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The Astrologer of the Nineteenth Century (1825)

- October 23, 2018 in astrology, geomancy, ghosts, magic, necromancy, occult, spirits

Guide to astrology and the occult by the mysterious “Raphael”.

The Magic Roses (1906)

- June 2, 2016 in early film, early special effects, floral, flowers, Georges Méliès, magic, magician, roses, Segundo Chomón, trick film

A film by the pioneering Spanish film director, cinematographer and screenwriter Segundo Chomón.

The Magic Roses (1906)

- June 2, 2016 in early film, early special effects, floral, flowers, Georges Méliès, magic, magician, roses, Segundo Chomón, trick film

A film by the pioneering Spanish film director, cinematographer and screenwriter Segundo Chomón.

The Magic Roses (1906)

- June 2, 2016 in early film, early special effects, floral, flowers, Georges Méliès, magic, magician, roses, Segundo Chomón, trick film

A film by the pioneering Spanish film director, cinematographer and screenwriter Segundo Chomón.

The Key of Hell: an 18th-Century Manual on Black Magic

- October 29, 2015 in black magic, cyprianus, magic, magician, occult, sorcery

Images from the Claris Inferni or "The Key of Hell", a late-18th-century book on black magic.

The Key of Hell: an 18th-Century Manual on Black Magic

- October 29, 2015 in black magic, cyprianus, magic, magician, occult, sorcery

Images from the Claris Inferni or "The Key of Hell", a late-18th-century book on black magic.

Harry Kellar’s Show Posters

- October 22, 2015 in harry kellar, illusion, magic, magician, posters

A series of wonderful promotional posters to accompany the shows of Harry Kellar, an American magician of the late 19th and early 20th century.

Harry Kellar’s Show Posters

- October 22, 2015 in harry kellar, illusion, magic, magician, posters

A series of wonderful promotional posters to accompany the shows of Harry Kellar, an American magician of the late 19th and early 20th century.

The Expositor, or Many Mysteries Unravelled – including that of the Learned Pig (1805)

- August 19, 2014 in animals, domesticated animals, illusion, learned pig, magic, pig of knowledge, pinchbeck, sapient pig, tricks

A wonderful book amounting to something akin to an early 19th-century version of the Masked Magician, in which the reality behind various tricks and illusions of the day are exposed, including that of the Learned Pig.

Illustrations from a Victorian book on Magic (1897)

- April 17, 2013 in California Digital Library, collections, Digital Copy: No Additional Rights, illusion, Images, Images-19th, Images-Engraving-Line, Images-Illustrations, Images: Miscellaneous, Internet Archive, magic, magician, Underlying Work: PD Worldwide, victorian

Selected images from a massive late 19th century tome entitled simply Magic, subtitled Stage Illusions and Scientific Diversions, including Trick Photography, compiled and edited by Albert A. Hopkins. The book takes a thorough tour through the popular magic tricks and illusions of the day, including along the way many delightfully surreal diagrams and illustrations, the top pick of which we’ve included here – often especially great when seen out of context. Towards the end are some particularly great “decapitation” trick photographs. See the book, with explanatory text and many more illustrations over in our post in the Texts collection. Housed at: Internet Archive | From: California Digital Library Underlying Work: PD Worldwide | Digital Copy: No Additional Rights Download: Right click on image or see source for higher res versions HELP TO KEEP US AFLOAT The Public Domain Review is a not-for-profit project and we rely on support from our readers to stay afloat. If you like what we do then please do consider making a donation. We welcome all contributions, big or small - everything helps! Become a Patron Small angel : £3.00 GBP - monthly Medium sized hero : £5.00 GBP - monthly Large emperor : £10.00 GBP [...]