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Masters of Illusion

Masters of Illusion

Jewish Magicians of the Golden Age

On view now through January 8, 2012


ADMISSION

  • 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:

The David Berg Foundation

Suzanne and Ric Kayne/Kayne Foundation

Pegasus Squire, Inc.
Skirball Volunteer
Service Council
 
Lannette and Scott Turicchi
Rock-It CargoWells Fargo

Additional support was provided by:
Patricia and Stanley Silver of the Leo S. Guthman Fund


Media support provided by:

 



EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS:


PRESS RELEASE:

Masters of Illusion: Jewish Magicians of the Golden Age
March 1, 2011

  1. lewis marvin What a nice idea to have a Houdini exhibit. May 11, 2011

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