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 book was produced by Editions George Proust – Paris. With the book come 12 postcards showing well known magicians. The book also contains a pliable mirror which can be shaped into a cone so that the anamorphic images on the postcards can be viewed. Purchased from Musée de la Magie, Paris in 2015.
Six identical lenticular 3D images can be pushed out from this postcard sized sheet. www.postcard-online.com. Copyright L.M. Krtenvertrieb.
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.
The clever design allows it to be folded flat and sent through the post as a postcard.
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.
This was a gift from Paul Kieve in 2003, following a visit he made to the Davenport Collection. He was reminded about Magritte’s painting as a result of seeing Peter Warlock’s painting also illustrated here, Ref. no. N232.
Deveen The Distinguished Deceiver assisted by The New York Blondes. Written on the back of the postcard is: New Year’s Eve. With New Year’s Greetings. Until Jan 4th Royal Yacht Hotel, Jersey. Hope you’re quite fit Gus. (Gus is Gus Davenport, one of Lewis Davenport’s sons.)