The Music Hall

A working class entertainment, the music hall provides theatrical drama, farce, song, comedy and dance for the working man. Performances are often of a poor standard, sometimes amateur. Rather than being one single show, a music hall performance is made up of several short acts ('turns') by a variety of performers. The most popular ones return to perform other things from their repertoire as the evening progresses. The evening is compered by a 'chairman' who introduces each act and fills the time during any setting up an act requires. Music hall performers are poorly paid and usually working class themselves. They often have vast 'theatrical stamina', having to perform their 'act several times a night (sometimes in multiple theatres) to make ends meet. Somewhat unfairly, art critics do not rate the music hall performance among genuine artistic pursuits.

Even with magic as a real force in Victoriana, people still delight in seeing the performances of stage magicians. However, worried that it may 'cheapen the art' the Guild forbade its members from performing tricks for a paying public. They send agents to the performances of stage magicians to ensure they are not using real magic to impress the crowd. However, a test case recently has reminded the Guild how little control it really has. Convinced that a particular magician from Vienna called Edwardo Norvich was a real magician they attempted to ban his amazing performances. He argued in court that he couldn't announce to anyone how he did his tricks and if the Guild couldn't either, that wasn't his problem. When the Guild protested he calmly said "Is it right to demand my secrets without showing me your own?" which ended the matter for the jury. While Norvich won his case, it only made relations with the Guild even worse. A showdown between the sorcerers and the illusionists is now inevitable.