The Davenport Collection
- a growing resource on magic and entertainment history

2023

Flowers in a pot pop-up card

Flowers in a pot pop-up card

This impressive pop-up card was a Christmas gift from Tim Rowett in 2023. Tim is an expert on toys and novelties and has a world class collection which he shares with people on the Grand Illusions YouTube channel. Inside the pot of the pop-up card is a simple but effective cardboard device that keeps the card fully open. The card comes in an envelope, also illustrated here, which has an unusual butterfly shaped closing device. The card is manufactured by www.origamo.com.

A Magic Castle by Stefan Lüpges

A Magic Castle by Stefan Lüpges

Stefan Lüpges makes these unique handcrafted pieces in Germany. His website explains that the individual conical parts are cut out of a simple piece of wood. He also makes them out of a tree fungus or a root. Since the individual parts are cut in a cone shape, they clamp together when you pull them upwards creating a castle. When the turrets are pushed down, they reassemble into a piece of wood. The individual pieces can be removed downwards, creating a magical 3D puzzle. This example was purchased at the Nuremberg Christmas Market in 2023, but they are available from Zauber Bergen www.Zauberbergen.de.

MW-Spezial 22: Edwin A. Dawes

MW-Spezial 22: Edwin A. Dawes

This MW-Spezial Nr. 22 – März 2023 is reproduced here with special thanks to our good friend Wittus Witt. The contents are in both German and English with some wonderful photographs. The article which includes Eddie’s autobiography, written on 5 November 2020, is not to be missed. Wittus Witt was a good friend of Eddie, and this Magische Welt Spezial was assembled by Wittus with love and care.

Davenport Collection website e-news #18, June 2023

Davenport Collection website e-news #18, June 2023

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E-newsletters like this one are sent out four times a year, highlighting recent additions to the website. If you’d like to be added to the mailing list, please contact the curator. The June 2023 issue included:
– Prof. Edwin A. Dawes by his sons Michael and Adrian Dawes.
– The metal snapper – was it an improvement?
– Pat Page and the Ju-Ju Stick.
– De Biere’s ALL IN ONE pamphlet, 1919.
– The Ju-Ju Stick by Frank Monaghan.
– Three different puzzles – one solution.
– Going back 150 years to the Egyptian Hall on Piccadilly.
– How to make a curator happy.

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Prof. Edwin A. Dawes – by his sons Michael and Adrian Dawes

Prof. Edwin A. Dawes – by his sons Michael and Adrian Dawes

Nobody has contributed more to researching and recording magic history than Eddie Dawes (1925-2023). Yet magic history was just one area in which he achieved so much. During the Service in Celebration of his Life, held on 3 April 2023, Michael and Adrian provided wonderful insights into their Dad. The Davenport family is extremely grateful that they have agreed to have their talks recorded here.

A Dabbit – a chocolate ambiguous figure

A Dabbit – a chocolate ambiguous figure

In 2023 the UK supermarket chain Waitrose was selling this duck/rabbit ambiguous figure made in chocolate. The packaging will remain in the Davenport Collection for a long time, but the curator is happy to say that this will not be the case for the chocolate.

Davenport Collection website e-news #17, March 2023

Davenport Collection website e-news #17, March 2023

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E-newsletters like this one are sent out four times a year, highlighting recent additions to the website. If you’d like to be added to the mailing list, please contact the curator.

The March 2023 issue included:
– De Biere, The Sculptor’s Vision postcard.
– George Cooke of Maskelyne and Cooke.
– The Pea House Plot.
– A new theatre of magic for London?
– The Ju-Ju Stick by Frank Monaghan.
– Demon Wonder Wands.

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