Seven-Sided Herbal Tea Chest
By Professor Spellbinder

This trick was conceived from an inspiration hinted at by another Spellbinder. I refer to Walt Anthony, of Spellbinder Entertainment, a magical storyteller who ventures into the bizarre side of magic from time to time.

Effect:
A small wooden cube box is shown on all sides. The wizard explains that each side is also a separate opening into the box. He opens the lid on top and dumps out a pile of fragrant mint leaves on a plate, which he passes around so all may enjoy the scent. He collects the leaves again and pours them into a canister marked “MINT LEAVES.”

Now the wizard rotates the chest and opens up another side as if it were also a lid. From here, he dumps out leaves of fragrant basil, passing them around and restoring them in a canister as before. From a third side, he opens a new lid and discovers sage leaves. From a fourth side, he brings forth marigold. From the fifth, he finds sweet smelling strawberry leaves. From the final sixth side, he brings out rosemary.

"Most boxes have only six sides," says the Wizard, "but this one is a magic box and it has a seventh side." Actually, it appears to be the first side all over again, but when he dumps out the contents, instead of finding mint leaves as he did before, he finds geranium leaves. At this point he has filled seven transparent canisters with seven different fragrant tea leaves. The box is once again closed.

“What an interesting tea this would make, using combinations of all these different herbs,” suggests the Wizard. “In fact, if we had a teakettle, water and a fire, we could brew a pot of tea right now.”

Suddenly, the top lid, which he had already closed, blows itself open with a blast of steam and we hear the scream of a boiling teakettle coming from within the box.

The Wizard reaches into the box and pulls forth a steaming kettle of hot tea. He hands the kettle to someone to pour, as he reaches back into the box and begins producing teacups for the helper to fill. For a small audience, he can probably produce enough cups to give everyone a taste of the fragrant hot tea he has brewed. For a large audience, he passes out representative cups to six to ten members of the audience. If it is desired, each tea poured can have a different flavor.

Variations:

The original effect was designed as a "Tea Chest" but it could also be used as a production box for many types of items. For example, produce seven (or more) 36 inch to six foot square silks from the tiny box, one from each door. As a finale, produce a small rabbit or pair of doves.

Produce seven (or more) spring flower bouquets, one from each of the seven (or more) doors, then end with a shower of live flowers from the box, or end with a vase filled with live flowers.

Build an extra outer chest to hold the magical box. The magic seven-sided cube box is removed from this outer box, and used in any of the ways you like, but then it is put back inside the outer chest at the end. There is a knocking or a rattling from the closed outer box, so you open it again to discover that the magic box has vanished, and in its place can be a live dove, or some other surprise.

Finally, it could easily take the place of a jumbo Die in a Sucker Sliding Die Box routine, with all of the production shenannigans thrown in for good measure!

All of these variations are described and included in the e-Book!

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