The Davenport Collection
- a growing resource on magic and entertainment history

Martin Chapender

Martin Chapender postcard

Martin Chapender postcard

The original photograph was signed by Chapender prior to it being re-photographed and converted into postcard format. There is no message written on the back of the postcard.

Martin Chapender postcard

Martin Chapender postcard

The original photograph was signed by Chapender prior to it being re-photographed and converted into postcard format. We do not know the name of the person who sent the card (the handwriting is not obviously that of Chapender), but the message on the front is amusing: As it is such a short time since we met, I have nothing to say except “Don’t Giggle” H. The card was addressed to Miss Nellie Purdy, 68 Mulgrave Street, Liverpool.

Martin Chapender brochure

Martin Chapender brochure

Chapender (1879-1905) was, by all accounts, a very accomplished magician. This brochure directs bookers to the Maskelyne and Cooke’s Entertainment Bureau. J.N. Maskelyne thought sufficiently highly of him to put him in charge of the last Egyptian Hall season, at the time when J.N. was absorbed with the move of Maskelynes to St. George’s Hall. The seven images around the central image on page 3 all have the same background. Item N3292 confirms that the photographer was Richard Brown of 35 Bold Street, Liverpool.

‘The Daily Graphic’ review of Mr. Martin Chapender’s season at the Egyptian Hall, Christmas 1904

‘The Daily Graphic’ review of Mr. Martin Chapender’s season at the Egyptian Hall, Christmas 1904

‘The Daily Graphic’ of 28 December 1904, page 5, carried a review of the Chapender show and reminded readers that the Egyptian Hall would soon close prior to its demolition. The piece includes an excellent sketch of the Hall by Ernest Hicks Oliver and provides a photograph illustrating a scene from the sketch ‘The Miser’. J.N. Maskelyne had arranged for Chapender to take over the show because he was busy making arrangements for the opening of the Maskelyne shows at St. George’s Hall.