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.)
Gus Davenport obtained this from a printer he was using. The humour is very much of the British seaside variety.
Some time between the 17 and 19 September 1925 Lewis Davenport gave a show at Inverlochy Castle, Fort William, Scotland. Paul Vandy was also performing. The Maharajah of Jodhpur Umaid Singh presented Lewis’s wife Wynne with this gold brooch mounted with a pearl. Lewis was presented with a silver mounted Malacca cane, and his son received a gold tie pin. The whereabouts of the cane and tie pin are unknown. The show is mentioned in ‘The Performer’, 23 September 1925. The photograph is from a postcard that Wynne sent to the rest of the Davenport family in London. The castle, now a hotel, looks much the same in 2019.
The item is based on an 1877 advertisement for Maskelyne and Cooke’s performance including Psycho and Zoe at the Egyptian Hall. On the reverse is a message from John Fisher to John Salisse. Compare this advertisement with item reference number N1485.