This is complete with the five silks. This was a dealer item from Harry Leat aimed at a children’s audience. The effect is that the magician produces from a sheet of paper an illustrated silk handkerchief showing Humpty Dumpty. As the silk is returned to the paper, another one is produced, this time showing Humpty Dumpty sitting on the wall. In all, five silks tell the story of the nursery rhyme. At the end of the trick a 3D Humpty Dumpty is produced from the paper and all the silk handkerchiefs have vanished.

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.

This was probably manufactured as an ornament for matches or cigarettes combined with an ashtray. In practice it makes a great holder for a pack of cards for the rising card trick.

Magicians can use this tray for a number of magical effects, for example finding a silk handkerchief inside a glass of wine. Purchased by John and Anne Davenport from Harry Carson in 1988.

This top hat enables the magician to produce a huge spring snake. One photograph shows the top hat and the metal tin in which the snake is stored prior to performance.

Davenports definitely sold this trick – see the advertisement illustrated. Although there is no marking on this item it is believed to be the Davenport trick. Item Ref. no. N171 is the same trick, although the label on the box is different.