Posted 2 years ago
This is an original and very rare Nicola stone lithograph from my private collection of Magic posters. It is a 1-sheet measuring approximately 28" x 42" and was printed in India, most likely by the same lithographer who printed this similar image for Alexander's posters. Circa. 1930
Nicola (1882-1945) performed on vaudeville for a number of years and did several world tours with his illusion show as the Great Nicola and as Nicoli. He was a successful big stage illusionist in the mode of Thurston, Blackstone, and Dante. But early in his career he dabbled in escape, even co-opting Houdini's billing as "King of Handcuffs."
During his last world tour in 1939, on outbreak of World War II, the ship he was on hit a mine and sunk with all his equipment off Singapore. After his return home he built a new smaller show, suitable for auditoriums and hospitals, and offered his services free of charge to the USO.