This item, though not a throwing card, is close enough for the story I'd like to share. Printed on cardstock with rounded corners and a poorly-superimposed image of the performer wielding the famed billiard balls and a contemporary magician's table, it is a promotional children's show ticket, presumably given out for free (but the parents would certainly have to pay to get in). Thanks to my friend and fellow historian Michael Claxton, I know that the featured performer, Frank Owens Harrell was born in Georgia in April 1867, and settled in Waltham and Newtonville, MA.
In 1906, The Sphinx noted:
F. O. Harrell, the Musical Magician, of Waltham, Mass.,has worked his magic wand to good advantage, as he has just completed four handsome houses of two flats each in Waltham. Mr. Harrell issues a very attractive announcement of his entertainmentAdditionally, I found several a few Chautauqua-type references to Harrell. But those halcyon days would come to a halt when the nation fell into the depths of the Great Depression. The other piece I acquired was the following letter typed on cheap onionskin. The accompanying photo appears to have been clipped from a two-color brochure. Yet, it is the most poignant piece in my collection, and its threadbare appearance is part of its story:
Harrell died on Halloween 1945 - three years after typing that letter.
Even for those capable of working wonders, the world can be a tough place.