This was a show from the British Ring No. 25 of The International Brotherhood of Magicians. The bill includes Maskelyne’s Mysteries presented by The Davenports.
The bill includes the original Maskelyne’s Mysteries presented by The Davenports. The show was put on by the International Brotherhood of Magicians British Ring.
This Stoll Herald, Vol. 16, No. 35, advertises the show starting the week of 2 September 1935. It includes a quarter page on Jasper Maskelyne.
This is used for a word prediction making use of a pack of cards. The instructions are stamped by the supplier: Charles C Eastman, PO Box 245, Haverhill, Mass., USA. The book includes the words Copyrighted 1935 by Chas. C. Eastman.
This badge from the collection was probably that of a Davenport family member. We have two examples.
Davenports put this out under the Maskelyne’s Mysteries banner. Note LD & Co. is mentioned on the front. Inside is a large sheet of paper containing full size diagrams and instructions to make up this apparatus trick. The illustrated advertisement from 1935 explains what the audience see.
When Lewis Davenport’s Mickey Mouse automaton (Ref. no. N834) was renovated by Harry Carson he used the illustration of Mickey’s cloths as a model. On the reverse side of the page are drawings by the well known American illustrator James Swinnerton, unrelated to magic.
This is the agreement whereby Lewis Davenport bought the assets of Maskelyne’s Limited from the receiver, John Dowding Brown. Brown was acting on behalf of the debenture holders. One of the assets was the right to use the name ‘Maskelyne’s Mysteries’. Davenports made good use of this name, not least for their range of magic sets. The purchase price was £300, a considerable sum at the time.