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Magische Zirkel Berlin

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.

A 78 rpm recording made at the Magische Zirkel Berlin convention in 1937

A 78 rpm recording made at the Magische Zirkel Berlin convention in 1937

The record includes Gus Davenport conveying greetings from magicians in England. This record is made of very flexible plastic. It plays from the centre outwards, unlike most records. The date on the record is 21 May 1937. Greetings from France and The Netherlands are also on the record. The Davenport Collection also has an electronic file of the content.