The front page advertises Berol’s appearance at the Poplar Hippodrome, London, for the week commencing Monday 24 November 1913. The other three pages are full of press reviews and some background concerning the act which has played on three continents.
This is Elcock’s original artwork for page 188 of the November 1913 issue of ‘The Magician Monthly’. The sketches are from the Magicians’ Club entertainment on 9 November. Elcock’s sketches cover Mr Chas Morritt; Mr David Devant; Chris Van Bern; Eugene Devôt; Lerano; Mr George; Chas Mansfield; Capt Kettle; Mr Ernest Sewell; Mr Collins; Chas H. Vernon; Hewson Brown; Mr Swingler; Claude Chandler. Mysteriously, there is also a sketch of Archibald the Pigeon. The evening is written up on page 185 of the same issue, also illustrated here.
At the bottom of the artwork it reads: Sketched at The Magic Circle Theatre, London. It is signed De Vega 1914.
The signature in the bottom right hand corner is ‘Elcock 14’, presumably 1914. The illusion “Biff” was first presented at St. George’s Hall in 1913, and “Walking Through a Wall” in 1914.
All have dates of March, April or May 1931. The images are of Alexander Herrmann, Howard Thurston, Ching Ling Foo, Robert Houdin, Harry Houdini, J.W. Elliott MD, Okito – Theo. Bamberg, Gus Fowler, Carl Rosini, Carl Hertz, Frederick Eugene Powell, T. Nelson Downs, Harry Rouclere, Karl Herrmann, Wizard Jacobs, Wyman The Wizard, MacAlister, J.N. Maskelyne, Jonathan Harrington, Robert Heller, Antonio Blitz, Imro Fox, Buatier De Kolta, Servais Le Roy, William E. Robinson (Ching [sic] Ling Soo).
IBM 1933 is written in ink on the front of the photograph. This I.B.M. British Ring convention photograph includes many Davenport family members. Standing in the back row are Lewis Davenport, Gus Davenport and George Davenport. Seated are Wyn Davenport, Eve Davenport (George’s wife) Wynne Davenport and Wally Davenport.
The engraving is attributed to A.H. Payne, 1847, after T.H. Shepherd. It shows General Tom Thumb’s carriage.
One side of this sheet from the Illustrated London News is an illustration of Mr F. Maccabe’s entertainment “Begone, Dull Care”. The reverse side has an article on Maccabe, along with a second article about him that has been pasted onto the sheet. Maccabe was a very popular protean artiste and ventriloquist in the 1860s and 1870s. There is also an article about Mr. Alfred Burnett, the American Humorist who, with the assistance of Miss Nash, took over at the Egyptian Hall in London when Maskelyne and Cooke had a break in September 1874. A programme for their performance can be found under Ref. no. N1468.
The dedication to Devant is mentioned at the top right corner of the cover. ‘The Waif and the Wizard’ was written, composed and sung by Edward Kent. The cover tells us it was also sung by Miss Fannie Leslie. Published by Reynolds & Co., Music Publishers & Exporters, London. A search of the web reveals that there was also a 1901 R.W. Paul film ‘The Waif and the Wizard’ directed by Walter R. Booth. The song could be sung while the film was showing. Booth was an entertainer turned film maker who at one time worked with Devant.
This rather well known photograph, reproduced in Devant’s ‘My Magic Life’, shows Vida and Jasper as they appeared with Devant in his Boy, Girl and Eggs trick at the Royal Command Performance at the Palace Theatre, London on 1 July 1912. For some reason Devant’s book gives the date of the photograph as 1913.