Magic Nook Magic
Handkerchief Box - Revisited
Sided Herbal Tea Chest
(Think Outside the Box!)
by Jim Gerrish
Just in time for
Valentine's Day, a fold-flat box decorated with Hearts
& Flowers but usable any day of the year for you and
a helper from the audience to produce heart-shaped boxes
of chocolates, real bottles of real wine plus wine
glasses, and all kinds of flowers and silks with
Valentine's Day messages (or other stuff) written on
them. Other themes are easily accomodated.
This is a modern
variation of the old "Jap Box", or "Hank
Box", as it is known to politically correct wizards.
But where that box could only conceal one or two silks,
this one can conceal and produce large solid objects,
even livestock, if it will fit in the box. It also can
fold flat and be shown inside and out before each new
production, if you wish. Then add the bottom (showing
both sides first) and produce a large amount of objects
as described above.
Make it yourself from
some 3-ring notebook binders and a plastic tray from the
Dollar Store (sources given). It can be easily made in a
kitchen workshop without power tools, or take it to the
woodshop and make yourself an elegant heirloom magic
prop. Can also be used in combination with Boxing Day
(see left), or as a stand-alone production effect with a
different modus operandi (that's "method of
operation" for muggles) which allows you to
"think outside the box".
You are not limited to
Valentine's Day productions or decorations, and you don't
have to keep calling it "Hearts & Flowers"
just because that's the ridiculous name I first gave it.