Vintage Veldini Magic Poster – Authentic, not a reproduction
Authentic vintage VelDini The Magician poster, not a reproduction. VelDini was a semi-legendary magician from Denver, Colorado whose experience dates back to, well, Houdini… almost. The Legendary VelDini was also know as Ed Pendergast… a dentist who made more than cavities disappear!
“Edmund T. Prendergast was born July 25, 1918, in Colorado Springs. Growing up in the Depression, he worked as a page at that city’s Burns Opera House, where he saw vaudeville and magic acts. At the age of 11 he came under the spell of world-famous illusionist Paul Fox, “who didn’t just teach him tricks,” his son said, “but the demeanor and the ethics of magicians.”
Vel-Dini (the stage name was likely a bow to his idol, Harry Houdini) began performing Halloween shows as a teenager, complete with talking skulls and rapping hands. He worked his way through the University of Colorado as “the Campus Magician” and hired a Chicago agent while completing his studies at Northwestern University’s dental school.
The black arts were his passion. Vel-Dini had an encyclopedic knowledge of the great magicians and their feats, from Thurston and Blackstone to Kreskin and Copperfield.
Poster size is 14″ x 19″ and is a screen print on heavy cardstock. Date unknown. Edges show some yellowing but the ink is still vibrant. One corner is dinged, but over all this is in very nice vintage shape! This is an authentic, original vintage magic poster, not a reproduction like you often find.