This was presented to John Davenport in 1994 by Cambridge magician Claude Perry. Claude told John that John Gambling used to have these special pieces of paper made up by Cambridge printers Foister & Jagg. The paper could be used to vanish a handkerchief. They pre-date the Tarbell Cone.

The magician fills a chest full of rice, covers it with a cloth and then balances it on the end of the long pole. At the right moment the magician flips the pole into the air and the cloth falls to the ground – the chest full of rice has vanished. This is a U.F. Grant Creation supplied by Davenports. The instructions are also in the collection.

A member of the audience places a marked coin in the plug box, from which it vanishes. The coin can then be found in any desired place. Once the possession of Cambridge magician Claude Perry.

The magician puts a coin into one of the divisions, and shuts all four doors. Opening one door the coin has vanished, opening the other door it is still not to be found, although by tipping the box it can be heard. Finally, opening all four doors, the box is found to be empty. Once the possession of Cambridge magician Claude Perry. A Davenport advertisement for the trick is also illustrated.

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 glass is used by the magician to vanish or produce a handkerchief. Once the possession of Cambridge magician Claude Perry.

A penny is borrowed and ‘magnetized’. The magician then causes the coin to vanish and reappear in most mysterious ways. Davenports sold the trick in an envelope complete with instructions. An early Davenports advertisement is also illustrated. The collection contains another magnetized coin, this time a French coin dated 1946.

The bag is shown quite empty, yet an egg placed inside vanishes or appears at the will of the magician. The trick comes with Davenport instructions. Two Davenport advertisements are also illustrated.

The performer shows a single red ball which magically multiplies into two more. These two balls then vanish one at a time leaving just the first ball. The trick comes with Davenport instructions. It was probably made by a German manufacturer because enclosed were also instructions in three languages, the first being in German: ‘Nr. 3169. Die sich vermehrenden Billiardbälle. [The Multiplying Billiard Balls.]’

This is an intricately carved and painted sarcophagus with an Egyptian mummy inside. There is no clue as to the maker and no instructions. However, the routine would probably involve the levitation of the mummy followed by its vanish.