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Kellar and his perplexing cabinet mysteries

Names
Strobridge & Co. Lith. (Lithographer)
Collection

Circus and magic posters

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1894
Place Term: Cincinatti, Ohio :
Publisher: Strobridge Lith.,
Library locations
Billy Rose Theatre Division
Shelf locator: MWEZ +++ 18203
Notes
Content : National Endowment for the Arts Millennium Project.

Content : Advertising poster for magician Harry Kellar.

Content : 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.

Content : 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.

Content : Posters & lobby cards

Content : Some corners missing; edges torn; encapsulated.

Content: Treasures of the American Performing Arts, 1875-1923
Physical Description
Extent: 1 poster : col. ; 33 x 46 cm.
Type of Resource
Still image
Identifiers
RLIN/OCLC : NYPG98-F984
NYPL catalog ID (B-number) : b14426835
UUID: 7ddc5100-c62c-012f-c122-58d385a7bc34
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Item timeline of events

  • 1894: Created
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2016: Found by you!
  • 2017

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Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library. "Kellar and his perplexing cabinet mysteries" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1894. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-4eda-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library. "Kellar and his perplexing cabinet mysteries" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed April 30, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-4eda-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library. (1894). Kellar and his perplexing cabinet mysteries Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-4eda-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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Kellar and his perplexing cabinet mysteries