British magician Cliff Townsend, one time President of the British Ring of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, had these corks made up as a novelty give away. Each cork has his name printed on it. Two corks are needed for a baffling stunt. The magician places one cork in the fork between thumb and first finger of their left hand, and the second cork in the same position of their right hand. The magician moves their hands together and then separates them, showing that they now hold each cork between thumb and finger, but this time the cork that was in the left hand is now in the right hand and visa versa. It looks so easy but when someone else tries, they find that the corks lock together and it is impossible to separate their hands.

The miniature scene inside the matchbox shows men hoop-turning and wood carving. These are traditional German skills. Made in Germany. The advertisement is from a Davenports catalogue. Note that the advertisement shows the matchbox label as being English, perhaps to give the impression that the product was made in England rather than Germany.

The miniature scene inside the matchbox shows firemen at work. Made in Germany. The advertisement is from a Davenports catalogue. Note that the advertisement shows the matchbox label as being English, perhaps to give the impression that the product was made in England rather than Germany.

Two matchboxes are on the table, one on top of the other. As you pick up the top box, the one underneath, which is attached, starts twirling round. Quite a surprise. This is definitely old Davenport stock as it was included in some of the goody bags for the 1998 Davenports Centenary Celebration held in Brighton.

Two matchboxes are on the table, one on top of the other. As you pick up the top box, the one underneath, which is attached, starts twirling round. Quite a surprise. The original cardboard cover containing the matchboxes is stamped D.R.G.M. and the matchbox cover includes the word Germany.

Before the match box is placed on the table, the joker folds a spring loaded piece of metal under the box. When the box is picked up this piece of metal flies out from underneath, catching the person’s fingers. Complete with its original box. The manufacturer is not named, but the label and outer sleeve say made in Germany.