Magic Nook Magic
Art Table Top
DIY Busking Table
Build a Variation of
Julian Mather's Big Red Box of Magic
by Jim Gerrish
The concept is Julian Mather's*, but the
design is by Jim Gerrish and can be made on a week-end
using easily available parts and Jim's favorite building
materials (hardboard and duct tape, or in this case,
gaffer's tape) for under $50.00. The e-Book shows you
The differences between Julians
original Big Red Box of Magic (BRBOM) and the one I will
teach you to build are shown in the photos above.
Julians box is made from a second-hand case that he
found and decorated. Note the lettering is on the back of
the case and when the lid is opened, it conceals much of
your upper body if you stand behind it.
My case is just the opposite; the lettering is on the
front and the lid opens and drops over and around behind
the back of the box so that you can be easily seen if you
choose to stand behind the box to use it either with the
lid closed like a regular tabletop, or opened with a
temporary tabletop that can be placed on the open front
of the box.
Note also that Julian's layout is designed so he can set
up his show in under 30 seconds and pack up in under 30
seconds as shown in this video: https://player.vimeo.com/video/72582231
I have not performed a speed test with my box, so I
dont know how quickly it can be set up and packed
up, but if not 30 seconds, it still is pretty fast.
If you want to buy a professional case, it will cost you
in the hundreds of dollars. After paying that kind of
money, you will be reluctant to paint it and make
If you want to search garage sales and second-hand stores
for a less expensive alternative case that you will still
have to paint and decorate, it could take months of
travel and searching.
If you want a really inexpensive custom-made box you can
build this week-end for use next week-end, youve
come to the right place. Even if you have to order all
the parts mentioned in this e-Book from on-line sources,
it will still cost you less than $50.00 and the parts
will be shipped to you free (if you have Amazon Prime) or
at low cost within a few days using the sources I have
BONUS! Jim throws in
his "Little Red Box Of Magic" so now you
can give away a Dollar Store Gift Box to the Birthday
Child or contest winner, etc. Every time the child opens
the box, it is just an ordinary empty cardboard
box...BUT, when you teach him the magic words, the box
begins to fill up with all kinds of surprising things.
Finally the box fills up with small magic tricks as a
present for the Birthday Child. It's great as a photo op,
too! Instructions for making it and performing with it.
* Julian Mather, Australian Magician and
author of the on-line experience called Build
Your Magic Show: http://buildyourmagicshow.com/
. The name Big Red Box of Magic is used
by his permission.