Museum Exhibit: History of Magic in Chicago

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Postby Necromancer » 06/22/10 12:39 PM

In the town that was home to Harlan Tarbell, the Elmhurst Historical Museum just unveiled its new summer exhibit: Magical History Tour. Proclaims its poster, "Discover the storied history of Magic and the importance of Chicago's legacy."

Curated by Lance Tawzer and written by Neil Tobin, the exhibit finally introduces the public to the many colorful Chicago-area personalities who have influenced the magical landscape from the turn of the last century to the present, including:
Matt Schulien
Harlan Tarbell
Bert Allerton
Joseffy
Harry Blackstone
Frances Ireland Marshall
Ed Marlo
Don Alan
Jim Steinmeyer
And many, many more!

A big open house celebrating the exhibit's launch is slated for Sunday, June 27th from 1pm-4pm. On an outdoor stage at the museum, illusionists Tim and Robin Balster will be cutting the Mayor of Elmhurst in half! Bozo Circus' Wizzo the Wizard, Marshall Brodien, will be on hand to sign autographs. Guests will also enjoy free ice cream, along with appearances by performers from the long-running shows, Magic Chicago and Supernatural Chicago. Admission is free.

The exhibit runs three months through September 12, and contains a wealth of little-seen artifacts donated by Tim Felix, Marshall Brodien, Sandy Marshall, Frank Glab, the American Museum of Magic, David Goodsell, Robert Schulien, Gabe Fajuri, and others, including:

Original Tarbell showcards, Tarbell System materials and apparatus
Jay Marshall's famous plaid sportcoat, linking rings, and Lefty
Production box handmade by Okito
Marshall Brodien's original Wizzo the Wizard costume
Okito, Blackstone, and Kellar lithos
Head Chopper illusion built by Ed Miller
S.A.M. 3 charter signed by Houdini
One-of-a-kind memorabilia from Schulien's
Jack Gwynne's Temple of An-Gee illusion

If you're in the Chicago area, I hope you'll have a chance to visit this long-overdue exhibit honoring Chicago's sizable contribution to the world of magic. http://www.elmhurst.org/index.aspx?nid=620

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Postby mai-ling » 06/23/10 10:18 AM

we will be there.
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Postby Necromancer » 06/24/10 10:24 AM

It'll be great to see you there, Frances! It's an honor for me to help bring your dad's story to the public and give him some of the recognition he deserves.

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Postby Jim Klodzen » 06/27/10 07:05 PM

Hey Neil!
Tell everyone that they did a great job putting this together!
Go see it!
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Postby David Alexander » 06/28/10 01:38 AM

My wife and I spent this afternoon at the Elmhurst Historical Museum. The exhibit was wonderfully well-done. Neil and Lance got in a tremendous amount of material in a small space but it did not feel cramped.

My wife, a professional artist, was impressed with the quality of the displays.

It is worth the time to go and see it.

Neil and Lance and everyone who participated in the creation should feel good about this.
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Postby mai-ling » 06/29/10 01:26 AM

Totally recommend seeing the exhibit.
Loved it will return to again before
it ends its run.
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Postby P.T. Murphy » 07/06/10 03:25 PM

Neil-

You and the folks at the museum did a fabulous job! Thanks for championing Chicago magic!

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Postby Necromancer » 07/07/10 05:38 PM

Thank you, P.T.! It was a ton of work, but I'm so glad to see Chicago's magical history finally getting this kind of public attention.

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Postby Necromancer » 07/09/10 12:21 PM

The exhibit's opening day made the front page of the local paper with this hilarious photo! Check it out:

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=5 ... 0643437233

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Postby Necromancer » 07/20/10 05:08 PM

Newsflash: the Chicago Sun-Times calls the Magical History Tour at the Elmhurst Historical Museum "Highly Recommended!"

http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/w ... id.article

It's not a perfect article (the writer makes a few mistakes, like when she says that the exhibit's videos give secrets away; they don't), but it's full-page coverage in a major Chicago newspaper in support of Chicago magic history. So, I can't complain too much.

I hope you get to see it before it disappears on September 12th!

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Postby mai-ling » 07/21/10 12:42 AM

press is press so it ain't bad.
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Postby mai-ling » 08/30/10 10:32 AM

Just got word that the exhibit will extend its run
until January 2nd.

So come out if you haven't.

Also am working with the museum on a event that will
include a presentation and show in November.

More details as they are being put together.
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