This was presented to John Davenport in 1994 by Cambridge magician Claude Perry. Claude told John that John Gambling used to have these special pieces of paper made up by Cambridge printers Foister & Jagg. The paper could be used to vanish a handkerchief. They pre-date the Tarbell Cone.

In this trick the magician makes a tambourine by trapping some tissue paper between the two rings. When the paper is broken, a huge production of paper streamers is made from it. John Gambling (1871-1954) was a well known magician in England and was also known for his ventriloquism. There is a label on one of the rings saying: ‘John Gambling’s rings used by him for 60 years’. The rings were passed to Claude Perry, for whom John acted as a mentor and friend for many years. Claude willed them to David Cridland, who gifted them to the Davenport Collection.

The magician places the glass upside down on the wooden base and then, magically, makes coins appear inside the glass. The method is primitive and it is not clear whether this was a one-off item or an example of a commercially available piece of apparatus. This item was once in the collection of Claude Perry, which makes it quite likely that it was previously owned by John Gambling, Claude’s mentor.

Cambridge magician John Gambling became friendly with the much younger magician Claude Perry. John acted as a mentor for Claude, who was always very grateful and gave John credit for introducing him to many people at the annual I.B.M. British Ring Conventions. John’s wand passed to Claude, and then to David Cridland who gifted the wand to the Davenport Collection. The wand has a glass jewel at each end and can be unscrewed and folded in half, as illustrated. A label on the wand says that it was probably made by Jules Danby who was a magician active in the early 20th century. In the collection is a copy of a letter from Claude stating that the wand was John Gambling’s.

As advertised by Davenports: The performer shows a large picture frame which is perfectly empty. Three cards are chosen from the pack and shuffled back into it. The pack of cards is then thrown at the frame and as they strike it the three chosen cards suddenly appear behind the glass. According to Claude Perry, this particular one used to belong to John Gambling, before Claude bought it. In 1992 Claude presented it to John Davenport.