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1938

Fresh Fish by Arnold Furst

Fresh Fish by Arnold Furst

This is an amusing way of performing the torn and restored strip of paper. One by one a word is torn off the sign, accompanied by engaging patter, but in the end the sign is restored to FRESH FISH SOLD HERE TODAY. The trick included extra papers so that it could be performed multiple times. Complete with Davenport instructions.

1938 Malvern Magic Convention Newsreel

1938 Malvern Magic Convention Newsreel

The International Brotherhood of Magicians British Ring held their 8th Annual Convention at Malvern in 1938. This Gaumont British News film was aimed at the cinema-going public. It features an upside-down strait jacket escape by Les Levante and an underwater escape by his daughter Esmé. It uses a breathless tone to capture the excitement of these and other magical happenings. Gus and George Davenport briefly turn up from time to time, most noticeably at the end having fun with the production of two giant bunches of flowers using a double Botania, no doubt on loan from the Davenport stand at the convention.

A Perfumed Problem

A Perfumed Problem

This is apparently a demonstration of auto-suggestion. The performer persuades members of the audience that they can smell the perfume of their named chosen flower on a handkerchief. Full details may be read in the illustrated advertisement from the Demon Telegraph of April-May-June 1938. Davenports announced that they have obtained exclusive rights for their customers from the inventor of the idea, Henri Plantet.

Film of Esmé Levante’s underwater escape, Malvern, 1938

Film of Esmé Levante’s underwater escape, Malvern, 1938

The International Brotherhood of Magicians British Ring held their 8th Annual Convention at Malvern in 1938. On Friday 24 June the Davenport family took a 16mm colour film of Esmé Levante escaping from bonds underwater. This stunt was arranged to provide publicity for the convention’s public magic show.