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Description: Magicians Dave (left) and Pauline Coleman performing their famous "Hindu Torture Board" trick using an anvil on a board full of nails positioned on the abd...
Description: Dr. Earl Lockman, a well-known escape artist, and his handcuff collection.
Date: 1937 ca.
Description: Ben Bergor, a Madison area magician (standing third from the left), with a group of Chicago area magicians. Identified individuals are (seated, left to rig...
Description: Harry Houdini, born Erik Weisz in Hungary and raised as Erich Weiss in Appleton, Wisconsin, preparing to do one of his famous escapes, this time from a sub...
Description: A production still from the 1927 film "The Show." Cock Robin (John Gilbert) is on a small stage with a woman floating on her side next to him. Another man...
Description: Harry Houdini in chains and ropes. He is tied to a wheel on a locomotive.
Description: Ben Bergor, a Madison magician, receiving the Houdini Award from the widow of Harry Houdini. Behind him is the trunk from which Bergor had escaped, and fou...
Description: Quarter-length publicity portrait of renowned escape artist Harry Houdini.
Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Description: Magician Ben Bergor of Madison performing a trick on stage. With him are his wife, who performed as Madame Alva, and an assistant.
Description: Professional magician Dick DeYoung of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, on a stage with three other people. DeYoung had over five decades of experience as a club and s...
Date: 1919 ca.
Description: Quarter-length studio portrait of the renowned escape artist Harry Houdini.
Date: 1950 ca.
Description: Front of flyer announcing an International Harvester free family party for friends and customers. "No selling"
Description: Send off for World War I recruits at the railroad station. The man leaning out of the train window is Ben Bergor, a professional magician and vaudeville pe...
Description: Two-sided playing card used for advertising by magician Howard Thurston (d. 1936), arguably the greatest magician of his day. The reverse side of the card...
Date: 1947 ca.
Description: Inside of flyer for family party held at Walla Theater, in Walhalla, North Dakota and sponsored by the Cavanagh Implement Company, an International Harvest...
Description: Escape artist Harry Houdini being tortured by cannibals in the silent film "Terror Island." Like the other films in which Houdini stared, the plot was desi...
Description: Advertising brochure for Dell O'Dell, one of a few professional female magicians.
Description: Dr. Morton Greene, a graduate psychologist, performing his hypnotism act.
Description: Harry and Bess (Beatrice) Houdini in formal attire, the year of his death from acute appendicitis.
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