Copyright 1995 by Redstone Press, London. The description on the back of the box reads: ‘Here is an enchanting box of surprises, drawn from the fascinating and hyperbolical history of magic and conjuring. Open the box to discover an astounding compendium of rare graphics and picture cards, amazing tricks and illusions, jugglings and jokes.’ That description is about right. Compiled by Daniel Stashower.

This card has two layers, joined in the centre by a rivet which allows the top card to be rotated on top of the bottom one. The top card is clear plastic with black lines printed on it and the bottom one is white with a heart and coloured lines on it. When the top card is rotated the changing moiré patterns create the effect that the heart is rotating. Miracle Cards, copyright BIZARR/m. schmölz. www.bizarrverlag.com. The company is based in München, Germany.

This card has two layers, joined in the centre by a rivet which allows the top card to be rotated on top of the bottom one. The top card is clear plastic with black lines printed on it and the bottom one is white with black lines on it. When the top card is rotated the changing moiré patterns create the effect of movement. Acid Card, copyright BIZARR/m. schmölz. www.bizarrverlag.com. The company is based in München, Germany.

At The Magic Circle Collectors’ Day in 1996 there was a sale of some of Tommy Cooper’s possessions. The proceeds went to The Magic Circle Headquarters Fund and the Grand Order of Water Rats. This pack consists of several items: a walkerprint postcard with Tommy’s caricature, a Tommy Cooper stamp, a card trick, and a ball point pen which has on it a caricature of Tommy and the words STOLEN FROM TOMMY COOPER.

These postcards and business card, originally from the Davenport Collection, were framed as gift for Claude Perry. Some years later, following Claude’s death, the item returned to the collection as a gift from David Cridland.