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The Head-Cutter at the British Circus Imperator, Devil magic poster c. 1915


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A Devil magician is shown brandishing a bright red sword, fresh from beheading a victim to the horror of his audience.
Paper measures 15 1/4 x 23 inches

While magicians have been associated by religious communities with the black arts throughout history, magicians such as Robert Heller, Alexander Herrmann, and Harry Kellar embraced the allegorical use of devil imagery in a humorous manner for their advertisement art.

Original lithographic magic poster for Allez Voir Le Coupeur de Têtes au British Circus Imperator (Go see the Head Cutter at the British Circus Imperator). Published by Louis Galice, Paris, c. 1915.

Research from Carnegie (The Magic Detective)