When your target picks up this matchbox from the table, it immediately wobbles in a most surprising manner. The box contains a clockwork motor with an eccentric weight attached. As soon as the box is lifted the motor starts. Complete with its original box. Search for wobbly matchbox to find different examples of this joke in the collection.

The matchbox looks normal, but it has no bottom. When you pick it up, the monster that is underneath comes to life. No longer constrained by the matchbox, its tail is able to spin round at high speed and the monster twists and turns at random in a frightening way. It needs plenty of space because you will never know where it will go. The bottomless matchbox with the monster and key inside was supplied in a cardboard sleeve.

This type of fold became popular around the end of the 20th century. It is particularly suited to maps because it is small enough to carry in a pocket and yet it opens up in the simple move of opening the card. Copyright Compass Maps Ltd (UK).

This card is white on the outside and red inside. It fits in a flat envelope, but when you take it out you can fold back the die cut petals to create a flower design. Made by Cut&Make, Berlin. www.cutandmake.de.

When your target picks up this matchbox from the table, it immediately wobbles in a most surprising manner. The box contains a clockwork motor with an eccentric weight attached. As soon as the box is lifted the motor starts. Note the tiny Davenport demon head trademark and the initials L.D. on the front of the box. This Demon Wobbly Matchbox was sold in an eye catching box printed in a style typical of Davenports at the time.