This sword is far from ordinary. It was used by Sir Henry Irving in an 1885 production of Faust, which went on to be performed almost 800 times. The sword is regarded as a benchmark for the use of technology in theatre. Linked to an electricity supply the sword sparked during a duel. Its creator was John Nevil Maskelyne. Since then magic illusions have played a part in many theatrical productions in London’s West End, most recently in shows such as Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at The Palace, Magic Goes Wrong at the Vaudeville, Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward and The Prince of Egypt at the Dominion.
Maskelyne’s special effect sword
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...