My Corner of the World
Timeless Thursdays is hosted by Stevenson Que
August 2020 - Toronto ON
We attended an exhibit at the AGO Art Gallery on Ontario this week.
Illusions: The Art of Magic transports you back in time to the Golden Age of Magic when death-defying tricks, daring escapes and colourful personas turned performers like The Incomparable Albini and Harry Houdini into world-famous celebrities.
Magicians of the late 19th and early 20th centuries were show business pioneers. They were among the first artists to embark on international tours and to promote themselves and their magical powers through illustrated advertisements ranging in scale from postcards to wall-sized posters.
Illusions: The Art of Magic will feature more than 55 colourful and stylized posters from the Allan Slaight Collection of the McCord Museum, Montreal, alongside photographs, films, documents and ephemera.
“It eventually became known as the Arcade Magic Company, and it was well known among magicians. It closed around 1980, and was a real beacon for magicians in North America.”