Holiday Die Box
by Chris Dunn
Chris Dunn is an old
friend and customer of The Magic Nook but a new contributor. We
welcome his creative effects to The Wizards' Journals and hope
you enjoy both building them and performing them.
The Holiday Die Box is a children's
show prop for platform or stage that can be built from hardboard,
"masonite," Balsa or Basswood. Its main feature is that
it can be quickly re-decorated for Halloween or Christmas shows,
and with a little creative thinking, you can easily add more
themes following Chris' example.
In the photo above, you can see a little of the
Christmas Holiday theme for the box on the left and a little of
the Halloween Haunted Castle look on the right.
This is pretty much the standard Die Box effect
with a flat plaque instead of a die.
My die box can be performed with the castle behind it the entire
time, or you can separate the die box from the castle if you wish
to perform it that way.
Lets say you have it decorated for Halloween. You show the
spooky haunted castle, and open a door on the Die Box to discover
a ghost plaque inside. You replace the ghost plaque in the box
and tell the boys and girls you will try to make the ghost
invisible. With that, you begin sliding the plaque from side to
side in the die box, but the kids can see the slide passing
between the doors (much like Run Rabbit Run), so they
shout out that you havent made the ghost disappear at all.
After you have the kids all riled up, you open both doors of the
die box and show that the ghost has really disappeared (or become
invisible). But now the ghost begins popping up from behind the
box, or from behind the castle.
Spellbinders ending: Finally
you take the plaque and put it beneath a cloth (no, its NOT
a Devils hank!). You hand the plaque to a helper from the
audience to hold and ask him to keep the ghost from vanishing.
Too late! The ghost begins popping up from the magicians
pocket or from behind the die box once again.
You ask the helper what he is holding onto and when the cloth is
removed he has a plaque that says Happy Halloween! or
something appropriate on it, with something clever on the other
side like Trick or Treat! As the helper turns around
to look for the missing ghost all the kids in the audience
suddenly spot it hanging from the helpers back.
Complete construction plans for building all the
props are included.
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