The photograph shows the back of the mirror. The other side is polished. If you use the mirror to reflect the sun onto a piece of white paper, you will see the image that is on the back of the mirror. In this example, the image is a dragon.

Made by Woodsetton Designworks Ltd, UK, www.woodsetton.co.uk. The Stanhope image is of the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. A Stanhope lens is a very small lens which reveals an image when pointed towards a bright light and held very close to your eye. The pewter hat provides an amusing and convenient way of holding the lens. There is a great deal of information on the web for people who want to know more about Stanhope lenses.

A lithophane is an etched or molded artwork in very thin translucent porcelain that can only be seen clearly when back lit with a light source.The images here show the same lithophane lit from the back and from the front. Letters AdT on the lithophane confirm manufacture in the factory of Baron Alexis du Tremblay, Montreuil, Paris, France.

When a penny is placed in the slot, a young lady appears in the horizontal box on the right of the photograph, at which point the magician slices her through many times with a vicious looking sword. After a while the lady vanishes from the box and appears in the gold cage on the left. The illusion operates on the principle of Pepper’s Ghost. This machine, part of the Davenport Collection, was in extremely poor condition. It was renovated by engineer and magician Tony Middleton of Cambridge, with help from John Davenport and other friends in 2015. It is the belief of the restoration team that the coin-op was a prototype because of various design faults that would have made it unsuitable for commercial use. These faults have now been rectified. Roy Davenport is on the left and Tony Middleton on the right of the photograph.