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E.L. Blanchard

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E.L. Blanchard
BornEdward Litt Laman Blanchard
December 11, 1820
DiedSeptember 4, 1889 (age 68)

E. L. Blanchard (1820-1889),[1] was an English writer who is best known for his contributions to the Drury Lane pantomime. He became a prolific creator of dramas and eventually gained critical acclaim for his works. His diaries afford an intriguing glimpses of conjurers as he records his visits to their shows or meetings with them.


A life long friend of Robert-Houdin he also wrote monologues for the monologuist and quick-change artist, William Samuel Woodin (1823-1888).



  1. The Complete Rich Cabinet of Magical Curiosities by Edwin Dawes (2005)
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  • The life and reminiscences of E. L. Blanchard, with notes from the diary of Wm (1891)