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Site News:

A new feature article looking at the life and career of Deveen has gone live today. Last year I wrote a much shorter post on Deveen but thanks to input from one of his previous assistants many gaps have been filled in Deveen's story. This also includes some great new images of Deveen fished out by John Davenport from The Davenport Collection and some new images from my collection. The new Deveen post can be found here: Feature Article: Deveen.

There are also many updates to previous articles on the site: 

The Ellisdons page has two new magic sets added: Feature Article: Ellisdons.

Speaking of magic sets I've added two Ernest Sewell sets to the post looking at his career selling magic kits: Ernest Sewell, the Magic Set Mogul. 

There's also a portrait of C. Arthur Pearson added to the article on his popular series of magic books: C. Arthur Pearson, Ltd. Friend or Foe?

Finally, an earlier gimmick has been added to the post on The Demon Razor Blades: Swallowing Razor Blades, a Stage Spectacle.

Feature Photo:

In each newsletter I'm going to put an interesting picture of something from the collection that hasn't appeared on the website, starting with this:


This little pocket trick is sometimes wrongly connected to Ernest Sewell or Ellisdons due to the "E.S.". In fact the E.S. in question was Dr Edwin Smith, a London coroner. Gamages advertised the trick in their house magazine The Magician in 1925. The effect is that only the magician can take the ring off the tied and wax-sealed string. It's a fun puzzle with an ingenious hidden gimmick.

Other News:

In case you've missed it, there are two magic exhibitions in London this year. One has already begun at the Senate House Library at The University of London. This features items from the Harry Price Library and explores the history of magic literature. It is running until the 15th of June and more information can be found

The other exhibition is nearby at The Wellcome Collection starting on the 11th of April. I've been lucky enough to loan a few modest items to the exhibition and it promises to have some wonderful items from a variety of collections. More information can be found here.

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