Discover our brand new cocktail list at Maskelyne & Cooke, inspired by the fascinating world of magic and its history.
The Egyptian Hall became a major venue for exhibiting stunning art as it had the advantage of being one of the only London venues to be able to exhibit large works. It brought in enormous crowds, with the Napoleon Relics bringing in a profit of £35,000 when admission was just one shilling.
Copperhead Gin, Campari, Martini Rosso, Mineral Water
Sharps & Flats
John Nevil Maskelyne’s book Sharps and Flats: A Complete Revelation of the Secrets of Cheating at Games of Chance and Skill was published in 1894 and is still considered today as a magician’s handbook for classic card sharp practices.
Sir Edmond Gin, Egg White, Lemon Juice, Sugar Syrup
With the help of his friend, George Cooke, Maskelyne created many illusions that are still performed today. The levitation illusion, mistakenly thought to be invented by Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin, is said to have actually been invented by Maskelyne.
Gin, St. Germain Liquor, Agave Syrup, Lavender Bitter, Butterfly Pea Flower Tea
Inventor Guglielmo Marconi is famed for pioneering long-distance radio transmissions, and it was during the testing of these that Maskelyne stepped in. Marconi promised to deliver “confidential channels” and that his transmissions were impossible to intercept, but he was soon proven wrong.
Maskelyne stepped up to his magical name and in 1903 became the first hacker in recorded history; which consequently became known as a Whistle Blower.
Mezcal, Lemongrass and Ginger Syrup, Pineapple, Lime
Jasper Maskelyne, grandson of John Nevil Maskelyne, was an invaluable resource for Britain during World War II. Jasper’s knowledge of illusion meant that he was able to devise very large and ingenious illusions that allowed him to magically hide tanks, buildings and supplies. It’s said he once made an entire city vanish and reappear several miles away.
In 1821, The Egyptian Hall played host to one of the greatest attractions in its history. Explorer Giovanni Battista Belzoni unearthed the Tomb of Seti I in 1817; where he began to carefully record the tomb’s design. These formed the basis of the reconstruction of two of the most important tomb rooms, as well as a scale model of the whole tomb that was featured within the Hall.
Bacardi Rum, Hibiscus Berry Syrup, Aperol, Lime Juice
The Egyptian Hall was a huge success; in 1816 it displayed an exhibition of the Napoleonic Relics which included Napoleon’s carriage taken at Waterloo. This exhibition was seen in the Hall by over 220,000 visitors.
Amaretto, Cognac, Kahlua
On 5th January 1905 the final performance took place in The Egyptian Hall. The building was demolished that same year to make room for flats and offices on Piccadilly.
Scottish artist Muirhead Bone captured its destruction in his work The Dissolution of Egyptian Hall