This is an early 1920’s stone lithographic poster created for a magic troupe of 18 people headed by the Magician and Illusionist named George . Grover George (1887 – 1958), was born in Zanesville, Ohio and he began his professional career by performing in small shows in small towns in the United States. As his reputation expanded , he wanted to seek greater notoriety in his profession and in 1922, he purchased the equipment and the rights to Doc Nixon’s “Hong Kong Mysteries” and began to promote his tours very actively. One of his best tools was the use of the poster medium and this image is one of a group where he portrayed himself as the Supreme Master of Magic. He soon ran into strong opposition from Howard Thurston who was the most prominent magician and illusionist of the day. Thurston sought to eliminate George’s competition by bullying theatres into not hiring George or else Thurston would not perform there. George was compelled to react and chose to begin again in South America and he became very prominent in the Continent for his performances. In this way he furthered his own career and avoided Thurston’s interference. Grover George was buried in Sao Paolo, Brazil upon his death.
This colorful and detailed image portrays some of the many attractions of a show by George and his troupe. The mystique of the Asian performers appealed to the public when they were seeing magic shows, even though it was often Caucasians in costume and makeup.
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