The magician shows six coloured balls and one colour is selected by a member of the audience. The magician places the six balls on the tray as well as a small glass which then has a larger glass inverted on top of it. Everything is then covered with a cloth. The magician reminds the audience what has happened and then, on removing the cloth from the tray, shows that the ball of the chosen colour has mysteriously appeared within the small glass, despite the larger glass still being upside down on top of it. This is a well made completely baffling trick.
The magician places a small glass on the tray and then covers it with a larger upturned glass tumbler. The tray is then covered with a cloth. The magician picks up a coin and apparently throws it around the room, and all of a sudden the audience hears it land in the glass. This is repeated with three more coins. When the cloth is removed from the tray the audience can see that the coins have really landed in the small glass, despite it still being covered by the large glass. Davenports sold this trick which was very well made by Jack Hughes. The Jack Hughes instructions are also in the collection.
The Sheffield magician Dick Ritson was well known for his Chinese act, under the name Wu Ling, and for his knowledge of magic. This parasol passed from Dick Ritson to magician Harry Carson who presented it to John and Anne Davenport in 1982.
The magician shows a box, opens it and takes out the box inside. To the amazement of the audience, the magician opens up what was the inner box, and promptly places inside it the box which started out on the outside. The trick can be repeated to return the boxes to their original positions. Invented by Lubor Fiedler.
The magician fills a chest full of rice, covers it with a cloth and then balances it on the end of the long pole. At the right moment the magician flips the pole into the air and the cloth falls to the ground – the chest full of rice has vanished. This is a U.F. Grant Creation supplied by Davenports. The instructions are also in the collection.
Davenports named their glove monkey ‘Jacko’ and sold it over many years. With skilful handling Jacko could be brought to life and accomplish miracles. It is likely that Jacko took several forms over the years, depending on supplies. Here are two examples. One appears to be a sample because it has a label around its neck: 45715 JAPAN. The other has a label on the back of its head saying FOREIGN.
The magician shows two sticks which have a piece of cord passing through their ends. This is proved by the magician pulling the cord backwards and forwards. Despite the cord being cut by the magician, the cord is still pulled backwards and forwards, apparently restored. The wise ones in the audience believe the cord actually travels down one stick and up the other one. They are amazed when the magician moves the sticks apart and then pulls the cord down on one stick, only to see the cord on the stick in his other hand move up exactly as if the cord was still joined. The effect is magical and amusing. The sticks look like those made by Burtini, from whom Davenports purchased apparatus. A Davenport advertisement for the trick is also illustrated.
Despite hanging from a cradle and completely covered by a glass tumbler, the bell will answer questions by, for example, chiming once for “yes” and twice for “no”. Stamped into the metal around the base are the words ZAUBERTECHNIK | HAUG | GERMANY. The company was based in Pfronten, Germany.
This is a very visual trick. The magician shows a bamboo rod with four beads: two are on a short cord and two on a longer cord. As one of the beads on the short cord is pulled down, the other cord magically becomes shorter. This can be repeated and the audience is convinced that the cords must be joined. At that point the magician pulls the rod apart into two pieces, so proving that the cords are not connected in any way. However, when the rod is reassembled, the trick can immediately be repeated. Once the possession of Cambridge magician Claude Perry. A Davenport advertisement for the trick is also illustrated.
The magician shows a handkerchief which she tucks into her hand. The handkerchief vanishes and in its place is an egg. Once the possession of Cambridge magician Claude Perry.