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.
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.
The style of this well produced blue and gold brochure shows that Besoni is aiming at private shows for wealthy clients. Starting in 1914, Besoni performed many times at St George’s Hall under the Maskelyne banner.
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.
This is a well produced compilation of press opinions on their act of New Psychological Experiments which formed part of the Maskelyne and Cooke shows at the Egyptian Hall.
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.
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.
It was in 1875 that Dr Lynn invited Buatier de Kolta to perform in some of the slots he had at the Egyptian Hall. This was de Kolta’s introduction to London. At the time, Dr Lynn performed in the Large Hall. Subsequently, J.N. Maskelyne took the lease on the Large 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.
The cover of this 12 page brochure advertises the fact that Dr Lynn is at the Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly. The cover includes an amusing extract from Punch from 20 August 1873. If you read it, you will struggle with some of the words.
Most of the reviews are dated December 1878, with the last one dated 4 January 1879. As mentioned in the press opinions, Richard Howard spent some time working at the Egyptian Hall with Mr H. Liston’s “Merry Moments”.
Professor Richard Howard is descibed as a Prestidigitateur, Humorist and Illusionist of the Egyptian Hall and Alexandra Palace, London. He is aiming the publicity at evening parties, school festivals, garden parties and institutes.