AFTER THE WAR
Jasper Maskelyne’s career after the war is more depressing than Fisher’s epilogue suggests. I will quote from Alistair Maskelyne’s own letters:
“My father returned to England and was demobilised in 1946. My mother had by then returned from New Zealand and was undergoing treatment for terminal cancer. My father revived his pre-war magic show. There was plenty of money and not much entertainment in those days, and for two years my father’s shows did well and he was able to live in good style. However, my mother died in 1947 after a long and painful illness. I found the time rather traumatic. Father quickly found a lady in a small night club whose name was Mary. I honestly cannot remember her second name. She had links with Kenya, and a liking for the bottle. They married in 1948.”
Click on the image opposite for Alistair's account of his father's post-war struggles.