Where did the image of the magician as a swank and sophisticated man wearing a top hat, white tie, and tails come from? It originated with Cardini. He was that magician.
On April 6, 2013, Potter & Potter Auctions will offer the personal property of this iconic sleight-of-hand artist at public auction. Included in the sale are the very props and costumes he made famous; playbills, photographs, and posters; association items; correspondence;
A closely-curated selection of Houdini memorabilia, rare conjuring books, ephemera, posters, and apparatus from private collections will round out the sale.
Welsh by birth, Cardini (1895 - 1973) was known as Richard Valentine Pitchford until, after serving in World War I, he developed an incredible facility as a magician and manipulator, practicing sleight-of-hand in the trenches and while convalescing in a hospital bed. A few short years later, after adopting his now-famous stage name, he become the most celebrated conjurer of the nightclub era. Cardini performed in every major theater in American and Europe, and beyond, from the mid-1920s until his retirement in the 1960s.
Pre-auction exhibition will include a museum-like display of remarkable artifacts and a catalog of exceptional quality to match. The auction takes place live on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 10:00 am (CST). Live internet bidding will be carried through Liveauctioneers.com. For additional information and details, contact:
Potter & Potter Auctions
3759 N. Ravenswood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60613