New Proxy Chests
by Jim Gerrish
Based on the original
Proxy Chest by U.F. Grant, Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki made this smaller
version to fit the little dolls that he uses in his Houdini Trunk
Escape routine shown on the video below. The e-Book shows the
entire process from building the boxes to performing with them.
One Effect of many possible effects: Borrow
a ring or a key or a coin from a member of the audience. Place
this inside an ordinary ungimmicked handkerchief and give it to
someone to guard and hold. Now take out your small bendable
Houdini doll and Bess doll (which I show you how to make). Bring
out the New Proxy Chests and show them inside and out,
each separately. The "trunk" contains a cloth bag and
some ribbons. Show the bag inside and out, and let a spectator
place Houdini inside the bag and pull the cords to close it. The
bag containing Houdini is then lowered into the small box, or
trunk, and it is tied with ribbons.
Show a large silk hanky that you will use to cover the boxes,
place it over the boxes and place Bess on top of everything. Now
put Bess under the silk but still on top of the two boxes.
Suddenly remove the silk and reveal that Houdini is on top of the
boxes. Go to the spectator holding the borrowed item and whip
away the handkerchief, opening it to show that the object has
vanished. Remove the outer box and untie the trunk. Open the
trunk and bring out the top of the cloth pull-cord bag. Let a
spectator lift out the bag and open it to reveal not only Bess,
but the borrowed item as well. If you already own an old Grant or
Mak made Proxy Chest, I show you how to convert it into a NEW
Proxy Chest. If you don't own a Proxy Chest, I show you how to
build a set for yourself, in any size, from hardboard and duct
tape, or plywood and hinges.
Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki performs a simplified version
of his Harry and Bess routine on video HERE:
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