During performance the red and white checkers travel from the middle of the stack to the bottom and then, one at a time, to the top. The composite photograph illustrates this. At every stage the checkers can be removed one by one off the spindle and replaced. We have not seen an advertisement for this trick but have been told that the German magic dealer Conradi Horster sold them in 1934 under the name Fantasia. To protect the secret not all features of the apparatus have been illustrated.
This glass is filled with a coloured liquid and then the magician can produce a dry handkerchief from it. This design was probably imported by Davenports from Conradi Horster in Germany. This particular glass belonged to Dick Ritson, who gave it to Harry Carson. In 1988 Harry Carson gave it to John and Anne Davenport. This glass is similar to Ref. no. N16, although somewhat taller and with a thicker glass wall.
This catalogue has an interesting double-sided insert. One side of the insert consists of purchasing instructions, including the fact that postage in Germany will be raised from 1 October 1922. The other side is a price list in American Dollars and Pounds Sterling.
The magician places some coins in a glass which is placed on top of the metal cylinder above the red top of the frame. On command, the coins are seen and heard to drop down the glass ladder which is supported from the top of the frame. They land in a hat placed underneath the ladder and the magician then shows that the glass, which was placed at the top, is now empty. Manufactured by Conradi Horster in Germany and sold by many dealers throughout the world.
The decanter is part of a trick where the magician places two different coloured handkerchiefs in the decanter. The audience chooses one colour and that handkerchief instantaneously vanishes. Probably supplied by the German dealer Conradi Horster.
A complete piquet pack of giant cards with some special additional cards. There is a Davenport advertisement for this product on the back page of the December 1923 ‘Magic Wand’ magazine. The cards were supplied by Davenports in a black card case with a Davenport demon sticker on the inside of it. The cards were made by Frommann and Morian in Darmstadt. For packs sold in the UK the German origin of the cards was sometimes blacked out. A second pack of cards in the collection was retailed by Vampire magic (Max Andrews) in England.