The magician makes a fire in the pan. When the lid is removed a bird has appeared inside. The dove pan is stamped DEMON. Although sold by Davenports, the dove pans were made by Burtini, a UK magic dealer well known for manufacturing top quality metal work. Davenports later bought Burtini’s business.
A signed letter dated 21 July 1984 from Ronald Nesbitt, son of The Great Nesbitt, authenticates that this item sold to Messrs. L. Davenport & Co. was formally the property of the late Chung Ling Soo. It was purchased by The Great Nesbitt in July 1919.
This brass and mahogany trunk is of the type used by the Maskelynes in the sketch Will, the Witch and the Watchman. The Davenport family bought the assets of the Maskelyne business in the 1930s. This trunk was found in a canvas cover labelled Clive Maskelyne, South Africa. Clive did indeed tour South Africa, so this is probably the trunk he used. It certainly shows signs of wear and tear.
Box containing some of De Biere’s props. The box was found in a Davenport store and has ‘Arnold De Biere’ written on it in Gus Davenport’s writing, as well as ‘De Biere’ in what looks as though it could be Lewis Davenport’s writing in blue crayon. The box contained a number of items, not all of which are shown on this open access website because they would reveal magic secrets. Search under Arnold De Biere in People to find what is listed on this website.
The magician starts a record on the wind up gramophone resting on the top of this table. A cloth is thrown over the gramophone which is carried forward and it vanishes into the air. This is a dealer item, believed to be manufactured by Bartl in Germany. Cecil Lyle invented the effect of the vanishing gramophone and featured it in his act for many years. This example is not a copy of Cecil Lyle’s gramophone.