Magician Paula Baird, a good friend of the Davenport family, kept the cork from a bottle of sparkling wine which was part of her 69th birthday celebration. The cork now resides in the Davenport Collection. Her note kept with it reads: ‘Cork from bottle when I spent my 69th birthday with kids and Shirley. It was super. I even had a cake with one candle!! 27/5/87.’ At this time Paula lived in retirement in Norwich, England. For safe keeping, she had rolled up her note and tucked it into the wire around the cork.

‘The Stage’ is a must-buy for all those in the UK involved in theatre and show business. This issue includes a 9 page magic supplement. The supplement gives a good feel for the people and issues which were felt to be significant in magic at the time.