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1922

Claude Chandler presents Devant’s Revue of Magic at St. George’s Hall in 1922

Claude Chandler presents Devant’s Revue of Magic at St. George’s Hall in 1922

In 1922, by which time Devant was too ill to perform, he chose Claude Chandler to present his Revue of Magic at St. George’s Hall in London. At the time, Chandler was in his mid-twenties. Over a hundred years later, detailed records of the project still exist. Our article is based on this Devant-Chandler archive and we have taken the opportunity to reproduce many of the original documents. They are a time capsule from the 1920s.

Devant and Chandler hoped that the revue would also be booked for variety theatres, but it was not to be. We also discuss the reasons for this lack of success in the PDF.

Summer in Aberystwyth – seaside entertainment in 1922

Summer in Aberystwyth – seaside entertainment in 1922

Anne Goulden has used private letters from Charles Glenrose to Claude Chandler to paint a picture of the 1922 season in Aberystwyth. The letters provide an insight that would never be obtained from contemporary printed material. Despite Glenrose’s hope and optimism, it was a tough season.

St. George’s Hall, printer’s date 6 October 1922

St. George’s Hall, printer’s date 6 October 1922

The bill includes Lewis Davenport. Programmes of this type have the printer’s date at the bottom right of the front page. Also given is the fact that 1750 were printed. The date when this programme was presented to the public is not given. The pages illustrated are 1, 3, 4 and 8.

Hippodrome, Gateshead. 14 August 1922

Hippodrome, Gateshead. 14 August 1922

The bill includes Lewis Devonport (misspelling of Davenport), magician direct from London Halls. Lewis Devonport has given over 2,000 performances at Maskelyne’s Mysteries. Also on the bill was Sisters Wynne in a novelty musical act. This act may have been Winifred Davenport with her sister Ede.