Kellar and his perplexing cabinet mysteries
NamesStrobridge & Co. Lith. (Lithographer)
Circus and magic posters
Dates / OriginDate Issued: 1894Place: Cincinatti, OhioPublisher: Strobridge Lith.
Library locationsBilly Rose Theatre DivisionShelf locator: MWEZ +++ 18203
NotesFunding: National Endowment for the Arts Millennium Project.Biographical/historical: 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: Treasures of the American Performing Arts, 1875-1923
Physical DescriptionLithographsExtent: 1 poster : col. ; 33 x 46 cm.Some corners missing; edges torn; encapsulated.
DescriptionAdvertising poster for magician Harry Kellar. 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.
Type of ResourceText
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: NYPG98-F984NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b14426835Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 7ddc5100-c62c-012f-c122-58d385a7bc34
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