The fan is contained in a wooden case. To open the fan, pull on the cord at the top of the wooden case. To close the fan, pull on the cord at the bottom of the wooden case and the paper fan folds up and flips back into the case.

Only a person in the know can place the blonde in the bath. This magnetically controlled novelty was made by Cavendish Novelties, London. The advertisement is from a Davenports catalogue.

The magician is the only person who can make King Tutankhamen come to life and rise out of the sarcophagus. This magnetically controlled novelty was made by Fairylite, England.

This small pig waggles its ears, nose and tail. But how? The instructions suggest you keep the secret as to how it works. However, all you need do is View Details for this item and all will be revealed. Made by the Samson Novelty Co. Ltd, London.

When you lend your lighter to a friend, as soon as they take the top off there is not only a loud report, but the cigarette lighter also falls apart. To set up this alarming joke, you need to pull back the spring-loaded clip, put a percussion cap underneath, and then reassemble the lighter so that the spring-loaded clip is held back. The lighter is now all ready to scare your friend.

When you lend your lighter to a friend, as soon as they take the top off there is a loud report. To set up this alarming joke, all you have to do is pull back the spring-loaded clip, put a percussion cap underneath, and then replace the top of the lighter so that the spring-loaded clip is held back. The lighter is now all ready to scare your friend.

When you offer your friend a cigarette, and they take it from the cigarette pack, it explodes in their hand. To set up this alarming joke, all you have to do is pull back the spring-loaded clip, put a percussion cap underneath, and then replace the end of the cigarette so that the spring-loaded clip is held back. The cigarette is now all ready to be taken by an unsuspecting friend.

A Cartesian diver is a scientific novelty. If you place it in a plastic bottle full of water and screw on the top, as you squeeze on the bottle the diver sinks and rises on your command. The advertisement is from a Davenports catalogue. Modern versions of this novelty can still be purchased, although they are likely to be made out of plastic.

A Cartesian diver is a scientific novelty. If you place it in a plastic bottle full of water and screw on the top, as you squeeze on the bottle the diver sinks and rises on your command. Modern versions of this novelty can still be purchased, although they are likely to be made out of plastic.