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DREITZEHN, Zell, as "De la Mano".

Group of ephemera relating to the shows of the 19th-century magician and spiritualist.

New York: [c.1878] Stock Code: 113225
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A highly appealing group of rare ephemera relating to the 19th-century Austrian-born magician and spiritualist Zell Dreitzehn, who as De La Mano, "The Great French Magician", made three tours of the east coast of the United States in 1876, 1878 and 1881. Included here is a copy of his book on conjuring tricks and six theatrical posters and handbills.

As early as 1878 De La Mano was incorporating spiritualist elements into his shows, and his 1881 tour as an illusionist was ultimately abandoned in favour of work as a psychic investigator. While engaged in the study of psychic phenomena at a haunted house in New York in 1882, he mysteriously vanished without trace.

The archive comprises:

Cover title: De La Mano's Great Magic Book. New York: New York Popular Publishing Company, c. 1878. Octavo, pp. 30 + 2 advertisements. Original pictorial wrappers. Illustrated throughout.

An instructional booklet explaining how to perform some of De La Mano's tricks, including "sleights with cards, ribbons, rings, fruit, coin, balls, handkerchiefs"; title page reads, "Conjuring; or, Magic Made Easy" A fine copy. Scarce, with Library Hub listing 12 copies only at institutional libraries worldwide.

Theatre broadside (1050 x 370 mm). New York: The Courier Company Show Printing House, c. 1878. Is Coming! De La Mano, the Champion Prestidigitateur, Abidextrous sic Comedian, Arch Illusionist and Humorist, the Autocrat of the World of Magic, in his Inimitable, Novel and Laughable Entertainment, 'Be Gone Dull Care'.

Marvellous, oversize poster illustrated with a scene of De La Mano in performance on stage in a grand auditorium, and several vignettes. De La Mano's show includes clairvoyance, mind reading, The Blood Writing on the Arm (The Enchanted Cross), The Great East India Dagger Mystery, The Magic Omelet, Mahomet's Cane: or, Mesmerism Extraordinary, Ah Sin's Laundry, and numerous other exotic tricks. Not located on Library Hub. Fine.

Theatre broadside (600 x 230 mm). Saratoga Springs, New York: Great American Engraving and Printing Co., 31 Beekman Street, c. 1878. Wonder, Mystery and Delight. De La Mano's Champion Exhibition. The Wizard of the East will give a first class Exhibition!

This poster, which has space for additional venue and date information, lists many of De La Mano's effects, and billing him as "The Great French Magician". Not located on Library Hub. A few small scorch marks, otherwise very good.

Theatre broadside (370 x 130 mm), printed both sides. New York: A. S. Seer's Engraving and Printing House, Union Square, c. 1881. De La Mano's Great Magic Show and Educated Animal Exhibition.

As well as listing several of De La Mano's better known effects, which are included in his "Be Gone Dull Care" routine, this poster announces the introduction of "Dom Pedro, the Pig with a Human Brain that Reads, Multiplies, Subtracts and Divides, plays a Game of Cards, Rings a Bell, Fires a Gun, tells you what you are thinking of, and many other things that must be seen to be believed". Verso advertises the trick titled "Egyptian Vivisection : in which the Professor cuts a living man to pieces, in the presence of the audience". Very scarce, with only the copy at Monash University Library listed by Library Hub. Fine.

Two theatre broadsides (240 x 150 mm), variant copies (one on blue and one on pink paper), printed both sides. New York: A. S. Seer's Engraving and Printing Establishment, Union Square, c. 1878. Prof. De La Mano Has arrived, and will positively appear as advertised.

Two variants of the same handbill listing many of De La Mano's tricks; verso with illustrations. Not located on Library Hub. Fine.

Theatre broadside (610 x 120 mm). No place, no printer, c. 1878. Wonder, Mystery.

Attractive poster with three illustrations. Tricks include "The Chinese Paradox: asserted by Spiritualists to be accomplished through the agency of friends in the invisible world". Not located on Library Hub. Fine.

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3 variant posters of different sizes, 3 handbills, and a copy of De la Mano's "Great Magic Book", detailed listing below.


Overall in very good condition.


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