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THE GRANVILLE TAYLOR COLLECTION
Granville Taylor has a good collection of magical memorabilia, despite selling some of the material to collectors around the world through the London auction houses of Sothebys and Bonhams.

WANTED TO BUY:
Magical memorabilia of The GREAT LYLE.
Memorabilia of AMAC.
Amac's "Blowing a Woman in Half" pocket trick.
Any pieces of magical equipment made by 'Martin'.

MAGIC MEMORABILIA FOR SALE:
Please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Granville Taylor at TAYLOR-MADE MAGIC (see "Contacts" address) for lists.


DANTE
The Garrick Theatre, London. 1947.

Adolph Neiman, Dante's publicity manager, gave this photograph to Granville Taylor's wife, Valerie, when she was working in the office of The Bernard Delfont Variety Agency in London in 1956.

MURRAY. THE FAMOUS AUSTRALIAN ILLUSIONIST & ESCAPOLOGIST.
Granville Taylor first saw Murray's "ROUND THE WORLD IN MAGIC" at Burnley's Palace Theatre, little realising at the time that within a few years he would be touring as a stage assistant with Murray, and learning the tricks of the trade with a Master of stage magic. Murray coined the word 'escapologist', and repeated and improved many of HOUDINI's escapes. As an illusionist, many critics regarded Murray a better performer than Houdini, whose stage show was not as successful as his escapes. But Houdini was the great publicity showman of his generation.

THE GREAT LYLE. "MYSTERY BOX REVUE"
THE GREAT LYLE's "CAVALCADE OF MYSTERY" show came to Burnley's Palace Theatre in 1944. Here were the famous illusions of David Devant, De Biere, and Horace Goldin, all in one show, and beautifully staged and presented by The Great Lyle. Granville Taylor was thrilled beyond belief. It was the turning point in his life. From that moment, the boy knew what he wanted to do when he grew up. Nine years later he became a stage assistant to Lyle. One 'dream' fulfilled!

"AMAC"
AMAC's real name was Robert William McFarlane, from Birmingham. He was known as 'Mac'; hence his stage name "AMAC". As a professional magician touring the theatres in the U.K., in the early l920's he invented and developed an illusion which he billed as "The Elusive Lady". It was a sensation. He was seen by an American agent, and booked to present just this one illusion as a feature attraction on the American vaudeville circuits, where it was soon acknowledged to be the most amazing illusion ever conceived.

DAVID DEVANT presenting "THE GIANT'S BREAKFAST"
FAUST owns the equipment and sole performing right for five original Devant illusions, which he bought from Lucille Lyle:

THE GIANT'S BREAKFAST, or "CHANTICLEER".

THE WINDOW OF THE HAUNTED HOUSE.

THE CURIOUS CASE.

THE GOLLYWOG BALL.

THE GREENHOUSE OF ROSES - Electric Culture.

Faust also performed Devant's original MAGIC KETTLE - "The Obliging Kettle" - for over 35 years until it became a museum piece. Faust sold it at Sothebys for over eleven thousand pounds. He had paid Lucille Lyle ten pounds for it!


ALI BEY. THE GREAT ARABIAN WIZARD. "Quick as Lightning - Startling as Thunder".
ALI BEY employed a permanent staff of three men and five girls for his fast moving, spectacular, 20-minute illusion act. The best illusion ACT Granville Taylor ever has seen. Like a scene from the Arabian Nights.

FAUST owns two of the most spectacular illusions from the act:

THE CAGED GIRL ILLUSION.

THE LIVING CREMATION

Granville Taylor has built Ali Bey's opening illusion, THE GIRLS FROM THE SAND VASES, for FAUST.


CINGALEE - "The Silent Man of Mystery"
CINGALEE'S wife and two daughters worked as assistants in this act. The daughters also appeared as The Lonsdale Sisters, opening both halves of the variety bill, with Cingalee as the headline attraction.
Cingalee's father performed as CHING WU.

FAUST's "WORLD OF MYSTERY" show includes some of the original equipment from Cingalee's wonderful act:

THE BROKEN & RESTORED PLATE TRICK.

THE QUERY BOX PRODUCTION OF A GIRL.

THE GIRL WITHOUT A MIDDLE SWORD CABINET

THE DOLL'S HOUSE ILLUSION.

CHING WU's TRANSFORMATION CABINET was bought by MURRAY, and, when Granville Taylor worked for Murray, he acted as Murray's 'double' in this illusion. Years later he bought the illusion from Murray.

 
   
 

WANTED TO BUY
Theatre programmes, posters, photographs, etc., of "Amac", Lyle, Ali Bey etc.,
Also, top prices paid for any magical equipment made by 'John Martin'