Reprinted from The Encore, 3 December 1908. La Devo was a stage name of Will Goldston’s wife, Leah. This item advertises the act in which she used de Kolta’s expanding die illusion.
The item is dated in ink 7 July 1880. It mentions that Mr. Maskelyne’s New Musical Apparatus will be shown for the first time. Musical instruments held by the audience in the centre of the hall will be made to play with taste and precision. Little Louie and Herr A. Frikell are also mentioned.
The puzzle is to open the piece. It advertises M.C.L. AND REPETITION LTD. The outer surface also includes the words BRITISH ALUMINIUM BA-35. This will be the alloy type from which the puzzle is machined.
Cut the postcard into 3 pieces. Where does the 16th card go when the position of the two lower pieces are reversed? The postcard advertises Martinka & Co., a magic shop in New York City.
This is one page from a Maskelyne and Cooke’s Entertainment Bureau brochure, the cover of which is also illustrated. This item on Booth contains a clear photograph of him, which is significant because, as at 2020, it is one of only two known photographs of him which allows early cinema historians to identify Booth when he appears in early films. It had long been suspected that a magician in the films was Booth, but there was no firm evidence. For the other photograph, click on Walter Booth below. For still more information on Booth visit his Wikipedia page.
This piece advertises the start of the new season of Messrs. Maskelyne and Cooke’s marvellous entertainment on Monday evening, 10 November 1873.
The advertisement is on page 363 for Maskelyne and Cooke at the Egyptian Hall, London. It mentions ‘a programme of inexplicable illusions and mechanical wonders’ and highlights Fanfare and Labial. W. Morton is named as Manager. To put this period in context, an article in the issue considers whether electric light is likely to replace gas light on the streets of London.
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.
Single sheet, mounted on thin card.
Page 2 of this item includes: ‘Patrons are respectfully requested to book their seats in advance to avoid disappointment’. This shows that the item is an advertising piece rather than a programme. Although this item is undated, the acts match those on the programme for December 1907. The first illustration shows the two inside pages, and the second shows the front and back of the item. The acts listed are Joad Heteb; Owen Clark; Barclay Gammon; ‘The Magical Master’ play; ‘Spectres of the Sanctum’ sketch.