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.
On the back is a ruler and a list of ‘fun facts’. Made in China for Blue Chip Products UK.
Printed on the spectacles is U.S. Patent 5,546,198. Purchased by John Davenport from David Goodman (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the International Puzzle Party 28 in Prague in 2008 for 5 Euro.
Bought by John Davenport in Japan. When a coin is dropped into the top of the money box, it lands in the internal small box at the bottom and is seen to have mysteriously shrunk.
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.
The book was presented with ‘The Wizard’ comic and has all the cards in it. The cards describe catches, tricks, optical illusions etc. Illustrated are two of the pages and the cover of the book.
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.
The images are ‘Sommer’ (Summer) and ‘Winter’ painted by Giuseppe Arcimboldo in the 1500s. The card was available in 2019 from the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna copyright L.M. Kartenvertrieb.
This is a moving lenticular book created by Dan Kainen and written by Carol Kaufmann. Published in 2014 by Workman Publishing, New York.