John Nevil Maskelyne (1839-1917) became the most significant magician and inventor of the late Victorian and Edwardian age. He transformed The Egyptian Hall, a museum and exhibition space in London’s Picadilly into the world’s most famous magic venue where where many of the most important illusions of all time were debuted. Trained as a watchmaker, Maskelyne’s practical knowledge and creative magical mind led to him making some extraordinary automata, devising a type-writer (the first to be manufactured in Great Britain) – and inventing the world’s first coin operated toilet door lock. The lock required a coin to operate it and the first such lock was used in Fleet Street in 1892, making Maskelyne responsible for the famous euphemism “to spend a penny”.
Maskelyne’s Coin Operated Door Lock
Youngsters conjure up top prizes
A 13-year-old boy who lives in Spain and an 11-year-old girl from West Yorkshire were the big winners at this year’s annual Young Magicians Club Junior Day awards held...
Young Magician of the Year 2023
Having considered the five entries received for the Competition this year the Committee have decided that it is not possible to proceed to a Final. The event on April...