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    Houdini "Buried Alive!" (Otis Litho, 1926). Folded, Good+. Eight Sheet (81" X 106").
    The legendary illusionist Harry Houdini managed one final feat, escaping death by shrouding his life in myth. Even as he worked to demystify magic and expose frauds who claimed supernatural gifts, his life followed an ominous path that only contributed to his legend. His death 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 stone litho eight sheet 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. Signs of usage found within this poster include edge and fold wear, significant fold separations, tears, and some chipping. Also present are a few unobtrusive smudges, mild toning in the folds, and some brittleness. One of the panels had a complete fold separation. Some aforementioned tears and fold separations have been braced with pieces of archival tape and cellophane tape on the verso. Poster is in eight sections, as originally printed. Folded, Good+.


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