I’m getting ready to offer my Take Out Box to magicians. This is a Chinese style take out box that you can use to produce, vanish or change items. There’s a lot that goes into making thing for sale, and one of them is shipping. I made a batch in a slightly larger size but decided to go with the smaller size for the main marketed version. This was mostly due to packing/shipping concerns.
Here’s the Take Out Box in action:
I had 3d printed about a dozen gimmicks in the slightly larger size and instead of throwing them away, I’m offering them at a discount.
With the Take Out Box you’ll get a fully assembled box with 3d printed gimmick installed, a template to use when moving the gimmick to a new box, video instructions and two ungimmicked take out boxes.
These will be available through Hocus-Pocus.com and and here on my daily magic blog at www.magicshow.tips in a few weeks and will be $40.
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I was playing around with making them in a slightly larger size, but decided to keep the size that I use. This choice was based on packaging them for retail sale. I made about a dozen of the larger size and if you want one of the larger ones you can get them for $30 with free shipping in the USA!
International shipping is a flat rate of just $10!
A while ago I order one of Daniel Summers’s Baby Lindy Vanishing Bird Cages. This is the Jim Riser Baby Lindy Vanishing Cage that’s built by Daniel. Jim Riser’s cages are sought after for magicians as he didn’t make a lot of them as he’s not currently making them, didn’t sell them to just anyone, you had to prove you could do the cage for him to sell you one. It’s great that Jim has authorized Summers to make them for him.
Mine showed up in the mail the other day:
It comes with a pull, canary and carrying bag.
When collapsed it will fit through my wedding ring:
I hooked it up to my Take Up Reel and in theory, I won’t need to change the pull length as it will take the corner to the same spot in my sleeve as the Owen Vanishing Bird Cage that I’m currently using.
After practicing with it, there’s a lot I like about it. It’s just the right amount of rigid, not too stiff and not too floppy. It’s smaller than I thought it would be, for some perspective, it’s slightly larger than a Milson Worth Silver Meteor Vanishing Cage. When the vanish is complete, the bottom goes past my elbow, so I have more use of my are than I do with the Owen cage.
As for what I don’t like about it, there’s really nothing I don’t like about it. If I had to come up with something, I guess it would be the price. I’m not complaining about the price, I understand what goes into making them, it’s just a big leap from the cost of an Owen cage. I do think the Summers/Riser cage is 100% worth it!
I really like this cage, and can’t wait to start to use it in my shows next week! -Louie
If you’ve ever seen my magic lecture, there are a couple of main points to it. First is to take what you are doing a step further. The second is to put endings to things. This blog post covers both of them. I’ve always liked the Fifty Two on One gag card. If you don’t … Continue reading “An Ending to a Gag…”
If you’ve ever seen my magic lecture, there are a couple of main points to it. First is to take what you are doing a step further. The second is to put endings to things. This blog post covers both of them.
I’ve always liked the Fifty Two on One gag card. If you don’t know what this is, it’s a card with all the cards on its face.
How you use it, is you set it face down as your prediction. You ask someone to say any card, let’s say they name the King of Diamonds. You say, “your card is right here” as you turn over the card and point to the king of diamonds.
Funny gag, but it really needs a punch to it. How can we turn the gag into a trick? We could glue a king of diamonds onto the back of the card, and put our prediction in an envelope and force the king of diamonds. Now we get the gag, followed by turning the card over to show you knew their card.
That’s a good trick. It’s been done, but still a decent card revelation. Let’s take it up a notch:
By using a flap card we’ve added a magic trick to the revelation. Honestly I don’t know if this is better than just turning the card over, but it’s certainly a lot more magical!
Also by using the flap card for the change, we’ve added an ending to the trick AND taken it a step further. This is actually something I’ve wanted to make for a long time and just finally making one. I’ll try it out sometime soon and see how it plays.