Gus and John Davenport built an OO gauge model railway in the 1960s. Once built, they tired of watching the trains go round, and so looked for other things to add to the layout. On one side of the layout was a cliff covered in nothing other than clumps of grass on the cliff face. This seemed the ideal spot to build a funicular, and that is what they did. I have included it on this website for personal reasons, and on the basis that a home made funicular is certainly a novelty! A film of the layout made by magician Harry Baron is also in the collection.
New Origami models throughout the year. Produced by Accord Publishing Ltd., Denver, Colorado. Printed in China.
This is a magnetic toy. The magnet in the base allows the diamonds to be joined together in strange shapes.
Growing up in the Davenport family, Gus was surrounded by magic performances and the manufacture and sale of magic. Fortunately, he embraced it. This short article describes Gus the man and the personality and skills that led him to particular styles of performing.
This cleverly designed ball changes colour when it is thrown in the air. It achieves this by flipping its shape in midair. Made in China. No. 2181. Imported by Ackerman Group PLC.
When wound up the crab does a very convincing sideways walk waving its claws.
The box contains two packs of cards, pencils and a note pad for scoring card games. This is a good example of ‘pipitis’, the condition which leads to the purchase of items covered in emblems, such as cards, beloved of many magicians.
The clown’s head and body contain a ball bearing. The figure will tumble down a slope if it is at a suitable angle. The figure is made from cloth and cardboard.
The spinning top can be used for playing four games. This is a good example of a turn of the century game that exploits electronics and modern design to appeal to children. Copyright 2003 Nextoy LLC. Distributed under licence from itoy Inc.
Manufactured in flexible plastic, so that the arms wave in a menacing way when your finger is waggled backwards and forwards.