This was in the goodie bag for attendees of the 7th European Magic History Conference in Turin, Italy in 2017. It came from Paul Anthony’s company P A Promotions. Paul gave a talk at the conference about buying Supreme Magic.

Complete with instructions. The instructions explain how by using these eight cards the performer is ‘able to indicate automatically and absolutely correct any number from 1 – 100 a person has been thinking of’. Made in Germany and patented in Germany and Abroad.

The magician shows the spectator the cards and asks which one they would like to see behind the glass. The paper is folded up and then, with a little magic, when it is reopened the chosen card is indeed behind the glass.

Davenports definitely sold this trick – see the advertisement illustrated. Although there is no marking on this item it is believed to be the Davenport trick. This is a match box trick which automatically delivers a cigarette into your hand. The collection has two other examples of the same trick with different Swan Vestas labels, see N171 and N1359.

The magician searches for a match, but when the matchbox is opened there are no matches in it. A magic wave and when the box is next opened there are some matches inside. Examination of the lid of the box reveals the initials LD and the Davenport demon head trademark.

The pack was specially commissioned by Davenports to commemorate their Centenary 1898 – 1998. This version of the Davenport demon trademark had been drawn by Ali Bongo. The cards were manufactured by Carta Mundi in Belgium.