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The Great London Ghost Tour
The Great London Ghost Tour

ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

19th October 2003 David Blaine walks from his perspex box after 43 days without food.

19th October 1960 Born today: Dan Woody Woodgate, London, rock drummer (Madness)

19th October 1944 British premier Winston Churchill flies back to London from Moscow

19th October 1941 Born today: Simon Ward, London England, actor (4 Musketeers, 4 Feathers)

19th October 1911 Royal Mint in London sends dies for $1 coin to Ottawa Branch

19th October 1741 David Garrick appears on stage in West End for the first time, in the title role of Richard III.

Where the Tricks came from



Where the Tricks came from

Back in 1952, this was the place for magic aficionados

Location: 25 New Oxford Street, WC1A

Description: This was the premsises of 'L.Devenport and Company' which advertised as 'Where the tricks come from'.

It was in 1952 that it sort of became the unofficial rallying point for a small group of young aficionados who had a love of magic and entertainment.

Val Andrews, Billy McComb, Alex Elmsleym, Cy Endfield, Harry Devamo, Tommy Cooper...it was also not unknown for Orson Welles to drop in and add his weight when in town.

All lovers of magic, Tommy Cooper was always on the look out for the latest novelty or pocket trick - and this was another of London's magic emporiums at the time to help the great man out.

Tommy took great pride in genuniely fooling people and would usually head to the nearest Lyons tea house to fool the waitresses and have them all in hysterics...

Happy days - and here's to L.Devenport and Company.

Tagged in this Tour: Tommy Cooper's London

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Where the Tricks came from

Back in 1952, this was the place for magic aficionados


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