This is a utility piece of apparatus used by a comedy magician. For example, using their favourite method, the magician pours some water into the ear of a spectator. If the spectator then bends their elbow and puts it into the top of the funnel, the water is seen to pour out from the bottom of the funnel into a glass. The comedy can be increased by another person pumping the spectator’s other arm up and down.

This trick was invented by British magician J.F. Orrin. A card is chosen and then the magician causes it to vanish. The spider is shown at the middle of the web and the magician explains that the spider is very good at finding missing cards. The web is spun and the audience sees the chosen card gradually appearing at the feet of the spider. It’s a novel way of finding a chosen card. The illustration is from a Davenports catalogue.

The effect is the magical production of a huge display of flags. Davenports sold this trick in the 1930s based on the method used by Stanley Collins. A Davenport advertisement includes: ‘In producing this wonderful effect, we have discarded the old iron flag sprays that we had on the market many years ago and now introduce our special Demon featherweight aluminium flag sprays. Beautifully made. None genuine without the Demon Trade mark.’ It is known that Jon Martin, the famous magical mechanic, produced some aluminium flag sprays for Davenports. There are three sprays of flags which fit together to produce the overall effect, the largest spray being at the bottom. The illustration is from a Davenports catalogue.

After a nickel plated tube is examined, the audience turn it into a drum-head tube by clamping over the ends pieces of tissue paper held in place with metal rings. The magician vanishes a handkerchief which is then found within the tube. Once the possession of Cambridge magician Claude Perry. A Davenport advertisement for the trick is also illustrated.

This is a glass casket with polished wood edges. The casket instantly fills with handkerchiefs or a ball. A small label on the apparatus says ‘Caroly, Paris’. Caroly was a well respected magic shop in Paris. Once the possession of Cambridge magician Claude Perry.

The wooden box is shown empty and then closed. When it is reopened, the drawer is completely removed and shown to be full of items of the magician’s choice – anything from a cake to silk scarves. Once the possession of Cambridge magician Claude Perry.

The probable use is to show the canister empty and place the lid on. After a mystical pass, when the magician removes the lid the canister is full of silk handkerchiefs, or anything else the magician wishes. Once the possession of Cambridge magician Claude Perry.

The magician takes a red ball from the vase and vanishes it. On command of the magician, when the lid of the vase is removed, the red ball is again found inside and can be removed. Once the possession of Cambridge magician Claude Perry.

The magician takes a black ball from the vase and vanishes it. On command of the magician, when the lid of the vase is removed, the black ball is again found inside and can be removed. This ball vase is rather unusual in that it has a thread through the bottom half of the vase. If you pull on the thread, it lifts the bottom part of the ball out, so avoiding it getting stuck. Once the possession of Cambridge magician Claude Perry.

The magician takes a red ball from the vase and vanishes it. On command of the magician, when the lid of the vase is removed, the red ball is again found inside and can be removed. Once the possession of Cambridge magician Claude Perry.