The magician ties the wand and two rings onto the cords and asks spectators to hold the ends of the cords, so that the rings and the wand are seen tied together in the centre of the cords. When the magician pulls the wand out of the knots, the two rings magically come free from the cords. Complete with instructions but no manufacturer’s name. However, the trick is called Escape Rings (9) on the instructions, suggesting that it might be trick number 9 in the Henbrandt Ltd series of magic ticks. If you look at N2672 you will see that trick no. 9 in the series is Magic Escape Rings.

With this brass ring the magician can perform a variety of tricks involved with getting the ring on or off a borrowed walking stick. The ring can be examined. This was a popular trick invented by Jardine Ellis, who died in 1923. The item was found in the Davenport Demon envelope, as illustrated. Complete with duplicated instructions.

With this brass ring the magician can perform a variety of tricks involved with getting the ring on or off a borrowed walking stick. The ring can be examined. This was a popular trick invented by Jardine Ellis, who died in 1923. Note the Davenport demon head trademark and the initials ‘LD’ for Lewis Davenport on the box label. Complete with instructions.

A ball is placed inside a transparent box tied to two cords. The magician magically manages to free the ball. This is number 7 of a series of 12 Mr. Magic tricks put out by Magicmania, Florence. Made in China. Complete with instructions. The trick was purchased at Museo della Magia, Cherasco, Italy. The museum was run by Mago Sales, the stage name of Don Silvio Mantelli. For more information, visit

The magician invites a spectator to insert her finger into a hole that passes through a transparent frame. The magician then slides a solid blade into the top slot and lowers the blade. Magically, the blade penetrates completely through the spectator’s finger. Magicians have invented numerous guillotine illusions in the past, however none have utilised the principle incorporated in Smart Guillotine. Complete with instructions in Japanese and English.

The magician shows a stand on which is placed a wooden frame which has been shown to break into two across the hole in the centre of the frame. The magician hands out a card for examination and then demonstrates that it fits inside the frame, the hole in the card coinciding with the hole in the frame. The card is placed back on the table. The magician then shows that the glass chimney fits through the hole in the frame, where it is left in position and a silk handkerchief pushed through so that it hangs out from both ends. The magician again picks up the card and pushes it into the top slot in the frame. It should of course come to rest when it hits the top part of the chimney but, with the correct magic word, the card is pushed right through the chimney and handkerchief and down to the bottom of the frame. The apparatus can be shown all around. The final applause comes when the magician removes the top half of the frame and lifts out the card and chimney, showing that the card really is threaded onto the chimney.

With help from Chris Cross and Philip Treece, the inventor of this trick has been identified as Brian Godfrey. In the ‘Demon Telegraph’ of October 1933 (illustrated) the trick is advertised as Brian Godfrey’s PHANTOM PENETRATION. This is the first mention of the trick we have found. The trick makes use of a glass tumbler rather than a glass chimney. A few years later Goldston and Stanyon advertised the trick. In America, the same effect called ‘Improbability’ was sold by the National Magic Company and Sherms. They do not credit the inventor. The trick is written up in ‘Goldston’s Magical Quarterly’ of September 1935. Bob Albo describes the effect in detail in Volume III of his Classic Magic series.

British magician Cliff Townsend, one time President of the British Ring of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, had these corks made up as a novelty give away. Each cork has his name printed on it. Two corks are needed for a baffling stunt. The magician places one cork in the fork between thumb and first finger of their left hand, and the second cork in the same position of their right hand. The magician moves their hands together and then separates them, showing that they now hold each cork between thumb and finger, but this time the cork that was in the left hand is now in the right hand and visa versa. It looks so easy but when someone else tries, they find that the corks lock together and it is impossible to separate their hands.

A sheet of glass is placed in the mahogany box which is then closed. A ball bearing is placed on the top of the glass and it then magically sinks slowly through the glass and falls out of the bottom of the box. Everything may be examined. This Davenports item is stamped with a demon head trademark on the inside of the lid. The trick was sold complete with a felt lined storage box. Also illustrated is a Davenport advertisement that makes it clear the firm was not pleased about what they considered to be American ‘rip offs’. The effect and secret is described on page 164 of ‘Further Classic Magic with Apparatus’ by Robert J. Albo.