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M is for John Nevil Maskelyne

John Nevil Maskelyne

In the last round of ABC Wednesday, I wrote about the War Magician, Jasper Maskelyne, mentioning that he was the grandson of the pre-eminent Victorian magician and inventor of the pay toilet, John Nevil Maskelyne, and it felt only right that I should complete his story.

The Maskelyne family liked to suggest that they were descended from Nevil Maskelyne, the famous astronomer royal under George III, but they weren’t. Read more ›››