Kellar's Egyptian Hall

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Kellar's Egyptian Hall was a theater named by Harry Kellar, inspired from John Nevil Maskelyne's and George Alfred Cooke's Egyptian Hall in London..

After visiting John Nevil Maskelyne's and George Alfred Cooke's Egyptian Hall, Keller was inspired and like the idea of performing in one spot. He loved the illusions Maskelyne and Cook performed and spent his remaining money to buy the trick from them.

Kellar borrowed $500 from Junius Spencer Morgan (father of J.P. Morgan) and returned to the United States to try and retrieve his funds from bank transation from when he was in Brazil. Knowing that mail from Brazil was slow, he was able to recover all of the $3,500. With the money, Kellar started a "troupe" based on Masekylne's and Cooke's in England, even go so far as naming his theater Egyptian Hall.

Kellar started his version of Egyptian Hall in December 1884, after renting out an old Masonic temple on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After 264 performances, Kellar closed the theater on June 24, 1885. The theater was renamed Temple Theatre and, shortly after Kellar left, burned down.

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