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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
26th January 1936 Born today: Noel Harrison, London, singer/actor (Mark-Girl from UNCLE)
26th January 1926 Television first demonstrated by John Logie Baird in London.
26th January 1922 Ralph Vaughan Williams' Pastoral Symphony, premieres in London
26th January 1904 Wealthy mining entrepreneur Whitaker Wright is convicted of fraud and immediately commits suicide by swallowing cyanide at the Royal Courts of Justice.
Magician Evanion lived here
Pioneering magician Eva Nion lived here with his wife.
Location: 221 Kennington Road, Lambeth
Description: This was the home of magician Henry Evans (1832–1905), aka Evanion. He was a conjurer, ventriloquist and humorist with a career spanning over fifty years.
Evanion performed in theatres and music halls across the country including performances for the Bishop of
Winchester, the Lady Mayoress of London, Queen Victoria at Sandringham, and the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) and Princess Alexandra at Marlborough House. This led to him adopting the nickname The Royal Conjuror.
In his early years he travelled extensively with another ventriloquist, Newman, and his family, and by 1857 he was using the name Evan Ion, which within a few years was amalgamated into Evanion.
Evans was a legendary magic memorabilia collector, accumulating over 5000 items, which is in the British Library, known as The Evanion Collection. Harry Houdini also purchased a quantity of items specifically related to magic and illusions from Evans in 1904 and the collection gained further publicity.