Lewis Davenport cigar box trick from his stage act
This prop was used by Lewis Davenport in his stage act in the 1920s. The following description is from the ‘Magic Wand’ of June-September 1923: ‘A box of cigars is brought forward and the performer selects a smoke. He then gives the box to his lady assistant, who holds it suspended by ribbons. A large lamp is exhibited and from this the performer lights his cigar. He puffs the smoke at the cigar box, wherein he has just placed a dove. The box falls apart, the dove has gone, but reappears within the lamp.’ No doubt the details changed over the years, but the cigar box was always used for the dove vanish and the dove always appeared in the lamp. The stage setting shows Lewis on the left and the lady holding the cigar box is his wife Wynne. In the 1930s Lewis had a new lamp made, probably for an intended visit to the USA which, in the event, never happened. This lamp can be seen under Ref. no. N830.