This is a promotional piece about Herr Schalkenbach, The Electric Musician, consisting of reviews of his performances at The Canterbury Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London, May 1873. The date of the first review from ‘The Era’ is incorrect. It should be 4 May 1873. On page 1 of the item is a hand-written note that Schalkenbach was at the Egyptian Hall on 30 December 1876. George Jenness in his book on the Maskelynes at the Egyptian Hall also says that Schalkenbach was at the Hall over that Christmas.

Page 2 of this item includes: ‘Patrons are respectfully requested to book their seats in advance to avoid disappointment’. This shows that the item is an advertising piece rather than a programme. Although this item is undated, the acts match those on the programme for December 1907. The first illustration shows the two inside pages, and the second shows the front and back of the item. The acts listed are Joad Heteb; Owen Clark; Barclay Gammon; ‘The Magical Master’ play; ‘Spectres of the Sanctum’ sketch.

The note on the address side of the card says ‘Hold this card to a very bright light, to bring the “Sculptor’s Vision” in sight. Also nightly at Empress Theatre, Brixton. Monday. March 23, 1914, for one week.’

The collection contains cine film taken by the family, much of it from the 1930s. The film has been transferred to tape, and more recently converted to an electronic form, in order to preserve the images. During this process some of the more interesting frames have been printed out as photographs. The magician on the top sheet of photographs shown here is Gus Davenport performing in Berlin in 1937. The face of Ottokar Fischer can be seen in one of the photographs lower down in the pile.