Roy presented this talk in the History of Mystery session at the British Ring of the International Brotherhood of Magicians convention in Buxton, 9 September 2016. Click on this PDF to join the conventioneers of 1931, and to understand what happened and why it was so enjoyed by the participants.
Roberta visited Britain as an American teenager in 1931with her parents and sister. Her charm and quality of magic made quite an impact, not least at the first convention of the I.B.M. British Ring in Cheltenham. In Britain she is largely unknown today, and Brian tells the story of how a photograph resulted in a journey of discovery to find out more about this talented young lady. Join Brian on his quest for more information below.
It was common for variety theatres on mainland Europe to book a show for a month at a time.
The poster highlights The Uncanny Woman in a new show. This illusion makes use of a Walter Jeans invention.
The bill includes the Bewilderist Lewis Davenport presenting a series of bewildering novelties supported by Winifred Wynne & Co. Have given over 3,000 performances at Maskelyne’s Mysteries, St. George’s Hall, W.
All have dates of March, April or May 1931. The images are of Alexander Herrmann, Howard Thurston, Ching Ling Foo, Robert Houdin, Harry Houdini, J.W. Elliott MD, Okito – Theo. Bamberg, Gus Fowler, Carl Rosini, Carl Hertz, Frederick Eugene Powell, T. Nelson Downs, Harry Rouclere, Karl Herrmann, Wizard Jacobs, Wyman The Wizard, MacAlister, J.N. Maskelyne, Jonathan Harrington, Robert Heller, Antonio Blitz, Imro Fox, Buatier De Kolta, Servais Le Roy, William E. Robinson (Ching [sic] Ling Soo).