[N.p., likely Buffalo, N.Y. ca. 1880]. Broadside, 24 x 4 3/4 inches. Two small areas of discoloration near bottom edge, else fine. Mounted and framed. Item #WRCAM54806
A slim illustrated broadside printed on tan paper announcing and describing a performance by the Austrian magician and showman, De La Mano, here billed as French. 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. The broadside offers a "Night of Mystery" and "Two Hours of Fun" for attendees who should expect to be treated to illusions such as "The Bird Cage of Leah," "The Mesemerized Cards," "The Aerial Suspension," "The Witches Knot," "The Chinese Paradox," "The Great 'Hindoo Box' Mystery," and "a Thousand and One other tricks." Three small illustrations depict scenes from De La Mano's act, including the transformation stand, the Inexhaustible Bottle, and the Miser's Dream. The Inexhaustible Dream illustration is credited to "Mitchell, Buffalo." The broadside claims that "This is no exhibition of doubtful merit, but a permanently established and legitimate entertainment, exhibited with pride and pleasure. Prof. De La Mano has traveled extensively in the Southern and Eastern States, and has gained a reputation as a Magician, excelled by none." A rare theatrical advertisement from a bygone age, with only two copies listed in OCLC, at the American Antiquarian Society and the Clements Library. OCLC 191290992 and 83859708.