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									 Hamilton Kaye
       Collection




Last Update 28th July 2011 by Jane Donaldson
NFA 0075


Title: Hamilton Kaye


Scope: This collection contains programmes. Handbills photographs and a digital
copy of Hamilton Kaye’s notebook which contained jokes and stories that Kaye kept
for using in his act.


Dates: 1940s-2000
Level: Fonds
Extent: 1 box of ephemera and one notebook
Name of creator: Hamilton Kaye


Administrative / biographical history:
Born Ronald Kaye on 20 May 1921, he was known as Hamilton Kaye for magic shows
and for his magic business. At various times he was known as Hamilton Kaye, Wizard
Kaye, Ron Dalmo, and briefly as Milton Kaye.

Ron Kaye was born in Sheffield, at Rock Street, Pitsmoor. His parents were both
teachers – his father later became head teacher of Hillsborough School. His family
moved to Crosspool in the early 1930s, buying a newly built semi-detached house for
£550. Ron became a pupil at the newly opened High Storrs School.

At the age of 4 Ron was taken to see a variety show at the Sheffield Hippodrome. He
was startled when ‘The Great Carmo’ appeared in a flash and ran back up the aisle
shouting ‘I’m going home’. Despite this early setback he fell in love with the
theatre, music hall, and with magic especially. He began performing magic to family
and friends, and at Church socials, garden parties etc. He produced plays and
organised New Year Dances at Ranmoor Church Hall. During the early years of the
war he was a member of the ‘Steel City Stars’, a group of semi-professional
entertainers that performed variety shows in many local venues including Sheffield
City Hall

Later in the war he served in the RAF and was posted to India and Ceylon (now Sri
Lanka) where he was a member of ground crew servicing flying boats and bombers.
During this time he took part in, and produced concert parties for fellow servicemen.

On his return home he worked first in the laboratories at Sheffield University, then for
the Sheffield Corporation Water Department, later the Yorkshire Water Authority. He
was introduced to his future wife Marion, a nursery nurse, by his cousin Molly. He
and Marion were married in 1953 and with their two children the family moved to
Dronfield in 1960 where Marion ran a nursery school for many years.

Ron had a lifelong passion for magic and increasingly built a reputation in the local
area as a conjuror and children's entertainer. He was a voracious collector of
anything magical and also ran a magic business supplying tricks and his specialty
flash paper and string. He was able to concentrate even more on magic when he
took early retirement from the Water Authority. In 1982/3 he was proud to serve as
President of the British Ring of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

He lived a full and active life and despite the effects of increasing age, was able to
attend magic events until only a few months before his death, aged 85, on Christmas
Day 2006.



Peter Kaye (son)


October 2008

Related collections: Collections of his photographs and memorabilia are held at
both the National Fairground Archive, University of Sheffield and Sheffield Local
Studies Library, Sheffield City Libraries.
Source: Donated by his wife, Marion Kaye
System of arrangement: Items catalogued according to type
Subjects: Magic, variety
Conditions of access: Items are available to view via appointment in the NFA reading
room.
Restrictions: None
Copyright: According to item.
Finding aids: Listed
Posters


178R29.1   Palace Theatre, Attercliffe
           Programme for week commencing 24th April, 1950
           R.L. Productions present the Show of Shows Variety with a Punch
           Jack Doyle-Boxing, Radio, Stage , Film and Wrestling Star
           Sandy Daw-comedian
           The Seanor Trio-contortionists
           Hamilton Kaye-Deceptionist
           Hilda Gregory & Lyn Andres-Let’s Dance
           Vera Denman-Accordion player
           Laurie Watson-‘It’s that Manikin
           The Rosinas-sensation in mid-air
           Printed by: Geo. Allen, Printer, Brimington, Chesterfield
           Red and black print on yellow. 245mm x 375mm
           Hamilton Kaye Collection



178R29.2   Hippodrome, Chesterfield
           Programme for week commencing 17th Dec, 1951
           R.L. Productions present Christmas Fayre
           Wal & Eddie Read-Kings of Melody
           Swifty-Trick Cyclist
           Eileen Winterton-comedienne
           Molicia-contortionist
           Franklyn & Yorke-Slickster
           Max Manzer-Marionette Marvel
           Hamilton Kaye-Amazing Deceptionist
           Cliffor Kempshall-Vocalist
           Printed by: Geo. Allen, Printer, Brimington, Chesterfield
           Red and blue. 250mm x 370mm
           Hamilton Kaye Collection


178R29.3   Starlight
           Victoria Hall Sheffield, Sat 13th mar, c1950s
           The Sheffield City Police Male Voice Choir
            Hamilton Kaye and others
            Blue print
            375mm x 500mm
            Hamilton Kaye Collection


Handbills


178T9.1     Palace Theatre Attercliffe
            Programme for week commencing 24th April, 1950
            R.L. Productions present the Show of Shows Variety with a Punch
            Jack Doyle-Boxing, Radio, Stage, Film and Wrestling Star
            Sandy Daw-comedian
            The Seanor Trio-contortionists
            Hamilton Kaye-Deceptionist
            Hilda Gregory & Lyn Andres-Let’s Dance
            Vera Denman-Accordion player
            Laurie Watson-‘It’s that Manikin
            The Rosinas-sensation in mid-air
            Printed by: Geo. Allen, Printer, Brimington, Chesterfield
            Red and blue print. 140mm x 227mm
            Hamilton Kaye Collection


178T9.2     Palace Theatre Attercliffe
            Programme for week commencing 24th April, 1950
            R.L. Productions present the Show of Shows Variety with a Punch
            Jack Doyle-Boxing, Radio, Stage , Film and Wrestling Star
            Sandy Daw-comedian
            The Seanor Trio-contortionists
            Hamilton Kaye-Deceptionist
            Hilda Gregory & Lyn Andres-Let’s Dance
            Vera Denman-Accordion player
            Laurie Watson-‘It’s that Manikin
            The Rosinas-sensation in mid-air
            Printed by: geo. Allen, Printer, Brimington, Chesterfield
            Duplicate of 178T9.1
            Red and blue print. 140mm x 227mm
          Hamilton Kaye Collection


178T9.3   Palace Theatre Attercliffe
          Programme for week commencing 24th April, 1950
          R.L. Productions present the Show of Shows Variety with a Punch
          Jack Doyle-Boxing, Radio, Stage , Film and Wrestling Star
          Sandy Daw-comedian
          The Seanor Trio-contortionists
          Hamilton Kaye-Deceptionist
          Hilda Gregory & Lyn Andres-Let’s Dance
          Vera Denman-Accordion player
          Laurie Watson-‘It’s that Manikin
          The Rosinas-sensation in mid-air
          Printed by: geo. Allen, Printer, Brimington, Chesterfield
          Duplicate of 178T9.1
          Red and blue print. 140mm x 227mm
          Hamilton Kaye Collection


178T9.4   Hallam Conservative and Liberal Association Annual Fete
          Sat, 9th July, 1955
          Madame Rane-clairvoyant
          Hamilton Kaye-magician
          Rides and shows
          Printed by: Coates & Wilkinson Ltd., green Lane, Sheffield
          Blue print 145mm x 242mm
          Hamilton Kaye Collection


178T9.5   Hallam Conservative and Liberal Association Annual Fete
          Sat, 9th July, 1955
          Madame Rane-clairvoyant
          Hamilton Kaye-magician
          Rides and shows
          Printed by: Coates & Wilkinson Ltd., green Lane, Sheffield
          Duplicate of 178T9.4
          Blue print 145mm x 242mm
          Hamilton Kaye Collection
178T9.6   Hallam Conservative and Liberal Association Annual Fete
          Sat, 7th July, 1951
          Madame Rane-clairvoyant
          Hamilton Kaye-magician
          Rides and shows
          Printed by: Coates & Wilkinson Ltd., green Lane, Sheffield
          Blue and red print 145mm x 242mm
          Hamilton Kaye Collection


178T9.7          Oughtibridge Church Hall Grand Concert by The Choral Society
          Thurs Feb 20th, 1947
          Hamilton Kaye-Fascinating Deceptionist
          Printed by: J.F. Hinchcliffe & Sons, Typos. Deepcar
          132mm x 258mm
          Hamilton Kaye Collection


178T9.8   Variety on Parade
          Stanley Royd Hospital, Wakefield 26th Dec, 1949
          Reg. Crook-Baritone
          Florence Price-Soprano
          Peter Arnold-Impressionist
          Len Farmer-Comedian
          Cyril Hogg-Ventriloquist
          Hamilton Kaye-Illusionist & Compere
          Miss Ruby Deacon-at the piano
          Rides and shows
          126mm x 160mm
          Hamilton Kaye Collection


178T9.9   North Peckham Club Nights c1950s/60s
          Sat, 9th July, 1955
          Madame Rane-clairvoyant
          Hamilton Kaye-magician
          Rides and shows
          Printed by: Coates & Wilkinson Ltd., green Lane, Sheffield
           Blue print 145mm x 242mm
           Hamilton Kaye Collection




Programmes


178K28.1   International Magic Show
           Programme commencing Mon 8-13th May c1950
           Crochet-Dutch Illusionist
           Jeremy Bergmann of USA-magic with Laughter
           Vigga Jahn-magician
           The Amazing Fogel-Mind reader
           Willane-Magic and laughter
           Edeling-illusionist
           Eric James and George Middleton-pianos in harmony
           6pp. Photos 109mm x 184mm
           Hamilton Kaye Collection


178K28.2   Oughtibridge Parish Church A Grand Garden Party
           Sat Sep 9th, 1950
           Includes a performance by Hamilton Kaye
           4pp 121mm x 174mm
           Hamilton Kaye Collection


178K28.3   Palace Theatre Attercliffe Sheffield
           Programme for week commencing Mon 24th April, 1950
           Hilda Gregory & Lynn Andrews-Let’s Dance
           Laurie Watson-ventriloquist
           Hamilton Kaye
           Vera Denman-Accordion player
           The Rosinas-acrobats
           Laurie Wawtson-‘It’s That Manikin’
           Sandy Daw-comedian
           Jack Doyle-singer
           The Seanor Trio-Acro-Contortionists
           8pp. Illus cover. 122mm x 84mm
           Hamilton Kaye Collection


178K28.4   Palace Theatre Attercliffe Sheffield
           Programme for week commencing Mon 24th April, 1950
           Hilda Gregory & Lynn Andrews-Let’s Dance
           Laurie Watson-ventriloquist
           Hamilton Kaye
           Vera Denman-Accordion player
           The Rosinas-acrobats
           Laurie Wawtson-‘It’s That Manikin’
           Sandy Daw-comedian
           Jack Doyle-singer
           The Seanor Trio-Acro-Contortionists
           Duplicate of 178K28.3
           8pp. Illus cover. 122mm x 84mm
           Hamilton Kaye Collection


178K28.5   Palace Theatre Attercliffe Sheffield
           Programme for week commencing 7th Jul, 1952
           4 Jays & June-Charm and Personality
           Hamilton Kaye-The Magical Funster
           Jack Grieve-Comedian
           Campbell & Rogerson-Spirit of the Carnival
           Nippy, the World’s Cleverest Dog
           Archie Lewis-West Indian recording and Radio Star
           Swifty-Trick Cyclist
           8pp. Illus cover. 122mm x 84mm
           Hamilton Kaye Collection


178K28.6   Sheffield Empire
           Programme for week commencing Mon 4th July, 1938
           Dante. Master of Mystery
           4pp 135mm x 210mm
           Hamilton Kaye Collection
178K28.7    Sheffield Empire
            Programme for week commencing Mon 28th April, 1947
            Dante. Danish American Magician
            Illustrated cover
            8pp 120mm x 185mm
            Hamilton Kaye Collection


178K28.8    Wilf Tyler’s Guest Night of International Artistes in Magic
            Mappin Hall, Sheffield Fri 4th Nov, 1966
            Selection of Sheffield magicians
            4pp. Photos. 165mm x 230mm
            Hamilton Kaye Collection


178K28.9    A Garden Party to be opened by Tony Capstick
            Apperknowle, Sun 5th July late 20th century
            Featuring Wizard Kaye
            4pp 150mm x 210mm
            Hamilton Kaye Collection


178K28.10   Programme for events in the Officers Lounge
            No location, 9th June, 1943
            Programme includes The Great Dalmo, illusionist
            Some parts cut out
            4pp 165mm x 202mm
            Hamilton Kaye Collection


178K28.11   Crosspool Pie: a Novel Entertainment of Mirth, magic and Melody
            Ranmoor, Sheffield 15th & 16th May, c1950s
            Includes Hamilton Kaye
            4pp 132mm x 205mm
            Hamilton Kaye Collection


178K28.12   The International Brotherhood of Magicians Presidential Dinner Dance
            Sheffield, Sat 20th May, 2000
            4pp 150mm x 210mm
            Hamilton Kaye Collection
178K28.13   ‘Mixed Grill’
            2nd/3rd August c1940s/50s
            Army variety show
            Some parts cut out
            4pp 170mm x 210mm
            Hamilton Kaye Collection


178K28.14   Cinderella
            Montgomery Hall, Sheffield, 5th March, 1949
            The Harrison School of Stage Dancing
            Includes Hamilton Kaye as Baron Carefree
            4pp 125mm x 205mm
            Hamilton Kaye Collection


178K28.15   The Leeds Magic circle 14th Annual Magical Convention
            Leeds 9th & 10th March, 1968
            Includes Gala evening Show
            8pp 126mm x 200mm
            Hamilton Kaye Collection


178K28.16   International Brotherhood of Magicians Convention Banquet
            Southport, 23rd Sep, 1949
            Programme of after dinner entertainment and 3 pages of autographs
            8pp. 153mm x 225mm
            Hamilton Kaye Collection


178K28.17   Leeds Empire
            Programme for week commencing Mon 7th April, and Mon 17th Mar,
            1952
            Kalanag the Magical entertainer with Gloria
            8pp. Illus. cover 1222mm x 186mm
            Hamilton Kaye Collection


178K28.18   Blackpool Tower Circus
            International Summer Season 1957
            Charlie Cairoli-clown
            Excess Baggage-performing dogs
            Krone’s Arabian Horses, Polar Bears and Shetland Ponies
            The Flying Marilees-Aerial Texans
            The Five Cristianis-Acrobats
            Frances Duncan-aerialist
            Nino Rubio-balancing act
            The Yokoi Troupe-cycling act
            The Golden Linders-water fantasy
            The Bedini Troupe-tumblers
            The Aerial Chapmans-revolving ladder thrills
            12pp 175mm x 240mm
            Hamilton Kaye Collection


178K28.19   Blackpool Tower Circus
            International Summer Season 1960
            Charlie Cairoli-clown
            Benneweis’ Mixed group presented by Gerd Siemoneit-animal act
            The Myrons-balancing act
            Bob Gerry troupe-high Wire Walkers
            Knie’s Elephants, chimpanzees and Arabian horses presented Sacha
            Houcke, Dudi Smith and Rupert Bemmerl
            The Five Amandis-tumblers
            The Balcombes-fun on a ladder
            The 3 Houcs-jugglers
            King Kong
            Five Amandis
            Schaller Brothers-clowns
            Fattini-clown acrobat
            The Therons-cycling stars
            12pp 175mm x 240mm
            Hamilton Kaye Collection


178K28.20   Leicester Magic Circle Two-day Convention
            23rd & 24th Mar, 1968
            Programme of events
            20pp 140mm x 216mm
            Hamilton Kaye Collection


178K28.21   Peter Petroff and his Theatre of Magic present The Magic Spell
            No location given c1980s/90s
            Programme for magic and history show
            4pp 147mm x 210mm
            Hamilton Kaye Collection


178K28.22   P.C.Sorcar. World’s Master Magician
            Programme for magic show, Regal Theatre, Bombay 1951
            Includes detailed history
            20pp. Photos 142mm x 225mm
            Hamilton Kaye Collection


178K28.23   Sorcar. World’s Greatest Magician
            Programme for magic show, Regal Theatre, Bombay 1951
            4pp. Photos 230mm x 292mm
            Hamilton Kaye Collection



Advertising Material


178I14.1            Arthur Lee Presents Modern Magic
            Promotional leaflet for magician and Punch and Judy performer 1940s
            Magic
            Colour illus 4pp 16mm x 270mm
            Hamilton Kaye Collection


178I14.2    Ken Pumfrey
            Promotional Card for magician, late 20th century
            Magic
            Red print illus. fold out flap 95mm x 65mm
            Hamilton Kaye Collection


178I14.3    Billy Lawrence
            Business card for magician, late 20th century
           Magic
           80mm x 45mm
           Hamilton Kaye Collection


178I14.4   Cyro, Clown Prince of Magic
           Promotional card for Magician, late 20th century
           Magic
           Black & White photo 126mm x 105mm
           Hamilton Kaye Collection


178I14.5   Michael Scott
           Promotional Card for magic act, late 20th century
           Magic
           4pp with black & white photos 88mm x 140mm
           Hamilton Kaye Collection


178I14.6   The Fascinating Deceptionist Hamilton Kaye
           Promotional flyer for magician c1950s
           Magic
           Photo. 124mm x 180mm
           Hamilton Kaye Collection


178I14.7           The Fascinating Deceptionist Hamilton Kaye
           Promotional flyer for magician c1950s
           Duplicate of 178I14.6
           Magic
           Photo. 124mm x 180mm
           Hamilton Kaye Collection


178I14.8   Jean de Merry
           Rough set promotional card for Ventriloquist, illusionist and presenter
           c1970s
           Magic
           Black and White photo 150mm x 105mm
           Hamilton Kaye Collection
178I14.9    The Big Top Magic Show
            Postcard for Geoffrey Newton, magician c1970s/80s
            ‘A Treat for Children’
            Magic
            Black and white photo 100mm x 150mm
            Hamilton Kaye Collection


178I14.10   The Fascinating Deceptionist Hamilton Kaye
            Advertising card for magician c1950s
            Magic
            Black and white photo 210mm x 126mm
            Hamilton Kaye Collection


178I14.11   Milton Kaye, the Great Magical Humorist
            Promotion leaflet for magician, late 20th century
            Magic
            200mm x 250mm
            Hamilton Kaye Collection


178I14.12   The Great Socar
            Mysteries of India c1951/2
            Colour illus. cover
            Booklet advertising the Indian Magician
            20pp photos 126mm x 186mm
            Hamilton Kaye Collection


178I14.13   Hamilton Kaye-Britain’s Ace Deceptionist
            Promotional leaflet for magician 1950s
            4pp. Photos. 115mm x 226mm
            Hamilton Kaye Collection


178I14.14   Murray Smith The Magical Raconteur
            Promotional programme for magician c1940s/50s
            4pp. Photos. 175mm x 230mm
            Hamilton Kaye Collection
178I14.15   Horace Goldin Creator of Wonders
            Promotional book for magician c1930s
            Illus cover. 24pp 215mm x 280mm
            Hamilton Kaye Collection


178I14.16   Harold Taylor
            Promotion leaflet for ‘The Harold Taylor Show’ 1967
            4pp and 2pp insert. Photos. 202mm x 253mm
            Hamilton Kaye Collection


178I14.17   Harold Taylor
            Promotional insert for magician, 1969
            4pp and 2pp insert. Photos. 202mm x 253mm
            Hamilton Kaye Collection




Various


178Z30.1    Hamilton Kaye Sheffield Magician, Compere and Entertainer
            Stationery Header c1950s
            Magic
            Black and red print 205mm x 132mm
            Hamilton Kaye Collection


178Z30.2    Ronald Kaye and Assistant
            Stationery for Hamilton Kaye Sheffield c1950
            Magic
            210mm x 270mm
            Hamilton Kaye Collection


178Z30.3    The Great Ino
            Stationery header for Irish magician
            Magic
            Photos 205mm x 260mm
            Hamilton Kaye Collection
178Z30.4    Hamilton Kaye and Susie
            Press release for appearance at Llandudno, 1965
            202mm x 256mm
            Hamilton Kaye Collection


178Z30.5    Harold Taylor
            Christmas message with photo c1950s/60s
            202mm x 125mm
            Hamilton Kaye Collection


178Z30.6    June Bostock
            Letter from 29th Dec, 1956
            Thank you letter for Hamilton Kaye’s performance
            202mm x 174mm
            Hamilton Kaye Collection


178Z30.7    Major-General Wilson
            Letter from June, 1946
            Letter to thank Ron Kay for performances given during the war
            190mm x 240mm
            Hamilton Kaye Collection


178Z30.8    Harry Stanley’s Second Gag Bag
            1946
            Book of gags and responses with hand written annotations
            34pp 120mm x 183mm
            Hamilton Kaye Collection


178Z30.9    Major-General Wilson
            Letter from June, 1946
            Letter to thank Ron Kay for performances given during the war
            Hamilton Kaye Collection


178Z30.10   Cutting from daily Mirror
            27th Oct, 1952
            Report from a Magic Circle Sale
            75mm x 120mm
            Hamilton Kaye Collection


178Z30.11   Red hills Productions Ali Baba and Forty Thieves
            Christmas 1945
            Printed photograph of production
            250mm x 190mm
            Hamilton Kaye Collection


178Z30.12   Exercise book containing handwritten stories
            Green cover 160mm x 210mm
            Hamilton Kaye Collection




Photographs


9 photographs of Hamilton Kaye
2 photographs of other magicians
1 digitised gag book

								
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