No illusions here. Master magician Harry Houdini (d.1926) was one of the most celebrated figures of the early 20th Century. An iconic performer at a time when media was very much low tech, Houdini made a career out of amazing audiences all over the world with astonishing magical illusions, tricks and escape routines. His daring and often death-defying feats played to packed houses, while building a legend that continued to lure and excite new fans well after his death through books, movies and documentaries. Houdini related memorabilia has commanded premium prices and strong demand for generations, reaching back to his active career when autograph requests came with every performance.
One such request was satisfied with the offered photo. Measuring approximately 1-3/4 x 2-3/4”, this antique photo captured the great Houdini in profile, with the caption “Harry Handcuff Houdini” printed on the bottom border. This dignified depiction is graced with an extremely bold (“9-10”) fountain pen signature, accompanied by the salutation “Best Wishes” and the date “4/1/11”, which ironically is “April Fools’ Day”. So distinct is this magical autograph, that even though it appears across the darker areas of the photo, it is prominent and easily recognizable. Boasting a pronounced image, the neatly trimmed photo shows minimal wear, with deference to the reverse side bearing album paper residue, which in no way impacts the stunning obverse. Full photo LOA from JSA.