Elliott, Dr. James William. Elliott. Champion Card Manipulator. Boston: Franklin Process Engraving Co., ca. 1900. "Special Professional Sheet No. 26 of Modern Card Effects." Portrait of Elliott surrounded by suit symbols and profusion of illustrations of his hands performing various card sleights; explanatory text, ads, and names of prominent magicians (Houdini, Downs, Kellar, Thurston), and magic dealers fill the balance of the space. Fifty tricks described in great detail, some requiring apparatus, all available from Charles Tripp of Lynn, Mass. Verso addressed to Dr. A.M. Wilson. 44 x 16". Fragile; old folds, some splitting and tiny holes. Rare. A curious combination poster, boastful broadside, and magic catalogue, issued to advertise the tricks manufactured and devised by Elliott. A practicing physician, Elliott (1874 - 1920) is best remembered for his unsurpassed abilities as a card magician and his boastful claim of being the champion card manipulator "of the world." He also played the role of Bosco in Servais LeRoy's illusion show. A book of his tricks - its contents widely considered disappointing - was posthumously published by Houdini in 1922. Only two or three examples of this poster are known.