Posted 2 years ago
From my private collection of Magic posters, this is an original broadside advertising The Great Raymond's show at the Theatre royal in Windsor, United Kingdom. Circa 1913. It is in A+ condition and professionally linen backed for preservation.
The Great Raymond, born Maurice Francois Saunders, was one of the most famous illusionists in the world. When he was a boy, Raymond literally ran away with the circus until his father tracked him down and retrieved him in time for school in the fall.
Raymond began his career as a hypnotist, spiritist, and escapeologist. He would later feud with Harry Houdini whom criticized Raymond for featuring escapes in his show and Raymond was convinced that Houdini hired someone to sabotage his act. The two actually came to blows in 1921 and never spoke to each other again.