It is hard to imagine, but there was a time when magicians commanded far more respect and admiration than they do today.
Now confined primarily to Las Vegas showrooms and cheesy cable TV specials, magic once filled entire theaters to capacity with a public eager to make contact with dimensions that only magicians and mystics seemed privileged to know.
Magic was so popular in fact, that you might very well find more than one major production in town at any given time.
Names like Houdini, Thurston, Kellar, Dante, Blackstone, Hardeen, Chung Ling Soo and Carter, among others, became synonymous
with the grand magical spectacle that dominated the age.
Of course nothing good lasts forever, and with the advent of film, television and other newer, more exciting technologies, the art of grand illusion quickly faded from popular view.
Though a few managed to partly recapture the public's imagination through a combination of touring stage shows and TV specials (David Copperfield, for example) and though magic will always have a place at the entertainment table, it is doubtful it can ever regain it's former glory.
At the link above, you will find a large collection of vintage magic posters from those days gone by, which may give you some idea of the mystery and spectacle that awaited those adventurous enough to sit down and be open to the endless possibilities of the world of magic!