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The Season’s Greetings from David Devant: a card collection

The Season’s Greetings from David Devant: a card collection

Now in its 2nd Edition, May 2023

This item gathers together greetings cards from David Devant and his family. We are most grateful to have been granted permission to include cards from The Edwin A Dawes Collection, The Magic Circle Archives, London, The Paul Kieve Collection, The Ian Keable Collection and The Peter Lane Collection. Click on View Details to download the file.

Silk programme for the Grand Opening of the Empire Palace Theatre, Sheffield, 4 November 1895

Silk programme for the Grand Opening of the Empire Palace Theatre, Sheffield, 4 November 1895

This programme is in the Paul Kieve Collection. We are grateful for his permission in 2019 to display it on this website. The programme lists 13 items which can be found by clicking on View Details. Interestingly, the programme states: Owing to the extreme length of the programme, the public are respectfully requested not to indulge in indiscriminate encores, otherwise part of it must necessarily be omitted.

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

Maskelyne and Cooke, Egyptian Hall, London

The bill includes Le Cocon which was first presented on 2 May 1887, according to Jenness. It was last shown on 22 October 1887 but Jenness also says that after 1 August 1887, when the Hall reopened, the bill included Verne and Madam Schultz. Since these two acts are not in this programme, it may be that the programme date is between 2 May 1887 and the date in July 1887 when the Hall closed for a holiday. This programme is shown courtesy the Paul Kieve Collection.

Hocus Pocus poster

Hocus Pocus poster

This poster advertised Paul Kieve’s hardback book Hocus Pocus. It was published by Bloomsbury in Great Britain in 2007.