Anne Goulden gave this talk at the IBM British Ring Convention, Bournemouth on 25 September 2014.
While Wyn toured with her parents in the 1920s, she collected autographs from many magicians and variety acts. Anne Goulden brings these characters to life in a well illustrated talk.

There is no date, but the bill implies Easter 1905 for a short time. This was the first magic show at St. George’s Hall after the failure of ‘The Coming Race’.

The programme is for David Devant’s Entertainment ‘direct from Maskelyne and Cooke’s Egyptian Hall, London’. The performance included songs, dancing, a ventriloquial sketch, animated photographs and Devant’s Zauberwunder!. The reader is warned that ‘this programme is subject to frequent alteration’. Mr Walter R. Booth provides the vent. sketch and is also part of Zauberwunder. The back page names Mr Booth as the Stage Manager for Devant’s animated photograph entertainments. The photograph of Booth in the programme 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 more information, click on the name Walter Booth below.

21st consecutive year in London (1893-94). The bill includes Devant with sleight of hand, and ‘The Artist’s Dream’ sketch. According to Jenness, this sketch was first presented on 4 September 1893. Jenness also says that at Easter 1894 Devant was also billed as presenting electric shadows, which are not on the bill for this programme. The likely programme date is therefore between 4 September 1893 and Easter 1894.

25th consecutive year in London (1897-1898). The programme includes ‘Trapped by Magic’. According to Jenness, this play was first performed on 7 May 1898. Jenness also says when the Christmas season started on 16 December the show contained ‘The Gnome’s Grot’, which is not on this bill. The likely date of this programme is therefore some time between 7 May and 16 December 1898.