John Ramsay was well known for first class close up magic. He lived in Ayr in Scotland. His tricks included items like coins and thimbles. Thimbles like these were used by him as advertising giveaways. The words on the thimbles are: JOHN RAMSAY. CONJURING ENTERTAINER. AYR.

The effect is the magical production of a huge display of flags. Davenports sold this trick in the 1930s based on the method used by Stanley Collins. A Davenport advertisement includes: ‘In producing this wonderful effect, we have discarded the old iron flag sprays that we had on the market many years ago and now introduce our special Demon featherweight aluminium flag sprays. Beautifully made. None genuine without the Demon Trade mark.’ It is known that Jon Martin, the famous magical mechanic, produced some aluminium flag sprays for Davenports. There are three sprays of flags which fit together to produce the overall effect, the largest spray being at the bottom. The illustration is from a Davenports catalogue.

The magician shows six coloured balls and one colour is selected by a member of the audience. The magician places the six balls on the tray as well as a small glass which then has a larger glass inverted on top of it. Everything is then covered with a cloth. The magician reminds the audience what has happened and then, on removing the cloth from the tray, shows that the ball of the chosen colour has mysteriously appeared within the small glass, despite the larger glass still being upside down on top of it. This is a well made completely baffling trick.

The magician places a small glass on the tray and then covers it with a larger upturned glass tumbler. The tray is then covered with a cloth. The magician picks up a coin and apparently throws it around the room, and all of a sudden the audience hears it land in the glass. This is repeated with three more coins. When the cloth is removed from the tray the audience can see that the coins have really landed in the small glass, despite it still being covered by the large glass. Davenports sold this trick which was very well made by Jack Hughes. The Jack Hughes instructions are also in the collection.

The magician shows a box, opens it and takes out the box inside. To the amazement of the audience, the magician opens up what was the inner box, and promptly places inside it the box which started out on the outside. The trick can be repeated to return the boxes to their original positions. Invented by Lubor Fiedler.

The magician fills a chest full of rice, covers it with a cloth and then balances it on the end of the long pole. At the right moment the magician flips the pole into the air and the cloth falls to the ground – the chest full of rice has vanished. This is a U.F. Grant Creation supplied by Davenports. The instructions are also in the collection.

Davenports named their glove monkey ‘Jacko’ and sold it over many years. With skilful handling Jacko could be brought to life and accomplish miracles. It is likely that Jacko took several forms over the years, depending on supplies. Here are two examples. One appears to be a sample because it has a label around its neck: 45715 JAPAN. The other has a label on the back of its head saying FOREIGN.

The magician shows two sticks which have a piece of cord passing through their ends. This is proved by the magician pulling the cord backwards and forwards. Despite the cord being cut by the magician, the cord is still pulled backwards and forwards, apparently restored. The wise ones in the audience believe the cord actually travels down one stick and up the other one. They are amazed when the magician moves the sticks apart and then pulls the cord down on one stick, only to see the cord on the stick in his other hand move up exactly as if the cord was still joined. The effect is magical and amusing. The sticks look like those made by Burtini, from whom Davenports purchased apparatus. A Davenport advertisement for the trick is also illustrated.