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Escapes

Davenports Demon New Thumb Screw Trick

Davenports Demon New Thumb Screw Trick

As the advertisement says: “The performer’s hands are securely fastened in an examined thumb screw by a member of the audience. Yet he catches solid examined hoops on his arms as they are thrown at him.” Click on View Details to see an illustrated advertisement for this trick.

Demon Rope and Wand

Demon Rope and Wand

The magician twists a length of examined rope several times around a stick. He holds one end and a spectator holds the other end. When the magician gives the word, the rope flies off the stick as if by magic. Once the possession of Cambridge magician Claude Perry. A Davenport advertisement for the trick is also illustrated.

Thumb screw escape

Thumb screw escape

The magician is placed in the thumb screws and, when desired, can escape. At any time the magician can show that the thumb screws are tightly in place. Once the possession of Cambridge magician Claude Perry. A Davenport advertisement for the trick is also illustrated.

Houdini Outstripped

Houdini Outstripped

This trick was sold by Davenports and credited to Mandroop the Magician – George McAthy. In this comedy routine the magician displays a wide belt and patters about the famous Houdini Outdone escape, where the magician can cause anyone to become an escape artist. The details can be read in the illustrated advertisement, but suffice it to say that the spectator who helps with this trick escapes from the rope, but in a way that causes a good laugh. Complete with Davenport instructions.

Maskelyne escape trunk

Maskelyne escape trunk

This brass and mahogany trunk is of the type used by the Maskelynes in the sketch Will, the Witch and the Watchman. The Davenport family bought the assets of the Maskelyne business in the 1930s. This trunk was found in a canvas cover labelled Clive Maskelyne, South Africa. Clive did indeed tour South Africa, so this is probably the trunk he used. It certainly shows signs of wear and tear.