"[N]ovel, original and startling Feats of Natural MAGIC!"
Advertising the show of Albert Walker
Antebellum broadside announcing the performance of sleight-of-hand magician A. Walker, together with mechanical figures used in a Punch & Judy comedy routine.
Printed in Hartford, this broadside was likely commissioned by Walker for his traveling show. Advertising "STARTLING FEATS OF LEGERDEMAIN!" from Connecticut native Albert Walker, who "Respectfully announces to the Ladies and Gentlemen of this place that he will entertain them at" followed by blanks lines for locations and dates. In addition to magic, the show features an "extremely Laughable Performance of PUNCH & JUDY consisting of Ten Beautiful Mechanical Figures!" The night concludes with what appears to be a trademark trick: "NOSE AMPUTATION! LARGE NOSES PREFERRED!" Admittance: 15 cents.
Hartford, [CT]: Calhoun Steam Printing Co, 1855. 18'' x 7.75''. Single broadsheet printed recto only with a variety of different display types. Evidence of faint dampstain to lower corner, else beautifully preserved.
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