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Norice de la Roche the Magician Handbill, circa 1946

Handbill for a magic show by Prof. Norice de la Roche. [New York City]: n.p., n.d., [1946].

The recto features the "Magic in Harlem" show information and touts that "in front of your very eyes, without the aid of screens, curtains, or assistants will miraculously escape the jacket. A feat successfully performed only by the late Harry Houdini," embellished with an illustration of the Professor bound in a straight jacket, chains, and leg bindings. Verso features an illustration of the magician in white tie and a magic wand conjuring a snake, white rabbits, and more. Signed in plate "F. Perry."

The "Town Topics" article in the Feb. 9, 1946 issue of The New York Age appears to reference the show advertised on this handbill: "It isn't all business at the Combination Business School. Realizing that little play makes work interesting, the school is representing that famous magician, Prof. Norice de la Roche, in 'Magic in Harlem' sometime in February." The dates listed on the handbill, February, Thursday 21st, Saturday 23rd, and Sunday 24th, correspond with the 1946 calendar.

Norice de la Roche was the stage name of Norris F. Roach, the founder, and principal of the Combination Business School, as well as the Roche Magic Studio. The Manhattan 1949 City Directory lists the address and telephone number for the Music dept. for Roach, suggesting he was a professor of music. He was one of the only African American members of the International Brother of Magicians in 1955. 

Condition:

Paper is tanned, splitting at part of old crease with a small chip to one edge. 

Starting Price: $150
Estimate: $300 - $500
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