The Chest of Cagliostro
By Professor Spellbinder

In the Memoirs of Robert-Houdin there is a description of an effect performed by Robert-Houdin in 1846 that can only be described as an experiment in time travel back to the time of the alchemist Cagliostro. In 1960, Robert Harbin re-enacted his own version of the effect on television, going back in time to Robert-Houdin. We examine both effects and then come up with a new simplified version, "touched by a wizard." So whom shall we go back in time to visit? You decide.

The general idea: Personal and easily identifiable objects from the present are magically returned to the past, where they are concealed (by some famous magician of the past) in an antique chest, the location of which is chosen by lot by the present company. The chest is dug up or retrieved, showing signs of great age. Inside there may be other chests, but eventually a package is found along with a note from the famous magician of the past. Inside the package are the vanished items. A prediction or two may also be included, or the effect may just work with a prediction.

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