The decanter is part of a trick where the magician places two different coloured handkerchiefs in the decanter. The audience chooses one colour and that handkerchief instantaneously vanishes. Probably supplied by the German dealer Conradi Horster.
The collection contains cine film taken by the family, much of it from the 1930s. The film has been transferred to tape, and more recently converted to an electronic form, in order to preserve the images. During this process some of the more interesting frames have been printed out as photographs. The magician on the top sheet of photographs shown here is Gus Davenport performing in Berlin in 1937. The face of Ottokar Fischer can be seen in one of the photographs lower down in the pile.