As it says on the envelope, the pin jointed cardboard figure ‘can be made to dance on the floor, table or chair at your command’. British made, with original envelope. This item is similar to N1408, but for the fact that the envelope is made from thick card and there is a reference, possibly a patent number, in the bottom right-hand corner of the envelope.

Copyright 1995 by Redstone Press, London. The description on the back of the box reads: ‘Here is an enchanting box of surprises, drawn from the fascinating and hyperbolical history of magic and conjuring. Open the box to discover an astounding compendium of rare graphics and picture cards, amazing tricks and illusions, jugglings and jokes.’ That description is about right. Compiled by Daniel Stashower.

The magician takes a blank piece of paper and by turning the handle rolls it through the mangle. To the surprise of the audience it comes out from the other side of the mangle as a real banknote. In the period of this item the bank note would be a £1 note.

There is a removeable plug in the top of the red block. The magician removes this and places inside a small object, such as a ring, which a spectator provides. The blocks are stacked up with the red one on the bottom. The stack is then covered with the blue tube. The first surprise is that, when the tube is removed, the red block has climbed to the middle. The magician highlights this by showing all blocks separately. The blocks are reassembled, still with the red block in the centre, and the blue tube placed over the stack. When the tube is lifted the red block is now seen to be at the top. The plug at the top of the block is removed and the borrowed object shown, so proving that the block is the same one that started at the bottom of the stack. Complete with instructions.

The six clocks have been designed so that they may be produced from a small space, such as a gentleman’s hat. Note that each clock face has on it a Davenport Demon head close to the 6 o’clock hour.

This trick was a gift from friend and magician Tony Middleton in 2015. Tony said that he saw Peter Killworth do this trick at a Cambridge Pentacle Club evening. Tony asked him where it came from and Peter said he had built it. Peter agreed to make one for Tony, and this is it. The magician has one of a number of cards selected and then lays them down on the table. The wrist strap can be put on the helper, or could be worn by the magician who is holding the helper’s hand. When the hand passes over the chosen card, the meter goes off screen.

Davenports advertised the Victory Stand as an effective way of introducing the lit bulbs at the start of the trick. The bulbs are taken one at a time by the magician and apparently swallowed. They are then reproduced from the mouth lit up on a length of thin wire. The advertisement in the ‘Demon Telegraph’ (see illustrations) says that the stand is made to order and implies that it is marked DEMON. This stand is not so marked, so possibly it is from another source. The stand was a gift from Peter Lane.

The “Electro” trick was invented by “Cyro” and written up in the 1941 book ‘Studies in Mystery’ by Eric C Lewis. A Davenports advertisement for this book is also illustrated here.

This is a Supreme Magic production which has humour and a surprise finish. The idea is that you have a small invisible leprechaun in a box which follows the movements of the magician, and manages to do a rope trick. The surprise is that Lenny actually appears at the end of the trick. Apparently the trick was first devised in Ireland. It was shown by Billy McComb at one of the meetings of the Ulster Society of Magicians during the 1940s. This is the revived version from which Billy McComb derived great entertainment value. Complete with instructions.

This is a version of the old ‘pea house’ trick. The magician shows a small green ‘house’ and a dried pea. The pea is dropped in a hole in the house. When the magician turns the house over, the pea doesn’t drop out. The instructions have an amusing patter line in which the ‘gentleman’ pea will only come out of the house to meet a ‘lady’ pea.

This is a version of the old ‘pea house’ trick. The close-up magician shows a small metal bottle and a ball bearing. The ball bearing is dropped in a hole in the bottle. When the magician turns the bottle over, the ball bearing doesn’t drop out. However, whenever a spectator tries this, the ball bearing falls out. Complete with instructions.