Buffalo: Courier Company Show Printing House, [ca. 1875?]. Broadside, 42 1/2 x 14 inches. One long diagonal tear from the top edge running into the large engraved image, short closed tear in top margin. Very good. Mounted on linen and framed. Item #WRCAM54787
An illustrated broadside printed on yellow paper announcing and describing a performance by the Austrian magician and showman, De La Mano. His real name was Zell Dreitzehn, and he performed for several years in the United States before he himself disappeared in upstate New York in 1882. A central engraving depicts Dreitzehn performing before a crowded theater audience, while several smaller images show some of his various acts, which are also listed. These includes tricks such as "The Enchanted Cross," "The Great East India Dagger Mystery," and "The Magic Omelet," among others. From the broadside: "This is no exhibition of Doubtful Merit but a permanently established and legitimate entertainment, exhibited with pride and pleasure." An entertaining and rare example of 19th- century magic ephemera. OCLC records just one copy, at the American Antiquarian Society. There is also a copy in the theatre collection at Harvard. OCLC 191290995.