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Houdini presents his own original invention...
poster
Date Made/Found: 1912
Artist: Unknown
Printmaker: Unknown
Material and Medium: Lithograph on paper
Dimensions: Framed: 2270 × 1052
Department: Social History
Accession Number: 1979.40
This very large poster shows an illustration of Harry Houdini in his famous water-filled torture cell. The poster was originally owned by Randolph Douglas, who was inspired by Houdini as a young boy, and later became his friend. Randolph also performed as an illusionist and escapologist under the name Randini, but had to give up performing because of poor health. He later moved from Sheffield to Castleton with his wife and opened The Douglas Museum in 1926. Most of Randolph's museum collection is held at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, apart from a selection of posters which were acquired by Sheffield's museum service in 1979. You can find out more about Randolph Douglas and his connection to Houdini in the book "Randini: the man who helped Houdini", by Ann Beedham.
Display Location: In Store
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