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    Houdini "Buried Alive!" (Otis Litho, 1926). Eight Sheet (81" X 106").
    The scale and grandeur of the magnificent stone litho eight sheet offered here is a befitting tribute to legendary illusionist Harry Houdini. The illustrious trickster managed one final feat, escaping death by shrouding his life in myth. His demise by peritonitis occurred on Halloween of 1926 in Detroit, where he was preparing to perform a stunt in which he would be buried alive. He intended for the escape to top that of another magician who had angered Houdini by boasting that he had summoned a supernatural trance to survive and liberate himself. This colossal poster promotes the feat and Houdini's revenge on the "Egyptian fakirs." Historians doubt if he ever had a chance to attempt the trick. When he died, the casket to be used in the performance was instead used to carry his body back to New York. Restoration has the poster in jaw-dropping condition, as touchup has been applied to chips and tears in the borders and at the folds (including in Houdini's face and in the lettering), and the black and blue background has been airbrushed. A simply irresistible opportunity! Fine- on Linen.


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    March, 2014
    22nd-23rd Saturday-Sunday
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