This electrically driven illusion was made in 2014 by Cambridge magician and engineer Tony Middleton for display at the British Magic Museum. As the spiral rotates it appears to move upwards with the two crystals suspended in space. A commercially available spiral illusion was used.
Found in a Davenport store, but it is not clear whether this was a label for a Davenport product or whether it came with the purchase of The Windsor Novelties company.
Made by Creil et Montereau, France. This is a high quality example of ‘pipitis’, the condition which leads to the collection of items covered in emblems, such as cards, beloved of many magicians.
The space wheel is a perpetually rolling rotor, so long as the battery lasts! Manufactured by Andrews Manufacturing Company, USA. The wheel rolls up and down the rails, drawing energy from a hidden electromagnet every time it passes the centre point. Imported into the UK by downpace ltd, London. Complete with box and instructions.
Date unknown, but probably pre 1960s.