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1873

The Fakir of Oolu and the Star of Bermuda at the Egyptian Hall, Easter 1873

The Fakir of Oolu and the Star of Bermuda at the Egyptian Hall, Easter 1873

This programme for the Fakir of Oolu was for Easter Week commencing 14 April 1873. Although not mentioned on the front page, page 3 tells us that in addition to the Fakir’s astounding entertainment, the Star of Bermuda is also engaged. No other name is given, but we are told that this is positively his first and only appearance in London. It is tempting to believe that this is a fictitious name designed to hide the identity of various performers.

There is a handwritten note on page 3 of the programme that tells us that: There were three professor[s] of Legerdemain assisted [sic] in this Entertainment during this week, viz
a Mr Alexander, a Foreigner.
Mr Mathews, Second Sight.
Mr Brougham, Legerdemain.

Albert Smith’s entertainment at the Egyptian Hall recalled

Albert Smith’s entertainment at the Egyptian Hall recalled

This print from a newspaper hand dated 5 May 1873 shows the Blue Grotto at Capri, recently visited by the Duke of Edinburgh and his fiancee. The accompanying newspaper cutting recalls how Albert Smith described the grotto in his entertainment. The date and source of the item including a print of bearded Albert Smith are unknown. This is one of the items contained in a wooden box of 19th century ephemera, mainly relating to the Egyptian Hall. To view all the items from the box, click on View Details and then the Key Phrase ‘Wooden box items’.

Miss Emma Stanley who performed at the Egyptian Hall in 1860

Miss Emma Stanley who performed at the Egyptian Hall in 1860

Two press cuttings concern her 1860 Egyptian Hall appearances. The longest cutting from the ‘Era’ dated 17 December 1881 is her obituary. Miss Emma Stanley was a talented, versatile entertainer who had huge success touring her entertainment ‘The Seven Ages of Woman’, a show which she performed around the world. The items shown here were assembled on a piece of card by an unknown collector. The programme for ‘The Seven Ages of Woman’ is from the Assembly Rooms, Seaford for the night of 20 August 1873. This is one of the items contained in a wooden box of 19th century ephemera, mainly relating to the Egyptian Hall. To view all the items from the box, click on View Details and then the Key Phrase ‘Wooden box items’.

Herr Schalkenbach promotional item containing reviews of an 1873 performance at the Canterbury Hall

Herr Schalkenbach promotional item containing reviews of an 1873 performance at the Canterbury Hall

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.