The whole programme consisted of ‘How’s Tricks’ with The Great Levante and Company.
The image is signed by Levante with the date 1954. This souvenir most likely originated from Cambridge magician Claude Perry, who went to see Levante at the New Theatre, Cambridge on week commencing Monday, 22 November 1954.
According to page 193 of Kent Blackmore’s book on Levante, at the time of Levante’s tour of New Zealand in 1964, Levante’s wife Gladys took on a new stage name, becoming ‘Harlequin, the Lady of Shadows’.
What was Lewis like as a person? John Davenport paints a picture of his grandfather.
This was a show from the British Ring No. 25 of The International Brotherhood of Magicians. The bill includes Maskelyne’s Mysteries presented by The Davenports.
This is a three sheet poster advertising Levante’s third world tour.
In a 1939 Davenports ‘Demon Telegraph’ this was advertised as the Great Canary Vanish, as featured by the Great Levante at all the leading music halls. There is a Davenport demon seal on the top of the caddy.
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.