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Silks for the Demon Conjuring Thriller

Silks for the Demon Conjuring Thriller

As 12 silks are produced from a Ghost Tube, each one is shown illustrating an amusing story. The patter story is by Norman Hunter. The advertisement for the trick in the first Demon Telegraph dated Augst 1933 tells us that ‘These special DEMON SILKS are beautifully printed on best quality silk and in four or five colours. Each one is a real work of art.’ All of the silks and Norman Hunter’s patter may be seen in the PDF. Although the illustration in the Demon Telegraph shows a Fireman, and the patter (see the PDF) mentions a Fireman, this set of silks contains a Scotsman rather than a Fireman. More interestingly, the Scotsman silk and the Jelly silks have different borders to the other silks and look very much like Harry Leat silks. It is tempting to think that Davenports ran out of the advertised silks and replaced them with Leat silks.

Fan for the production of a picture of a Chinese man

Fan for the production of a picture of a Chinese man

The performer opens the fan and shows a plain image, with green grass at the bottom and a blue sky at the top. When the performer wishes, the fan may be opened again revealing a Chinese man. The fan is usually used in conjunction with a silk handerchief. The performer shows the handkerchief with a picture of a Chinese man on it. The image of the man is magically made to disappear, only to be found on the fan.

The Professor Whyley Cigarette Packet

The Professor Whyley Cigarette Packet

A number of tricks are possible with these packets which were sold in pairs. For example, the performer holds a packet upright and drops a sixpenny piece into it. The packet can immediately be shown to be empty, although the coin can be produced again from the packet at any time. Another trick described in the instructions involves the use of both packets.

The Demon Cigarette Holder

The Demon Cigarette Holder

With this holder between the magician’s teeth, it is possible to produce or vanish a cigarette. The advertisement illustrated here gives more details of the routines that can be used.

Pocket Tambourine Trick

Pocket Tambourine Trick

The magician shows two tambourine rings, one a little smaller than the other. A piece of tissue paper is placed over the smaller ring and the larger ring pushed down on top of it, making a drum. The audience can see that there is nothing inside the drum yet, when the magician punctures the paper, a silk handkerchief is produced from within it. The drum and silk may be examined. Only part of the apparatus is shown here to protect the secret. Complete with instructions.

A collection of ball vases

A collection of ball vases

This well known trick allows the magician to take a ball out of the vase, replacing the lid, and then vanishing the ball by magical means. On returning to the vase and removing the lid, the audience see that the ball has returned to the vase.

The Flying Salt

The Flying Salt

The performer pours salt into their closed fist. The hand is then opened and the salt has vanished. Making a grabbing motion in the air with their other hand, the fist is closed and immediately the salt can be poured out in a cascade. Complete with instructions from International Magic Studio, London.

Rabbit Show from The Supreme Magic Co.

Rabbit Show from The Supreme Magic Co.

Supreme’s instructions include the effect. One of the adult rabbits is placed into your left hand, and the other into your right hand pocket. When the left hand is opened up there are the two rabbits together. This business can be repeated again and again. Finally the two rabbits are pushed into the right hand which you form into a fist. When the hand is opened there is not only Momma and Poppa . . . but several little rabbits as well!!

Magic cigarette drawer box

Magic cigarette drawer box

This box allows you to show it as empty, or full of cigarettes, or indeed any other object that fits. The box, and others like it, were made in Japan. Search for Magic cigarette drawer box to find other examples.