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Die Box Combination
by Jim Gerrish

This combines a Die Box with a separate small box based on my “Little Red Box of Magic” from The Wizards’ Journal # 26 - Julian Mather’s “Big Red Box of Magic”. Note that everything can be handled by helpers from the audience during the routine.

This Little Red Box is a six-inch cube, but all sizes in this project can be varied proportionately. Note that you do NOT have to call it the Little Red Box and you can decorate it any way you wish. My Die is a large 5 inch cube, and the Die Box is a stage-sized foot-long box that can accommodate it. You will be able to make it from 1/16th inch thick Bass wood in a kitchen workshop (no power tools) over the course of a few days (so the glues and paints have time to dry after each stage of construction). Later, if you wish, you can remake it in hardboard or plywood using power tools, using this lightweight version as a model.

Full Effect:

A small box is given to a helper (#1) to hold. When the box is opened, it contains a single silk handkerchief with a distinctive design so it will be remembered by the audience. The handkerchief is folded up and replaced in the small empty box. The small box is then turned upside down so the helper cannot open it without losing the contents on the floor. Helper #1 holds and guards this box through the entire routine until the ending.

Helper #2 is given a Die Box to hold. He opens the four doors and removes a large wooden die. The audience is encouraged to count the number of spots on each side until they have seen all six sides of the die. The helper then demonstrates that the four doors of the Die Box all open and close properly. The large die is inserted into the Die Box under the watchful eye of Helper #2, and the magician proceeds to attempt to make the large Die disappear.

Of course, as we all know, this is the classic Sucker Die Box routine with the magician bungling every attempt to convince the audience that the Die has vanished from the box. The audience keeps catching glimpses of the Die through the magician’s ineptness. Exasperated, the magician hands the Die Box to Helper #2 and gets the magic wand. With waving of the wand and wiggling fingers and thumbs, etc., the four doors of the Die Box are opened by Helper #2 and all that can be found inside is that distinctively designed silk handkerchief that Helper #1 was supposed to be guarding. Helper #1’s Little Box is opened and it contains the large wooden Die, shown on all six sides (as the audience again counts the spots).

You'll need six sheets of 1/16" by 6" by 36" Bass wood (preferred).

Kitchen tools - razor knife, metal yard or meter stick, fine sandpaper. A 1 inch diameter hole saw bit (just the bit) and a smaller drill bit to make the door knobs.

Wood glue, masking tape, black and red gaffer's tape, spray paint (we used gloss red, gloss white and flat black).

Adhesive 1 inch diameter dots for Die Spots, assuming you want to use a traditional Die. The Die can also be creatively decorated with clowns, animals, seasonal symbols, and so on. The Die Box can similarly be creatively decorated as Santa's Workshop, a Circus Trailer or Tent, a Magic Store, etc.

On-line sources are given for all items mentioned. The e-Book contains step-by-step construction photos and diagrams for all parts of this kitchen workshop project.

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