Karl Germain the Wizard Magic Posters Printed by Schmitz-Horning Co.

April 8, 2018

By Janet Dodrill

In 1908, Schmitz-Horning Company (est. 1905), a Cleveland, Ohio lithographic printing company, manufactured a series of large color lithographic advertising posters for professional magician Karl Germain. Additionally printed was a brochure.

Karl Germain (Charles Mattmuller), 1878-1959, was a native of Cleveland, and performed unique magic of his own creation in both America and England until his stage career ended prematurely in 1916 due to blindness.

These posters, and those of other magicians, have become highly collectible in ‘magicana’ collections (antiques and collectibles related to magic and magicians). Several international auction houses (and eBay) have offered these rare magic lithographs, and other wall murals by the Schmitz-Horning Company, for sale since around 2010.

Potter & Potter Auctions of Chicago, Illinois has auctioned dozens of Schmitz-Horning Co. Karl Germain magic posters.

Recently, one of the Karl Germain’s magic posters became available in Google Arts & Culture for the public to enjoy and learn about.

Schmitz-Horning was known for their early large scale capacity printing presses. At the time they owned two of three such custom-built presses in the world, and the 40″ x 80″-plus plates were shipped-in from Germany.


Potter & Potter Auctions
Google Arts and Culture, American Museum of Magic

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Germain the Wizard Coming Events Cast Their Shadows Before Poster

Germain the Wizard Coming Events Cast Their Shadows Before, three-sheet, 1908, 41″ x 76 1/2″, 1908, (Photo: Potter & Potter Auctions)

Germain the Wizard Magic Poster

Germain the Wizard, 1908, 27 3/4″ x 42″, color lithograph (Photo: Potter & Potter Auctions)

Germain the Wizard Witch’s Cauldron Poster

Germain the Wizard, Witch’s Cauldron, 1908, 85″ x 44″, stone lithograph (Photo: Google Arts and Culture, American Museum of Magic)

Germain The Wizard

Germain the Wizard, Witch’s Cauldron Detail, 1908, Schmitz-Horning Co. lithograph (Photo: Google Arts and Culture, American Museum of Magic)

Germain The Man Who Mystified All Of London Poster

Germain, the Man who Mystified All of London, three-sheet, 1908, 76 1/2″ x 41″, color lithograph (Photo: Potter & Potter Auctions)

Germain the Master of Magic

The Master of Magic, Germain, 1908, 43″ x 28″, color lithograph (Photo: Potter & Potter Auctions)




Seeing More of Someone After They Have Gone

March 20, 2011

By Janet Dodrill

everett lewis dodrill jr 1950s

Everett Lewis Dodrill, Jr., 1950s

Why is it we learn so much more about people after they go? You’ve probably heard the expression that an artist (the same may be the case for authors, musicians, composers, and other creative people) never really get famous till after death! Since my dad, Everett Dodrill, died earlier this month, we have pieced together many more facts about his life. People have provided us photos and stories of their encounters with “Ev”. Now I’ve gone from proud to really proud. We wish we knew some of these facts when he was alive to let him know just how wonderful he was and how good a life he had lead. We also heard his life’s story according to him in his final months–what a treasured time to hold onto. People are more complex than we see day-to-day. Have you gotten to know your elders and their accomplishments? What about past generations in your family?

Some information about my father can be found at:

Everett Lewis Dodrill, Jr., Brown-Forward, Cleveland, Ohio

March 9 Post: Everett Dodrill – 1926-2011 by Kelly Ferjutz

Everett Dodrill appeared on local stages and stations, The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio