Illusions: the art of magic

Exhibition March 9 − November 8, 2020
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto Renews 'Magic' Exhibition"Illusions: The Art of Magic".

Visitors will see a bright exposition of unique posters - exhibits from the collection of Allan Slate from the McCord Museum, Montreal, as well as rare samples of props, photographs, archival materials.

The Allan Slate Collection is one of the largest collections in the world, with over 600 posters on the art of magic and over 1000 documents and rare books. During the golden age of magic - from the 1880s to the 1940s - magicians waged a veritable advertising war. In the United States, Canada and Europe, city walls were covered with posters offering thrilling announcements of the magician's most exciting tricks. Designers and poster printers were inspired by a variety of phantasmagoric imagery: devils and demons, skeletons and skulls, postcards and rabbits, seductive assistants and exotic specimens.

250 breathtaking posters dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries trace the social history of the phenomenon of "magic." These magnificent large format chromolithographs have immortalized the illusionists and manipulations that continue to live in the world of modern magic.

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