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Peter Warlock

Film of magician Peter Warlock performing his Penetration Frame

Film of magician Peter Warlock performing his Penetration Frame

Peter Warlock (1904-1995) was a well-respected British magician with magic inventions and books to his name. He chose Davenports to market his Penetration Frame which became very popular as a ‘mini-illusion’. This clip, taken in Davenports studio, shows him performing his Penetration Frame followed by a ring on rope routine. During the ring on rope trick, at the end of the film clip, you can see a Davenport Demon Head trademark statuette on the table on the right-hand side. The film was probably taken around 1940 when Davenports traded from 39/41 New Oxford Street in London.

Davenport Collection website e-news #3, July 2019

Davenport Collection website e-news #3, July 2019

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The July 2019 issue included:
– Letters from The Front by Michael Colley.
– Ephemera other than posters and programmes.
– Wynne Davenport’s stage dresses.
– Peter Warlock paintings.
– A Maskelyne designed cash register.
– Novelties.

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Demon glass commissioned by John and Anne Davenport

Demon glass commissioned by John and Anne Davenport

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.

Lewis Davenport’s rising bottle trick

Lewis Davenport’s rising bottle trick

Based on a description by Peter Warlock, the effect is as follows: a bottle is taken and after a drink is poured from it to prove its genuineness, it is placed on a thin topped table and covered with a handkerchief. On top of the handkerchief is balanced an empty top hat. A wave of the performer’s hand and slowly and visibly the bottle penetrates the handkerchief and hat. The bottle is actually seen rising within the hat.

Peter Warlock painting – deltiology

Peter Warlock painting – deltiology

Originally commissioned by Richard Stupple, the painting was completed by Peter in 1985. A postcard of Richard Stupple is at the top. It just so happens that a postcard of Lewis Davenport is visible in the middle.

Peter Warlock painting – trompe l’oeil letter holder

Peter Warlock painting – trompe l’oeil letter holder

Painted on board by Peter Warlock in 1982. John and Anne Davenport asked Peter to paint this on the theme of items relating to the Davenport family and business. It includes ‘Enchanted Petals, a floral mystery’, an effect that Peter devised and which was marketed by Davenports. Peter’s signature can be seen in the bottom right hand corner on a Magic Circle card.