There is a lever on the side of the box. By pressing it, in either direction, the executioner appears to cut right through the man’s neck. This is a very clever novelty which completely fools your eyes. Despite the impossibility of this, the effect is absolutely convincing. The red casing is made from stamped tinplate. The details on the back, also illustrated here, make it clear that the item was made in Germany. The patent information, if it is believable, says it was patented in USA in 1933.

There is a lever on the side of the box. By pressing it, in either direction, the executioner appears to cut right through the man’s neck. This is a very clever novelty which completely fools your eyes. Despite the impossibility of this, the effect is absolutely convincing. Printed at the bottom of the picture is ‘FOREIGN BRITISH PATENT applied’. The red casing is made from what looks like Bakelite. Also illustrated is an advertisement from the Christmas 1933 issue of the Demon Telegraph. This miracle of 1933 was selling for one shilling.

There is a lever on the side of the box. By pressing it, in either direction, the executioner appears to cut right through the man’s neck. This is a very clever novelty which completely fools your eyes. Despite the impossibility of this, the effect is absolutely convincing. Printed at the bottom of the picture is ‘PATENT APPL. FOR MADE IN ENGLAND’. There is also a logo with the letters MAR in it. The red casing is made from stamped tinplate.

This is a very clever novelty which completely fools your eyes. As the instructions say: ‘Press the lever in either direction and see the knife cut through the steel stake’. Despite the impossibility of this, the effect is absolutely convincing. This is a die cast product made in England. Complete with original box.

The snapper has rightly been a popular novelty for decades. You demonstrate that, when you pull the plunger out of the tube, it snaps back as though attached to a rubber band. Hand it to somebody else and they will fail to get the plunger to snap back. However, as soon as you take it back you can repeat the effect.

This monster runs wild when you wind it up and put it down on the floor. It rolls around at random and needs plenty of space because you will never know where it will go. It will do an excellent job of surprising and scaring your family and friends. Made in Japan. With original key and box. Over the years Davenports sold many versions of this novelty under the name ‘Bogey Bogey’. See a Davenport advertisement under item Ref. no. N1395. All the other versions of this monster novelty on the website can be found by typing Bogey into the Search Box.

The bottle imp is a simple but ingenious ‘catch’. You show someone that the bottle can easily be placed flat on the table so that it lays on its side. However, when you give it to someone to try, they find this is impossible to achieve – it immediately flips up into a standing position on its base. Complete with its original envelope.

The bottle imp is a simple but ingenious ‘catch’. You show someone that the bottle can easily be placed flat on the table so that it lays on its side. However, when you give it to someone to try, they find this is impossible to achieve – it immediately flips up into a standing position on its base.

The bottle imp is a simple but ingenious ‘catch’. You show someone that the bottle can easily be placed flat on the table so that it lays on its side. However, when you give it to someone to try, they find this is impossible to achieve – it immediately flips up into a standing position on its base.