Hymack was a successful quick change artist who used many surprising effects in his act. One was this umbrella which instantaneously expands to a long length. The umbrella was renovated and recovered in 1985 by Harry Carson and his wife Jean. The photograph (credit David Woolliscroft) shows Harry in his workshop with Anne Davenport, with a barely visible John Davenport behind. The composite photograph compares the umbrella in the fully contracted and fully expanded states. A piece of A4 paper acts as a size marker.

Hymack was a successful quick change artist who used many surprising effects in his act. When he retired in the 1920s Lewis Davenport bought at least some of his effects. One item included in the sale was this hat on which the colour of the hat band could instantaneously change from black, through green, to red. The mechanism is complex and was restored by Harry Carson in 1984/5. He wrote up the challenges in an amusing and informative article in ‘The Magic Circular’ of October 1985.

Hymack was a quick change artist. The collection contains music for four of his sketches: “Missitt Junction”, “Bogey Villa”, “A Manikin’s Dream” and “Rehearsing the Third Act”. Only some of the music is illustrated. Some of the music has handwritten notes of theatres and dates. Davenports bought the Hymack acts in the 1920s following Hymack’s retirement.