Maskelyne and Cooke, Scrivens in Two Pieces at the Egyptian Hall
Maskelyne and Cooke, Scrivens in Two Pieces at the Egyptian Hall
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Maskelyne and Cooke, Scrivens in Two Pieces at the Egyptian Hall
SC_GL_ENT_050-099 page 67 (Collage 323098)
London Metropolitan Archives: Granger Entertainments
In Victorian times spiritualism became very popular. Many people advertised their paid services as mediums, or interpreters who claimed contact with the spirit world. They held seances in darkened rooms or theatres where ghostly figures would appear and objects move by unseen forces. However, others were sceptical and none more so than John Neville Maskelyne (1839-1917) and his partner, magician George A Cooke (1825-1905). Maskelyne was an inventor who devised his own conjuring tricks. From 1873 Maskelyne and Cooke performed at the Egyptian Hall showing these wonders as clever illusions and not due to intervention from another world. They included beheading illusions, as advertised here.
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