The magician shows a handkerchief which she tucks into her hand. The handkerchief vanishes and in its place is an egg. Once the possession of Cambridge magician Claude Perry.

The magician lights a candle and places it in an examined nickel plated tube. When opened, the candle has disappeared and a handkerchief is found in its place. Once the possession of Cambridge magician Claude Perry. A Davenport advertisement for the trick is also illustrated.

The magician scoops up a quantity of confetti from a box, filling the cup, and then allows it to trickle back into the box. He repeats this and then puts the lid on the cup. When the lid is removed the confetti has transformed into whatever the magician wishes, for example sweets or silk handkerchiefs. The design of the cup suggests that it was made by the British dealer Burtini. Once the possession of Cambridge magician Claude Perry.

The magician shows a stack of pennies which is covered with a nickel plated cover. When the cover is lifted, the pennies have vanished and there is a stack of shillings in their place. Once the possession of Cambridge magician Claude Perry. A Davenport advertisement for the trick is also illustrated.

The decorated lacquered tinplate canister is used by a magician to change one handkerchief for another. Late 19th or early 20th century. Once the possession of Cambridge magician Claude Perry.

As the magician shows a penknife it mysteriously changes colour. Once the possession of Cambridge magician Claude Perry. Davenports advertised this trick under the name ‘The Chameleon Pocket Knife’.

This brass apparatus has various uses. The magician can make a card appear, disappear or change. Once the possession of Cambridge magician Claude Perry.

This is a very elaborate box to achieve the effect. The magician shows a lily in the box and then closes the lid. When re-opened, the box contains a rose. The style resembles 19th century French manufacture. This once belonged to Stanley Thomas, who left it to Claude Perry, who left it to David Cridland, who gifted it to the Davenport Collection in 2009. At one time it was owned by Chris Van Bern who was trying to sell it. His letter is also illustrated here. There is no date on his letter, but at the time he was clearly short of money. He made the most unlikely claim that the ‘Beautiful box was made and invented by Robert Houdin’. He was asking £1 for it.

A single ribbon passed through the hand of the magician changes colour. This is a Demon Series trick in its original envelope including Davenport instructions.