This is a version of the old ‘pea house’ trick. The magician shows a small green ‘house’ and a dried pea. The pea is dropped in a hole in the house. When the magician turns the house over, the pea doesn’t drop out. The instructions have an amusing patter line in which the ‘gentleman’ pea will only come out of the house to meet a ‘lady’ pea. A Davenport advertisement for this effect is also illustrated.
This is a well-made and well-decorated wooden children’s trick. It consists of two decorated stands with some cut-out faces of children. The theme of the trick is to illustrate the awful injuries that can happen if children do not follow road safety rules. All ends well, but the instructions do suggest that: ‘the harrowing details of the accidents and of injuries sustained, should be avoided to prevent giving the Effect too gruesome an atmosphere!’ The trick includes instructions and suggested rhyming patter.
The magician places a small glass on the tray and then covers it with a larger upturned glass tumbler. The tray is then covered with a cloth. The magician picks up a coin and apparently throws it around the room, and all of a sudden the audience hears it land in the glass. This is repeated with three more coins. When the cloth is removed from the tray the audience can see that the coins have really landed in the small glass, despite it still being covered by the large glass. Davenports sold this trick which was very well made by Jack Hughes. The Jack Hughes instructions are also in the collection.