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Edward Bagshawe

“Optica” Card Illusion

“Optica” Card Illusion

Invented by Edward Bagshawe, this trick was sold by Davenports. The advertisement from Davenports illustrated here gives details. In summary, the cards may be shown to be all the same, or all different, or all with red backs, or all with blue backs. Complete with instructions copyright Edward Bagshawe, printed and published by L.D. & Co, London. Davenports purchased his business following his death in 1940.

Edward Bagshawe’s Invisible Tie Transit

Edward Bagshawe’s Invisible Tie Transit

The magician introduces a box wrapped up in paper and shows that it contains six different coloured ties. Separately, the magician shows a stiff collar. A spectator selects a coloured tie by choosing one of six cards. When the collar is displayed again, the selected colour is seen to be tied around it. Complete with instructions, although the apparatus does not fully match the description. It is likely that this item has survived in the collection because it was a faulty model which could not therefore be sold.