Ring into Nest
of Boxes - Revisited
By Professor Spellbinder
This version of the Ring into Nested Boxes
does not use trick boxes at all. I found the boxes at the local
Dollar Store - three for the price of one! When I went back
later, someone had figured out that they could separate the boxes
and sell them each for a buck. Even so, it beats the heck out of
even the most inexpensive magic store version of this trick.
You'll also need a clear glass goblet and a ball of yarn. The
rest you make yourself.
The photo shows cubical boxes, but cylindrical boxes works just
A spectator is called up and handed a gift box
tied with a ribbon (optional) in exchange for her borrowed ring.
If anything happens to the ring, she may keep the expensive gift
inside the box, which you guarantee is at least the same value as
the ring she lent you.
I like to then take her ring and place it in the
center of a handkerchief, gather up the ends and then tie the
ribbon around the handkerchief "package" so the outline
of her ring is still visible.
She holds up the gift boxes in one hand and the
handkerchief with her ring in the other. I take hold of the
ribbon and pull downwards until it is no longer on the
handkerchief. I ask her to notice that it appears that her ring
has vanished. She holds one corner of the handkerchief and lets
the other corners drop to show that ring indeed has vanished. I
grab the handkerchief and show it on both sides so the audience
can see that the ring is gone.
I tell her that I guess that I owe her the
expensive gift inside the box after all. She removes the lid and
finds another box inside. She removes that box and finds a third
smaller box inside. She hands all the unused boxes and lids to me
as she opens the boxes.
Inside the smallest box, the spectator finds a
ball of yarn. She removes the ball of yarn and you ask her if it
feels a little heavier than a ball of yarn that size should feel.
If she has any experience with yarn, she will say that it feels a
little heavier than a ball of yard should feel.
You take out a clear glass goblet and hold it
out to her by the stem, being careful to let the audience see
that your hands are empty. She drops the ball of yarn into a
clear glass goblet that you hold, and begins unraveling the ball
of yarn. The ring drops out of the ball of yarn with a clunk when
the yarn ball has been sufficiently unraveled. She removes the
ring from the glass and verifies it as her very own missing ring,
which as you promised, is the same value as it was before.
This effect may seem as old as the
hills, but allowing the spectator to hold the boxes before the
ring is even vanished, allowing the spectator to open all the
boxes, and allowing the spectator to handle the ball of yarn
before isolating it in a clear glass goblet is not your
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