Portrait of Olsen and Johnson
John Sigvand “Ole” Olsen and Harold Ogden “Chic” Johnson were American comedians of vaudeville, radio, stage, motion pictures, and television. Olsen and Johnson partnered in 1914 perfecting their comedy during the vaudeville era. Olsen and Johnson were also Broadway sensations most noted for their comedy “Hellzapoppin” that opened in 1938 and would later become a major motion picture. Olsen and Johnson had occasional television appearances later in their career. This photograph shows a different side of the duo by creating the illusion that Olsen's head is being served on a platter held up by Johnson. Total darkness surrounding the head, arm, and platter make this illusion possible and is confirmed by Olsen's lifeless facial expression and the tilt in his seemingly unsupported head.