The Davenport Collection
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Balls

A collection of ball vases

A collection of ball vases

This well known trick allows the magician to take a ball out of the vase, replacing the lid, and then vanishing the ball by magical means. On returning to the vase and removing the lid, the audience see that the ball has returned to the vase.

The multiplying golf ball trick

The multiplying golf ball trick

The magician shows a golf ball which magically multiplies into four balls. In the hands of a skilled magician, all sorts of other surprises can happen, for example a ball jumping from one hand to the other.

La Scatola di Houdini (The Houdini Box)

La Scatola di Houdini (The Houdini Box)

A ball is placed inside a transparent box tied to two cords. The magician magically manages to free the ball. This is number 7 of a series of 12 Mr. Magic tricks put out by Magicmania, Florence. Made in China. Complete with instructions. The trick was purchased at Museo della Magia, Cherasco, Italy. The museum was run by Mago Sales, the stage name of Don Silvio Mantelli. For more information, visit www.magosales.com.

Plastic multiplying billiard balls

Plastic multiplying billiard balls

The magician shows a billiard ball and in a series of movements manages to create four billiard balls. By reversing the magic they can all be made to disappear. The balls were said to have been supplied by Davenports.

Hammer & ball box

Hammer & ball box

This is an old trick, but the following description is copyright 1967 by the Inzani-Henley Magic Company Limited, London. A wooden ball vanishes from the performer’s pocket and appears inside a wooden vase. Now the procedure is reversed, but the ball refuses to vanish from the vase, so after a couple of unsuccessful attempts, the performer hits the ball with a wooden hammer and the ball vanishes instantly only to reappear back in the performer’s pocket.

Wooden marble box

Wooden marble box

The box enables the magician to vanish and produce a marble at will. A sample number 3055 is pencilled on the base.