The Davenport family used the name Maskelyne’s Mysteries for their range of magic sets following their purchase of the Maskelyne’s business assets in 1935. In the 1950s Gus Davenport supplied BR Robin with magic sets which were advertised to the wholesale market. See the advertisement illustrated. The red paper on this box was typically used for the Robin’s boxes. Later these boxes were sold by Robin’s, a partnership between Gus Davenport and Maureen Robin.
This is an upmarket red padded box with silver print, full of good quality close-up items. When Davenports put this out in the 1930s, close-up tricks were called pocket tricks. It is a rare example of a collection of magic tricks for adults rather than children.
The concept for this box is novel, but perhaps not practical because the coins tend to slide out of their locations when the cardboard coin is held vertically. Davenports put this on the market in the 1930s and advertised it in their catalogues for four shillings – see illustration.
This double layer magic set was produced in the 1930s by Ernest Sewell who ran The London Magical Co.
The tricks inside this book are already stamped out of the cardboard pages so that they can be easily pushed out and assembled. Designed by Raphael Tuck & Sons Ltd, London. 1930s.
Davenports put this magic set on the market in the 1910s. The box label is dated 1914. The initials LD for L. Davenport are on the label in the bottom right corner.
Davenports put The British Box of Tricks on the market in the 1910s. It was one of a series. The box label is dated 1914.
Goldston advertised magic sets with this label during the 1920s. They were sold at different values depending on the contents. The illustrated advertisement is from the programme for a charity matinee at the Finsbury Park Empire organised by Will Goldston on 19 March 1920. A later advertisement, from 1927, advertised seven boxes in this range from 5/- to 105/- post paid.
Wittus Witt produced this in 2011. The magic set consists of 12 cards with images on one side and tricks on the other. Davenports were pleased to give Wittus Witt permission to make use of the Maskelyne’s Mysteries image.
This was a free gift received at the 5th European Magic History Conference, Hamburg 2013. Provided by Hanky Panky It’s Magic, it was originally produced for the 25th FISM in Blackpool, 2012. Made by Hanky Panky Toys (Thailand) Co Ltd.