Person    | Male  Born 22/2/1868  Died 13/10/1941

David Devant

Categories: Theatre

Born 4 Boston Terrace, Holloway, as David Wighton.  His stage name was taken from the title of a painting ‘David devant Goliath’ (David before Goliath), and was first used, aged 17.  Married his, no doubt beautiful, assistant in about 1888.  Had a long and successful partnership with Maskelyne who had been one of his early inspirations. 1905 – 1915 they performed at St George’s Hall, next door to the Queen’s Hall.   One of the first to recognise the potential of the Lumières’ 1896 demonstration in London of moving pictures.  First president of the Magic Circle in 1905.  Appeared in the first royal command variety performance in 1912.  Died at the Royal Hospital for Incurables, Putney, from a progressive palsy which had caused him to retire from public performing in 1919.

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David Devant

David Devant, 1868 - 1941, magician, lived here in flat no. 1. English Heritage

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