John Nevil Maskelyne
(1839-1917)

Died aged c. 78

John Nevil Maskelyne (22 December 1839 – 18 May 1917) was an English stage magician and inventor of the pay toilet, along with many other Victorian-era devices. Working with magicians George Alfred Cooke and David Devant, many of his illusions are still performed today. His book Sharps and Flats: A Complete Revelation of the Secrets of Cheating at Games of Chance and Skill is considered a classic overview of card sharp practices, and in 1914 he founded the Occult Committee, a group whose remit was to "investigate claims to supernatural power and to expose fraud".

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

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J. N. Maskelyne illusionist and watchmaker (1839-1917; born Whitehart Street) lived and worked here

12 Rotunda Terrace, Montpellier, Cheltenham, United Kingdom where they lived and worked

John Nevil Maskelyne World famous magician born in this town at 20 White Hart Row 22nd Dec 1839 - died London 1917 In this hall he exposed the Davenport Brothers

Everyman Theatre, Regent Street, Cheltenham, United Kingdom where they exposed the Davenport Brothers