David Devant

Quick Facts

Full NameDavid Devant
BornFebruary 22, 1868
DiedOctober 13, 1941 (aged 73)
OccupationMagician, shadowgraphist, film exhibitor
BirthplaceHolloway, London, England
Net Worth(will be updated soon)
Notable Contributions– Considered one of England’s greatest magicians and a leading magician of the 20th century.
– Known for his suave and witty presentation of stage illusion.
– Member of the famous Maskelyne & Cooke company and performed regularly at the Egyptian Hall.
– Partnered with John Nevil Maskelyne and succeeded by Oswald Williams.
– Inventor of signature routines like the “Magic Kettle” and “Mascot Moth”.
– His magic performances were marked by humor, distinguishing him from earlier conjurors.
– Invited to participate in Royal Command Performances, where he entertained Queen Alexandra with his routine “A Boy, Girl and Eggs”.
– Managed Maskelyne and Devant’s House of Magic at St George’s Hall, which showcased premier magicians of the day.
– Selected to represent “the world of wizardry” at King George V’s command performance.
– Featured in Elliott O’Donnell’s 1912 occult novel “The Sorcery Club”.
– Known for his encounter with an escaped mental patient who demanded to see him perform magic on the streets of London.
– Devant’s magic was highly regarded in London and was the talk of the town during his time.
Legacy– Regarded as a master performer and an influential figure in the world of magic, especially in British entertainment circles.
– His contributions to the art of magic are celebrated by magicians worldwide.

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