A sheet of glass is placed in the mahogany box which is then closed. A ball bearing is placed on the top of the glass and it then magically sinks slowly through the glass and falls out of the bottom of the box. Everything may be examined. This Davenports item is stamped with a demon head trademark on the inside of the lid. The trick was sold complete with a felt lined storage box. Also illustrated is a Davenport advertisement that makes it clear the firm was not pleased about what they considered to be American ‘rip offs’. The effect and secret is described on page 164 of ‘Further Classic Magic with Apparatus’ by Robert J. Albo.

These high quality wands were made specially for Davenports. They are stamped DEMON to signify that are are the proper Davenports product.

The magician fashions a cone out of a piece of paper, using the wand to smooth out any creases from the inside. A silk handkerchief is then placed over the cone and pushed inside with the wand. When the paper cone is unrolled, the handkerchief has vanished. Made out of celluloid or an early plastic, manufacturer unknown.

This glove, a gift from magician and dealer George Kovari in 2016, allows the magician to change the colour of the glove from white to green. The glove was made by George and Suzy Kovari.

Complete with instructions. The instructions explain how by using these eight cards the performer is ‘able to indicate automatically and absolutely correct any number from 1 – 100 a person has been thinking of’. Made in Germany and patented in Germany and Abroad.

The magician shows the spectator the cards and asks which one they would like to see behind the glass. The paper is folded up and then, with a little magic, when it is reopened the chosen card is indeed behind the glass.

Davenports definitely sold this trick – see the advertisement illustrated. Although there is no marking on this item it is believed to be the Davenport trick. This is a match box trick which automatically delivers a cigarette into your hand. The collection has two other examples of the same trick with different Swan Vestas labels, see N171 and N1359.