The Davenport Collection
- a growing resource on magic and entertainment history

Other Ephemera

This section includes all types of ephemera other than Posters & Showcards and Programmes & Handbills.

The collection is particularly rich in ephemera relating to the Davenports, the Maskelynes and Will Goldston.

Owen Clark’s 4 page OWEN brochure

Owen Clark’s 4 page OWEN brochure

After a successful stage career performing in many parts of the world, Clark developed a new act with gigantic illusions using the name Owen. This brochure shows drawings of many of these illusions and it is well worth looking at it in detail. The brochure says the act required ten assistants and six tons of apparatus. Although this may be somewhat exaggerated, there is no doubt that it was an expensive act to tour and the financial state of variety theatres meant that the act was too expensive to book. It was a bold experiment but a financial failure.

Owen Clark letter

Owen Clark letter

The letter is undated but has to be circa 1910 or later, following his return from Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand with the Maskelyne and Devant Mysteries tour. The letter is to arrange a meeting with a man to discuss a bird cage. Clark’s letterhead features the medal that he received from Maskelyne and Devant for Special Services associated with the tour.

A Modern Wizard — Owen Clark, 1902

A Modern Wizard — Owen Clark, 1902

This is a reprint from the Music Hall & Showman, 21 February 1902. The article is worth reading because it gives some insight into Clark’s interests and style. The drawing of him on the front hints at his versatility. Both sides of the reprint are illustrated here.

Owen Clark’s brochure full of Antipodean press notices

Owen Clark’s brochure full of Antipodean press notices

The impressive cover of this brochure highlights the medal that Clark received from Makelyne and Devant following his return from the Maskelyne and Devant Mysteries tour of Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand. The press notices comment on Clark’s excellent presentation and humour as well as his magic.

The Academy of Magical Arts Lifetime Achievement to the Davenport Family

The Academy of Magical Arts Lifetime Achievement to the Davenport Family

The Davenport Family would like to record our grateful thanks for the honour of being selected by the Magic Castle Board of Trustees as the recipient of the 2024 Lifetime Achievement Award. The Award recognises the family’s contribution to keeping magic alive in England and beyond over parts of three centuries. Lewis Davenport started it all, with help from his mother in the early days of growing his magic business. So, it’s probably fair to say that five generations of the family have done their best to keep magic alive. We greatly appreciate the award.

Brochure for Claude Chandler’s Magic Carpet Entertainment

Brochure for Claude Chandler’s Magic Carpet Entertainment

The design of this brochure is unusual in that it folds open to reveal 8 pages. The brochure tells us that this is ‘The Most Perfect Entertainment for Children ever devised’. The brochure has no date, but it mentions Chandler performing Devant’s Revue at St. George’s Hall. The date for this was in 1922, so the brochure cannot be earlier than 1922. All 8 pages may be viewed in the PDF.

Claude Chandler 4 page brochure

Claude Chandler 4 page brochure

Successful magician Claude Chandler (1896-1977) took bookings for stage and more intimate performances. This high quality brochure is aimed at the banquets, dinners, house parties, concerts and cabaret markets. Chandler sells himself as a rounded entertainer offering songs and sketches, ventriloquism and conjuring.