This is an old trick, but the following description is copyright 1967 by the Inzani-Henley Magic Company Limited, London. A wooden ball vanishes from the performer’s pocket and appears inside a wooden vase. Now the procedure is reversed, but the ball refuses to vanish from the vase, so after a couple of unsuccessful attempts, the performer hits the ball with a wooden hammer and the ball vanishes instantly only to reappear back in the performer’s pocket.

The magician borrows four coins which are placed in a glass, which in turn is placed in a hat which is put on the bellhop’s head. On the command of the magician a coin emerges from the bellhop’s mouth and zig-zags down the buttons, landing in a dish between the bellhop’s legs. The four coins appear one after another and the magician then shows that the glass in the hat is now empty. The coins are then returned to their owners. Complete with instructions.

In this very clever trick a single match box multiplies into a stack of matchboxes. The stack of matchboxes then mysteriously penetrates through a plate. Complete with instructions.

The 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’. Davenports usually sold a nickel plated version (see Ref. no. N46) but as a result of shortages of metal following WW2 some were made out of copper.

When the magician opens up the programme to see which trick is next, a rabbit appears from within. The kids scream and the magician appears not to notice the rabbit before closing the programme again. The next time the magician opens the programme a different animal appears. The magician always has the choice of which of three animals appear. This is an excellent comedy item. This particular programme was used many times by John Davenport. The illustrated advertisement is from a mid 20th century Davenports catalogue.

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 1842.

We have one unwrapped and another identical one still wrapped in its original wrapping paper. As at 2012 we do not know the effect, nor who manufactured the canister. Perhaps the printing on the label will be useful to assist with identification of the manufacturer. In 2020 Philip Treece identified the lower roundel on the label as the one used by Carl Quehl, Nürnberg. So this item was presumably made by, or wholesaled through, Carl Quehl. At first sight this canister looks as though it is designed to transform a coin into a canary – a trick which has been around since the 19th century. However, the internal geometry of the canister is different to this trick, although it is likely that a canary was used for the trick in some way.