Maskelyne sent this on Egyptian Hall notepaper in reply to someone who was seeking to interview him. He explained that he was currently too busy because he was working on a new magical sketch on the subject of Theosophy. The sketch was first produced at the Egyptian Hall in August 1894 under the name ‘Modern Witchery’.

22nd consecutive year, 1894-1895. According to the book on the Egyptian Hall by George Jenness, the first production of the sketch ‘Modern Witchery’ was on 6 August 1894. It seems a similar programme was continued until Easter 1895, at which time the Birth of Flora was first shown. This programme is therefore probably between August 1894 and Easter 1895. This programme has the same bill in the same order as Ref. no. N2047, but with some different wording.

The 22nd consecutive year is 1894-1895. According to the book on the Egyptian Hall by George Jenness, the first production of the sketch ‘Modern Witchery’ was on 6 August 1894. It seems a similar programme was continued until Easter 1895, at which time the Birth of Flora was first shown. This programme is therefore probably between August 1894 and Easter 1895.

The 21st consecutive year is 1893-1894. According to the book on the Egyptian Hall by George Jenness, the first production of ‘The Artist’s Dream’ was in September 1893, so this programme cannot be earlier. Jenness also says that at Easter 1894 Devant was billed as presenting electric shadows, in addition to sleight of hand. This programme does not include electric shadows, so is therefore probably between September 1893 and Easter 1894.