Many of the Maskelyne items in the Davenport Collection were made for public consumption: programmes, publicity material, printed books, and so on. One of our shelves is occupied by books which were always intended to be private. They are the surviving business records of the Maskelynes at St George’s Hall.
The purpose of this article is to record the scope of these business records and provide examples of their content.

Various types of list are included: membership lists for The Magic Circle, The British Ring No. 25 of the I.B.M. for the years 1984, 1987, 1996, 2001, 2005; Magic Collectors’ Association membership lists for 1984, 1989, 1993, 1994, 2002; Wittus Witt’s ‘International Magic Yellow Pages’ for 1990 and 1999; The W-I-S-E [Wales – Ireland – Scotland – England] section of ‘Magicians of the World’ compiled by Len Vintus in 1978.

When the book is opened a stream of sparks emerge. There is a key hole on the back of the book so that the clockwork mechanism which creates the sparks can be wound up.

First edition published in 2006 by Di Capua Books, Scholastic. Copyrights 2006: for art Maurice Sendak, for scenario Arthur Yorinks, for paper engineering Matthew Reinhart. Purchased new in 2014.