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Evanion collection

Evanion collection: In 1895 the British Museum purchased a rich and fascinating collection of 19th century ephemera formed by Henry Evans (1832?-1905), a conjuror and ventriloquist, who performed under the stage name "Evanion". During the course of a long career, he took every opportunity to amass a large collection of material relating to Victorian entertainment and everyday life. Harry Houdini, who described the collection as "full of priceless treasures", later acquired many of the items relating to magic. These are now in the possession of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin.
The British Library owns approximately 5,000 items from Evanion's collection. These fall into two main categories – popular entertainment, and everyday life - and include posters, advertisements, trade cards and catalogues.


Evanion collection

Maskelyne & Cooke at the Egyptian Hall, c. 1887
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Royal Polytechnic Institution, Westminster. Professor Pepper's Ghosts, c. 1885.
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Maskelyne & Cooke at the Egyptian Hall, c. 1880.
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Maskelyne and Cooke's The Fakirs of Benares which opened at the Egyptian Hall in December 1884.
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St James's Hall, Piccadilly. Mr. Charles Bertram's Illusions, 1885.
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London Pavillion, Piccadilly. Buatier de Kolta, 1888.
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Mahatmas Outdone! presented by Maskelyne and Cooke at the Egyptian Hall, c. 1887.
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Mrs. Daffodil Downey's seance presented by Maskelyne & Cooke at the Egyptian Hall, c. 1885.
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Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly. Maskelyne & Cooke, 1878.
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Music Hall, Barnstaple. Miss Annie De Montford's Mesmeric Seances, 1881.
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Miss Annie de Montford, 1881

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Holborn Amphitheatre, Holborn. The Ethescope, c. 1880.

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Queen's Rooms, Westminster. Miss Lizzie Anderson, 1876.
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Royal Agricultural Hall, Islington. Dr. Cramer's Illusions, c. 1880

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Appearance of Mr. Newman and Henry Evans Evanion at the Egham Literary Institute, Surrey, 1874.

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Evanion's Butterfly Illusion, 1869.
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Evanion's Royal Entertainment, c. 1870.
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M. Evanion. The royal conjurer and humorist, c. 1870



Comments

( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
two_of_wands
Apr. 14th, 2006 09:57 am (UTC)
Would you mind putting that first picture in the cut as well? It's completely messed up my friends page.

That said, I particularly like the Queen's Room poster.
naturalbornkaos
Apr. 14th, 2006 10:06 am (UTC)
Oh wow, those are all so cool. :D

How I wish they'd put stuff like that on nowadays. ;)
sasafrazz
Apr. 14th, 2006 04:13 pm (UTC)
they (we do)
Myself and my boyfriend are preformers, he a fantastic magician and shows like that are being presented all the time.
angels_chinese
Apr. 14th, 2006 10:21 am (UTC)
Professor Pepper's Lonely Ghosts Club Band 8)))
niyabinghi
Apr. 14th, 2006 11:40 am (UTC)
These are great!
I especially like the one where the hand appears out of the wisp to snatch the toupee off that guys' head. :)
nicolascaesar
Apr. 14th, 2006 12:19 pm (UTC)
thank you so much for posting these!
frederic
Apr. 14th, 2006 01:42 pm (UTC)
Wow... neat! One of these will be next week's desktop wallpaper for my computer at work...
karenleigh
Apr. 14th, 2006 02:04 pm (UTC)
These are so great!
kambriel
Apr. 14th, 2006 02:38 pm (UTC)
How enchanting! Thank you.
gothboy4
Apr. 14th, 2006 04:18 pm (UTC)
how enthrauling thankyou for shairing them
madfishmonger
Apr. 14th, 2006 06:00 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous, thank you.
vintagelover
Apr. 14th, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC)
Fantastic post, thank you!

I have heard that Penn and Teller are serious collectors of oddities.
chrysotheme
Apr. 15th, 2006 04:33 am (UTC)
phantasmagorical!
missmoonlight74
Apr. 15th, 2006 10:27 pm (UTC)
Magic-ly wonderful!;)
I love the poster with the girl in the egg and the one with the pink lanterns...so cute!!!
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