Not all of these pens were given out in 2012 because this one was in the goodie bag for attendees of the 7th European Magic History Conference in Turin, Italy in 2017.
This was a gift from friend Birgit Bartl-Engelhardt (the granddaughter of Janos Bartl) when John and Anne Davenport visited Hamburg for the European Magic History Conference in 2013. Over the years a flower has become something of a trademark with Birgit.
We are grateful to Paul Freeman who has given us permission to include this PDF version of his talk, which he has given in England and Austria between 2008 and 2011. Paul relates the interesting and often surprising ways in which magicians have ended up with a well-known stage name.
Anne has unearthed new information on the eight year journey that took Maskelyne and Cooke from Cheltenham to the Egyptian Hall in London. On the way she explains how Maskelyne and Cooke could call themselves Royal Illusionists, despite not having performed before royalty.
The magical career of Herr Adalbert Frikell, the son of Wiljalba Frikell, saw both high spots and low spots. Paul Freeman charts his life from the time he arrived in England, through to the high point of his royal performances, to the lean years and his ultimate death in poverty. Did he commit suicide or was it death by natural causes? Paul’s illustrated talk answers this question and sheds much light on the rise and fall of this talented magician.
Many know the name Chevalier Thorn, but few of us know his story. Paul Freeman’s research has pulled together a revealing picture of the man and his magic. From his birth in 1853 to his death in 1928 there were huge changes in the world of magic. Thorn’s accomplishments contributed to these changes and deserve wider recognition. Paul Freeman’s talk will do much to rectify this. Click here to download the PDF based on his talk.
In the 1920s and 1930s most of Lewis Davenport’s bookings were at theatres in Great Britain. However, he did tour South Africa in 1926 and South America in 1927, as well as accepting bookings in Germany and Belgium. In this talk Anne follows Lewis around Europe, pointing out the differences between UK and continental variety, as well as introducing some of the speciality acts with whom Lewis worked.
Click below to join Lewis on his travels.
This reproduction poster was one of a number presented to attendees of the 5th European Magic History Conference in Hamburg, 28 – 31 August 2013.
The poster was a gift to all attendees at the 6th European Magic History Conference, Paris, 4-5-6 September 2015.
This poster was one of a number presented to attendees of the 5th European Magic History Conference in Hamburg, 28 – 31 August 2013.