DE LA MANO IS COMING! THE CHAMPION PRESTIDIGITATEUR ABIDEXTROUS [sic] COMEDIAN, ARCH ILLUSIONIST AND HUMORIST [caption title]
Buffalo: Courier Company Show Printing House, 1875. Broadside, 42 1/2 x 14 inches. Fold line near the center. Two minor chips in the right edge, two very small holes near the left. Near fine. 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. "This is no exhibition of Doubtful Merit but a permanently established and legitimate entertainment, exhibited with pride and pleasure." An entertaining and scarce example of 19th century magic ephemera. (Inventory #: WRCAM51585)
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