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1931

Stanley Collins’s Whisper-Word

Stanley Collins’s Whisper-Word

This routine requires three people from the audience to participate. The presentation would appear slow to a modern audience, but the magician ends up divining a word chosen by one of the helpers. The method is particularly devious.

The first of 80 British Ring conventions, Cheltenham 1931

The first of 80 British Ring conventions, Cheltenham 1931

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 Byron 1917-2002

Roberta Byron 1917-2002

Roberta visited Britain as an American teenager in 1931 with 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.

Ten framed pages from ‘The Sphinx’ Rotogravure Section of 1931

Ten framed pages from ‘The Sphinx’ Rotogravure Section of 1931

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).