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George Davenport

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George Davenport
BornGeorge Ryan
April 22, 1905
London, England
DiedJanuary 18, 1962 (age 56)
London, England
George Davenport (1905 - 1962), was the eldest son of Lewis Davenport. He entered the family business as a behind-the-counter demonstrator for L Davenport & Co. then became the manager.

He used the magic words "Gilly-Gilly" and, over time, more and more people referred to him as Gilly rather than George.[1]


  • The Davenport Story – Volume One: The Life and Times of a Magical Family, 1881-1939 by Fergus Roy [2]
  • The Davenport Story - Volume Two: The Lost Legends by Fergus Roy [3]


  2. Genii Magazine, Vol. 73, No. 3, March 2010, Books, REVIEWED BY JAMY IAN SWISS, page 78
  3. Genii Magazine, Vol. 73, No. 5, May 2010, Books, REVIEWED BY JAMY IAN SWISS, page 75