Luckily, the Davenport family is not prone to throwing things away. This allows John Davenport to share something of their attendance at the 19-21 September 1936 Munich Convention. Lewis, Wynne and Gus Davenport travelled to Munich for their first German Magic Circle Convention (Magischer Zirkel Deutschland). It was a good opportunity to meet many continental magic dealers and magicians. John Davenport’s article reproduces letters, photographs and other ephemera from the occasion. In addition to downloading a PDF of the article, you might also wish to view the film taken by the family, which may be found here.
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The February 2019 issue included:
– Intermittently on the halls, a talk by Anne Goulden about Lewis Davenport.
– The first of 80 British Ring conventions, Cheltenham 1931, a talk by Roy Field.
– Noms de Theatre – stage names for magicians, a talk by Paul Freeman.
– a Gustav Fasola poster.
– Frederick Culpitt’s Doll’s House.
– Oswald Williams’ Noah’s Ark illusion.
– Production of a Ford car.
– The Friendship Clock – a gift from Punx to Lewis Davenport.
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This clock has an incredible story. The German magician Punx (Ludwig Hanemann) became a good friend of Lewis Davenport before World War II. During the war Punx found himself in a prisoner of war camp in Wales. Lewis Davenport showed great kindness by sending him cigarettes and magic tricks. To repay this kindness, Punx arranged for this clock to be made and sent to the Davenport family. The clock is covered in pictures familiar to magicians, with a Davenport Demon trademark on the pendulum and the emblem of the German Magic Circle on the weight. The full story is told by Punx in his own words in his book ‘Farewell Performance’.