The card box is a utility item which magicians use for a number of card tricks. This one is a minor variant of Ref. no. N147. Once the possession of Cambridge magician Claude Perry.

A spectator picks up a plastic rod and, by looking through it, confirms that it is clear. The spectator then selects a card. When the spectator next picks up the rod, they look through it and see an image of the selected card in it. The trick can be repeated with a different selected card. Once the possession of Cambridge magician Claude Perry. A Davenport advertisement for the trick is also illustrated.

Boxes such as this, which are the correct size for a pack of cards, were often used by magicians to help them achieve a desired magical effect. This one was sold by Davenports. It is slightly larger than the example given Ref. no. N145. Once the possession of Cambridge magician Claude Perry.

This brass apparatus has various uses. The magician can make a card appear, disappear or change. Once the possession of Cambridge magician Claude Perry.

The magician has a card selected and then magically vanishes it. The card is then found in this picture frame which had previously been shown empty. The apparatus was made by the Austrian magic dealer Klingl. Stamped on the wooden back is S. KLINGL WIEN. Once the possession of Cambridge magician Claude Perry.

The style is 19th century, French manufacture. The box is black with a beautiful inlaid lid. This trick was in the catalogues of several 19th century French dealers. According to the book ‘The Magic of France’ by Jaques Voignier and Robert Albo, the presentation given in Caroly’s catalogue was: A casket is shown empty and a spectator from the audience is asked to lock the casket and retain both the casket and the key in his hands. A card is chosen by another spectator and torn into pieces and burned. The spectator who has been holding the casket, opens the casket with the key and to the utter amazement of all, a small bird with the chosen card tied around its neck flies from the casket.

The magician shows twelve cards and explains to an audience member who is helping that it is possible to find cards by spelling their names. For example, to find an ace, for ‘A’, place the top card on the bottom of the stack. Then do the same for ‘C’ and ‘E’. Remove the next card and show that it is an ace. The magician repeats this to spell the TWO and the THREE and then the helper tries. Each time the helper tries, a joker is turned up. The magician never gets it wrong. The trick was put out by Davenports, as can be seen from the Davenport demons on the jokers. The full working, and opportunities for comedy, are explained in the Davenport instructions.

A member of the audience chooses a card from the pack and then places it back. The magician throws the pack up into the air and stabs the cards with the sword. The chosen card is seen impaled on the end of the sword. The decorated blade of the sword also carries the words ‘HOLBECK & Son, 4 New Bond Street, London.