Issue dated 18 February 1913. The advertisement mentions the return of Mr. David Devant; A Fallen Idol by F. Anstey; etc.
Issue dated 16 December 1911. The advertisement mentions The Window of the Haunted House; Mr. Devant; Mr. Mills; Essmann; Mr. H. Montague; etc.
Issue dated 10 November 1911. The advertisement mentions Dr. Wilmar’s Projectoscope; Mr. Devant; Mr. Mills; Essmann; Mr. H. Montague; Magical Farce; etc.
This portrait was found in this frame, with no glass to protect it, in a Davenport store. The image has suffered bad light damage and some physical damage.
A half sheet poster printed by Canning & Co., London.
This double sided poster gives an outline of all performers in the two series of The Best of Magic, produced by John Fisher for Thames TV. Published by Marvin’s Magic.
The cover shows David Devant in the costume worn by him at the Royal Command Performance at The Palace Theatre, 1 July 1912. The catalogue covers magic and its allied arts, juggling, puzzles, novelties and jokes. This catalogue also contains an order form which is a sheet of paper, folded into 4 pages, all of which are printed.
Devant has signed the mount ‘Yours sincerely David Devant. 99’. The date is presumably 1899. The photograph was taken by the well known photographer Histed of Baker Street, London.
The Savage Club was, and in 2020 still is, a gentleman’s club based in London. This item is a copy of the menu card when Devant was presiding. The artwork is signed by Harry May Hemsley. Hemsley knew Devant well and it is worth looking at high magnification at the many amusing sketches that Hemsley has taken from Devant’s supposed life. Devant often used Hemsley to provide him with cartoons which he used for newspaper advertisements. The second illustration, a framed menu card, was on display on the wall at the Savage Club in London in 2019.
This is Elcock’s original artwork for page 188 of the November 1913 issue of ‘The Magician Monthly’. The sketches are from the Magicians’ Club entertainment on 9 November. Elcock’s sketches cover Mr Chas Morritt; Mr David Devant; Chris Van Bern; Eugene Devôt; Lerano; Mr George; Chas Mansfield; Capt Kettle; Mr Ernest Sewell; Mr Collins; Chas H. Vernon; Hewson Brown; Mr Swingler; Claude Chandler. Mysteriously, there is also a sketch of Archibald the Pigeon. The evening is written up on page 185 of the same issue, also illustrated here.