A fish appears in one glass and then travels from glass to glass. Then a fish appears in each glass. Finally they vanish from both glasses. A Davenports advertisement for the trick is illustrated.

The glass is probably of the type sold by Davenports for Abbott’s “Squash” vanishing glass of water. The advertisement from a Davenports catalogue explains what happens. Although the words make it clear that the glass is small, note the misleading drawing showing a large glass.

Tipsy Joe can stand up, but only if you know how. Made by Fairylite, England. Complete with box and instructions (illustrated). A Davenport advertisement is also illustrated. Registered Design No. 865022, patent applied for.

This magic set was another one supplied by Davenports to Gamages. The inside lid uses the Maskelyne’s name, so the date of the box is certainly later than 1935. Judging from its construction it is probably post-war. The box was found in a Davenport storeroom , but with no contents.

This was a very popular children’s show trick of the ‘turn it around’ variety. The magician makes the black and white rabbits swap places when the painted covers are placed over them. The audience catches on that the rabbits only swap places when the covers are turned around with the rabbits underneath. In time honoured fashion the audience tells the magician to turn the rabbits round when they are not covered up. After the usual byplay the magician turns the rabbits round to reveal a red and a yellow rabbit on the reverse sides. This particular set was used many times by John Davenport. The illustrated advertisement is from a mid 20th century Davenports catalogue.

When the magician opens up the programme to see which trick is next, a rabbit appears from within. The kids scream and the magician appears not to notice the rabbit before closing the programme again. The next time the magician opens the programme a different animal appears. The magician always has the choice of which of three animals appear. This is an excellent comedy item. This particular programme was used many times by John Davenport. The illustrated advertisement is from a mid 20th century Davenports catalogue.

This is a colour changing trick. The magician shows a red handkerchief and pushes it into an empty green tube, which is next wrapped in newspaper. The magician then reaches into the covered tube and removes the handkerchief, which is now green. The tube is removed from the newspaper and now it has turned red. The red tube can again be shown to be empty. The inside of the metal tube is stamped with a Davenports demon head.

The snake consists of many short segments of wood, joined together by two cords – one running along the top of the snake and the other running along its bottom. This means that when the snake is held at any point, the rest of the snake remains horizontal but wriggles in a very realistic way as it moves from side to side. A Davenports advertisement for this item is also illustrated.

This little monster runs wild when you wind it up and put it down on the floor. It rolls around at random and needs plenty of space because you will never know where it will go. It will do an excellent job of surprising and scaring your family and friends. This version has white eyes and fearsome teeth. Over the years Davenports sold many versions of this novelty under the name ‘Bogey Bogey’. See a Davenport advertisement under item Ref. no. N1395.