The Davenport Collection
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Marked DEMON

Demon silk of two happy mice

Demon silk of two happy mice

This silk shows Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse next to each other. The fact that each mouse has a Demon head in the bottom right corner makes one wonder whether they were sold as two separate silks. If so, this unfinished silk tells us that the mice would be printed in pairs, their separation being a later stage in production.

Demon 36 inch printed silks

Demon 36 inch printed silks

Davenports put these silks on the market in the 1930s and they very quickly became popular. The designs were also produced as 18 inch square silks. To see the range of silks view the PDF by clicking View Details below.

Demon 18 inch printed silks

Demon 18 inch printed silks

Davenports put these silks on the market in the 1930s and they very quickly became popular. Some of the designs were also produced as 36 inch square silks. To see the range of designs view the PDF by clicking View Details below.

Wizard’s pack of Demon No. 1571 cards

Wizard’s pack of Demon No. 1571 cards

The owner of this pack can perform a wide range of card tricks. In addition to the Davenport Demon featured on the card case, the Joker and Ace of Spades also feature special Davenport designs. Complete with Davenport instructions.

Regular pack of Demon No. 1571 cards

Regular pack of Demon No. 1571 cards

In addition to the Davenport Demon featured on the card case, the Joker and Ace of Spades also feature special Davenport designs. These packs were imported from the USA, as can be confirmed by the ‘Imported Playing Card – Duty Paid’ wrappers that are still on some of the packs. The card case differs from that in Item N3266.

Mephisto’s Magic Pack of cards

Mephisto’s Magic Pack of cards

The performer riffles the pack to show the spectator that all the cards are different. As the cards are riffled again, the spectator says STOP and takes a card. The performer is now able to name that card without looking at it. Magicians call this a Svengali pack. The card box has the Davenport Demon trademark on it. Complete with instructions which are printed on blue paper. This suggests that the trick was made when there were shortages of paper because of WW2. Like many companies at the time, Davenports had to make use of whatever paper was available.

Demon Rod and Beads Mystery

Demon Rod and Beads Mystery

The magician shows the rod and explains that when you pull a bead at one end, the cord it is on grows longer. At the same time the cord at the other end of the rod grows shorter. This can be repeated and when the audience is convinced that the cords are joined, the magician pulls the two halves of the rod apart. The audience can examine the two halves and put them together again, but the magic will not work for them. However, the magician can take the two halves, put them together again, and the magic is restored. The rod is inscribed DEMON, confirming that the trick is a Davenports item.

The Vanishing Cigar

The Vanishing Cigar

As it says in the Davenport advertisement: ‘You ask a friend if he will have a cigar, and as he reaches out for it, the cigar instantly vanishes. No sleight-of-hand required. A Novel pocket trick. Can be worked by anyone and at any time.’ Note that the band around the cigar has a Davenport Demon head on it.

Demon Series ‘One on the Match’

Demon Series ‘One on the Match’

This Demon Series trick involves a book of pocket matches, each match bearing the name of a card. The trick was invented by American magician Mihlon Clayton. The advertisement is also illustrated here. Unfortunately we have not discovered the detailed routine or the instructions. The search continues but, if you know, please contact the Curator.

Demon Safety Pin and Rod

Demon Safety Pin and Rod

The performer gives for inspection a safety pin and a wooden rod with a hole in the centre. The pin is pushed through the hole and fastened. The rod is then moved so that one side is underneath the other arm of the pin. Instantaneously, the rod is made to appear to penetrate the arm of the safety pin. The effect is quite startling. Also illustrated here is an early Davenport advertisement for this trick in two sizes: Pintrix Small for 4d and Pintrix Large for 6d. Note that the rod has DEMON SERIES L.D. LONDON FOREIGN on it. The rods would have been imported from Germany. See N3000 for a larger version of this trick.

Demon Safety Pin and Rod

Demon Safety Pin and Rod

The performer gives for inspection a large safety pin and a wooden rod with a hole in the centre. The pin is pushed through the hole and fastened. The rod is then moved so that one side is underneath the other arm of the pin. Instantaneously, the rod is made to appear to penetrate the arm of the safety pin. The effect is quite startling. Davenports were still selling these rods and pins in the 1990s, complete with instructions. Also illustrated here is an early Davenport advertisement for this trick in two sizes: Pintrix Small for 4d and Pintrix Large for 6d. Note that the rod has DEMON SERIES L.D. LONDON FOREIGN on it. The rods would have been imported from Germany. This particular example and instructions came from Davenports in 1994. See N3010 for a smaller version of this trick.