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Electronic Surprise Box by Mephisto-Huis, Anverdi

(c. 1988) (Submit Review) (Submit Update)

Anverdi’s Surprise Box is one his his finest creations. It came in a number of versions, also built by various dealers other than Anverdi.  This fine version was built by Mephisto-Huis and came with a clear lid which was a nice touch.  The opaque lid version can be seen here.

Effect: The effect is outstanding. The method is diabolical. And, the props are absolutely first class. Bring out a double card box. There are two decks inside the box. Slide open the lid and remove one of the decks. Show that the cards are all different; all shuffled. Spread the deck and ask a spectator to select any card. It is an absolutely free choice. Have her sign the card so she will recognize it later. She replaces the card in the deck, and you give the deck a shuffle. Ask the spectator to begin dealing cards one at a time from the deck into the card box. Explain that at some point she will “get a definite sign to stop dealing cards.” She will not have to think about it. The message will be obvious. She deals the cards one at a time into the box. One, two, three, four…ten, eleven, twelve…Suddenly, the lid of the box slides shut!

That’s right, the box closes under its own power!! Ask the spectator to turn over the next card. Of course, it is her selected, signed card!! Unbelievable! The effect is a killer! One they will remember for a long time! Instantly repeatable. No force of the card. The point at which the box closes is completely under your control. It can be after two cards or 50 cards are dealt. You decide. Anverdi’s Surprise Box is entirely electronic, yet is not radio controlled. No transmitters to hide. Precision made in plexiglas, it is an effect you will use all the time. And the price is quite low for such a powerful effect.

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Approx. Price: $250.00 (2001) ***

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1 review for Electronic Surprise Box by Mephisto-Huis, Anverdi

  1. Andy Martin

    Great Surprise, Nice props!

    This is a great little effect, that really surprises the audience! Its a remake of an old Anverdi idea. A card is freely chosen with no force. The cards are shuffled and the spectator is asked to place cards one at a time into the box. As they do this the lid of the box suddenly closes all on its own.

    The card in their hand is their card! No force, no switches, they handle the deck as they place the cards into the box and the cards are all different.

    Thanks to Neil Lester for getting me a much more realistic gimmick than originally came with this effect.

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