Chair from the Egyptian Hall

18 January 2022

For over 31 years The Egyptian Hall in London’s Piccadilly was England’s Home of Mystery. It was a marathon magic theatrical tenancy under the name of Maskelyne (John Nevil Maskelyne) and Cooke (George Cooke). Many famous magicians appeared at the venue, including our first President David Devant. Nevil Maskelyne, John Nevil’s son and also a magician, was our second President. The outside of the building had Egyptian motifs, including a couple of sphinxes, and this chair is one of eight from the Egyptian Hall which are now in our headquarters. First built as an exhibition space in 1812, the venue was demolished in 1905 – if you look very carefully you may notice that the frontage of our Headquarters takes inspiration from the Egyptian Hall.

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