Chris Wardle has been developing the theme of cut and restored for some years: the basic plot of cutting and restoring a ribbon goes back at least to the 1930s. In this trick Chris has come up with a way of putting a borrowed £5 polymer note between the two halves of a bent playing card. The magician takes a pair of scissors and cuts right through this ‘sandwich’. The card ends up in two pieces but, surprisingly, the magician restores the note to as good as new. Any faint hearted magician can perform the same trick on a ribbon rather than a bank note.

The 1948 advertisement (illustrated here) describes a long sheet of paper printed in red and black showing Humpty Dumpty sitting on a wall. To the well-known Nursery Rhyme, the magician tears up the sheet to illustrate how Humpty Dumpty had a great fall and became broken in pieces. The magician continues the story; ‘All the King’s Horses and all the King’s Men could not put Humpty together again’. Maybe not, but the magician squeezes the pieces and when opened out into a long strip again, there is Humpty back sitting on the wall. This trick came out in the period of post war shortages. A simple red and black picture would have suited the period. The example in the collection, shown here, is in red and green and is probably from the 1980s. This is a Davenports item, confirmed by the LD & Co in the bottom left corner and the DEMON on the standard carried by the horseman.