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A NEW SERIES from Conjuring Lights
Special Holiday Season Ornaments
based on the history of the "Levitation of the Princess Karnac
and featuring Harry Kellar, Howard Thurston, and Harry Blackstone
Fine porcelain medallions with glazed image one side.
 
Availability
Offered specially for the Holiday Season, 2003.   
Pricing -
Fine porcelain medallion ornament, approx. 2-5/8" diameter
  $15.95 ea.

THE HISTORY OF THE LEVITATION OF THE PRINCESS KARNAC ILLUSION

Fine Porcelain Medallions, each approx. 2-5/8 " in diameter

Harry Kellar performing the Levitation of the Princess Karnac

The Levitation of the Princess Karnac, perhaps the most famous levitation illusion in history, was first performed by Harry Kellar.  It's ancestry was an illusion by John Neville Maskelyne, the Cocoon, performed at Maskelyne's famed Egyptian Hall in London, and patented by the great Buatier DeKolta, either of whom, or both of whom, may be considered the original 'inventor'.  Paul Valadon, an illusionist and sleight-of-hand artist who had performed at Egyptian Hall, likely also contributed to the development by Kellar of the Levitation of the Princess Karnac.

 
 

Howard Thurston performing the Levitation of the Princess Karnac

Howard Thurston was designated by Harry Kellar as the successor to the Kellar show.  In Thurston's autobiography, "My Life in Magic", Thurston describes in detail the exact moment when, at the conclusion of a performance, Kellar publicly passed his wand to Thurston.  The Levitation of the Princess Karnac was one of only two illusions from the original Kellar show which Thurston retained in his own show, the other being The Spirit Cabinet.

 

 

Harry Blackstone performing the Levitation of the Princess Karnac

Harry Kellar, in his retirement, continued to work on the illusion. A later version of the illusion eventually passed from the estate of Harry Kellar to Harry Blackstone, who presented it as a feature in his full evening show for many years.  According to Blackstone's son, Harry Blackstone Jr., after the death of Blackstone Sr. the illusion was never performed in its full form again.

 
THE ILLUSIONISTS WHO PERFORMED THE LEVITATION OF THE PRINCESS KARNAC ILLUSION

Fine Porcelain Medallions, each approx. 2-5/8 " in diameter
Harry Kellar

 

Howard Thurston

 

 

Harry Blackstone

 

 
all medallions are approximately 2-5/8" in diameter,fine white porcelain, image on one side.
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