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    George --The Supreme Master of Magic (Otis Litho, Mid 1920s). One Sheet (26.5" X 40.5").
    Grover G. George (1887-1958) was born in Zainesville, Ohio, and developed a love for magic watching "Keller the Great" and "Howard Thurston" at the old Schultz Opera House. By the 1920s, George was touring large, well respected theaters, but faced fierce competition from Thurston. In 1924, he made the key decision to leave the U.S., embarking on a hugely successful tour of Cuba, Central and South America. Although he attempted to return to American stages (as this poster heralds --"Triumphant American Tour"), George did not reach the same exalted status of "The Greatest Magician on Earth" that he had outside of the U.S. He retired in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he ran a prosperous business manufacturing projection machines for theaters. Unused posters for his American Tour remained at the Otis Litho Company until they were purchased by magic dealer George Heaney, and were later discovered in a Wisconsin barn in the 1980s. This spell-binding, stone litho original poster is in remarkable condition. Only chips in the right border, horizontal creasing, a tear in the left border, and a tear in the top border into the background with tape on the verso can be noted. Folded, Fine/Very Fine.


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