The magician places the end of a length of rope into the vase. Once the magic word is spoken the vase hangs on the rope in defiance of gravity. The magician can even swing the vase around on the end of the rope. Rope and vase may be examined by the audience. Note that the Davenport demon trademark is on the base of the vase.
The effect is the magical production of a huge display of flags. Davenports sold this trick in the 1930s based on the method used by Stanley Collins. A Davenport advertisement includes: ‘In producing this wonderful effect, we have discarded the old iron flag sprays that we had on the market many years ago and now introduce our special Demon featherweight aluminium flag sprays. Beautifully made. None genuine without the Demon Trade mark.’ It is known that Jon Martin, the famous magical mechanic, produced some aluminium flag sprays for Davenports. There are three sprays of flags which fit together to produce the overall effect, the largest spray being at the bottom. The illustration is from a Davenports catalogue.
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.
Davenports commissioned these ordinary pencils from an overseas supplier.
A glass is filled with water from a cocktail shaker. The glass is covered with a handkerchief and then it mysteriously vanishes. The cocktail shaker is stamped DEMON on the base. The Davenport advertisement illustrates the effect.
The magician asks a person to set the hand on a clock to an hour and then place the Bakelite cover on top so as to hide the face. The magician takes the watch back and mysteriously reveals the hour to which the watch was set. Unfortunately the collection only contains the Bakelite cover, but by kind permission of Malcolm Norton we also illustrate the trick from his own collection.
This glass is used by the magician to vanish or produce a handkerchief. This Davenport item is stamped DEMON, although this is not visible in the photograph.
The trick in which the magician suspends a vase from a cord is well known. This is the vase sold by Davenports for the trick. Etched into the glass base of the vase are the words DEMON SERIES FOREIGN.
This is a colour changing trick. The magician shows a red handkerchief and pushes it into an empty green tube, which is next wrapped in newspaper. The magician then reaches into the covered tube and removes the handkerchief, which is now green. The tube is removed from the newspaper and now it has turned red. The red tube can again be shown to be empty. The inside of the metal tube is stamped with a Davenports demon head.
The box is shown empty and then a number of handkerchiefs are produced from it. This was a very popular trick first marketed by Davenports in 1934. The inside lid of the box is stamped with the Davenports demon head logo and the registered design number: 791997. Davenports purchased the UK rights from Janos Bartl in Germany, who invented the trick. Bartl sold the trick under the name ‘Silkwonder’. Davenports usually sold a nickel plated version (see Ref. no. N46) but as a result of shortages of metal following WW2 some were made out of copper.