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"The Amazing Randi" Original Offset Lithograph Poster

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Magic Posters and Ephemera79 of 116Thurston and Theo. Bamberg (Okito)Original 1910 "Gordon The Maser Magician" Stone Lithograph Poster
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    Posted 8 years ago

    zguy2112
    (110 items)

    This is an original "The Amazing Randi" offset lithograph from my private collection of Magic posters. It is in excellent condition and measures approximately 25" x 34" circa. 1976

    Randi's career as a professional stage magician and escapologist began in 1946. Initially he presented himself under his real name, Randall Zwinge, which he later dropped in favour of "The Amazing Randi". Early in his career, he performed numerous escape acts from jail cells and safes. On February 7, 1956, he appeared live on The Today Show, where he remained for 104 minutes in a sealed metal coffin that had been submerged in a hotel swimming pool, thus breaking what was said to be Houdini's record of 93 minutes.

    This particular poster bears a secret message carefully hidden by Randi within the artwork that reads "Harry Houdini".....can you find the hidden message?

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    Comments

    1. MattyG MattyG, 8 years ago
      I have never seen one before, thanks for the lesson. Was he the artist of this poster as well as the featured magician?
      I have the magnifying glass to the screen and can't find it. I do see something small on the top barrel strap and in his beard, but no Harry name
    2. zguy2112 zguy2112, 8 years ago
      I don't believe Randi was the actual artist but he did add the secret message within the artwork of the poster. To be completely honest, the secret message is written in morse code, not letters. I know where it is but will not reveal the location as others might want to try and spot it for themselves. Glad you enjoy the poster though. Thank you for your comment.
    3. Circusposters Circusposters, 8 years ago
      The "code" is easier to break than a locked jail cell. Not a common skill in this day of technology...so if you don't know it your chances will be dashed....
    4. Circusposters Circusposters, 8 years ago
      The other thing that always struck me about this poster is a proofreader error. Can you spot that?
    5. zguy2112 zguy2112, 8 years ago
      That would be "Sidney", Australia.
    6. zguy2112 zguy2112, 8 years ago
      Thanks brother. I appreciate that. How is the Nagel shopping going?
    7. zguy2112 zguy2112, 8 years ago
      Nice! I might do some Nagel shopping myself soon.
    8. zguy2112 zguy2112, 7 years ago
      toolate2, you can be Amazing Randi's twin brother.
    9. howitwasitis, 7 years ago
      Just Saw an interview with Randi the De Bunker at the Magic Castle (video On YouTube) the Artist is an Comic Book Illustrator Called Jayson. the Houdini was added to the Proof at the time it was presented as a gift to Randi, With the artists Approval as a fun little highlight when printed. hope this is useful
      Peace2u
    10. zguy2112 zguy2112, 7 years ago
      Thank you howitwasitis for the insight, not much is known about the poster artist "Jayson", as he only signed his first name on the poster. Very useful info, thanks again. Much appreciated.
    11. ALLEYZKAT, 5 years ago
      I was very fortunate. I was in a discount store and they had the above poster framed for under $10.00. It caught my eyes and it hangs in my living room.

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