"to see the Outdoor Magicians playing near Chapel Hill Church"

Chapel Hill is a street in the London Borough of Barnet. Magicians were a popular form of entertainment in Victorian times, the most common form of performance associated with the Egyptian Hall. Ghost conjuring, mesmerism and communicating with spirits were also extremely well-attended – Victorian crowds enjoyed the thrill of the spectacle! The most famous magician of the nineteenth century was the American escapologist, Harry Houdini. The Prestige, a 2006 film adapted from Christopher Priest’s novel, is about the rivalry of two magicians in late-nineteenth century London.