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1969

‘The New Penny Express’ by Ali Bongo

‘The New Penny Express’ by Ali Bongo

The apparatus includes two coloured handkerchiefs with rings on the corners. By placing the rings of the red handkerchief over the red rod, the handkerchief becomes a bag which is given to one volunteer to hold on the end of the rod. Another volunteer holds the yellow rod with the yellow bag on the other side of the stage. The plot is simple: six coins are placed in each bag and magically three transfer from one bag to the other. These words do not do justice to the entertainment value that can be derived by a skilled children’s entertainer. Sold by Ken Brooke’s Magic Place. Complete with instructions which are full of bits of business.

The ‘L’ Game by Edward de Bono

The ‘L’ Game by Edward de Bono

This game was designed by de Bono, best known for his work on Lateral Thinking. Variants of this game can also be played, as described in the instructions. Made by Double Games, London.

Ellisdons catalogue, 1969

Ellisdons catalogue, 1969

60 pages crammed full with jokes, novelties, puzzles, magic and gifts. At one time Ellisdons had a large retail shop in Holborn, London. By 1969 they had become fully mail order, operating from Bedford in England.