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Exhibiting the largest collection of magic and allied Arts memorabilia in Europe, Davenport's Magic Kingdom is a time-travel tour through the history of British magical entertainment and the place of one unique family in that story.
Admission cost includes the 'Witches to Wonder' exhibition, a 30-minute live magic show, live Headless Lady sideshow and a visit to the re-creation of Davenport's 1915 shop with its very own magician demonstrating magic tricks from the period.
Hundreds of artefacts are on display, from a first edition of Discoverie of Witchcraft, written in 1584 and now recognized as the first published material on conjuring, to the full size reproduction of Harry Houdini's Chinese Water Torture Tank (built for the film Death Defying Acts starring Catherine Zeta Jones). There is even an opportunity to be 'levitated by Paul Daniels'.
Explore the story of the Davenport family, starting with Lewis, who performed many times at the Maskelyne's Home of Mystery, St. George's Hall, and founded Davenport's Magic 115 years ago.
Find Lewis Davenport's 1928 Rolls Royce Limousine parked outside the recreation of 15 New Oxford Street, Britain's most successful magic shop in the 1920s and 1930s. Meet our very own magician demonstrating magic tricks from the period behind the counter. The family still own a magic shop in London's West End.
The Davenport collections include ventriloquists' dolls, boxes of magic and tricks from the last 300 years, over 100 magic posters and prints, costumes and stage sets that belonged to the greatest magicians in the history of magic and much more.
The exhibition is recommended for ages 5 to 105. Whether you are a curious about this secretive profession or a devotee of magic, Davenport's Magic Kingdom will inform and amuse.
Visitors not wishing to view the exhibition can enjoy free access to Davenport's Souvenir and Magic shop. We stock a range for the novice or professional including magic, jokes, novelties, juggling equipment and Allied Arts equipment.
The 'Ace to Eat licensed café serves a range of wholesome refreshments and light lunches.
Wizards and Witches £10.00, Retired Sorcerers (60+) £9.00, Apprentice Conjurors (5-16) £7.00 and Magic Family (2+2) £31. Just waving a wand (under 5) free.
Pre booking is recommended and can be done online at www.davenportsmagickingdom.co.uk
Admission cost includes the 'Witches to Wonder' exhibition, a 30 minute live magic show, Headless Lady sideshow and the re-creation of Davenport's 1915 shop with its very own magician demonstrating magic tricks from the period.
- Gift shop
- On-site light refreshments
- Children welcome
- Disabled access