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Chevalier Ernest Thorn

Postcard advertising Dreamland with Chevalier Ernest Thorn

Postcard advertising Dreamland with Chevalier Ernest Thorn

Chevalier Thorn was a successful magician and inventor who created illusions such as Noah’s Ark and Dream of the Chalif. Both of these became popular with other headline magicians such as Harry Kellar. The story of Thorn’s very interesting career is told by Paul Freeman in a well-illustrated talk which is to be found on this website here. The German on the postcard translates as An Evening in Dreamland.

Davenport Collection website e-news #1, September 2018

Davenport Collection website e-news #1, September 2018

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The September 2018 issue included:
Chevalier Ernest Thorn – “King of Illusionists”, a talk by Paul Freeman.
– 19th century Egyptian Hall programmes.
– Chung Ling Soo’s dove pan.
– Magic apparatus.

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Chevalier Ernest Thorn – “King of Illusionists”

Chevalier Ernest Thorn – “King of Illusionists”

Many know the name Chevalier Thorn, but few of us know his story. Paul Freeman’s research has pulled together a revealing picture of the man and his magic. From his birth in 1853 to his death in 1928 there were huge changes in the world of magic. Thorn’s accomplishments contributed to these changes and deserve wider recognition. Paul Freeman’s talk will do much to rectify this. Click here to download the PDF based on his talk.