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Nevil Maskelyne

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Nevil Maskelyne (1863–1924) was a British magician and inventor. The son of magician John Nevil Maskelyne, he continued his father's work at the Egyptian Hall in London. He also worked in the area of wireless telegraphy, and was a competitor (and public detractor) of Marconi in the early days of wireless.


Maskelyne wrote several books on magic, including Our Magic: The Art in Magic, the Theory of Magic, the Practice of Magic (with David Devant) and On the Performance of Magic.

He served as president of the Magic Circle from 1906 until his death in 1924.

Nevil Maskelyne was the father of Jasper Maskelyne, who continued the family tradition of professional magic.



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