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Great Levante poster part three - an image of a trunk with a padlock and tied with rope, overlaid with a question mark

2004.0006.0001.003

Great Levante poster part three - an image of a trunk with a padlock and tied with rope, overlaid with a question mark

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Physical description

Part of a poster with a printed image of a trunk with rope tied across it as well as two padlocks on the front. Printed on top of the trunk is a question mark with text below it that reads '£1000 STEEL TRUNK MYSTERY! / WEIRD UNIQUE THRILLING'. The poster is blue, yellow, orange and black in colour on white paper.

Statement of significance

This poster is an offset lithograph which consists of three separate sheets, each measuring 1020mm by 765mm. It was produced for the 1954-1958 'Third World Tour' of the Australian illusionist and escapologist, Leslie George Cole, better known as The Great Levante. Levante's head floats above a question mark and a trunk tied with rope.

The poster advertises Levante's most feted trick, the '£1000 Steel trunk mystery'. The trick was an enduring feature of Levante's catalogue of illusions from the 1930s and continued to baffle his most cynical critics.

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