by Professor Spellbinder
In the 1930s, Thayer produced his first
"Baffo Box." It was cleverly gimmicked, but a bit
complicated to build. By the 1940's he had improved the
"Baffo Box." Now it was just a plain wooden box and
easy to build. I have met him half-way. I have produced a
cleverly gimmicked box that is fairly easy to build from fine
wood or cheap cardboard. It does everything the "Baffo
Box" could do, plus a lot more. You can use it to make
continuous productions, or to vanish items. You can even perform
my "Tangerine Box Routine "with it. What more could you
want from such a tiny box?
It is NOT required to use a tangerine. My reasons for doing so
are in the article, but the effect works with most any fruit and
other containers as well.
All the fruit used is real; no plastic imitations.
Tangerine Box Routine
I borrow a ring and place it under a
handkerchief for a spectator to hold. I claim to be able to make
the ring vanish and appear in the empty box. The box is closed up
and the ring holder is asked if he felt the ring disappear. He
did not, so I look in the box and discover the problem is that
the box contains a lemon. No wonder! I remove the lemon and try
This time I find the box contains a lime, but
still no ring. I try one last time and come up with the tangerine
with a shoelace running through it. I hand the ends of the
shoelace to another spectator to hold, with the tangerine
dangling in the center (an amusing sight for some reason).
Thinking perhaps the problem is with the ring or
the handkerchief held by the spectator, I whip away one end of
the handkerchief and discover that the ring has vanished. Tearing
open the tangerine, the ring is found knotted on the shoelace and
in the center of the tangerine. The spectator verifies that it is
I use the handkerchief to clean off the ring and
warn the spectator to take better care of it. I drop the ring and
shoelace into the box and thread the ends of the shoelace through
the holes in the side. Then I tie the ends of the shoelace
together in a nice bow on top of the box and hand the box to the
spectator, demonstrating how she can keep the ring safe from
harm. She unties the shoelace, opens the box and discovers the
ring has once again vanished, this time from the ties of the
You must take better care of your
things, I tell her. I take the box and produce another
tangerine from it and hand it to her.
I was going to give you this nice magic
jewelry box to keep your ring in, but I can see you prefer
keeping it inside tangerines. She tears open the tangerine
and finds her ring inside.
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