Masters of Illusion
Jewish Magicians of the Golden Age
On view now through January 8, 2012
- Included with Museum admission
- $10 General; $7 Seniors and Full-Time Students
- $5 Children 2–12
- FREE to Members and Children under 2
- FREE to all on Thursdays
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Spotlighting celebrated innovators during magic's "Golden Age" (1875–1948) whose stories have largely been forgotten, Masters of Illusion: Jewish Magicians of the Golden Age is the first museum exhibition to investigate the significant contributions of Jewish magicians to entertainment history and to American and European culture at large.
Through more than 150 treasured artifacts, the exhibition highlights the accomplishments as Alexander Herrmann (1844–1896), Harry Houdini (1874–1926), Albert "The Great Rameses" Marchinski (1876–1930), The Great Leon (1876–1951), Carl Ballantine (1917–2009), and many more leading Jewish magicians of the day.
On view are stunning lithographs, playbills, costumes, stage props, automata, and film and radio clips, many of them from the stunning collections of renowned magicians, magic historians, and descendants of magicians featured in the exhibition. Visitors are invited to marvel at David "Papa" Bamberg's eerie Mephistopheles automaton, a 1901 will signed by Harry Houdini (1874–1926), a billboard-sized Horace Goldin "Tiger God" poster, Alexander Herrmann's own magic wand, and much more.
THE EXHIBITION AND ITS RELATED PROGRAMS AT THE SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER ARE MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF LEAD DONOR:
CHARLENE AND BURT SPERBER FOUNDATION
With additional support from:
Masters of Illusion: Jewish Magicians of the Golden Age
March 1, 2011