The magician is able to produce a coin on the end of the wand at any desired moment. For this particular wand, the coin is a half crown dated 1967. Harry Carson made this wand, using the wand Ref. no. N237 as a model. Harry’s daughter Sally gave it to John and Anne Davenport as a gift in 2004.

The collection has two Chocolate Box Illusions, both from Lyle. Lewis Davenport purchased one for use in his own stage show in the 1930s. The second one, a cream coloured box used by Lyle in his later years, was purchased by the Davenports from Cecil’s wife Lucille LaFarge, following his death. This is the box illustrated here. The effect is as follows. The box on a very thin platform is revolved to show all round it. The ribbon around the box is removed and the front doors opened to show that the box is quite empty inside.The box is then closed and when reopened it is seen to be full of giant-sized chocolates. The box is again closed and opened to reveal no chocolates but instead a lady inside the box.

This lamp was at the top of a post, supported in a metal base. The effect was as follows: a box of cigars is brought forward and Lewis selects a smoke. He then gives the box to his lady assistant, who holds it suspended by ribbons. He puffs the smoke at the cigar box, wherein he has just placed a dove. The box falls apart, the dove has gone, but reappears within the lamp which is on stage. The stage photograph shows an early version of the lamp. We believe that in the 1930s Lewis had this new lamp made, probably for an intended visit to the USA which, in the event, never happened. This would explain why the illustrated lamp shows very little wear and tear. For the cigar box see Ref. no. N828.

The magician takes a red ball from the vase and replaces the lid. The magician then vanishes the ball, which is found back in the vase.

The magician shows that the coffee pot, milk jug and sugar basin are empty. Then, using a little magic, the pot fills with coffee, the jug with milk and the basin with sugar. The hot drink can then be shared with the audience.

A nest of four bakelite boxes, the outer one of which is decorated with a Davenport demon head trademark. The magician vanishes a coin and then it is found in the inner of the four boxes.

As advertised by Davenports: The performer shows a large picture frame which is perfectly empty. Three cards are chosen from the pack and shuffled back into it. The pack of cards is then thrown at the frame and as they strike it the three chosen cards suddenly appear behind the glass. According to Claude Perry, this particular one used to belong to John Gambling, before Claude bought it. In 1992 Claude presented it to John Davenport.

This item has a purpose built wooden carrying case with Jasper Maskelyne’s name on the outside. We believe it was originally an Oswald Williams item. In 1988 the magician Eric Widger said he remembered seeing this presented in a Maskelyne show as follows: ‘Oswald Williams and Jasper Maskelyne were on stage, with Williams holding what looks like a flat tray. Maskelyne says: “If the King of Siam bought a motor car, what sort of motor car would the King of Siam buy, if he bought a motor car?” Williams replied: “It would depend on what he could afFORD.” At that moment Williams turns the tray over so that the audience see the words A FORD. While the audience laughs at this play on words, the flat tray instantaneously transforms to a 3D car to give a surprise finish.’ [At the time, the King of Siam was a well known rich person, hence the use of his name for this trick.]

Frederick Culpitt opened the doors of the doll’s house and removed some furniture, showing that the doll’s house was now empty. As Culpitt removed the chimney pot, the roof opened and a lady was found inside, his wife Jan Glenrose. The performance photograph is from a Maskelyne programme.

This nickel plated box is shown empty and then a number of handkerchiefs are produced from it. This was a very popular trick first marketed by Davenports in 1934. The inside lid of the box is stamped with the Davenports demon head logo and the registered design number: 791997. Davenports purchased the UK rights from Janos Bartl in Germany, who invented the trick. Bartl sold the trick under the name ‘Silkwonder’. The screws on the corners of this model have non-rounded heads. Some models – for example see N46 – have rounded screw heads. Note that the stamp inside the lid differs from that of N46.