The Great Raymond

CONJURING POSTER  ([c. 1918 - 1920])


Available to view at our Curzon Street shop.

Colour lithograph. 360 x 245mm. Two horizontal folds, and crease to upper right hand corner, two puncture holes at the very top. Sheffield, Pawson & Brailsford. 

Maurice Francois Raymond (1879 - 1948) born Maurice Saunders was a travelling magician. Although born in the USA he became successful in Britain, playing the Vaudeville circuit. In 1910 he toured Australia and the far east. In 1913 the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company in the US made a short screenplay of some of his tricks: 'The Great Raymond, who has appeared before all the crowned heads of Europe, demonstrates his remarkable and weird accomplishments in this excellent feature. Several clever card tricks are performed, also his magical incubation trick that is the talk of the country. Raymond's original trunk mystery is shown to good advantage. The throne of mystery, the fairy cage of the Magi, and several other startling illusions make this photoplay very interesting.' (Moving Picture World periodical).

This poster was printed in Sheffield presumably to advertise his appearance at the Sheffield Hippodrome, where he performed twice, once in 1918 and again in 1920. (BNA).

Stock Code: 227463

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