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FAMOUS MAGICIAN AT BELFAST OPERA HOUSE: ANOTHER WEEK OF VARIETY

Belfast Telegraph, Friday 2nd October 1936


Jasper Maskelyne, the famous magician, tops the bill in a first-class programme at the Belfast Opera House next week. He is the youngest grandson of the late John Nevil Maskelyne, founder of the world-famous firm in the year 1873, Maskelynes- the house that magic built. Jasper Maskelyne had the honour of appearing at the first Royal Command performance ever held at the Palace Theatre, London. He performs a number of really mystifying tricks. In one he disappears completely from a box from which there is no visible exit, and in another he gets into a box into which metal arrows are forced, but emerges uninjured. Again, a girl vanishes from a hammock, leaving only her outfit behind, and another trick is the swallowing of a number of razor blades, which are brought back after a little time attached to a string.


Another clever performer is Gintaro, a juggler of humming tops and wooden blocks. He does some remarkable feats with his apparatus. The Three Hiltons in their nautical nonsense are smart and humorous acrobats, and the Four Roadsters, featuring Britain’s greatest dancing “Street Singer,” with music, instrumentalism, and dancing, are very laughable. The Gandy Brothers, crazy Broadcasters, give sparkling imitations of radio and film stars, and Dinks and Trixie are responsible for more fun. Another novel act is Sylvia and her musical glasses. She has a number of ordinary glasses filled with varying degrees of water, and the music she can produce from them is astonishing in its sweetness and variety. Jean and Joan Ormonde have the unusual gift of timing their movements with the music in syncopated step-appeal.


The performances will be twice nightly at 6-40 and 8-50 with popular prices from 6d to 2s 10d.


You can take a tour of the Grand Opera House. To find out more click here.


To see Jasper Maskelyne in action in 1937 click here.


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To read about some of Gintaro's tricks and their origins click here.