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Illusions the art of magic transports you back in time to the golden age of magic when death defying tricks daring escapes and colourful personas turned performers like the incomparable albini and harry houdini into world famous celebrities magicians of the late 19th and early 20th centuries were show business pioneers. Illusions the art of magic the exhibition takes on the period of magic shows golden age and its advertising and promotional mechanisms that relied on phantasmagoric imagery discover a selection of breathtaking posters featured for the first time in canada mostly dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries that retraces the social history of this still active phenomenon. Viewers confront a golden age of north american entertainment through a nuanced and sensitive twenty first century lens in illusions the art of magic on loan at the art gallery of ontario in toronto from the mccord museum in montreal the exhibition presents dozens of beautifully preserved posters from approximately 1880 to 1930 that advertise magicians and their feats of incredible illusionism. This display of posters photographs and archival documents at the art gallery of ontario until 8 november explores the remarkable feats of performers such as harry kellar and harry houdini as well as lesser known magicians such as adelaide herrmann while a series of projections shines a light on famous illusions of the era. Buy illusions the art of magic 01 by texts by david ben ersy contogouris kevin grace katharina rein christian vachon zeev gourarier isbn 9788874397587 from amazons book store everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders