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Martin Chapender brochure

Martin Chapender brochure

Chapender (1879-1905) was, by all accounts, a very accomplished magician. This brochure directs bookers to the Maskelyne and Cooke’s Entertainment Bureau. J.N. Maskelyne thought sufficiently highly of him to put him in charge of the last Egyptian Hall season, at the time when J.N. was absorbed with the move of Maskelynes to St. George’s Hall. The seven images around the central image on page 3 all have the same background. Item N3292 confirms that the photographer was Richard Brown of 35 Bold Street, Liverpool.

Stanley Collins brochure

Stanley Collins brochure

The cover of this well produced publicity brochure describes Collins (1881-1996) as an Entertainer, Society Conjurer and Chinese Juggler. The inside pages, also illustrated here, describe other skills such as Juvenile Entertainer and Ventriloquist. It was very common for entertainers to offer a wide range of skills in the early 20th century. Collins’s story is a fascinating one, told well in the book by Edwin A. Dawes: Stanley Collins – Conjurer, Collector and Iconoclast, published by Kaufman and Company in 2002.

Advertisement on silk for Doctor Alfred Berend at the Collegiate Hall, Jamaica, 1901

Advertisement on silk for Doctor Alfred Berend at the Collegiate Hall, Jamaica, 1901

The show involves performing, explaining and exposing many of the stunts performed by named magicians or spiritualists. This gives Berend an excuse for highlighting Maskelyne and Cooke at the Egyptian Hall in London, although his performance has nothing to do with them. No doubt he hoped that use of their names would result in larger audience numbers. With the silk advertisement and the considerable ticket prices, it is clear that Berend was trying to appeal to the better off in Jamaica.

Brochure for Mons Alban and Mdlle Stella

Brochure for Mons Alban and Mdlle Stella

This is a high quality brochure which includes useful information about their act, as well as a drawing by Ralph Cleaver dated 1893. A search on this website for Mons Alban and Mdlle Stella will include some Maskelyne and Cooke Egyptian Hall programmes where they are on the bill.

Newspaper advertisement for Dr Lynn

Newspaper advertisement for Dr Lynn

This is a good example of the popular style of advertisement in which the performer’s name – in this case Dr Lynn – is featured many times. The same style was used by Maskelyne and Cooke at the Egyptian Hall, for example see N1476.

Handout advertising performances of Dr Lynn and Lady Singers at the Egyptian Hall

Handout advertising performances of Dr Lynn and Lady Singers at the Egyptian Hall

The front page gives the performance times. The Eight Russian Lady Singers perform on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Dr Lynn performs on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The remaining three pages are filled with extracts from the London Press about the Singers. The likely date for this is 1874, based on a review in The Times of 12 August 1874 which describes a show with Dr Lynn and a company of Russian lady singers.