According to the card, the invitation is to a meeting ‘to discuss matters of great importance to all Concert Artistes and Entertainers’.
Henry Bate, David Devant’s illusion builder, charged him for work on the Barrel Illusion which Bate had to ship to Glasgow. At the time Devant was performing in Glasgow with the Maskelyne and Cooke Mysteries Provincial Company. Note the wide range of business activities listed by Bate in the top left corner of his letterhead.
This is an interesting article based on an interview with Dr Lynn at Bloomsbury Hall, London.
This flier advertises “The New” and “The Wonderful” by Professor Pepper and T.W. Tobin.
At the bottom of the flier are the words: ‘In preparation, and will be produced in a few days.’ People mentioned are Professor Pepper, Mr T.W. Tobin, Paganini Redivivus and Mr Arthur D’Esterre.
This is a reproduction of a Polytechnic handbill for Pepper’s Ghost Christmas Show in 1889. The inside of the card contains the message: With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year from the National Fairground Archive. The Archive purchased the original handbill in 2006.
The letters illustrated here record that Maskelynes’ Entertainment Agency booked Nikola for a show at Holborn Hall, Gray’s Inn Road, London on 25 January 1933. The event was a New Year’s Party and Dance for Sanders Sports and Social Club. The fee was 5 guineas (£5. 5. 0. in pre-decimal money). The Agency took 15% commission on the booking. Note that the fee was paid to the Agency prior to the date of the show.
The cover announces De Biere’s stay at the Maskelyne Theatre of Mystery (St. George’s Hall) for eight weeks from 20 October to 19 December 1919. Arnold De Biere was a successful magician whose skills were also greatly appreciated by his peers. This impressive full colour 16 page pamphlet would have been expensive to produce, but it suited his high class image. Click on Details to access a PDF showing the whole brochure with all of the colour images of De Biere in different guises. This is one not to miss.
Although the name of the newspaper is not included on the clip, there is a quotation from it in the programme N3057 which named the source as the Daily Telegraph.
This is a ticket for Professor Herrmann’s First Complimentary Benefit at the Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly on Tuesday afternoon 4 February 1873. The ticket is for a Fauteuil for a price of 10s 6d.
This clip comes from The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News of 12 October 1878. Little Louie was a clairvoyant who worked with Herr Adalbert Frikell.