A sheet of glass is placed in the mahogany box which is then closed. A ball bearing is placed on the top of the glass and it then magically sinks slowly through the glass and falls out of the bottom of the box. Everything may be examined. This Davenports item is stamped with a demon head trademark on the inside of the lid. The trick was sold complete with a felt lined storage box. Also illustrated is a Davenport advertisement that makes it clear the firm was not pleased about what they considered to be American ‘rip offs’. The effect and secret is described on page 164 of ‘Further Classic Magic with Apparatus’ by Robert J. Albo.
These high quality wands were made specially for Davenports. They are stamped DEMON to signify that are are the proper Davenports product.
The magician searches for a match, but when the matchbox is opened there are no matches in it. A magic wave and when the box is next opened there are some matches inside. Examination of the lid of the box reveals the initials LD and the Davenport demon head trademark.
The pack was specially commissioned by Davenports to commemorate their Centenary 1898 – 1998. This version of the Davenport demon trademark had been drawn by Ali Bongo. The cards were manufactured by Carta Mundi in Belgium.
The magician shows a threepenny bit lying in the felt lined recess in the wooden block. By passing the second wooden block over the top, the coin mysteriously changes to a farthing. When the wooden block is again passed over, this time the coin changes to a sixpenny piece. Complete with instructions.
This note could never be confused with a one dollar bill. The Davenport demon trademark is prominently displayed and the number of the note is LD 01898 – the year Lewis Davenport started his magic business.
The six clocks have been designed so that they may be produced from a small space, such as a gentleman’s hat. Note that each clock face has on it a Davenport Demon head close to the 6 o’clock hour.
Davenports advertised the Victory Stand as an effective way of introducing the lit bulbs at the start of the trick. The bulbs are taken one at a time by the magician and apparently swallowed. They are then reproduced from the mouth lit up on a length of thin wire. The advertisement in the ‘Demon Telegraph’ (see illustrations) says that the stand is made to order and implies that it is marked DEMON. This stand is not so marked, so possibly it is from another source. The stand was a gift from Peter Lane.
The “Electro” trick was invented by “Cyro” and written up in the 1941 book ‘Studies in Mystery’ by Eric C Lewis. A Davenports advertisement for this book is also illustrated here.
Davenports traded from 39/41 New Oxford Street from the end of 1938 to 1942. The stamp reads: L. Davenport, 39/41 New Oxford St., London W.C.1.
Friend of the family, magician and Punch & Judy man Bryan Baggs made this plaque as a gift for John and Anne Davenport.