Louis Nikola was a successful professional magician, an expert in shadowgraphy and also a magic book author. His performing career spanned the 1910s to 1930s period. The purpose of this Jacob’s Ladder is not clear, but it might have been used to introduce Nikola. One side reads LOUIS and the other reads NIKOLA. The ladder is in good condition so it is likely that it comes from the latter period of his performing career. See also N2927.