The bill includes Le Cocon which was presented between 2 May and 22 October 1887, according to Jenness. Jenness also says that after 1 August 1887, when the Hall reopened, the bill included Verne and Madam Schultz. Since these two acts are not in this programme, it may be that the programme date is between 2 May 1887 and the date in July 1887 when the Hall closed for a holiday.

The bill includes Le Cocon which was first presented on 2 May 1887, according to Jenness. It was last shown on 22 October 1887 but Jenness also says that after 1 August 1887, when the Hall reopened, the bill included Verne and Madam Schultz. Since these two acts are not in this programme, it may be that the programme date is between 2 May 1887 and the date in July 1887 when the Hall closed for a holiday. This programme is shown courtesy the Paul Kieve Collection.

The date written on the cover is 1884. This date must be incorrect because it was not until 7 August 1886 that Bertram presented the Vanishing Lady illusion, standing in for de Kolta. J.N. Maskelyne is on this bill so it is probably safe to assume that the date must be before 25 September, the date at which the Maskelyne and Cooke season ended because of the start of a provincial tour. Jenness reports that the Hall shut between 20 November and 23 December 1886, from which time de Kolta was on the bill. Since he is not on this bill, the date of the programme is probably between 7 August and 25 September. The programme has a sticker at the top. Note the incorrect spelling of Maskelyne.

Page 3 of the programme mentions that ‘Arcana’ and Le Cocon are in preparation. According to the Jenness book on the Egyptian Hall, ‘Arcana’ was first produced on 5 November 1887. De Kolta appeared at the Hall from 23 December 1886, but he first presented Le Cocon, which is not on this bill, on 2 May 1887. Therefore the likely date of this programme is 23 December 1886 to 2 May 1887. Note that the insurance advertisement on page 4 mentions financial figures for the year ending 25 Mar 1886.

Although the cover says FROM the Egyptian Hall, implying that this is a touring programme, it is in fact an Egyptian Hall programme. No doubt there were some of these programmes, which had pre-printed full colour covers, left over from the October to December 1886 tour and Maskelyne decided to use them up by printing the Egyptian Hall programme on pages 2 and 3. 10 January 1887 is written on the cover. This is probably correct as the bill is consistent with the 1886 Christmas season.

The bill includes Le Cocon which was first presented on 2 May 1887, according to Jenness. It was last shown on 22 October 1887 but Jenness also says that after 1 August 1887, when the Hall reopened, the bill included Verne and Madam Schultz. Since these two acts are not in this programme, it may be that the programme date is between 2 May 1887 and the date in July 1887 when the Hall closed for a holiday.

The date written on the cover is September 1886. This date is consistent with Charles Bertram standing in for de Kolta. The first date that the de Kolta Vanishing Lady illusion was performed at the Hall was 7 August 1886, according to Jenness.

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).