This was a one-off prop made for use in a Maskelyne sketch. The Maskelyne’s Christmas 1933 season at the Little Theatre included an item called: We’ve been to a shop. It took the form of words sung to the tune of ‘Here we come gathering nuts in May’ and was illustrated with conjuring tricks. The Christmas pudding was magically produced during the final verse of the song. The original script for this show is in the Davenport Collection.
These two dragons formed part of the scenery for Chinese themed acts in some Maskelyne shows in the 1930s. One of the dragons can be seen on the right of the stage photograph. The lady on the right of the chest is Mary Maskelyne. The day this photograph was taken, 29 September 1934, she married T.C. Sterndale-Bennett who was an entertainer at the piano. He also performed in some Maskelyne shows.
The citation on the display stand reads: Presented to M. Gintaro Japanese Juggler in recognition of his great success during nine years with MASKELYNE and DEVANT. 6th February 1908. See also the citation on the back of the medal.
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.