Posted 5 years ago
This is an original Edwin Brush stone lithograph from my private collection of Magic posters. This poster titled, "The Hindu Basket" was used to advertise Brush's Magic performances and dates to ca. 1920
This poster is a half-sheet, and is in EXCELLENT condition. The colors are still bright and vibrant and the image is a spectacular display of power and illusion. This lithograph was printed by Goes, out of Chicago.
Edwin Brush was one of the most popular Chautauqua and Lyceum entertainers of the 20th century. As a sales manager of a Chicago based clothing manufacturing company, Brush used pocket tricks to help boost sales and found the practice exceedingly successful. He later turned to Magic full time and performed until his death at the age of 93.
His distinguishing characteristic was his trademark upside-down mustache; he actually cut and trained his mustache hair to grow straight up, defying the laws of gravity and creating a rather unique appearance.