This is the emblem of Magischer Zirkel Hamburg. According to their website it was founded in 1912 on the initiative of Karl Schröder. This badge was probably for Lewis Davenport, but possibly Gus Davenport.
The pedestal is used for a trick in which the magician finds a silk handkerchief inside a previously empty glass.
Unknown manufacturer. An elaborate version of this trick is given in a 1930s Davenport catalogue: the performer borrows two rings and drops them into the pan, then he breaks in eggs and other ingredients to suit taste. He now mixes the whole lot together finally setting fire to it, and putting the lid on. After a few seconds he removes the lid, and out fly two doves with the borrowed rings tied around their necks with ribbon.
Around 1930 Lewis Davenport featured Mickey Mouse in his stage act. The family also obtained permission from Disney to feature Mickey on coloured silk handkerchiefs. The family was therefore fond of items which showed Mickey. These two badges, found in the collection, may have belonged to Lewis’s children.
The book has an optically intriguing cover which produces multiple 3D images of the person looking at it, one image in each of the circular shapes on the cover. The book is full of well presented items, including a pop-up page to illustrate a particular type of optical illusion. Published by Dorling Kindersley, London in 2013.
78 cards, unfortunately the explanatory booklet is missing. Manufactured for The Amalgamated Playing Card Co Ltd, London & Leeds.
This was found in a Davenport storeroom, unfortunately with no contents. It has been suggested, but not proven, that this box might have been produced by Davenports as a prize for a competition in the boys’ magazine “Champion”.
We do not know if this is a one off special effect, or a dealer item.
Each cup is beautifully tooled with a different design. The cups are suitable for the cups and balls trick.
This glass is filled with a coloured liquid and then the magician can produce a dry handkerchief from it. This model, although serviceable, is not as well manufactured as that shown under Ref. No. N16.