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Lot #782
Edwin Brush Magic Show Poster

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Rare original color 21.25 x 28.25 half sheet poster for a magical exhibition by "Brush the Mystic," which features an artistic depiction of magician Edwin Brush, with trademark upside-down mustache, conjuring from a brazier whiffs of smoke filled with animals, cards, and coins; the background shows an American flag and a pair of men performing "The Hindu Basket" trick. Printed by the Goes Lithograph Company of Chicago, Illinois. Linen-backed to a slightly larger size, and in fine condition, with unobtrusive horizontal folds.

Edwin Brush (1873-1967) was one of the most popular Chautauqua and Lyceum entertainers of the 20th century, who was known for his performing of Oriental tricks, ventriloquism, and an eccentric comedy routine. As a sales manager of a Chicago-based clothing manufacturing company, Brush used pocket tricks to help boost sales and found the practice exceedingly successful. He turned to magic full time and performed until his death at the age of 93.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #578 - Ended March 04, 2020