This is a true "oldie but goodie."
From Weird Wonders for Wizards by Sidney E. Josolyne,
published c. 1920, comes this illusion of a by-gone era with
still a lot of life left in it for today's audiences. While it
was originally a spectacular production of a fairy character, it
can also be refitted with holly and pine garlands for a Christmas
Elf production, or with Hawaian Leis or flowers for a variety of
other productions. It can be made of plywood, foam board,
cardboard, hardboard or PVC Pipes.
A box, measuring 2' x 2' x 2', standing on a
platform, is seen by the audience to be quite empty. The front of
the box is now put on by the performer who taps under the
platform to show there are no traps used. A pistol is fired and
immediately the box bursts open to three times its original size,
transformed into a bower of flowers and festoons; the front also
falls down and reveals a Fairy reclining in the interior which is
illuminated with electric lights.
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