This was a gift from Cambridge magician and family friend Tony Middleton to John and Anne Davenport in 2015. Tony made the magician from a Timberkits kit consisting of pre-cut pieces of plain wood. Timber Kits Ltd are based in Wales. The colourful decoration and many embellishments are down to Tony’s imagination and skill. As the handle is turned, the magician looks down and covers the object on the table with his hands, turning the object from a rabbit, to a teapot, to a frog, to an apple, before repeating the cycle.
The design on the mug changes when it is filled with hot liquid. This is a Staffordshire Tableware Magicolour mug made exclusively for The Walt Disney Company. Made in England.
This is an excellent scientific novelty which causes amazement when people see it for the first time, irrespective of whether they are scientifically minded. (The version in the Davenport Collection was made for an American company, hence disk rather than disc.) The base is a slightly concave mirror on which you spin a heavy disk, much like you would spin a coin on its edge. However, unlike a coin, the heavy disk spins for a very long time and, as it slows, the sound it makes changes. There is a real surprise when it stops. There are a number of magnetic pieces with holographic surfaces which can be placed on the flat surface of the disk and which create intriguing light and colour patterns as the disk rotates. According to the box it was invented by Joseph Bendik in the 1980s. Made in Taiwan.
This is a well presented example of a themed product. No guarantee is given that the magical properties of the toothbrush will help to keep your teeth cleaner.
When the unsuspecting person in need of using it picks it up, a loud bell rings. The bell which is in the base is wound by clockwork. It starts ringing automatically whenever the pot is lifted up. Comes with key for the clockwork bell. Key not original.
When the unsuspecting person in need of using it picks it up, it plays the tune Mary Lou. There is a clockwork music box in the base which starts automatically whenever the pot is lifted up. Comes with key for the clockwork music box. Key not original.
When the handle is turned, the dragon lunges forward and opens its mouth in a menacing way. As of 2020, this has not been put together.
New Origami models throughout the year. Produced by Accord Publishing Ltd., Denver, Colorado. Printed in China.
This was a gift given to all attendees of the FISM magic convention in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1991. The novelty is that when a coin is dropped through the slit in the top of the box, it immediately vanishes, although it can still be heard rattling around in the interior which apparently contains no more than a top hat floating in mid-air. This is a well made puzzling illusion. US Patent No. 4967953. Created by Tenyo. Made in Japan.
This plastic painted concave head of Vincent Van Gogh appears to follow you around as you view it from different angles. It is an excellent optical illusion.