Supplied by Mickey’s Stuff for kids. Copyright Disney. When you place a coin in the hat Mickey turns his head, and at that moment a rabbit comes out of the hat and vanishes with the coin. This was a gift from Phil Temple to John and Anne Davenport when he visited in May 1997.
John Davenport put this display together to showcase some of the ephemera in the collection.
This was found in a Davenport storeroom, unfortunately with no contents. It has been suggested, but not proven, that this box might have been produced by Davenports as a prize for a competition in the boys’ magazine “Champion”.
Davenports supplied Gamages department store with magic sets under the name Gamagic. This business probably started in the late 1920s or early 1930s. Note the name Demon on the top of the instructions on the inside of the lid.
The label on the lid uses the Maskelyne’s Mysteries name, owned by Davenports following their purchase of the Maskelyne business assets in 1935. Note that the instructions on the inside of the lid are headed Demon Box of Conjuring Tricks. This probably means the box is a relatively early one – in later boxes Davenports no longer used the name Demon on the lid.
The label on the lid uses the Maskelyne’s Mysteries name, owned by Davenports following their purchase of the Maskelyne business assets in 1935. The box style which has gold rimmed partitions suggests that it was an early box, probably pre-war.
Probably late 1930s. The Davenport family used the name Maskelyne’s Mysteries for their range of magic sets following their purchase of the Maskelyne’s business assets in 1935.
Probably circa 1920s.
L Davenport & Co. box of assorted card tricks. Probable date 1950s.