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Toni Booth

Toni is Associate Curator of Film at the National Science and Media Museum.

You might not realise it, but early British cinema and magic are very closely linked. Magicians used the new moving pictures as part of their shows; film-makers used the popularity of magicians to create appealing films.

R.W. Paul’s film of the 1896 Prince’s Derby can be considered one of the earliest examples of newsreel footage. Ahead of this year’s Derby on 2 June, curator Toni Booth takes a closer look.