When you pick up the cheese, it squeaks. Unfortunately the rubber cheese perished years ago and so its squeaking days are over. The squeaker is in the bottom of the cheese. French, in its original box.
When you pick up the roll, which has been hollowed out, there is a velvet mouse underneath. German, in its original box. A tag on the mouse has on it #1154/B.
When the unsuspecting person in need of using it picks it up, a loud bell rings. The bell which is in the base is wound by clockwork. It starts ringing automatically whenever the pot is lifted up. Comes with key for the clockwork bell. Key not original.
When the unsuspecting person in need of using it picks it up, it plays the tune Mary Lou. There is a clockwork music box in the base which starts automatically whenever the pot is lifted up. Comes with key for the clockwork music box. Key not original.
Over the years the Davenport family have heard many wonderful stories from their customers. Some concern magic tricks and others jokes or novelties. This story from The Magic Demon, a long time Davenports customer, deserves retelling. It wonderfully captures the anticipation of a good joke in the minds of children and the resulting final laughter. The story was first written up on the Canada’s Magic website.
Join in the fun and read it here on their website.
Growing up in the Davenport family, Gus was surrounded by magic performances and the manufacture and sale of magic. Fortunately, he embraced it. This short article describes Gus the man and the personality and skills that led him to particular styles of performing.
This is a wonderful battery operated novelty for those with a sense of humour. Flick the switch on the top of the box to the ON position. Immediately the box opens and a wooden finger comes out to push the switch back to the OFF position, before vanishing back into the box. A box that doesn’t want to be opened – how useless is that? The box, made out of laser cut wood, comes in kit form.
The pencil bends when you try and write with it. The only marking on the pencil is HONG KONG.
The joke on one side is: “Weather is here, wish you were lovely”. Made in Margate by www.lasercraftcreations.co.uk.
When you take the card out of the envelope a metal ring revolves, powered by rubber bands, and makes you jump. Made by Klawvana, England. The company was ran by Jack Klaw, who also traded under Novelties Unlimited.