John Nevil Maskelyne brass plaque in Cheltenham

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

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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