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Original 1930's "Nicola" Stone Lithograph Poster

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Posted 5 years ago


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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.


  1. jonima jonima, 5 years ago
    I'd LOVE to have that! My wife's name is Nicola. And she DOES know all! Just ask her! :)
  2. zguy2112 zguy2112, 5 years ago
    Funny jonima, thanks for the comment.
  3. zguy2112 zguy2112, 5 years ago
    Thanks BELLIN68, this might actually be the only known one of it's kind in a 1-sheet size, it's a very scarce poster in any size for that matter. I appreciate your comments as always, thanks again buddy.

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