Dark Art: spectacular illusions from the golden age of magic


This seems appropriate: Jack Bruce - How’s Tricks.

These posters are fantastic. I remember the was a magic shop in Philadelphia 40 years ago that had an original Houdini one, something ‘magical’ about it…

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often surrounded by devils and imps whispering dark-art secrets into their ears

There’s a website with a collection of whispering imp posters, cards etc. (most at unfortunately low resolution). There are apparently an awful lot of them.

I’ve seen the Kellar posters before, and have always wanted to see his self-decapitation trick. On the one hand I worry it’ll be like the ads in the back of comic books–nothing like what the picture promises. On the other hand Kellar seems to be a pretty highly respected magician, so maybe it was an impressive illusion.

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