When your target picks up this matchbox from the table, it immediately wobbles in a most surprising manner. The box contains a clockwork motor with an eccentric weight attached. As soon as the box is lifted the motor starts. Note the tiny Davenport demon head trademark and the initials L.D. on the front of the box. This Demon Wobbly Matchbox was sold in an eye catching box printed in a style typical of Davenports at the time.

When your target picks up this matchbox from the table, it immediately wobbles in a most surprising manner. The box contains a clockwork motor with an eccentric weight attached. As soon as the box is lifted the motor starts. Note the tiny Davenport demon head trademark and the initials L.D. on the front of the box. The advertisement is from a Davenports catalogue.

When your target picks up this matchbox from the table, it immediately wobbles in a most surprising manner. The box contains a clockwork motor with an eccentric weight attached. As soon as the box is lifted the motor starts. This style of matchbox was sold by Gus Davenport in the 1960s. John Davenport recalls helping his father Gus fit the mechanical works into the matchboxes, once the matches had been removed.

Show this to your friend and explain that to see the best effect they need to hold the kaleidoscope against their eye and slowly rotate it. What they don’t realize is that they will end up with a black ring around their eye from the soot on the end of the kaleidoscope.

A teacup and spoon are handed for examination. The cup is then filled with tea and the spoon placed inside. After a short period the spoon flies up into the air. The illustrated instructions explain what makes the joke work. This is a Demon Series joke sold by Davenports. The illustrated advertisement is from a Davenports catalogue.

When you lend your lighter to a friend, as soon as they take the top off there is not only a loud report, but the cigarette lighter also falls apart. To set up this alarming joke, you need to pull back the spring-loaded clip, put a percussion cap underneath, and then reassemble the lighter so that the spring-loaded clip is held back. The lighter is now all ready to scare your friend.

When you lend your lighter to a friend, as soon as they take the top off there is a loud report. To set up this alarming joke, all you have to do is pull back the spring-loaded clip, put a percussion cap underneath, and then replace the top of the lighter so that the spring-loaded clip is held back. The lighter is now all ready to scare your friend.