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Davenport Collection website e-news #22, June 2024

Davenport Collection website e-news #22, June 2024

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The June 2024 issue included:
– Lifetime Achievement Award.
– Film of Edward Victor performing his Diminishing Cards.
– Film of the 1936 German Magic Circle Convention, Munich.
– Harry Leat’s bizarre GRUB trick.
– Harry Leat’s ‘Magic in a Name’ Cards – Louis Nikola.
– Leat’s Supernatural Silk trick.
– Claude Chandler’s unfinish autobiography.
– Leat’s Matchbox to Candle transformation.

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Official film of the 1936 German Magic Circle convention in Munich

Official film of the 1936 German Magic Circle convention in Munich

The German Magic Circle (Magischer Zirkel Deutschland) held its 1936 international convention in Munich. Lewis, Wynne and Gus Davenport were there. This official film taken by F.A. Brandt includes Gus Davenport performing the 3 Shell Game. Other performers were Ottokar Fischer and, with card magic; Dr Keck, Dr Schitzkowski and Dr Geimer. Brandt’s film has been edited in this version so as to avoid divulging magic secrets. The film provides a snapshot of magical thinking and performance styles in the mid-1930s.

The Davenport family also took some film at the convention, including many shots of the attendees: see N2895.

Welcome to the 1936 Munich Magic Convention

Welcome to the 1936 Munich Magic Convention

Luckily, the Davenport family is not prone to throwing things away. This allows John Davenport to share something of their attendance at the 19-21 September 1936 Munich Convention. Lewis, Wynne and Gus Davenport travelled to Munich for their first German Magic Circle Convention (Magischer Zirkel Deutschland). It was a good opportunity to meet many continental magic dealers and magicians. John Davenport’s article reproduces letters, photographs and other ephemera from the occasion. In addition to downloading a PDF of the article, you might also wish to view the film taken by the family, which may be found here.

Film taken by the Davenports at the 1936 German Magic Circle convention in Munich

Film taken by the Davenports at the 1936 German Magic Circle convention in Munich

The 1936 German Magic Circle (Magischer Zirkel Deutschland) convention was the first one in Germany attended by the Davenports: Lewis, Wynne and Gus. It was a good opportunity to meet many continental magic dealers and magicians. This film, shot by the family, shows some of the attendees at the convention as well as shots of the Wittelsbach fountain in Lenbachplatz in Munich. We don’t recognize everyone but, as well as Lewis and Gus Davenport, there are good shots of Mayette, Venot, Dr Dhotel, Schreiber and Mr and Mrs Conradi-Horster. Conradi-Horster was a good friend and well known magician and dealer who supplied Davenports business with magic apparatus. A Conradi-Horster catalogue may be found here. The featured illustration shows Conradi-Horster on the left talking with Lewis Davenport.

Film of Gus Davenport show, Berlin, 1937 convention

Film of Gus Davenport show, Berlin, 1937 convention

The German Magic Circle (Magischer Zirkel Deutschland) celebrated its 25th anniversary with a congress in Berlin. The Davenport family – Lewis, Wynne and Gus – were there. Gus Davenport won a competition, the prize being the statuette ‘Táltos’ (see also N108). Part of his competition act is shown in this film. The film was taken by F.A. Brandt. The illustrations show Táltos and the story as told by the World’s Fair.

Film of Helmut Schreiber show, Berlin, 1937 convention

Film of Helmut Schreiber show, Berlin, 1937 convention

The German Magic Circle (Magischer Zirkel Deutschland) celebrated its 25th anniversary with a congress in Berlin. The Davenport family – Lewis, Wynne and Gus – were there. The President of the Magischer Zirkel was Helmut Schrieber (Kalanag). This film of Kalanag’s show at the convention was taken by F.A. Brandt.

Film of Marvelli show, Berlin, 1937 convention

Film of Marvelli show, Berlin, 1937 convention

The German Magic Circle (Magischer Zirkel Deutschland) celebrated its 25th anniversary with a congress in Berlin. The Davenport family – Lewis, Wynne and Gus – were there. This film of Marvelli’s show at the convention was taken by F.A. Brandt. At the convention Marvelli was awarded the ‘Ring des Magischen Zirkels’. The illustrations here are of Marvelli and the ring (credit: Magie, May 1937).

Film of Gus Davenport’s greetings message, Berlin 1937 convention

Film of Gus Davenport’s greetings message, Berlin 1937 convention

The German Magic Circle (Magischer Zirkel Deutschland) celebrated its 25th anniversary with a congress in Berlin. The Davenport family – Lewis, Wynne and Gus – were there. This film by F.A. Brandt shows Gus Davenport delivering greetings from magicians in Great Britain. Although the film is silent, the speech was recorded at the time on a gramophone record. This sound has therefore been added to the film clip. The illustrations here include one of the gramophone record which, unusually, is very flexible and plays at 78rpm from the centre outwards.

Film from the 1937 German Magic Circle convention, Berlin

Film from the 1937 German Magic Circle convention, Berlin

The German Magic Circle (Magischer Zirkel Deutschland) celebrated its 25th anniversary with a congress in Berlin. The Davenport family – Lewis, Wynne and Gus – were there. Gus Davenport conveyed greetings from magicians in Great Britain and entered, and won, a competition. This film, taken by F.A. Brandt, captures the proceedings and includes shots of many notables such as Helmut Schreiber, Marvelli and Ottokar Fischer. Brandt’s film has been edited in this version so as to avoid divulging magic secrets.