This well produced book contains a peep show of Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation as well as an interesting and detailed account of what happens during the ceremony. Published by the Hulton Press, London in 1953. This recent addition to the collection was a generous gift from Peter Lane.
Davenports advertised the Victory Stand as an effective way of introducing the lit bulbs at the start of the trick. The bulbs are taken one at a time by the magician and apparently swallowed. They are then reproduced from the mouth lit up on a length of thin wire. The advertisement in the ‘Demon Telegraph’ (see illustrations) says that the stand is made to order and implies that it is marked DEMON. This stand is not so marked, so possibly it is from another source. The stand was a gift from Peter Lane.
The “Electro” trick was invented by “Cyro” and written up in the 1941 book ‘Studies in Mystery’ by Eric C Lewis. A Davenports advertisement for this book is also illustrated here.
This article is on page 194 of the 22 February issue. It focuses on the sketch ‘The Gnome’s Grot’ and a summary of the life of Miss Cassie Bruce who plays a character in the sketch. The article refers to an illustration on page 195 which is also reproduced here, courtesy of the Peter Lane Collection.
Peter’s talk traces the development of magicians’ programmes from the 19th century into the 20th century. He illustrates this with a wide range of Maskelyne programmes, as well as those of numerous other performers, from Signor Blitz to Carmo – around 50 programmes in all. On the way Peter highlights intriguing facts that can be discovered about the performers by careful study of the programmes.
In 1982 John and Anne had seven glasses engraved with a demon’s head, based on one of the Davenport demon trademarks. They were to give to people who had been particularly helpful with our researches into the story of the Davenport family. We kept one glass and the others went to Harry Carson, Frank Lane, Peter Lane, Billy McComb, Richard Stupple and Peter Warlock. On the bottom of each glass is engraved ‘CJF Gould 82 Cambs’. CJF Gould was a glass engraver who lived in Fen Ditton near Cambridge.
The card is signed by Chung Ling Soo to Alfred Mayhew, Christmas 1914. The folded outer card has inside it a piece of paper that is kept in place with a red, white and blue cord. The greeting is written on this piece of paper. We are grateful to Peter Lane for pointing out that Alfred Mayhew was the brother of Percy Mayhew. Percy was Chung Ling Soo’s Number 2 assistant circa 1912-1916. Alfred joined the Chung Ling Soo show as an assistant around 1913-1914.