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Davenport Collection website e-news #21, March 2024

Davenport Collection website e-news #21, March 2024

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E-newsletters like this one are sent out four times a year, highlighting recent additions to the website. If you’d like to be added to the mailing list, please contact the curator. The March 2024 issue included:
– A film clip of Gus Davenport performing The Three Shell Game in 1936.
– Zauber Burgen (Magic Castles).
– Devant, Maskelyne and the Crispin Family.
– Magic sets.
– Cecil Lyle’s Chocolate Box Illusion – now on film.
– Demon Series printed silks.
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Robin’s Miracle Series Magic Set – Double decker

Robin’s Miracle Series Magic Set – Double decker

Robin’s Miracle Series was put out by Barrie Robin in the 1950s. He purchased many items from Gus Davenport who was running Goldstons in the 1950s, following Will Goldston’s death in 1948. Davenports bought his business and operated it as the wholesale part of Davenports business. The contents of this double-decker magic set are similar to others sold by Gus Davenport, usually under the name Maskelyne’s Mysteries. The red paper on this box was typically used for the Robin’s boxes. Later these boxes were sold by Robins, a partnership between Gus Davenport and Maureen Robin.

Davenport Collection website e-news #5, March 2020

Davenport Collection website e-news #5, March 2020

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E-newsletters like this one are sent out four times a year, highlighting recent additions to the website. If you’d like to be added to the mailing list, please contact the curator.

The March 2020 issue included:
– Magic sets.
– Jokes.
– Linga Singh by Nigel Dutt.
– The magic of Lewis Davenport and his first wife Julia.
– Early days of the Maskelyne and Devant partnership at St. George’s Hall.

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Mickey Mouse Electronic Talking Bank

Mickey Mouse Electronic Talking Bank

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.

‘Champion’ Conjuring Cabinet

‘Champion’ Conjuring Cabinet

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”.

Maskelyne’s Mysteries magic set

Maskelyne’s Mysteries magic set

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.

Maskelyne’s Mysteries magic set

Maskelyne’s Mysteries magic set

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.

Maskelyne’s Mysteries magic set

Maskelyne’s Mysteries magic set

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.

Gamagic De Luxe Cabinet of Magic

Gamagic De Luxe Cabinet of Magic

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.