The performer pours loose chain links onto the tray, so that the audience can see that they are separate. The links are then poured into a glass, where they magically transform into a linked chain. A Davenport demon head is painted on the base of the tray.
This is the Square Pig, with its carrying case, that was used at Maskelynes. The magician draws a pig on a slate but uses only straight lines. The audience says that a pig should look round, so on the command of the magician the pig actually turns its head round so that it looks the other way.
In a 1939 Davenports ‘Demon Telegraph’ this was advertised as the Great Canary Vanish, as featured by the Great Levante at all the leading music halls. There is a Davenport demon seal on the top of the caddy.
This was a free gift with the paper copy of ‘Ye Olde Magic Mag’ Vol. 5, No. 2, March 2019. This excellent magazine is edited and published by Marco Pusterla.
This was a one-off prop made for use in a Maskelyne sketch. The Maskelyne’s Christmas 1933 season at the Little Theatre included an item called: We’ve been to a shop. It took the form of words sung to the tune of ‘Here we come gathering nuts in May’ and was illustrated with conjuring tricks. The Christmas pudding was magically produced during the final verse of the song. The original script for this show is in the Davenport Collection.
These two dragons formed part of the scenery for Chinese themed acts in some Maskelyne shows in the 1930s. One of the dragons can be seen on the right of the stage photograph. The lady on the right of the chest is Mary Maskelyne. The day this photograph was taken, 29 September 1934, she married T.C. Sterndale-Bennett who was an entertainer at the piano. He also performed in some Maskelyne shows.
The tray and the wooden monkey’s paw were used in a Maskelynes show at St. Georges Hall, London in 1933 in an item called ‘The Monkey’s Paw’. The paw apparently has magical powers and raps on the board to answer questions.
Davenports sold this chrome plated champagne bucket under the name of the ‘Demon Coin Act’ in the 1950s. The magician uses it to produce coins singly or even in cascades. The Davenport advertisement says that the bucket was made by Max Andrews’ “Vampire” brand.
This coin was a gift from Musée de la Magie when the European Magic History Conference, held in Paris, had a visit there on 4 September 2015. This coin was given to John Davenport on this occasion.