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.
This was a gift from Paul Kieve in 2003, following a visit he made to the Davenport Collection. He was reminded about Magritte’s painting as a result of seeing Peter Warlock’s painting also illustrated here, Ref. no. N232.
Some time between the 17 and 19 September 1925 Lewis Davenport gave a show at Inverlochy Castle, Fort William, Scotland. Paul Vandy was also performing. The Maharajah of Jodhpur Umaid Singh presented Lewis’s wife Wynne with this gold brooch mounted with a pearl. Lewis was presented with a silver mounted Malacca cane, and his son received a gold tie pin. The whereabouts of the cane and tie pin are unknown. The show is mentioned in ‘The Performer’, 23 September 1925. The photograph is from a postcard that Wynne sent to the rest of the Davenport family in London. The castle, now a hotel, looks much the same in 2019.