The magician starts a record on the wind up gramophone resting on the top of this table. A cloth is thrown over the gramophone which is carried forward and it vanishes into the air. This is a dealer item, believed to be manufactured by Bartl in Germany. Cecil Lyle invented the effect of the vanishing gramophone and featured it in his act for many years. This example is not a copy of Cecil Lyle’s gramophone.
The magician shows a nickel plated pole which has a shallow saucer shaped tray on the top. The elaborate lighted lamp is stood upon the tray and the pole raised into the air. Suddenly the lamp vanishes. The apparatus is advertised in Bartl and Willmann catalogues.
The magician magically causes a bird to vanish from the cage on one stand and appear in the cage on the other stand. According to one expert, the cages were made by Bartl or Willmann in Germany.
The magician makes a fire in the pan. When the lid is removed a bird has appeared inside. The dove pan is stamped DEMON. Although sold by Davenports, the dove pans were made by Burtini, a UK magic dealer well known for manufacturing top quality metal work. Davenports later bought Burtini’s business.
This was a gift from Frank Lane (Frank Caldwell, magician and family friend) to John Davenport, probably in the late 1960s or 1970s. Frank used to wear it and John recalls that Frank told him he used it as a sign for gaining entry at a speak easy. He would show it at a grill in the door. John recalls that Frank said someone else had a similar ring – could it have been Ted Annemann? The curator would very much like to hear from anyone who may have information.
This was the personal property of Chung Ling Soo.