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:
Frances Ireland Marshall
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