Please note: this is NOT a reproduction- this is an authentic piece printed in 1877!
The image here really does not do justice to this MAGNIFICENT antique magic poster. This poster has been featured in a number of magazines, including TRADITIONAL HOMES because it is such a striking example of 19th century magical art.
Very large, vivid and impressive antique poster for DeLaMano, a 19th century traveling magician working in America. The poster, from 1877, advertises many wonderful (and creatively titled!) illusions performed by DeLaMano in his two-hour show. "De La Mano" means "of the hand"- in Italian.
Posters like this were meant to be disposable items, slapped up on the broad side of buildings in towns just prior to the arrival of the magician, then ripped down after his departure. Thus, such delicate pieces of magic history are rare to find today, especially in this great condition.
The DeLaMano material was discovered in 1987 by Peter Monticup, the owner of MagicTricks.com. Locked away in a trunk and hidden for over 100 years in the rafters of a barn in upstate New York, these advertising materials provide a rare link to the incredible story of a 19th century traveling magician.Read all about DeLaMano and the amazing discovery of his posters and personal magic items.
This poster was found still carefully wrapped in the original printer's invoice dated 1877.
Size: 14.5" x 42.5"
Color: deep gold paper, black ink
Condition: very good- never folded. This is SO IMPRESSIVE when framed!