The bill includes Jasper Maskelyne. The programme has the bill spread over a number of pages, interspersed by advertisements. One of the images is a compilation which shows all the acts with their billing, as it is shown in the programme.
Gus Davenport fell ill in 1937 and family friends Bill Stickland and his wife Poppy Gwen sent him a cheerful self-recorded message to wish him well. Side 1: recorded by the Wessex Wizard, Bill Stickland. Side 2: recorded by Poppy Gwyn. Side 2 has bubbled and is now unplayable. Fortunately, before this bubbling occurred, both sides were transcribed onto a cassette tape and then into an MP3 file, so the Davenport Collection also has an electronic file of the content.
The record includes Gus Davenport conveying greetings from magicians in England. This record is made of very flexible plastic. It plays from the centre outwards, unlike most records. The date on the record is 21 May 1937. Greetings from France and The Netherlands are also on the record. The Davenport Collection also has an electronic file of the content.
This congress was attended by Lewis, Wynne and Gus Davenport. These three badges from the family collection are in their names. The congress was organised by the Magischer Zirkel in Germany. It was at this congress that Gus Davenport won the ‘Táltos’ statuette Ref. no. N108.
Lewis Davenport often visited the Leipzig toy fair in Germany. This badge from the family collection would have been his own, or that of his wife Wynne. We have two examples of this.
Lewis Davenport often visited the Leipzig toy fair in Germany. This badge from the family collection would have been his own, or that of his wife Wynne.
This badge is in the name of Wyn. Davenport. This might be Wyn or Wynne Davenport.
The item on page 32 is headlined ‘King of Magic’s Command Show’. It describes a visit to the Putney Home for Incurables by members of The Magic Circle, at the invitation of David Devant. The article reported Devant’s view that ‘Conjuring has certainly not made the advance during the last twenty years that it should have done.’
Gus Davenport won this in a competition at the Magischer Zirkel Congress in Berlin in 1937. According to Wikipedia, a táltos is a figure in ancient Hungarian mythology similar to a shaman.