Lot 49: CHEFALO (RAFFAELE CHEFALO). Chefalo. Magician & Illusionist.

Potter & Potter Auctions Inc.

February 4, 2017
Chicago, IL, US

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Description: Birmingham: Moody Bros. Ltd, ca. 1925. A winged devil cranks the handle on a small box as Chefalo looks on from the right. A host of showgirls and turban-clad assistants – perhaps the “Magda Palermo Midgets” advertised at the bottom of the poster – spring forth from the box filling the scene with bright colors and lively action. 18 ¾ x 28 5/8". Old central folds, insignificant restoration to margins; A-. The illusion depicted in this poster was a favorite of many stage illusionists of the “golden age” of the art. Invented by Walter Jeans of Leeds and first billed as the Silver Hat, the effect was eventually adopted by Thurston and others under the name by which it is now widely known: The Million Dollar Mystery.
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