Dr Lynn is pictured on one side, with a very flattering article about his magic and his manner on the reverse.
The front page advertises Berol’s appearance at the Poplar Hippodrome, London, for the week commencing Monday 24 November 1913. The other three pages are full of press reviews and some background concerning the act which has played on three continents.
A double-sided postcard advertising the bill for W.F. Frame’s 1907 Vaudeville tour of Scotland. The postcard is not dated, but Lewis & Julia Davenport were part of this tour in 1907 around the Scottish Lowlands. They “doubled” on this bill as ‘Davenports’, magicians, and ‘Doo & Dare’, jugglers.
As exhibited at the Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly. The small newspaper clip below the print reads: ‘EGYPTIAN HALL, PICCADILLY. The greatest Wonder of the Animal Kingdom, the MISSOURI LEVIATHAN, 16 feet high, and 30 feet long, tusks from point to point, 21 feet, is now Exhibiting at the Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly; together with a large variety of Remains of Antediluvian Animals, as the Mastodon, Retracaulodon, Orectiroterium, &c. Mr. Koch, the discoverer, is generally present, to give explanations to visitors. Admission, One Shilling.’ 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’.
Devant produced this for his 1912-1913 music hall tour. As it says on the front page: ‘Stories of Mr. Devant’s career, and accounts of some of his famous mysteries, will be found in the following pages.’ There is indeed much detail and many illustrations of Devant’s tricks. The back page advertises Devant’s appearance at The Empire, Stratford, week commencing 22 August 1912. The front page gives the price of the issue as ‘PRICELESS’.
It turns out that Mr Charles Brown was indisposed and so the ascent was undertaken by his younger brother, Roger. Details can be found in ‘Wakefield Then & Now’ by Michael J Rochford first published in Great Britain in 2016 by Pen & Sword History, Barnsley, UK.
Reprinted from The Encore, 3 December 1908. La Devo was a stage name of Will Goldston’s wife, Leah. This item advertises the act in which she used de Kolta’s expanding die illusion.
The item is dated in ink 7 July 1880. It mentions that Mr. Maskelyne’s New Musical Apparatus will be shown for the first time. Musical instruments held by the audience in the centre of the hall will be made to play with taste and precision. Little Louie and Herr A. Frikell are also mentioned.
This is one page from a Maskelyne and Cooke’s Entertainment Bureau brochure, the cover of which is also illustrated. This item on Booth contains a clear photograph of him, which is significant because, as at 2020, it is one of only two known photographs of him which allows early cinema historians to identify Booth when he appears in early films. It had long been suspected that a magician in the films was Booth, but there was no firm evidence. For the other photograph, click on Walter Booth below. For still more information on Booth visit his Wikipedia page.
This piece advertises the start of the new season of Messrs. Maskelyne and Cooke’s marvellous entertainment on Monday evening, 10 November 1873.