Purchased on 13 September 2013 at Davenport’s Magic Kingdom, Norfolk. Full price £3.50.
This nickel plated box is shown empty and then a number of handkerchiefs are produced from it. This was a very popular trick first marketed by Davenports in 1934. The inside lid of the box is stamped with the Davenports demon head logo and the registered design number: 791997. Davenports purchased the UK rights from Janos Bartl in Germany, who invented the trick. Bartl sold the trick under the name ‘Silkwonder’.
A stand on which seven billiard balls can be produced. This nickel plated item was probably made by Bartl in Germany. In the 1920 to 1930 period Davenports sold this for £2.
Sold by Davenports, and probably imported from Bartl in Germany. This is a transposition of a ringing alarm clock and a pocket watch from one stand to another. Davenports sold the trick for £20 around 1930.
The block, which has a hole through it, is placed inside the frame and a ribbon threaded through. The block is then magically released from the ribbon, leaving only the frame still hanging from the ribbon.
The nickel plated brass cannon ball forms part of a production from a hat. Unusually for apparatus of this era, the inside of the cannon ball carries a metal plate telling us that it is from C. DE VERE, Manufacturer, The Magical Repository, 295 Strand, London. De Vere had his shop at this address at some point in the 1870s. Although De Vere supplied the cannon ball, it may well have been manufactured by another company.
Made by Berkshire, fine bone china, Stoke on Trent. Davenports had these mugs made to celebrate 100 years from 1898 – 1998.
This type of pin was sold by Davenports for many years.
This is the head with rolling eyes that was made for Dennis Spicer by Mr Insull. Betty Davenport recalls that it was made in 1960 or a little earlier. In the event Dennis Spicer never collected it from Davenports before his fatal car accident in 1964.
Duncan Trillo, who runs MagicWeek (www.magicweek.co.uk), sent this mug as a gift because of a 2018 donation made to support MagicWeek, so becoming a MagicWeek Backer. The mug came with a small card from Duncan.