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Coins

Coin, Ring and Disc Trick

Coin, Ring and Disc Trick

The description on the envelope tells us that a borrowed coin is placed on the table and covered with a ring and a disc. When these are lifted, the coin has vanished. The envelope also has the initials LD, standing for Lewis Davenport, on the front.

The Professor Whyley Cigarette Packet

The Professor Whyley Cigarette Packet

A number of tricks are possible with these packets which were sold in pairs. For example, the performer holds a packet upright and drops a sixpenny piece into it. The packet can immediately be shown to be empty, although the coin can be produced again from the packet at any time. Another trick described in the instructions involves the use of both packets.

Penny and Match Box Trick

Penny and Match Box Trick

The date on the penny is 1929, so the date cannot be earlier than this. A penny is placed on the table and covered with the inside drawer of a borrowed match box. When the drawer is lifted, the penny has changed into a two shilling piece.

Vanishing coin used in Maskelyne’s Mysteries magic sets

Vanishing coin used in Maskelyne’s Mysteries magic sets

A quantity of these coins was presumably purchased by the Davenport family following the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. They would not have been expensive following the Coronation. These large, showy coins could easily be converted into an effective vanishing coin trick which was included in many of the Maskelyne’s Mysteries magic sets which were produced and sold wholesale. Also shown here is a photograph of one such set which shows the coin inside.

Penny to Sovereign

Penny to Sovereign

The magician shows a handkerchief and then finds a penny in his pocket, which is placed under the handkerchief. After the necessary magic words, the handkerchief is lifted to show that the penny has vanished, to be replaced by the Sovereign, Queen Elizabeth II.

Contrary Coins

Contrary Coins

Two pennies, a halfpenny and a farthing are placed down on the table and covered with a handkerchief. Slowly and deliberately each coin is taken out one by one, leaving nothing behind, but when the hanky is lifted, all four coins are seen back on the table. Complete with instructions.

The Baffler Box

The Baffler Box

As it says on the cardboard box in which the trick was sold: ‘A number of coins or other small articles placed in the little box instantly disappear’.

A Pencil Through a Penny

A Pencil Through a Penny

A borrowed pencil is thrust through a penny in full view. The coin is examined after the trick but fails to give up its secret. Complete with instructions.

Davenport’s Improved Kunard’s Coins Trick

Davenport’s Improved Kunard’s Coins Trick

This is a well made pocket trick from the 1940s. The magician shows a threepenny bit which is resting on a small wooden block. When the magician passes a second wooden block over the coin, it mysteriously changes to a farthing. The block is again passed over the coin and it becomes a sixpence. Finally this coin vanishes. The blocks may be examined. Complete with instructions. Another example is N2405.