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"CARTER" STAGE MAGICIAN 1910's Lithographic - - 1910. 
GENUINE Vintage 4 quad sheets Poster for CARTER THE GREAT. Measures Approx 106 x 80 Inches. (265 x 195 cm approx). 4 sections. Each section has been professionally backed by a museum approved archival restorer about 4 years ago. The images will speak for themselves and more can be provided if requested. **Charles Joseph Carter (June 14, 1874 - February 13, 1936) was an American stage magician, also known as Carter the Great. A native of San Francisco, California, Carter began his career as a journalist and lawyer. As time passed, he grew an interest in magic. Due to stiff competition from the number of magic acts on the American stages at the time, Carter opted to pursue his career abroad, where he achieved his greatest fame. Among the highlights of Carter's stage performances during his career were the classic "cheating the gallows", where a shrouded Carter would vanish, just as he dropped at the end of a hangman's noose. This poster depicts the climax of that act. The Poster is done in lithography with the colours put on separately by the foremost America Film poster company OTIS of Cleveland. The colours are vibrant, there are some light creases now strengthened where the once rolled poster has been opened once to often, but these are now permanently sorted. No loss and still having the colour grid at border and also the measurement cross-hatching for the poster to be aligned when pasting up. A LOVELY and Unique POSTER that would suit a home with style, or for a Magic Museum type setting. Dates to about 1910-20 Carter (Charles Joseph) purchased the famous Martinka Magic Palace In San Francisco in 1917, a time when he was unable to continue his lucrative world touring magic show. There was a story that he kept his lion, Monty in the back room of the shop and when it would roar, the startled customers would run for the door. He was the Magicians answer to Houdini who was an "escapologist". Carter was the consummate stage prestidigitator par-excellence, to Houdini's talented lock picking breath holding feats of the pre-Great War era. David Glen Gold. Wrote a fictionalised account of this magician in "Carter Beats The Devil" 2004. AND a signed MINT copy of this 1st edition WILL be included in the purchase of this poster
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