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The December 2021 issue included:
– a very effective penetration trick from 1933.
– a box from the German magic dealer Carl Willmann, full of apparatus for a shadowgraphy performance.
– rare items from the Maskelyne and Cooke Provincial Company from the 1900 period.
– a 1904 illuminated address to Mr. and Mrs. Devant, concerning their daughter Vida.
– examples of novelties and jokes spanning 100 years.
– new plans for the website in 2022.

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Michael Colley’s index will be a boon to any serious researcher who wants to check on relevant material in the Demon Telegraph.
When Davenports first published it in 1933, the content was mainly advertising. It wasn’t until Issue no. 61, when the New Series started in 1942, that more articles were added. There were articles aimed at performing magicians covering tricks, bits of business and performance advice. The series of articles on ‘Old Timers I Have Met’ and ‘Programmes of the Past’ are of especial interest to magic historians.

This eye catching novelty design was used by the UK company Hotel Chocolat to contain some of their Halloween 2021 chocolate. A clever feature of this box is that the wings of the bat are initially held in place at the back of the box. They can easily be released and bent forward when required.

This is a precision laser cut thin piece of wood which is strong enough to send through the post. The frog shape has been cut through the card, apart from a few points which hold it in place. The frog can be cut out of the card and then bent along the part-laser-cut hinges to produce a 3D model of a frog. Made by foldableobjects.com in Germany.

When this card is opened up, it activates an audio message. Sadly, its voice can no longer be heard. Radio South broadcast to the south eastern region of England. The pitch is that the radio station attracted a greater proportion of affluent people than the local television station.

When you indent a disc and place it on a flat surface, after a while it will spring back into its original position and jump several feet into the air. Advice on how best to make it jump may be found here. The Davenport demon trademark is stamped into the disc.