This miniature set was made for model makers who wish to decorate their models, castles or dolls houses with interesting objects. It was a gift from magician and friend Tony Middleton in 2014. It came from the Wizard’s Castle which he built.

This miniature magic set was made not for magicians but for model makers who wish to decorate their models, castles or dolls houses with interesting objects. It was a gift from magician and friend Tony Middleton in 2014. It came from the Wizard’s Castle which he built.

This was a gift to John Davenport from Tony Middleton in 2014. If you know the secret, you can put King Tut in the sarcophagus. If you don’t, he jumps out when you put him in it. The concept of this magnetic novelty goes back many decades. Manufactured in Taiwan for Bits & Pieces, Allston, Massachusetts, USA.

This was a gift to John Davenport from Tony Middleton in 2014. If you know the secret, you can place Cleopatra on the couch. If you don’t, she leaps off the couch when you put her on it. The concept of this magnetic novelty goes back many decades. Manufactured in Taiwan for Bits & Pieces, Allston, Massachusetts, USA.

This clockwork wind-up has magnetic tyres so that it can cling onto a vertical side of a steel fridge and move along, apparently defying gravity. This is a Kidz Labs Fun Science Product by 3M. www.3M-ind.com.

These lively items can be made to jump by pushing the rubber dome inside out and then spinning them as you drop them flat onto a hard floor. This creates a loud pop as the rubber changes shape and the things jump up into the air by around 1.8 metres (6 feet). Made in China for TOBAR, Beccles, England. www.tobar.co.uk.

The photographs show how the clever design allows this inexpensive ball to expand dramatically in size. Copyright Keycraft 2012. www.keycraftuk.com. This item appears identical to Ref. no. N1615, but for the fact that for N1615 the copyright year is 2015 and the details on the back of the label differ.

This is not a new idea, but this product supplied by Tiger is well made. Made in China for Tiger, Copenhagen, Denmark. www.tiger-stores.com.

These four well made coasters are examples of ‘pipitis’. This is the condition which leads to the purchase of items covered in emblems, such as cards, beloved of many magicians. In fact, this was a raffle prize in 2014! Made for Boyz Toys, a company which is apparently no longer trading in 2021.