Introduced in 1920 to assist placement of gum-elastic bougies for insufflation anaesthesia. Used to guide tracheal tubes into the larynx, or nasogastric tubes into the oesophagus under direct vision. Also used to place pharyngeal packs or to remove foreign bodies. The Magill design enables the user to use the laryngoscope with their left hand while holding the forceps in their right. The angle in the forceps enables them to be used with the handles out of the direct line of sight.