The magician shows that this magical stick can turn upside down in the air. It can also move in magical ways when being held by the magician. The routine used by Oswald Williams is not known. The stick has a purpose built case with the name Oswald Williams on it.
The table is quite sturdy when assembled, although its heavy weight would be less than convenient for anyone using public transport to get to a show. Manufacturer unknown.
The rifle is in two parts for easy storage. The name Diana is stamped on the rifle.
A member of the audience chooses a card from the pack and then places it back. The magician throws the pack up into the air and stabs the cards with the sword. The chosen card is seen impaled on the end of the sword. The decorated blade of the sword also carries the words ‘HOLBECK & Son, 4 New Bond Street, London.
J N Maskelyne’s whist-playing automaton, Psycho, has been at the Museum of London for over eighty years. For much of that time he has been in store, but he has been on display in a special exhibition on Sherlock Holmes. The exhibition opened on 17 October 2014 and continued until 12 April 2015. Anne Goulden produced this note to celebrate Psycho’s reappearance in public.
Some relate to magic or magicians. For example De Vere, and there are three versions of The T. Nelson Downs Palming Coin: one version has no word under the wrist, another has the word FOREIGN in that position, and the third has the word DEMON there.
The pedestal is used for a trick in which the magician finds a silk handkerchief inside a previously empty glass.
Unknown manufacturer. An elaborate version of this trick is given in a 1930s Davenport catalogue: the performer borrows two rings and drops them into the pan, then he breaks in eggs and other ingredients to suit taste. He now mixes the whole lot together finally setting fire to it, and putting the lid on. After a few seconds he removes the lid, and out fly two doves with the borrowed rings tied around their necks with ribbon.
Each cup is beautifully tooled with a different design. The cups are suitable for the cups and balls trick.
This glass is filled with a coloured liquid and then the magician can produce a dry handkerchief from it. This model, although serviceable, is not as well manufactured as that shown under Ref. No. N16.