Trade Mark Hokus Pokus. Made by J.W.S. & S. Bavaria. Many of the contents have never been removed from their wrapping. Supplied by Spear & Son, Nürnberg. The instructions have the logo of Carl Baudenbacher of Nürnberg. Spear took over the Baudenbacher business in the early 1900s.
These instructions are similar to those for a box of Conjuring Tricks made by JW Spear & Sons in Bavaria – see Ref. no. N1223. Note that the last page of the instructions, illustrated, has the amusing bookplate of the Clinton Burgess Magical Reference Library, New York, stuck on it.
These instructions were meant for a range of magic sets, because they make it clear that “this sheet contains directions for every trick in this box, but the box does not contain all tricks described”. The instructions are in English and were printed in Bavaria where Spear was based. The date will be early 20th century.
In German on the lid it says ‘compiled and designed by the well-known magician Wittus-Witt’. This is an unusual do-it-yourself set in that the tricks have to be constructed by the use of handicraft skills. The box was put out by Spear-Spiele Gmbh, Nürnberg.