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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
19th January 1966 Tippetts cantate Vision of St Augustine, premieres in London
19th January 1940 Comedian and Eastenders actor Mike Reid was born in Hackney, East London.
19th January 1917 The Silvertown explosion kills 73 people in the East End.
19th January 1907 Born today: Lillian Harvey, London England, actress (Invitation to the Waltz)
Magician David Devant lived here
The home of legendary conjurer David Devant.
Location: Flat 1 Ornan Court, Ornan Road, London, NW3 4PT
Description: This is the flat where legendary magician David Devant (1868-1941) lived at the height of his career. His real name was David Wighton.
The first president of conjuring society, The Magic Circle, was described by one critic as the greatest magician of all time.
He was a member of the famous Maskelyne & Cook company and performed regularly at the Egyptian Hall in Piccadilly. Many of his tricks involving the disappearance of human beings have seldom been attempted since, English Heritage said. His shows featured mysteries such as the `Magic Kettle' from which he poured any drink called for by the audience. His act has inspired contemporary magicians of the present day.
Devant's catchphrase was all done by kindness - and, by all accounts, he enjoyed popular appeal throughout his career.
Tagged in this Tour: Historic Magic Circle Tour