This French box beautifully decorated in Napoleon III style is also expertly made. In the usual drawer box trick, the magician opens the drawer to show that the box is empty. When closed and reopened, the drawer is now full of whatever the magician wishes. This box goes one step further. After the first production the magician can disassemble the box to show it is empty (see photographs), but when reassembled a second production can be made. Details of boxes such as this one are described in Professor Hoffmann’s book ‘Modern Magic’. With the agreement of Marco Pusterla we have included a link to his blog here where he discusses this type of drawer box.
The magician uses this bag to produce or vanish an egg at will. A great deal of fun and mystery can be had when the magician uses a spectator to help.
The magician shows a billiard ball and in a series of movements manages to create four billiard balls. By reversing the magic they can all be made to disappear. The balls were said to have been supplied by Davenports.
This is a utility piece of apparatus used by a comedy magician. For example, using their favourite method, the magician pours some water into the ear of a spectator. If the spectator then bends their elbow and puts it into the top of the funnel, the water is seen to pour out from the bottom of the funnel into a glass. The comedy can be increased by another person pumping the spectator’s other arm up and down.
This trick was invented by British magician J.F. Orrin. A card is chosen and then the magician causes it to vanish. The spider is shown at the middle of the web and the magician explains that the spider is very good at finding missing cards. The web is spun and the audience sees the chosen card gradually appearing at the feet of the spider. It’s a novel way of finding a chosen card. The illustration is from a Davenports catalogue.
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.
After a nickel plated tube is examined, the audience turn it into a drum-head tube by clamping over the ends pieces of tissue paper held in place with metal rings. The magician vanishes a handkerchief which is then found within the tube. Once the possession of Cambridge magician Claude Perry. A Davenport advertisement for the trick is also illustrated.
This is a glass casket with polished wood edges. The casket instantly fills with handkerchiefs or a ball. A small label on the apparatus says ‘Caroly, Paris’. Caroly was a well respected magic shop in Paris. Once the possession of Cambridge magician Claude Perry.
The wooden box is shown empty and then closed. When it is reopened, the drawer is completely removed and shown to be full of items of the magician’s choice – anything from a cake to silk scarves. Once the possession of Cambridge magician Claude Perry.
The probable use is to show the canister empty and place the lid on. After a mystical pass, when the magician removes the lid the canister is full of silk handkerchiefs, or anything else the magician wishes. Once the possession of Cambridge magician Claude Perry.