The magician vanishes a coin and then it is found in the inner of the four boxes. Once the possession of Cambridge magician Claude Perry.

In this trick the magician makes a tambourine by trapping some tissue paper between the two rings. When the paper is broken, a huge production of paper streamers is made from it. John Gambling (1871-1954) was a well known magician in England and was also known for his ventriloquism. There is a label on one of the rings saying: ‘John Gambling’s rings used by him for 60 years’. The rings were passed to Claude Perry, for whom John acted as a mentor and friend for many years. Claude willed them to David Cridland, who gifted them to the Davenport Collection.

The magician places the glass upside down on the wooden base and then, magically, makes coins appear inside the glass. The method is primitive and it is not clear whether this was a one-off item or an example of a commercially available piece of apparatus. This item was once in the collection of Claude Perry, which makes it quite likely that it was previously owned by John Gambling, Claude’s mentor.

This is a very well made nest of seven boxes, all of which lock automatically when the lid is closed. The magician vanishes a small item which is then found inside the innermost box.

This is a very high quality set of seven nesting boxes. The inner box is lined with a green velvet like material. The magician vanishes a small item which is then found inside the innermost box. This item belonged to Claude Perry, who died in 2008, and was gifted to the Davenport Collection by David Cridland.

The magician opens the door on the front to show that the box is empty. When required, the magician opens the top of the box and produces various items from it.

The Davenport advertisement (illustrated) said that ‘At present a sensation in the current programmes of the “GREAT CARMO” and DANTE. World Famous Magicians.’ The magician shows the empty barrel and covers each end with tissue paper. An ordinary metal tap is then placed in the centre of the paper, where it remains, and on turning on the tap the magician is able to pour out wine which can be dstributed amongst the audience. Davenports would have purchased these barrels wholesale from Germany.

Kalanag made a feature of this trick in his performances. Each time he picked up the jug during his show, he would pour more water from it, despite the fact that he had previously emptied it. The jug came into the Davenport Collection following ownership by several notable magicians and collectors, of whom we have details.