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Photograph of the magician Professor Herrmann sawing a lady in half, 1923

Photograph of the magician Professor Herrmann sawing a lady in half, 1923

Li-Chang LI CHANG, El Demonio el Amarillo, Original Vintage Magic Poster 1946. Original Vintage Magic Poster

LI CHANG, El Demonio el Amarillo, Original Vintage Magic Poster - Original Vintage Movie Posters

LI CHANG, El Demonio el Amarillo (The Yellow Devil), 1946. Original Vintage Magic Poster (12.75 x 21.5” / 32 x 55 cm) Linen Backed and restored. Joan Forns aka Li-Chang is not to be confused with the Panamanian Juan Jesorum (1889-1972) aka Chang. He was a Spanish magician who adopted the persona of Fu Manchu …

“Yours in magic and Masonry, Henry Ridgley Evans.” From Hours With the Ghosts: or Nineteenth Century Witchcraft, 1897.

“Yours in magic and Masonry, Henry Ridgley Evans.” From Hours With the Ghosts: or Nineteenth Century Witchcraft, 1897.

Linga Singh – perhaps one of the greatest illusionists of his time. 1920s Russian magic poster lithograph.

Sold Price: RARE Original 1920s/30s Russian Magic Poster - October 6, 0116 1:00 PM PDT

Artist: Anonymous - Russia. Russian Text (Ling Sing - Mysterious Indian). Technique: Lithograph ca. 1930. Size: 42.1 x 28.3 in. (107 x 72 cm). Printer: no information.

A circa-1930 stone lithograph for a magician troupe called "The Fak Hongs." Courtesy Zack Coutroulis.

A circa-1930 stone lithograph for a magician troupe called "The Fak Hongs." Courtesy Zack Coutroulis.

Orson Welles performing the “Broomstick Suspension” magic trick with Lucille Ball during the filming of the I Love Lucy episode, “Lucy Meets Orson Welles” (1956)

Orson Welles performing the “Broomstick Suspension” magic trick with Lucille Ball during the filming of the I Love Lucy episode, “Lucy Meets Orson Welles” (1956)

An illustration of levitation from an 1897 issue of The Strand magazine

An illustration of levitation from an 1897 issue of The Strand magazine

Illustrations from a victorian book on Magic. 1897

Illustrations from a victorian book on Magic. 1897

Beautifully lithographed Ernest Sewell Cabinet of Wonderful Chinese Magic Tricks c. 1950

Beautifully lithographed Ernest Sewell Cabinet of Wonderful Chinese Magic Tricks c. 1950

Escapologist Timothy Dill-Russell, adviser to the musical ‘Man of Magic’ about Houdini, is strapped in a straight-jacket as he hangs upside down over the Thames before his attempt at escape, 1966

Escapologist Timothy Dill-Russell, adviser to the musical ‘Man of Magic’ about Houdini, is strapped in a straight-jacket as he hangs upside down over the Thames before his attempt at escape, 1966

Vintage parlor trick book: The Fireside Magician by Thomas Picton, 1879

Vintage parlor trick book: The Fireside Magician by Thomas Picton, 1879

The Magic Lantern, How to Buy and How to Use It, Also How to Raise a Ghost, 1866

The Magic Lantern, How to Buy and How to Use It, Also How to Raise a Ghost, 1866

Late 1800s photo of "The Hypnotized & Suspended Lady" and illusionist.

Late 1800s photo of "The Hypnotized & Suspended Lady" and illusionist.

Magician  Russell Swann and assistant June Nolden in Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1950

Magician Russell Swann and assistant June Nolden in Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1950

Guy Bert, a magician performing in Paris, 1947

Guy Bert, a magician performing in Paris, 1947