This was probably manufactured as an ornament for matches or cigarettes combined with an ashtray. In practice it makes a great holder for a pack of cards for the rising card trick.

An audience member chooses a card which is placed back in the pack. The magician spreads the pack out on the tray, above which is clipped a balloon within the two metal hoops. On the command of the magician the balloon bursts and the chosen card appears in its place. This was a gift from Cambridge magician and friend Tony Middleton in 2015.

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.

There is an address roundel inside the box, confirming that the manufacturer is Heriot. Details of the effect may be read in the illustrated advertisement from Stanyon’s ‘Magic’, vol. 9, no. 12, September 1909.

This is used for a word prediction making use of a pack of cards. The instructions are stamped by the supplier: Charles C Eastman, PO Box 245, Haverhill, Mass., USA. The book includes the words Copyrighted 1935 by Chas. C. Eastman.

Fifty-six well-known British artists were specially commissioned to contribute to this unique pack of playing cards, each card representing the original work of a different artist. The pack is of visual interest but it would be a nightmare trying to use it for a game of cards. Published by Andrew Jones Art.

The magician is able to produce a selected picture or card within this previously empty frame. The design of this frame is not like the usual version used by magicians.