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Conjuror Collection

Background imageConjuror Collection: Cardini - Magician (Richard Valentine Pitchford)

Cardini - Magician (Richard Valentine Pitchford) (1895-1973). Born and raised in Britain (and having served in the British Army in WW1), he worked chiefly in the United States of America

Background imageConjuror Collection: Colonel Stodare at the Egyptian Hall

Colonel Stodare at the Egyptian Hall
Colonel Stodare the liverpudlian ventriloquist and magician (1831 to 1866) performing using an Indian Basket at the Egyptian Hall in Piccadilly, London. Date: circa 1865

Background imageConjuror Collection: Magician performing the cup and balls trick

Magician performing the cup and balls trick
Undated illustration, coloured, of a magician performing the cup and balls trick to a gathered audience, entitled " Tableaux de Paris: L Escamoteur, sur le boulevard

Background imageConjuror Collection: French conjuror Robert Houdin

French conjuror Robert Houdin
Jean Eugne Robert-Houdin (December 6, 1805 - June 13, 1871) was a French magician. He is widely considered the father of the modern style of conjuring. HPG/8/1/1 (v"

Background imageConjuror Collection: French Street Conjuror

French Street Conjuror
A French street magician with his trestle table set up ready to perform the cup and ball trick and con some punters out of their money Date: circa 1805

Background imageConjuror Collection: Magician Carl Devo

Magician Carl Devo
Undated colour illustrated poster for magician Carl Devo, featuring full length illustration of Devo surrounded by magical objects, printed by Weiners Limited, London. HPF/5B/5

Background imageConjuror Collection: Carl Hertz, illusionist and conjurer

Carl Hertz, illusionist and conjurer. 1893

Background imageConjuror Collection: Conjuror - Robert Houdin

Conjuror - Robert Houdin
Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin (1805-1871) the " conjuror" performing in front of a mid-nineteenth century French audience. Date: circa 1840

Background imageConjuror Collection: Paranormal / Magic / Wizards

Paranormal / Magic / Wizards
LE SORCIER DU VILLAGE Popular print depicting a young country couple visiting the local wise man to know what the future holds in store for them

Background imageConjuror Collection: Chung Ling Soo at the London Hippodrome

Chung Ling Soo at the London Hippodrome
Chung Ling Soo, Chinese conjuror (real name Billy Robinson) in publicity photographs for his act at the London Hippodrome in 1904. Date: 1904

Background imageConjuror Collection: Rival Chinese magicians Chung Ling Soo & Ching Ling Foo

Rival Chinese magicians Chung Ling Soo & Ching Ling Foo
Rival Chinese magicians, Chung Ling Soo (real name, Billy Robinson) seen top putting his wife Suee Seen (aka Olive or Dot ) into a cannon as part of his act at the London Hippodrome

Background imageConjuror Collection: Faux the Conjurors booth, Bartholomew Fair, London

Faux the Conjurors booth, Bartholomew Fair, London
Isaac Fawkes, Faux the Conjurors booth, Bartholomew Fair, London. 1720s

Background imageConjuror Collection: The Mysterious Musty, cabaret novelty act

The Mysterious Musty, cabaret novelty act and conjuror at Percy Athoss New Princes Frivolities cabaret show at the New Princes Restaurant, London, 1926 (7th edition) Date: 1926

Background imageConjuror Collection: A thimble-rigger in a London street tries to trick members of the crowd with clever

A thimble-rigger in a London street tries to trick members of the crowd with clever sleight-of-hand Date: 1853

Background imageConjuror Collection: The stage magician, Monsieur Philippe, performs a magic trick involving a cannon at

The stage magician, Monsieur Philippe, performs a magic trick involving a cannon at the Strand Theatre, London Date: 1845

Background imageConjuror Collection: STAGE MAGICIAN

STAGE MAGICIAN
A stage magician about to perform a trick with a top hat and magic wand Date: circa 1915

Background imageConjuror Collection: Fawkes and his sleight-of-hand trick

Fawkes and his sleight-of-hand trick
Fawkes, a sleight-of-hand man, performs a trick; acrobats appear in a vignette. Date: circa 1780

Background imageConjuror Collection: Dreamland with Chevalier Ernest Thorn

Dreamland with Chevalier Ernest Thorn (22nd September 1853 -21st May 1928) was a touring magician and inventor from Austria

Background imageConjuror Collection: Harry Houdini, Tied Up

Harry Houdini, Tied Up
Harry Houdini the Austrian-Hungarian escapologist (1874 to 1926) being tied up by two members of his audience. Date: circa 1910

Background imageConjuror Collection: Magician performing trick on table with cup and balls

Magician performing trick on table with cup and balls
Coloured print of illustration, entitled " Escamoteur: La premiere muscade la voila" showing magician performing trick on table with cup and balls, circa 1810. HPG/8/2/1 (xi)"

Background imageConjuror Collection: Mechanical Pieces, Plate 186

Mechanical Pieces, Plate 186, showing a range of items including a bird tree with clock, a monkey conjuror or magician, a sleeping beauty, a woman at a sewing machine, a bird in a cage

Background imageConjuror Collection: Powell - Conjuror

Powell - Conjuror
A 19th century substantially moustached magician named Powell, holding a rose Bouquet. Date: 19th century

Background imageConjuror Collection: George Davenport

George Davenport
The stage magician George Davenport (or Gilly-gilly ) in profile performing a cigarette lighting trick. Date: circa 1910

Background imageConjuror Collection: Houdini Preparing for Bridge Jump

Houdini Preparing for Bridge Jump
The prolific Austrian-Hungarian escape artist Harry Houdini preparing for one of his many daring feats of escapology, this time a highly publicised Bridge Jump whilst in metal chains. Date: circa 1910

Background imageConjuror Collection: John Nevil Maskelyne

John Nevil Maskelyne (1838 to 1917) was an English stage magician and inventor. Date: circa 1900

Background imageConjuror Collection: French Magician / Robert Houdin Performing

French Magician / Robert Houdin Performing
French conjuror Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin (1805-1871) performing a magic trick using a Impression instantanee (instant printing) machine in the mid 19th century. Date: circa 1840

Background imageConjuror Collection: Magician / Robert Houdin Performing

Magician / Robert Houdin Performing
French magician Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin (1805-1871) blowing smoke onto stage during performance. Date: circa 1840

Background imageConjuror Collection: E. M. Sturgess, Stage Illusionist

E. M. Sturgess, Stage Illusionist
E.M. Sturgess a heavily moustached illusionist, standing behind an assortment of his performance paraphernalia. Date: cica 1900

Background imageConjuror Collection: China - A Chinese Juggler amazes a group of young boys

China - A Chinese Juggler amazes a group of young boys Date: circa 1910s

Background imageConjuror Collection: A presidential conjuror - What Mr. Arthur must be to satisfy

A presidential conjuror - What Mr. Arthur must be to satisfy all the politicians. Chester Arthur, on stage, throwing out titles of political offices, soft soap, promises, etc. to crowd of men

Background imageConjuror Collection: Tricks with Cards book cover

Tricks with Cards book cover
Front cover of Tricks with Cards by Professor Hoffmann featuring a lady taking a card from a conjuror mid-trick while an interested audience looks on. Date: c.1927

Background imageConjuror Collection: Petticoat Lane magician

Petticoat Lane magician
At Petticoat Lane, the London market, a young girl gazes up at a street performer wearing a turban who appears to be in the middle of a conjuring trick

Background imageConjuror Collection: The Village Conjuror

The Village Conjuror
A small boy impresses a group of children and their nurse, by balancing a mop on the end of his chin

Background imageConjuror Collection: Bartholomew Fair (1721)

Bartholomew Fair (1721)
Coloured, semi-circular illustration of Bartholomew Fair (1721), with small text giving the history of the fair, published by J. F. Setchel, London, c1820. HPF/5C/47

Background imageConjuror Collection: Conjuror entertains a crowd

Conjuror entertains a crowd
Louis-Philippe, proclaimed citizen king of France at the July revolution of 1830, is shown as a street conjuror, entertaining the crowds. HPG/8/2/1 (xi)

Background imageConjuror Collection: Magician performing the cup and balls trick in front of a se

Magician performing the cup and balls trick in front of a se
Undated illustration of a magician performing the cup and balls trick in front of a seated audience, entitled " Champy dit Connus". HPG/8/2/1 (xxxi)"

Background imageConjuror Collection: Magician performing card trick to gathered crowd

Magician performing card trick to gathered crowd
Undated colour illustration of magician performing card trick to gathered crowd after an aquatint by J J Chalon, entitled L Escomoteur - 1814. HPG/8/2/1 (xliii)

Background imageConjuror Collection: I. Calculator Esq: The Celebrated Conjuror

I. Calculator Esq: The Celebrated Conjuror
Copy of illustration, " I. Calculator Esq: The Celebrated Conjuror" by A.B. 30 August 1776. HPG/8/2/1 (v)"

Background imageConjuror Collection: Dr Adam Solomon Epstein, the French conjuror

Dr Adam Solomon Epstein, the French conjuror
Copy of wood engraving by S. Durand showing Dr Adam Solomon Epstein, the French conjuror, performing before the Imperial Prince, circa 1869. HPG/8/2/1 (xxxiii)

Background imageConjuror Collection: Italian conjuror Bartholomeo Bosco

Italian conjuror Bartholomeo Bosco
Print of etching of Italian conjuror, Bartholomeo Bosco, drawn in 1838. Giovanni Bartholomew (Bartolomeo) Bosco (January 3, 1793 - March 7)

Background imageConjuror Collection: Magicians trick being revealed

Magicians trick being revealed
Copy of colour illustration, " Le Roi. Le Peuple" showing a magicians trick being revealed" (Chez Lordereau), 1848. HPG/8/2/1 (i)"

Background imageConjuror Collection: Magician Mr Philippe, the Chinese Physicis

Magician Mr Philippe, the Chinese Physicis
Undated print of lithograph of magician Mr Philippe, the " Chinese Physicist" (Physicien Chinois) with Scottish assistant, Domingo, behind him. HPG/8/2/1 (xxxi)"

Background imageConjuror Collection: Magician performing the cup and balls trick to a small crowd

Magician performing the cup and balls trick to a small crowd
Undated illustration of magician performing the cup and balls trick to a small crowd, entitled " Rien dan les mains rien dans les peches je ne vous trompe pas mais..." (a Paris chez Albert)

Background imageConjuror Collection: Magician performing the cup and balls trick to an assembled

Magician performing the cup and balls trick to an assembled
Undated illustration of magician performing the cup and balls trick to an assembled crowd, entitled " Le Joueur de Gobelets". HPG/8/2/1 (xxxvi)"

Background imageConjuror Collection: Illustration of a French conjuror and clown with crowd

Illustration of a French conjuror and clown with crowd
Coloured illustration of a French conjuror and clown with crowd, circa 1800. HPG/8/2/1 (iv)

Background imageConjuror Collection: Playbill for Maskelyne & Cooke magical variety show

Playbill for Maskelyne & Cooke magical variety show
Playbill for performances of the show The Novelty of the Age, featuring magicians Maskelyne and Cooke, held at Berkley Castle, Blackpool, January 1870

Background imageConjuror Collection: Indian Rope Trick Poster

Indian Rope Trick Poster
Undated coloured poster featuring illustration of Thurston, the famous magician, performing the East Indian rope-trick. HPF/5B/17

Background imageConjuror Collection: Great Wizard of the North Performing his Celebrated Tricks

Great Wizard of the North Performing his Celebrated Tricks
Undated copy of engraving, " The Great Wizard of the North Performing his Celebrated Trick of Pouring Four Different Liquids From One Bottle". HPG/8/2/1 (vi)"



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