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Kellar and his perplexing cabinet mysteries

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Kellar and his perplexing cabinet mysteries (1894)


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Image Title

:  Kellar and his perplexing cabinet mysteries

Additional Name(s)

: Strobridge & Co. Lith. -- Lithographer

Created Date

: 1894

Specific Material Type

: Prints

Item Physical Description

: 1 poster : col. ; 33 x 46 cm.

Notes

: National Endowment for the Arts Millennium Project. Note 2.) Advertising poster for magician Harry Kellar. Note 3.) Depicts Kellar standing at the side of a cabinet on wheels, holding its open door. Inside the cabinet are a bell and a tambourine on a chair, a veiled spirit holding another tambourine aloft, and a winged devil holding, and presumably ringing, another bell. Several other spirits, devils, and some skeletons are carrying or adjusting panels of the cabinet. Three short, balding men with stick-like legs are seen bottom right, perhaps arguing or commenting upon the illusion. Note 4.) Harry Kellar, born Harold Kellar, began his career as an assistant to magicians, including the Davenport Brothers, who were among the first to use the spirit cabinet routine in which musical instruments locked inside a cabinet begin to be played, presumably by spirits. For many years he toured outside the United States, travelling as far as India and Africa. In the United States, he performed a full-evening show featuring many illusion effects. He was, for much of his life, the nation's most popular magician. Note 5.) Posters & lobby cards Note 6.) Some corners missing; edges torn; encapsulated. Note 7.) Treasures of the American Performing Arts, 1875-1923

Source

: Circus and magic posters

Location

: The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts / Billy Rose Theatre Division

Catalog Call Number

: MWEZ +++ 18203

Digital ID

: g98f984

Record ID

: 182377

Digital Item Published

: 7-28-2005; updated 3-25-2011

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