Magic Nook Magic
Mind Reading Puppets
The Big Cheese
Bye, Bye Bunny!
Vanishing Hand-Puppet House
Lunch Box Flea Circus
Easter Bunny Parade
by Jim Gerrish
In 1987 I invented this Transforming
Box based on my earlier O.O.P.S.
Machine design so the Wiz Kids could perform an
alternate but equally funny trick for repeat shows at the
same location, obeying the second rule of magic: Never
perform the same trick for the same audience twice in a
magician shows an empty cardboard box on all sides. A
spectator is handed the box and asked to look inside.
Do you see any flowers, silk handkerchiefs, flags,
rabbits, secret trap doors, mirrors? asks the
magician. The helper says, No.
The magician takes the box from the
helper and suddenly it falls open, showing silk
handkerchiefs, flags, flowers, a mirror, and a secret
trap door in the center. After the audience laughs and
recovers from seeing all that stuff in the previously
empty box, the secret trap door
flies open and a rabbit puppet makes its appearance
through the door.
After an entertaining puppet routine, it
all goes back in the box and disappears, leaving the
spectator with an examinable empty cardboard box once