"The Khedivial Opera House or Royal Opera House was a theatre in Cairo, Egypt, the oldest opera house in all of Africa, It was inaugurated on the 1st of November 1869 and burned down on the 28th of October 1971.
Upon clearing the debris from the site sometime early in 1972 a small tobacco tin was discovered, inside were photographs and keepsakes, among old lobby cards and programme’s from a bygone era sometime around the 1930’s, upon further examination a small leather bound notebook and papers were upturned, they appeared to be the musings and private jottings of an obscure act otherwise known as Sultan Abdul Aziz, a French moroccan psychic and mind reader.
It appeared that he had topped the bill numerous times throughout his illustrious career. The notes and artefacts were collated and sold to a private arts collector in what was referred to in certain circles as the “Cairo collection”.
The notebook and tobacco tin parted company somewhere in their dim and distant timeline, as the artefacts passed from dealer to dealer, partial contents of the jottings are revealed here for the first time in decades,.
The obscure and mysterious underground legacy of “The Sultan” remains..." *****
STEPPING BACK THROUGH TIME TO CAIRO, SOMETIME IN THE LATE 1930’S TO THE HEADY ERA OF MUSIC HALL, VAUDEVILLE AND TIMES OF THEATRICAL ENCHANTMENT, AS SEEN THROUGH THE EYES OF THE AVID AND ENTHUSIASTIC THEATRE PATRONS, A TIME OF TRUE MAGIC AND MYSTERY BEYOND THE FOOTLIGHTS AND HAND PAINTED BACKDROPS OF EGYPT'S FAMOUS OPERA HOUSE
A NEAT COLLECTION OF MIND READING & PSYCHOLOGICAL MIRACLES, TO ACCOMPANY THE DISTANT MEMORIES AFFORDED BY THE INTRODUCTION OF THE OLD TIN BOX AND IT’S INHERENT STORY, SHADES OF FASCINATION, PSYCHOLOGICAL INTERVENTION AND BEGUILING REVELATION ONCE PURVEYED BY OLD SULTAN ABDUL HIMSELF...
THE HISTORY OF BOTH THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE AND ABDUL'S OLD BOX OFFER AN INTERESTING HOOK TO ANY BIZARRE ORIENTED PRESENTATION, WHATSMORE, IT WILL ALSO LOOK FANTASTIC AS DISPLAYED IN YOUR STUDY OR DRAWING ROOM AMONG SOME OF YOUR OTHER ARCANE ARTEFACTS,
ALONG WITH THE TIN YOU ARE SUPPLIED WITH A STACK OF BLANK BUSINESS CARDS, A TIME WORN PHOTOGRAPH, AN ORNATE PENDULUM AND A NUMBERED AND TIME WORN BRASS KEY FOB,
THE PLETHORA OF NO LESS THAN SIXTEEN DIVERSE ROUTINES OFFER A VARIETY OF MESMERIC POSSIBILITIES FOR USE IN STAND UP AND CLOSE UP SITUATIONS (INCLUDING "ULTRAVIOLET" A SELF CONTAINED BLINDFOLD ACT). A COLLECTORS PIECE IN EVERY SENSE, EACH TIN AND IT'S ILLICIT CONTENTS ARE HAND MADE AND PAINSTAKINGLY "AGED", AS EVER, GIVING A UNIQUELY STRANGE ALLURE WHICH CONSTITUTES A WHOLE ACT IN ITSELF, "CAIRO MEMOIRE" WILL TAKE PRIDE OF PLACE AMONG YOUR OCCULT COLLECTION.