23rd consecutive year, 1895-1896. According to the book on the Egyptian Hall by George Jenness, the Christmas programme was introduced on 21 December 1895 with ‘Will, the Witch and the Watchmen’, Roberts with his skit Pantomania and Devant with Phoenix and The Birth of Flora. Jenness also said, “as was customary, the Christmas programme continued to attract audiences for practically six months. In so far as magic was concerned there were hardly any changes.” However, Jenness also said that it was announced on 19 March 1896 that Animated Photographs had just been added to the programme. Therefore this programme is probably from the period of 21 December 1895 to March 1896. For a review of this show by ‘The Era’ see Ref. no. N2043.

22nd consecutive year, 1894-1895. According to the book on the Egyptian Hall by George Jenness, the first production of the sketch ‘Modern Witchery’ was on 6 August 1894. It seems a similar programme was continued until Easter 1895, at which time the Birth of Flora was first shown. This programme is therefore probably between August 1894 and Easter 1895. This programme has the same bill in the same order as Ref. no. N2047, but with some different wording.

21st consecutive year, 1893-1894. According to the book on the Egyptian Hall by George Jenness, the first production of ‘The Artist’s Dream’ was in September 1893, so this programme cannot be earlier. Jenness also says that at Easter 1894 Devant was billed as presenting electric shadows, in addition to sleight of hand, and that the sketch ‘Elixir Vitæ’ was revived. This programme is therefore probably between Easter 1894 and May 1894, the end of the 21st consecutive year. This is consistent with the pencil date of 17 April 1894 on the cover.