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    The Master Mystery (Octagon, 1920). Lobby Card (11" X 14"). Far from being a "mere" magician, Harry Houdini was a pioneer in several fields. In 1910, he became the first person to make a controlled, powered airplane flight over Australia, and in 1919, seeing the potential of the new medium of film, he made his first motion picture, a 15-chapter serial titled, The Master Mystery. Houdini played Quentin Locke, an agent of the American Justice Department, tasked with investigating a criminal cartel that threatens the nation with a deadly gas, "The Madagascar Madness." Complicating things is the cartel's robot servant, called "The Automaton," which has the distinction of being the first robot ever seen on film. As with all Houdini material, pieces like this are highly prized not only by film collectors, but by magic enthusiasts as well. This attractive card, bearing a wonderful portrait of the legendary magician, shows small pinholes in the corners, and some slight chipping at the top corners. Fine/Very Fine.

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