Copyright 1995 by Redstone Press, London. The description on the back of the box reads: ‘Here is an enchanting box of surprises, drawn from the fascinating and hyperbolical history of magic and conjuring. Open the box to discover an astounding compendium of rare graphics and picture cards, amazing tricks and illusions, jugglings and jokes.’ That description is about right. Compiled by Daniel Stashower.

At The Magic Circle Collectors’ Day in 1996 there was a sale of some of Tommy Cooper’s possessions. The proceeds went to The Magic Circle Headquarters Fund and the Grand Order of Water Rats. This pack consists of several items: a walkerprint postcard with Tommy’s caricature, a Tommy Cooper stamp, a card trick, and a ball point pen which has on it a caricature of Tommy and the words STOLEN FROM TOMMY COOPER.

These postcards and business card, originally from the Davenport Collection, were framed as gift for Claude Perry. Some years later, following Claude’s death, the item returned to the collection as a gift from David Cridland.

Deveen The Distinguished Deceiver assisted by The New York Blondes. Written on the back of the postcard is: New Year’s Eve. With New Year’s Greetings. Until Jan 4th Royal Yacht Hotel, Jersey. Hope you’re quite fit Gus. (Gus is Gus Davenport, one of Lewis Davenport’s sons.)

A double-sided postcard advertising the bill for W.F. Frame’s 1907 Vaudeville tour of Scotland. The postcard is not dated, but Lewis & Julia Davenport were part of this tour in 1907 around the Scottish Lowlands. They “doubled” on this bill as ‘Davenports’, magicians, and ‘Doo & Dare’, jugglers.