An electrically operated display consisting of a clown’s head balancing a revolving shape on its nose. The clown has been renovated during its life and a new motor fitted by Tony Middleton in Cambridge. The original colour scheme of the clown is not known.
A member of the audience chooses a card from the pack and then places it back. The magician throws the pack up into the air and stabs the cards with the sword. The chosen card is seen impaled on the end of the sword. Cambridge magician and friend Tony Middleton gave this to John Davenport in 2015.
This was once on display in Davenport’s retail shop. The demon on the unicycle rides up and down on the wire, as a result of one end of the wire slowly moving up and down driven by an electric motor. It was renovated by engineer and magician Tony Middleton of Cambridge with help from John Davenport in 2014/2015. Tony Middleton is on the right of the photograph and Roy Davenport on the left.
When a penny is placed in the slot, the rope rises up in the air and a small boy climbs up the rope, before vanishing at the top. It operates on the principle of Pepper’s Ghost. This machine, part of the Davenport Collection, was in extremely poor condition. It was renovated by engineer and magician Tony Middleton of Cambridge, with help from John Davenport and other friends in 2015. The body of the cabinet has a label saying Samson Novelty Co Ltd, London. They were manufacturers of coin operated machines. Tony Middleton is on the right of the photograph and Roy Davenport on the left.
This automaton in the Davenport Collection was in very poor condition and Tony Middleton repaired it in 2016. The automaton does not, and according to Betty Davenport never did, make a laughing noise. Nevertheless, when switched on, the sailor rocks from side to side as though something very funny has got to him. Davenports used to hire out this sailor to TV and theatre companies. In the photograph Roy Davenport is on the left and Tony Middleton on the right.
Cambridge magician Tony Middleton constructed this bullet belt as part of a magic routine he developed using the vanishing handkerchief gun (Ref. no. N1279), linking it to a comedy bullet catching trick with a spectator. Tony Middleton gave this to John Davenport in 2015.
An audience member chooses a card which is placed back in the pack. The magician spreads the pack out on the tray, above which is clipped a balloon within the two metal hoops. On the command of the magician the balloon bursts and the chosen card appears in its place. This was a gift from Cambridge magician and friend Tony Middleton in 2015.
A handkerchief hung over the end of the gun instantaneously vanishes. Cambridge magician and engineer Tony Middleton renovated this old item and used it with success in a comedy magic routine he put together. He subsequently gave it to John Davenport in 2015.
The Davenport Collection contained an electrically operated window figure in poor condition. The figure was of a man which nodded its head and moved its arms up and down. In 2014-2015 Cambridge magician and engineer Tony Middleton converted the figure so that it produced a rabbit out of a hat each time it nodded its head and raised its arms. One of the photographs shows Tony Middleton with the part-finished automaton.
This was a gift from good friend Tony Middleton to Anne Davenport on 29 Oct 2013. The figure is by Jenny Kelm from Kastlekelm Miniatures.