What was Lewis like as a person? John Davenport paints a picture of his grandfather.
Historians of Victorian entertainment will be familiar with the Egyptian Hall on Piccadilly in London. It served as an entertainment complex until it was demolished in 1905. Less well known is the fact that the Hall has been captured on wall tiles in the Hyde Park Corner pedestrian underpass.
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The Egyptian Hall on Piccadilly in London was probably the best-known example in England of a building in the pseudo ancient Egyptian style. Another was built around 1830 in Penzance in Cornwall. It was a mixture of styles, but the Egyptian influence was clear.
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The much loved Herbert J. Collings, also known as Col Ling Soo, became a successful society entertainer and performer for royalty in the first half of the 20th century. He was awarded the Gold Medal of The Magic Circle and twice served as their President. The Magic Circle owns a typescript of Smilestones, his reminiscences covering 1898 to 1946. With the permission of David Hibberd, Archivist of The Magic Circle, his Smilestones are reproduced here. 35 illustrations have been added.
Many of the Maskelyne items in the Davenport Collection were made for public consumption: programmes, publicity material, printed books, and so on. One of our shelves is occupied by books which were always intended to be private. They are the surviving business records of the Maskelynes at St George’s Hall.
The purpose of this article is to record the scope of these business records and provide examples of their content.
Growing up in the Davenport family, Gus was surrounded by magic performances and the manufacture and sale of magic. Fortunately, he embraced it. This short article describes Gus the man and the personality and skills that led him to particular styles of performing.
This was a Cambridge Pentacle Magic Club show in which John Davenport performed the Oswald Williams Noah’s Ark Illusion.
This is one of a pair of posters designed to advertise the show in a shop window. To attract attention the display included a flashing light bulb with no visible means of power reaching it. See also poster N739. John Davenport was one of the acts on the bill.
This is one of a pair of posters designed to advertise the show in a shop window. To attract attention the display included a flashing light bulb with no visible means of power reaching it. See also poster N738. John Davenport was one of the acts on the bill.
This was a gift from Le Grand David company to John Davenport when he visited the show with the American magician Frank Lane (Frank Caldwell) in 1983.