The Davenport Collection
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1934

Halftone blocks corresponding to magicians’ photographs in ‘Will Goldston’s Who’s Who in Magic’

Halftone blocks corresponding to magicians’ photographs in ‘Will Goldston’s Who’s Who in Magic’

These 40 or so blocks look brand new and it is clear they have not been used to print anything. It seems they must be spare blocks, in case they were needed during the print-run of the book. The images shown here include the halftone blocks for Robert Harbin and Charles Bertram. There is also a PDF which lists all of the magicians included on these blocks and explains how the pages of illustrations were printed.

Town Hall, Leamington Spa. 30 June 1934

Town Hall, Leamington Spa. 30 June 1934

The poster advertises the Saturday night evening show of the IBM British Ring convention in 1934. According to the write-up of the show in ‘The Budget’ of July 1934, not all acts appeared. The act billed as Davenport and Company Magic of 1934 was George Davenport.

Demon Wonder Box – made of copper

Demon Wonder Box – made of copper

The box is shown empty and then a number of handkerchiefs are produced from it. This was a very popular trick first marketed by Davenports in 1934. The inside lid of the box is stamped with the Davenports demon head logo and the registered design number: 791997. Davenports purchased the UK rights from Janos Bartl in Germany, who invented the trick. Bartl sold the trick under the name ‘Silkwonder’. Davenports usually sold a nickel plated version (see Ref. no. N46) but as a result of shortages of metal following WW2 some were made out of copper.

Society of American Magicians Certificate of Membership for The Magicians’ Club. 1934

Society of American Magicians Certificate of Membership for The Magicians’ Club. 1934

This certificate, awarded in 1934, is rather unusual in that the descriptive text refers to a magician worthy of becoming a member, rather than a club such as The Magicians’ Club. I am grateful to Tom Ewing, the national historian for the S.A.M. for searching their records in 2020 to confirm the signatories names as W.H. McCaffrey (president) and Royal Vilas (secretary). Tom’s search did not reveal any other organisation that had been awarded membership of the S.A.M.

Nickel Plated Demon Wonder Box

Nickel Plated Demon Wonder Box

This nickel plated box is shown empty and then a number of handkerchiefs are produced from it. This was a very popular trick first marketed by Davenports in 1934. The inside lid of the box is stamped with the Davenports demon head logo and the registered design number: 791997. Davenports purchased the UK rights from Janos Bartl in Germany, who invented the trick. Bartl sold the trick under the name ‘Silkwonder’. The screws on the corners of this model have non-rounded heads. Some models – for example see N46 – have rounded screw heads. Note that the stamp inside the lid differs from that of N46.