The Art of Magic
Nelson Nicholson, a member of the Society of American Magicians, the International Brotherhood of Magicians and the London Magic Circle, is a prominent collector of magic memorabilia. As Nicholson evolved from performer to historian of magic, his collection expanded to include lithograph posters, broadsides, antiquarian books, periodicals, photographs, autographs, apparatus, ephemera and memorabilia.
While many magicians are represented in this exhibit, including Harry Houdini, the primary emphasis is on William Robinson, Harry Houdini’s assistant, who became a notable magician in his own right while performing under the stage name of Chung Ling Soo.
Included in this exhibit are several of Ling Soo’s lithograph posters, which are well known for their aesthetic appeal.
The Art of Magic: Magic Memorabilia from the Collection of Nelson Nicholson also showcases female magicians, the family business of magic and traveling shows, while concurrently paying tribute to other magic legends such as Mortimer, Kellar, Thurston, Brindamour and Powell.
September 9 to November 11, 2007