Programmes & Handbills

Programmes & Handbills

The majority are for variety shows which include a magician. Most are from the UK covering the 1870s to the present day.

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Granville Theatre, Ramsgate, 29 August 1898, containing a rare photograph of Mr. Walter R. Booth

The programme is for David Devant's Entertainment 'direct from Maskelyne and Cooke's Egyptian Hall, London'. The performance included songs, dancing, a ventriloquial sketch, animated photographs and Devant's Zauberwunder!. The reader is warned that 'this programme is subject to frequent alteration'. Mr. Walter R. Booth provides the vent. sketch and is also part of Zauberwunder. The back page names Mr. Booth as the Stage Manager for Devant's animated photograph entertainments. The photograph of Booth in the programme is significant because, as at 2020, it is one of only two known photographs of him which allows early cinema historians to identify Booth when he appears in early films. It had long been suspected that a magician in the films was Booth, but there was no firm evidence. For more information, and both photographs, type Walter Booth into the SEARCH box at the top of the EPHEMERA page of this website.

Royal Hippodrome, Preston, 23 July 1956

Roy Lester and Claude Cingalee present "SHAKE IT FROM HERE". The bill includes The Great Cingalee and Company.

Maskelyne and Devant giveaway featuring ‘Another Pillar Box Mystery’

This giveaway lists three performers in the St. George’s Hall show: Warwick Price; Charles Morritt; E.A. Maskelyne. On the evidence of the programmes in the Davenport Collection, all these performers and the listed illusions were in the show in October 1913. The pillar box illusion was introduced by Morritt in June 1913 under the name ‘From Pillar to Post’. Shortly afterwards the name was changed to ‘Another Pillar Box Mystery’.

Maskelyne's Mysteries, St. George's Hall, printer's date 20 August 1926

The acts on the programme are spread over several pages. The second illustration shown here is a compilation of the relevant parts of each page. Note that the second half of the programme is "Hullo Maskelyne" invented, written and produced by Oswald Williams.

Maskelyne and Cooke Egyptian Hall programme, probable date May to July 1887

The bill includes Le Cocon which was first presented on 2 May 1887, according to Jenness. It was last shown on 22 October 1887 but Jenness also says that after 1 August 1887, when the Hall reopened, the bill included Verne and Madam Schultz. Since these two acts are not in this programme, it may be that the programme date is between 2 May 1887 and the date in July 1887 when the Hall closed for a holiday.

Silk programme for the Grand Opening of the Empire Palace Theatre, Sheffield, 4 November 1895

This programme is in the Paul Kieve Collection. We are grateful for his permission in 2019 to display it on this website. The programme lists 13 items which can be found by clicking on View Details. Interestingly, the programme states: Owing to the extreme length of the programme, the public are respectfully requested not to indulge in indiscriminate encores, otherwise part of it must necessarily be omitted.

Silk programme for the Grand Opening of the Empire Theatre, Bradford, 30 January 1899

This programme is in the Paul Kieve Collection. We are grateful for his permission in 2019 to display it on this website. The programme lists 14 items which can be found by clicking on View Details.

Lewis Davenport programme 31 May 1927, Casino, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Lewis Davenport shares this double sided programme with other variety acts. It was a varied bill: for example Winston presented Focas Sabias y Divinas Ninfas (wise seals and divine nymphs).

The Great Raymond, Scottish Rite Cathedral, 16 April 1932

Presented by The Los Angeles Consistory, Valley of Los Angeles, Orient of California.

Handbill or programme for The Great Raymond, Hamline M. E. Church, St Paul, Minnesota, USA

The Great Raymond in 'Magic and Mystery', 7 and 8 April. Year unknown.

The Great Raymond, Teatro Apolo

Date and location of theatre unknown.

Empire, Penge, London, 14 May 1934

The bill includes Edward Victor, shadowgraphist, assisted by Eileen O'Connor.

Chiswick Empire, London,15 April 1957

The bill includes The Great Masoni. The show was called CASINO ORIENTAL presented by Paul Raymond for and on behalf of Folies Parisienne Ltd.

Kilburn Empire, London, 24 November 1919

The bill includes Ernest Hastings.

Palace Pier, Brighton, Sunday, 27 August 1933

The bill includes Robert Harbin.

London Coliseum, 22 December 1919

The bill includes De Biere. Note that the year 1919 is given next to the end of the bill where it says GOD SAVE THE KING.

London Coliseum, 27 November 1922

The bill includes De Biere.

Palace Theatre, Manchester, 11 May 1936

The bill includes Fred Culpitt and Arthur Worsley 'Manchester's Boy Ventriloquist'.

Kingston Empire, 17 February 1936

The bill includes Fred Culpitt.

A touring programme for Maskelyne and Cooke from England's Home of Mystery, Egyptian Hall, London

Based on the information in the book by George Jenness on the Egyptian Hall, it looks as though the date of this programme is sometime on tour in October - mid-December 1886.

London Coliseum, 7 November 1927

Clive Maskelyne is on the bill presenting a selection of Maskelyne's Mysteries. The second illustration is a composite which gives the complete bill.

The Little Theatre presents Maskelyne's Mysteries, 13 August 1934

At this time Noel Maskelyne was the Managing Director of Maskelyne's Ltd. Noel and Mary Maskelyne were on the bill.

Empire, Penge, London

The illustration is of an Empire, Penge programme dated 28 August 1933. It contains an advertisement on page 5 for "So This is Maskelyne" for the next week. Jasper Maskelyne was in this show so he was there for the week beginning 4 September 1933.

Theatre Royal, Margate

No date, but the bill includes Jasper Maskelyne who is said to be 'Direct from the Duke of York's Theatre, London. Farewell visit prior to South African Tour.' This will make it a week in 1950.

Christmas Magic at the Duke of York's Theatre, London, Boxing Day to 21 January 1950

Piffard and Robinson Productions Ltd. in association with Maskelyne and Devant Ltd. present Christmas Magic. The bill includes Jasper Maskelyne.

Palace Theatre, Huddersfield, 4 July 1949, "Maskelyne and Femynyne".

The bill includes Jasper Maskelyne.

Coliseum Theatre, Harrow, 24 March 1947. Maskelyne & Devant Ltd present "Hey Presto!!".

The bill includes Robert Harbin and Jasper Maskelyne.

Hackney Empire, London. This is not a programme, it is a Stoll Herald

This Stoll Herald, Vol. 16, No. 35, advertises the show starting the week of 2 September 1935. It includes a quarter page on Jasper Maskelyne.

Maskelyne's Mysteries, St. George's Hall, London

The printer's date is 28 November 1932.

Maskelyne's Mysteries, St. George's Hall, London

The printer's date is 21 July 1930.

Maskelyne's Mysteries, St. George's Hall, London

The printer's date is 28 October 1929.

Maskelyne's Mysteries, St. George's Hall, London

The printer's date is 9 April 1928.

Maskelyne's Theatre of Mystery, St. George's Hall, London

The printer's date is 23 September 1920.

Maskelyne and Devant's Mysteries at St. George's Hall, London

The printer's date is 12 December 1911.

Maskelyne and Devant's Mysteries at St. George's Hall, London

The printer's date is 5 February 1909.

Maskelyne and Devant's Mysteries at St. George's Hall, London

The printer's date is 7 March 1907.

St. George's Hall, London

There is no date, but the bill implies Easter 1905 for a short time. This was the first magic show at St. George's Hall after the failure of 'The Coming Race'.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

21st consecutive year in London (1893-94). The bill includes Devant with sleight of hand, and 'The Artist's Dream' sketch. According to Jenness, this sketch was first presented on 4 September 1893. Jenness also says that at Easter 1894 Devant was also billed as presenting electric shadows, which are not on the bill for this programme. The likely programme date is therefore between 4 September 1893 and Easter 1894.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

Although the cover says FROM the Egyptian Hall, implying that this is a touring programme, it is in fact an Egyptian Hall programme. No doubt there were some of these programmes, which had pre-printed full colour covers, left over from the October to December 1886 tour and Maskelyne decided to use them up by printing the Egyptian Hall programme on pages 2 and 3. 10 January 1887 is written on the cover. This is probably correct as the bill is consistent with the 1886 Christmas season.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

An advertisement on the back page includes financial figures for the year ending 25 March 1889. The date 26 January 1890 is written on the cover. There is no reason to doubt this as the bill appears to be consistent with the 1889 Christmas season.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

31st consecutive year in London (1903-04). For dating purposes, page 3 says 'In the course of a few months, the Egyptian Hall, the oldest place of entertainment in London, will be demolished'. The date is therefore 1904. Note that Lady Kitty Greensward is in the cast of 'The Philosopher's Stone'. In the collection is another programme, identical but for the fact that Lady Kitty Greensward is NOT in the cast.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

6th year in London (1878-79). Printer's date on page 4 is 14 October 1878.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

5th consecutive year in London (1877-78). Printer's date on page 4 is 6 September 1877.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

25th consecutive year in London (1897-1898). The programme includes 'Trapped by Magic'. According to Jenness, this play was first performed on 7 May 1898. Jenness also says when the Christmas season started on 16 December the show contained 'The Gnome's Grot', which is not on this bill. The likely date of this programme is therefore some time between 7 May and 16 December 1898.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

The advertisement on page 4 includes financial figures for year ending 25 March 1889. This programme is probably from the Christmas season 1889 which started on 15 December according to Jenness. Morritt was still in the show at the time. So the likely date is between 15 December 1889 and some time in 1890.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

The advertisement on page 4 includes financial figures for year ending 25 March 1889. On 21 October 1889, Holden was at the Hall for about a month, according to Jenness. The date 7 November 1889 has been written on the front of the programme. This date is very probably correct.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

The advertisement on page 4 includes financial figures for year ending 25 March 1889. According to Jenness, on 5 August 1889 the Hall reopened with Ganthony and Morritt, who are both on this bill. Later, from 21 October 1889, Holden was at the Hall for about a month. Since Holden is not on this bill, the programme date is probably between 5 August 1889 and 21 October 1889.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

The bill includes 'The Bloomsbury Proper-ganders of Spiritualism' which was first produced on 5 November 1887, according to Jenness. The programme includes 'Special engagement for the Christmas holidays of Mr. Charles Bertram'. The likely date is therefore the Christmas season 1888. The bill wording is identical to the larger programme Ref. N1570.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

The bill includes 'The Bloomsbury Proper-ganders of Spiritualism' which was first produced on 5 November 1887, according to Jenness. The programme includes 'Special engagement of Mr. Charles Bertram'. Unlike programme ref. N1570, the Christmas holidays are not mentioned. It is therefore possible that this programme is later in the Christmas season 1888. The date might therefore be the first part of 1889.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

The bill includes 'The Bloomsbury Proper-ganders of Spiritualism' which was first produced on 5 November 1887, according to Jenness. The programme includes 'Special engagement for the Christmas holidays of Mr. Charles Bertram'. The likely date is therefore the Christmas season 1888.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

The bill includes 'Arcana' which was first produced on 5 November 1887, according to Jenness. 'Arcana' continued for at least 8 months into 1888. The bill is identical to that of programme ref. N1568, so the date may well be summer 1888. Note that this programme is Price one penny, whereas no price is given on N1568.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

The bill includes 'Arcana' which was first produced on 5 November 1887, according to Jenness. 'Arcana' continued for at least 8 months into 1888. The June 1888 date written in ink on the cover is therefore probably correct.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

The bill includes 'Arcana' which was first produced on 5 November 1887, according to Jenness, and 'Cleopatra's Needle' which was revived in December 1887. This programme is therefore probably for the Christmas season 1887. The Christmas season often extended well into the following year.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

The bill includes 'Arcana' which was first produced on 5 November 1887, according to Jenness, and 'Cleopatra's Needle' which was revived in December 1887. This programme is therefore probably for the Christmas season 1887. The Christmas season often extended well into the following year.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

The bill includes 'Arcana' which was first produced on 5 November 1887, according to Jenness, and 'Cleopatra's Needle' which was revived in December 1887. This programme is therefore probably for the Christmas season 1887. The Christmas season often extended well into the following year.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

The bill includes 'Arcana' which was first produced on 5 November 1887, according to Jenness. 'Arcana' continued for at least 8 months into 1888. The likely programme date is therefore 5 November 1887 to some point during 1888.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

At the bottom of page 3 it says that Cleopatra's Needle will be revived shortly. It was introduced in December 1887, according to Jenness. The bill includes 'Arcana' which was first produced on 5 November 1887. So the date of the programme must be around November 1887 to December 1887.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

This is an unusual programme dated 4 November 1887. It is a Private Representation, the purpose of which was to showcase to the press Maskelyne's new sketch 'Arcana, or Original Research'. At the conclusion of 'Arcana' Herr and Madame Curt Schulz gave a recital in the Withdrawing Room.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

The bill includes Le Cocon which was first presented on 2 May 1887, according to Jenness. It was last shown on 22 October 1887 but Jenness also says that after 1 August 1887, when the Hall reopened, the bill included Verne and Madam Schultz. Since these two acts are not in this programme, it may be that the programme date is between 2 May 1887 and the date in July 1887 when the Hall closed for a holiday. This programme is shown courtesy the Paul Kieve Collection.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

The bill includes Le Cocon which was presented between 2 May and 22 October 1887, according to Jenness. Jenness also says that after 1 August 1887, when the Hall reopened, the bill included Verne and Madam Schultz. Since these two acts are not in this programme, it may be that the programme date is between 2 May 1887 and the date in July 1887 when the Hall closed for a holiday.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

Page 3 of the programme mentions that 'Arcana' and Le Cocon are in preparation. According to the Jenness book on the Egyptian Hall, 'Arcana' was first produced on 5 November 1887. De Kolta appeared at the Hall from 23 December 1886, but he first presented Le Cocon on 2 May 1887. Therefore the likely date of this programme is 23 December 1886 to 2 May 1887. Note that the insurance advertisement on page 4 mentions financial figures for the year ending 25 Mar 1886.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

This looks like the bill which opened on 23 December 1886. Jenness in his book said the bill continued for many weeks.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

The date written on the cover is 1884. This date must be incorrect because it was not until 7 August 1886 that Bertram presented the Vanishing Lady illusion, standing in for de Kolta. J.N. Maskelyne is on this bill so it is probably safe to assume that the date must be before 25 September, the date at which the Maskelyne and Cooke season ended because of the start of a provincial tour. Jenness reports that the Hall shut between 20 November and 23 December 1886, from which time de Kolta was on the bill. Since he is not on this bill, the date of the programme is probably between 7 August and 25 September. The programme has a sticker at the top. Note the incorrect spelling of Maskelyne.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

The date written on the cover is September 1886. This date is consistent with Charles Bertram standing in for de Kolta. The first date that the de Kolta Vanishing Lady illusion was performed at the Hall was 7 August 1886, according to Jenness.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

This is probably an 1886 performance with Charles Bertram. Bertram's first appearance at the hall was, according to Jenness, 17 December 1885.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

The date is unclear, but the bill is consistent with the evening performances in May 1886, according to Jenness.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

3 December 1885 is the date written on the cover. This is probably correct.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

A note on page 3 makes it clear that this is an evening programme and that the matinee programme is entirely different and includes Charles Bertram. According to Jenness, Bertram first appeared on 17 December 1885. The programme date is therefore likely to be after mid December 1885 or into 1886.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

The date March 1885 is written on the cover. This could be correct, because the programme contains 'The Fakirs of Benares' sketch which, according to Jenness, was first shown on 26 December 1884.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

The date is no earlier than August 1882, but it could be into 1883. The earliest date is set because dates in August are mentioned in an advertisement on page 4.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

The date is no earlier than August 1882, but it could be into 1883. The earliest date is set because dates in August are mentioned in an advertisement on page 4.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

The date is probably 1882, but no earlier than 18 February. This is on the basis that 'Mrs. Daffodil Downey's Light and Dark Seance' sketch was, according to Jenness, first shown on 18 February.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

The likely date is in the period 11 November 1880 to 27 January 1881. The programme includes 'The Temptations of Good St. Anthony' sketch, which Jenness said was introduced on 11 November 1880. In addition, the programme includes the words 'every evening at eight', whereas Jenness says that from 27 January 1881 there would be no evening peformances on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. This programme is almost the same as ref. no. N1514. It differs only in that the extra word [GRATIS.] is to be found on pages 3 and 4.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

The likely date is in the period 11 November 1880 to 27 January 1881. The programme includes 'The Temptations of Good St. Anthony' sketch, which Jenness said was introduced on 11 November 1880. In addition, the programme includes the words 'every evening at eight', whereas Jenness says that from 27 January 1881 there would be no evening peformances on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. See also the programme ref. no. N1515.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

Probably1881. Jenness says in his Egyptian Hall book that on 27 January 1881 Maskelyne announced that there would be no evening performances on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, which is consistent with the details in this programme.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

1880 is pencilled on the cover, but the date is more likely early 1881. The programme includes the sketch 'The Temptations of Good St. Anthony' which, according to Jenness in his Egyptian Hall book, was introduced on 11 November 1880. Jenness also says that on 27 January 1881 Maskelyne announced that there would be no evening performances on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, which is consistent with the details in this programme.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

8th year in London. The programme says 'no performance on Mondays'. According to the book by Jenness on the Egyptian Hall, this lasted from 12 January 1880 to end-May 1880. The closure was said to be "because of health reasons of Maskelyne".

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

8th year in London. The programme says 'no performance on Mondays'. According to the book by Jenness on the Egyptian Hall, this lasted from 12 January 1880 to end-May 1880. The closure was said to be "because of health reasons of Maskelyne".

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

7th year in London. The printers date on the back page is 20 October 1879. A sticker is attached to page 3 advertising Zoe's sketches for sale.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

7th year in London. The printers date on the back page is 19 August 1879.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

7th year in London. The printers date on the back page is 21 May 1879.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

6th year in London. The printers date on the back page is 14 February 1879.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

6th year in London. The printers date on the back page is 14 November 1878.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

6th year in London. The printers date on the back page is 12 September 1878.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

6th year in London. The printers date on the back page is 9 May 1878.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

6th year in London. The printers date on the back page is 19 June 1878.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

6th year in London. The programme date will be soon after 30 March 1878 because it mentions that Messrs. Turquand & Pelham in their Dramatic and Mimetic Recitals are also performing at the Hall. An earlier programme (ref. N1496) tells us that these recitals will be 'on and after 30 March'. Part of the back page is not readable as a result of the programme being removed from a scrapbook. This may explain why no printer's date is visible.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

6th year in London. The printers date on the back page is 18 March 1878.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

6th year in London. The printers date on the back page is 26 February 1878.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

6th year in London. The printers mark on the back page is -22- 10-1-78 - 1000, so the printer's date is 10 January 1878. This programme shows the price on the cover. Search for N1493 to find a programme with the printer's mark -20- 10-1-78 - 1000, ie the same date. This latter programme differs in detail, for example the bottom of the cover does not include a price for the programme.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

6th year in London. The printers mark on the back page is -20- 10-1-78 - 1000, so the printer's date is 10 January 1878. This programme shows no price on the cover. Search for N1494 to find a programme with the printer's mark -22- 10-1-78 - 1000, ie the same date. This latter programme differs in detail, for example the bottom of the cover includes the words PRICE TUPPENCE.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

The back page gives the printer's date as 31 March 1877.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

Probably early 1877.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

The date 12 February 1877 is written on the cover. There is no reason to doubt this.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

Psycho, which is described in the programme as Maskelyne's 'most recent production', is on the bill. Psycho was introduced in January 1875, so the programme date cannot be earlier than 1875. When Psycho was first introduced, he only played whist. However, on this programme, in addition to whist, Psycho does more effects. It is therefore possible that the date is 1876 or early 1877, at which time the style of the programme was changed.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

Maskelyne and Cooke Egyptian Hall programme. Someone has written on the cover of the programme the date 1875. This would be consistent with Psycho being in the programme. Psycho was introduced by Maskelyne on 13 January 1875. In the early days, Psycho only played whist, as on this programme. Later on, Psycho performed other tasks as well as whist.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

Although 1875 is pencilled on the cover, the likely date is earlier. Psycho, first shown on 13 January 1875, is not included in the programme. However The Indescribable Phenomena Seance is in the programme. According to Jenness's book on the Egyptian Hall, this was 'a new feature tonight' on 28 October 1874.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

Although 1875 is pencilled on the cover, the likely date is earlier. Psycho, first shown on 13 January 1875, is not included in the programme.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

Circa 1874 but certainly before Psycho was introduced in January 1875.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

Early Egyptian Hall, probably 1874 before Psycho was introduced in January 1875.

Programme for Mr Alfred Burnett at Maskelyne & Cooke's Drawing Room, Egyptian Hall. Sep 1874

Mr. Alfred Burnett occupied the room when Maskelyne and Cooke closed in September 1874.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

Circa 1874 but certainly before Psycho was introduced in January 1875.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

This is an early Egyptian Hall programme, probably dated 1873 or soon after. The lessee and manager is William Morton. The bill does not include Psycho which was first shown in January 1875.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

This is an early Egyptian Hall programme, probably dated 1873 or soon after. The lessee and manager is William Morton. The bill does not include Psycho which was first shown in January 1875.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, 11th consecutive year in London

The programme is dated 11th consecutive year in London, which is 1883-1884. This programme was for Mondays and Fridays only. A different programme was in place for the rest of the week.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, 28th consecutive year in London

The programme is dated 28th consecutive year in London, which is 1900-1901. The bill included Herr Valadon with The Tuppenny Tubes. According to the book by George Jenness on the Egyptian Hall, Valadon introduced this for the Christmas shows starting on 22 December 1900. The date of the programme would therefore be late December 1900 to 1901.

Variete Drei Linden, Leipzig programme, September 1928

The bill includes Lewis Davenport. It was common for continental variety theatres to book a show in for a month rather than a week, as in the United Kingdom. The bill covers a number of pages of the programme and so two compilation images are shown, one for each half of the show.

Alhambra, Leicester Square, London programme card, 21 April 1924

The bill includes Lewis Davenport.

Victoria Hall, Tring, 3 December 1904

The Davenports was Lewis Davenport with his first wife Julia. As part of the act Julia did card manipulations, hence her billing as Lady Card Manipulator.

St. George's Hall, printer's date 8 August 1924

Programmes of this type have the printer's date at the bottom left of the third page. The date when this programme was presented to the public is not given. The pages illustrated are 1, 12 and a compilation of pages which together show the billing matter for all the acts.

St. George's Hall, printer's date 6 October 1922

The bill includes Lewis Davenport. Programmes of this type have the printer's date at the bottom right of the front page. Also given is the fact that 1750 were printed. The date when this programme was presented to the public is not given. The pages illustrated are 1, 3, 4 and 8.

St. George's Hall, printer's date 8 November 1917

The bill includes Lewis Davenport. Programmes of this type have the printer's date at the bottom right of the front page. Also given is the fact that 2000 were printed. The date when this programme was presented to the public is not given. The pages illustrated are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 8.

The London Palladium, 12 July 1937

The bill includes Jasper Maskelyne. The programme has the bill spread over a number of pages, interspersed by advertisements. One of the images is a compilation which shows all the acts with their billing, as it is shown in the programme.

Maskelyne and Cooke Egyptian Hall programme, 1887

The programme date is probably somewhere in the November to December 1887 period. At the bottom of page 3 it says that the magical sketch Cleopatra's Needle will be revived shortly. It was actually revived in December 1887, according to the book by George Jenness on the Egyptian Hall. The bill also includes Arcana, which was first produced on 5 November 1887, again according to Jenness. So the date of the programme must be around November to December 1887.

Programme for Maskelyne & Cooke's royal performance at Sandringham, 11 January 1875

The show was given at Sandringham House by the distinguished favour of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. As might be imagined, Maskelyne and Cooke gained excellent publicity from this show. Over the years they made good use of the title 'Royal Illusionists and Antispiritualists'.

Maskelyne and Cooke Egyptian Hall programme, May 1873

Maskelyne and Cooke first opened at the Egyptian Large Hall on 26 May 1873. This 4 page programme appears to be the same bill as on a poster which advertises the shows starting on 26 May.

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