What is it?

Why, it’s a playing card holder used to do magic tricks, of course!

It was used by Albert Walker (1836-1902) of Glastonbury, who was a farmer, craftsman – and magician! Walker also performed puppet and ventriloquist shows, and made his own equipment, including the puppets, magic wands, metal and cardboard cups for ‘disappearing ball’ tricks and others. You can learn more about our collection of his stuff, including some diaries, here.

He also, as you can see, maintained a magnificent beard.

Interested in learning how to do some magic tricks? Come to our Family Adventure Day: Magical Museums on August 20 and 22.


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