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Rare Memorabilia of Cardini, Famous Magician, Goes Up for Auction in Chicago
Cardini was, unquestionably, the most imitated - and likely the most influential - magician of the 20th century. Now, all of this master manipulator's personal memorabilia is being offered at auction in Chicago on April 6th, 2013.
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