The subject matter is mainly puzzles, optical illusions or magic. Two illustrative pages are shown, along with the album itself.
The book has an optically intriguing cover which produces multiple 3D images of the person looking at it, one image in each of the circular shapes on the cover. The book is full of well presented items, including a pop-up page to illustrate a particular type of optical illusion. Published by Dorling Kindersley, London in 2013.
This trompe l’oeil painting of Robert Houdin’s profile came into the collection when purchased at auction in 2007.
The book was presented with ‘The Wizard’ comic and has all the cards in it. The cards describe catches, tricks, optical illusions etc. Illustrated are two of the pages and the cover of the book.
Made by Tenyo, Japan. Although this is strictly a magic trick, it partly depends on an amazing optical effect, the details of which are not divulged here so as to protect the secret of the trick.
Painted by Peter in 1978, his daughter Elizabeth Warlock said that it was originally painted as a gift for friend Jack Heeren, a magician living in Canada.
Painted on board by Peter Warlock in 1982. John and Anne Davenport asked Peter to paint this on the theme of items relating to the Davenport family and business. It includes ‘Enchanted Petals, a floral mystery’, an effect that Peter devised and which was marketed by Davenports. Peter’s signature can be seen in the bottom right hand corner on a Magic Circle card.
Originally commissioned by Richard Stupple, the painting was completed by Peter in 1985. A postcard of Richard Stupple is at the top. It just so happens that a postcard of Lewis Davenport is visible in the middle.