Davenports definitely sold this trick – see the advertisement illustrated. Although there is no marking on this item it is believed to be the Davenport trick. This is a match box trick which automatically delivers a cigarette into your hand. The collection has two other examples of the same trick with different Swan Vestas labels, see N171 and N1359.

The magician searches for a match, but when the matchbox is opened there are no matches in it. A magic wave and when the box is next opened there are some matches inside. Examination of the lid of the box reveals the initials LD and the Davenport demon head trademark.

This is a Supreme Magic production which has humour and a surprise finish. The idea is that you have a small invisible leprechaun in a box which follows the movements of the magician, and manages to do a rope trick. The surprise is that Lenny actually appears at the end of the trick. Apparently the trick was first devised in Ireland. It was shown by Billy McComb at one of the meetings of the Ulster Society of Magicians during the 1940s. This is the revived version from which Billy McComb derived great entertainment value. Complete with instructions.

The magician is able to produce a selected picture or card within this previously empty frame.

This French box beautifully decorated in Napoleon III style is also expertly made. In the usual drawer box trick, the magician opens the drawer to show that the box is empty. When closed and reopened, the drawer is now full of whatever the magician wishes. This box goes one step further. After the first production the magician can disassemble the box to show it is empty (see photographs), but when reassembled a second production can be made. We have the provenance for this item in the collection. It was purchased by John Gambling from De Vere in Paris around 1896. John Gambling sold it to Claude Perry in the 1940s. It then passed to David Cridland who gave it to John and Anne Davenport.

Details of boxes such as this one are described in Professor Hoffmann’s book ‘Modern Magic’. With the agreement of Marco Pusterla we have included a link to his blog here where he discusses this type of drawer box.

The magician uses this bag to produce or vanish an egg at will. A great deal of fun and mystery can be had when the magician uses a spectator to help.

The magician shows a billiard ball and in a series of movements manages to create four billiard balls. By reversing the magic they can all be made to disappear. The balls were said to have been supplied by Davenports.

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.