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Arnold De Biere

Davenport Collection website e-news #18, June 2023

Davenport Collection website e-news #18, June 2023

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E-newsletters like this one are sent out four times a year, highlighting recent additions to the website. If you’d like to be added to the mailing list, please contact the curator. The June 2023 issue included:
– Prof. Edwin A. Dawes by his sons Michael and Adrian Dawes.
– The metal snapper – was it an improvement?
– Pat Page and the Ju-Ju Stick.
– De Biere’s ALL IN ONE pamphlet, 1919.
– The Ju-Ju Stick by Frank Monaghan.
– Three different puzzles – one solution.
– Going back 150 years to the Egyptian Hall on Piccadilly.
– How to make a curator happy.

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De Biere pamphlet for St. George’s Hall, 1919

De Biere pamphlet for St. George’s Hall, 1919

The cover announces De Biere’s stay at the Maskelyne Theatre of Mystery (St. George’s Hall) for eight weeks from 20 October to 19 December 1919. Arnold De Biere was a successful magician whose skills were also greatly appreciated by his peers. This impressive full colour 16 page pamphlet would have been expensive to produce, but it suited his high class image. Click on Details to access a PDF showing the whole brochure with all of the colour images of De Biere in different guises. This is one not to miss.

Davenport Collection website e-news #17, March 2023

Davenport Collection website e-news #17, March 2023

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E-newsletters like this one are sent out four times a year, highlighting recent additions to the website. If you’d like to be added to the mailing list, please contact the curator.

The March 2023 issue included:
– De Biere, The Sculptor’s Vision postcard.
– George Cooke of Maskelyne and Cooke.
– The Pea House Plot.
– A new theatre of magic for London?
– The Ju-Ju Stick by Frank Monaghan.
– Demon Wonder Wands.

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A Mine of Maskelyne Information

A Mine of Maskelyne Information

Many of the Maskelyne items in the Davenport Collection were made for public consumption: programmes, publicity material, printed books, and so on. One of our shelves is occupied by books which were always intended to be private. They are the surviving business records of the Maskelynes at St George’s Hall.
The purpose of this article is to record the scope of these business records and provide examples of their content.

De Biere, The Sculptor’s Vision postcard

De Biere, The Sculptor’s Vision postcard

The note on the address side of the card says ‘Hold this card to a very bright light, to bring the “Sculptor’s Vision” in sight. Also nightly at Empress Theatre, Brixton. Monday. March 23, 1914, for one week.’ One of the photographs illustrated here was taken with a bright light behind, so bringing the “Sculpture’s Vision” into view.

De Biere, The Sculptor’s Vision postcard

De Biere, The Sculptor’s Vision postcard

The note on the address side of the card says ‘Hold this card to a very bright light, to bring the “Sculptor’s Vision” in sight. Also nightly at Opera House, Torquay, Monday. April 20, 1914, for one week.’

De Biere box – velvet cape

De Biere box – velvet cape

Found in box N198 and still stored inside it. The cape is made of black velvet with a lilac lining. The style suggests it would have been worn over the right shoulder. There is a deep pocket on the inside.