The contents consist of an expanding magic wand and a booklet containing tricks. Copyright Guinness & Co 2003. Unknown manufacturer.
The face has eye and mouth movements. Betty Davenport recalls that the face was made by Mr Insull for an advertising company during the 1950s. It was never collected. It is most likely that the face is based on the Guinness Smiling Pint image that was used in Guinness advertising from the 1930s to the 1950s. The Guinness Archive holds no record of such a ventriloquial face being commissioned by Guinness. We wish to credit the Guinness Archive for this information and for permission to make use of the Guinness image for comparison with this item.
As far as Guinness can trace, the artist, whose initials J.G. appear on the poster, was John Gilroy.