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Wanted: A Davenport Demon Wonder Box

Postby Richard Kaufman » February 3rd, 2019, 3:20 pm

Friends, I am looking to purchase a Davenport's Demon Wonder Box in very good to mint condition. Please email me at moobooks@verizon.net if you have one to sell. Thanks.
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Re: Wanted: A Davenport Demon Wonder Box

Postby Q. Kumber » February 3rd, 2019, 5:55 pm

If you will be at Blackpool, then check with the used magic dealers there. Adrian Harris, Brian Berry and Mel Harvey come to mind.

I was at a Magic Car Boot sale today and someone had for sale in what appeared to be copper. It had the Demon head.

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Re: Wanted: A Davenport Demon Wonder Box

Postby Leonard Hevia » February 3rd, 2019, 6:16 pm

Yes--Jonathan Neal Brown is a very talented and skilled magician.

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Re: Wanted: A Davenport Demon Wonder Box

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Re: Wanted: A Davenport Demon Wonder Box

Postby Richard Kaufman » February 3rd, 2019, 8:04 pm

Thanks, Quentin, but I won't be at Blackpool.

Leo, that one doesn't close properly (as noted).
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Re: Wanted: A Davenport Demon Wonder Box

Postby Leonard Hevia » February 3rd, 2019, 8:25 pm

Richard Kaufman wrote:Thanks, Quentin, but I won't be at Blackpool.

Leo, that one doesn't close properly (as noted).


All right--what about this one?

https://foliniandsons.ecrater.com/p/754 ... ed-vintage

Or this one from Fantasma Magic in NY:

https://fantasmamagic.com/products/demo ... 3370715251

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Re: Wanted: A Davenport Demon Wonder Box

Postby Richard Kaufman » February 3rd, 2019, 9:43 pm

The top one is an old eBay sale that is long over.
The one from Fantasma is made in India, I believe, and is not the original size.
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Re: Wanted: A Davenport Demon Wonder Box

Postby Leonard Hevia » February 3rd, 2019, 9:58 pm

Andy Greget in Arizona might have one. He stocks up on collectible old props. If not he might know somebody that has this.

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Postby Richard Kaufman » February 15th, 2019, 12:29 pm

Thank you.
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Re: Wanted: A Davenport Demon Wonder Box

Postby Bob Farmer » February 16th, 2019, 10:36 am

A friend of mine had one. It was sold to someone in Ottawa, possibly Roy Cottee. John Pert might know:

https://magicbyjohnpert.ca/

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Re: Wanted: A Davenport Demon Wonder Box

Postby Brad Jeffers » February 20th, 2019, 12:00 am

If you're going to be using your box, I suggest you get a copy of this ...
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Re: Wanted: A Davenport Demon Wonder Box

Postby Richard Kaufman » February 20th, 2019, 10:15 am

Have one, thanks.
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Re: Wanted: A Davenport Demon Wonder Box

Postby David Kaplan » February 20th, 2019, 11:10 am

Brad: Do you have any pointers on where to locate the Jonathan Neal manuscript? A Google search didn't turn up any results. Thanks -- David

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Re: Wanted: A Davenport Demon Wonder Box

Postby Leonard Hevia » February 20th, 2019, 12:04 pm

David Kaplan wrote:Brad: Do you have any pointers on where to locate the Jonathan Neal manuscript? A Google search didn't turn up any results. Thanks -- David


JNeal's contact: wonderbiz@earthlink.net

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Re: Wanted: A Davenport Demon Wonder Box

Postby Tom Gilbert » February 21st, 2019, 7:56 am

Didn't Steve Valentine lecture on this box at the Genii Convention?

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Re: Wanted: A Davenport Demon Wonder Box

Postby Bill Mullins » February 23rd, 2019, 8:58 pm

Jim Riser wrote:Richard, here is one: https://haversatewing.hibid.com/catalog ... 2/?cpage=2


It went for $82.

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Re: Wanted: A Davenport Demon Wonder Box

Postby jtosterloh » June 25th, 2019, 1:54 pm

Hi Richard,

Not sure if you were able to locate a Davenport Demon Wonder Box or not but I saw this Merv Taylor item on ebay:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Magic- ... Swd8hdERvu

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Re: Wanted: A Davenport Demon Wonder Box

Postby Richard Kaufman » June 26th, 2019, 11:17 am

Thanks. I have obtained two of the devices.
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Re: Wanted: A Davenport Demon Wonder Box

Postby JonathanNeal » July 7th, 2019, 7:58 pm

Just a word or two. I have never posted on the Genii Forum as I could never get my password to work. Richard was kind enough to get me squared away...so kudos to him.

Anyway, yes I do sell the a manuscript on this trick and it is entirely unrelated to whatever Steve Valentine has done. Steve has seen my version and agrees we are on separate paths with this. It is strange that two people both decide to take on this venerable classic after so many years of neglect, but in a world of over seven billion people, I guess anything can happen once in a while.

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Re: Wanted: A Davenport Demon Wonder Box

Postby Richard Kaufman » July 7th, 2019, 8:52 pm

Jonathan, do you sell your manuscript? How can people purchase it?
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Re: Wanted: A Davenport Demon Wonder Box

Postby Q. Kumber » July 8th, 2019, 5:29 am

Funny how all of a sudden The Demon Wonder Box has become popular with professionals. They do crop up with reasonable frequency at UK magic auctions and swap meets. Eric Sharp published a great routine for children which includes the extra load gimmick.

Any of Jonathan Neal's articles in GENNI are worth a year's subscription and a welcome respite from the close-up tricks. Likewise Steve Valentine's published works are exceptional in research, detail and professional thinking.

At a recent magic auction in Manchester I acquired a Supreme Master Silk Tube, which is really clever and works on a similar load gimmick to the Wonder Box. It last appeared in a Supreme 60's catalogue. Derek Lever, who has an encyclopaedic knowledge of used magic apparatus said he had only ever seen one of it.


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