers, 1899
Adam Forepaugh & Sells Brothers great shows consolidated A congress of the giant birds of the world, 1898 vintage circus posters.
The great Wallace shows: colossal 3 ring circus, 2 elevated stages. Poster shows Robert Stickney, Jr. performing a back flip on a galloping horse as a clown watches. Also shown on poster are portraits of Stickney and circus owner B.E. Wallace, 1898
5 Circus Clowns, 1890
5 Circus Clowns, 1890 vintage circus posters