The Davenport Collection
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Robins

Robin’s Miracle Series Magic Set – Double decker

Robin’s Miracle Series Magic Set – Double decker

Robin’s Miracle Series was put out by Barrie Robin in the 1950s. He purchased many items from Gus Davenport who was running Goldstons in the 1950s, following Will Goldston’s death in 1948. Davenports bought his business and operated it as the wholesale part of Davenports business. The contents of this double-decker magic set are similar to others sold by Gus Davenport, usually under the name Maskelyne’s Mysteries. The red paper on this box was typically used for the Robin’s boxes. Later these boxes were sold by Robins, a partnership between Gus Davenport and Maureen Robin.

Robin’s Miracle Series ‘Nail Thro’ Finger’ trick

Robin’s Miracle Series ‘Nail Thro’ Finger’ trick

The effect is that a large iron nail, previously examined, is pushed right through your finger. This was a popular trick often found in magic sets aimed at children. This particular one is from Robin’s Miracle Series. This was owned by Barrie Robin. For some other simple items in the series just search on Barrie Robin.

Gus Davenport – the man and the magician

Gus Davenport – the man and the magician

Growing up in the Davenport family, Gus was surrounded by magic performances and the manufacture and sale of magic. Fortunately, he embraced it. This short article describes Gus the man and the personality and skills that led him to particular styles of performing.

Maskelyne’s Mysteries magic set

Maskelyne’s Mysteries magic set

Boxes covered in paper of this design were usually produced by Gus Davenport for the firm Robins. However this box, unfortunately with no contents, has a Maskelyne’s Mysteries label and instruction sheet on the inside of the lid. It should be recognised that there is no such thing as a definitive collection of Davenport produced magic sets. Boxes and contents were mixed and matched to make best use of available stock and meet the price required by the customer.

Robin’s Miracle Series magic set

Robin’s Miracle Series magic set

This is a magic set put together by Gus Davenport around the late 1950s, either when he was running Goldston’s or when he was in partnership with Maureen Robin. The box in the Davenport Collection has no contents, but also illustrated is a box once owned by Dr Michael Colley. It is shown here with his permission.

Maskelyne’s Mysteries magic set made exclusively for Harrods

Maskelyne’s Mysteries magic set made exclusively for Harrods

The box was illustrated in the Harrods Christmas catalogue for 1961. The price was 32/6d. The boxes were supplied by Gus Davenport, either when trading as Goldston’s or when in partnership with Maureen Robin. The box also contained the Mysterious Sponge Cubes and the Vanishing Egg, but these had perished and had to be thrown away.

Robin’s Maskelyne’s Mysteries magic set

Robin’s Maskelyne’s Mysteries magic set

The Davenport family used the name Maskelyne’s Mysteries for their range of magic sets following their purchase of the Maskelyne’s business assets in 1935. In the 1950s Gus Davenport supplied BR Robin with magic sets which were advertised to the wholesale market. See the advertisement illustrated. The red paper on this box was typically used for the Robin’s boxes. Later these boxes were sold by Robin’s, a partnership between Gus Davenport and Maureen Robin.