Michael takes us back to the First World War and The Magic Circle members who fought for King and Country.
Through letters from the Front and other information in The Magic Circular he lets us share the life of members at home and abroad.

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.

In the 1920s and 1930s most of Lewis Davenport’s bookings were at theatres in Great Britain. However, he did tour South Africa in 1926 and South America in 1927, as well as accepting bookings in Germany and Belgium. In this talk Anne follows Lewis around Europe, pointing out the differences between UK and continental variety, as well as introducing some of the speciality acts with whom Lewis worked.

Click below to join Lewis on his travels.

Peter Brunning tells the story of this now seldom remembered magician. Peter Waring, born in 1916, only became a magician after the second world war. His sophisticated modern style was a great success and he soon found himself working at some of the best variety theatres. At the height of his career, his comedy and timing won him his own comedy programme on BBC radio. His meteoric rise was followed by a swift downfall as his past caught up with him, resulting in his suicide in 1949.

Professional magicians often had lives full of incident, perhaps none more so than Linga Singh who was very popular in the 1920s and 30s. Much of what has been written about Linga Singh is incorrect, simply because journalists and historians have repeated the fictitious stories which came from Linga Singh himself. Nigel Dutt has spent many years researching his grandfather Linga Singh. The story that Nigel summarises is full of information and surprises. Read the PDF here to gain insight into one of magic’s more colourful performers.

Nigel plans to add additional sections which cover in more detail topics such as Linga Singh’s magic, his brushes with the law and other aspects of his life. Over the next few months keep an eye on this website’s What’s New page to make sure you are up to date with this new information.

This was a Cambridge Pentacle Club show on 24 February 2019, in the Club’s centenary year. The charity show was in aid of The Red Hen Project. The performers were not listed on the poster, but were Jezo, Dr Bondini, Will Bearcroft and Chris Kostecki.