A special edition miniature version of Pierre Mayer’s magic automata. The quick change artist Valerie disappears behind her parasol, and her dress changes from red to black and back again. This was a gift from John & Anne Davenport to Tony Middleton for his 70th birthday. It also recognised all the help Tony had been giving on restoring automata in the Davenport Collection. It is included on this website with Tony’s permission.
This is a wonderful battery operated novelty for those with a sense of humour. Flick the switch on the top of the box to the ON position. Immediately the box opens and a wooden finger comes out to push the switch back to the OFF position, before vanishing back into the box. A box that doesn’t want to be opened – how useless is that? The box, made out of laser cut wood, comes in kit form.
The pencil ‘lead’ is a mixture of red, yellow and blue colours, so it can be used to produce a marble effect.
When a coin is placed in the slot on the top of the box, the battery operated box starts juddering and the ‘thing’ inside puts out a hand and grabs the coin.
Made by www.ging-ko.co.uk. The book lights up when it is opened. It is possible to open it up to 360 degrees because the front and back of the book are held together with magnets. Complete with original box. Purchased in the UK for £35 in 2019. The country of origin is China.
Glued to the back of the brooch was a pin so that it could be attached to clothing.
The pencil bends when you try and write with it. The only marking on the pencil is HONG KONG.
Shakespeare smiles and moves his hand as you walk in front of the hologram. Manufactured by Applied Holographics. Made in England.
This is a striking example of how eye catching pictures could be created using prismatic foil.
When the vertical stem is pulled to one side and released, it vibrates backwards and forwards and the time appears suspended in mid-air. Purchased in 1997. Complete with original box and instructions. The box says Copyright Hoffman Products, Int’l.