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Lewis Davenport

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Lewis Davenport (1883-1961) was a British performer and inventor.

Lewis Davenport
BornDecember 26, 1883
London, England
DiedMay 14, 1961 (age 77)

He established Davenports & Co. in 1898, now one of the oldest family run magic business in the world. As a performer his specialty was the lightning-fast manipulation of solid billiard balls and quick changes.

Davenport was a natural entrepreneur who started the company as a mail-order operation, writing out instructions by hand. He got a printing press around 1905 by putting an ad in the paper saying he was willing to swap a printing press for magic tricks.

He created a very popular version of the Mutilated Parasol.[1]