Mysterious Card Boxes (2006) (Mini) by Trickery, Michael Baker(c. 2006) (Submit Review) (Submit Update)
In 1994 New Jersey native Howard Baltus created The Trickery and was one of the early full-service dealers to have a website c.1997. He produced a large number of exclusive items over the years and this one, which has undergone multiple variations was one of his most popular. It was based on an effect that was invented by New Jersey magic dealer and craftsman, Al Largamisino, called Your Choice, which itself was based upon Tony Lackner’s Vanishing Deck Case.
The Best Version so Far!
I have always liked this Trickery Exclusive, and have owned 3 different versions now. This latest release is certainly the best so far! The quality of boxes is much better than before and the walnut looks great.
Apart from the better quality of these boxes, one new feature has been included – you no longer need to fold the cards in half.
Could the boxes be better? Yes, if J.L. Wright were back! The brass hinge on the back is a bit big and I’m not sure why. The Trickery’s current wood guy is better than most of the ones they have used for sure and they are much closer to the level of craftsmen like Alan Warner, George Robinson, and Mel Babcock. However, they are not quite there yet, but with the exception of a couple of people I know most collectors and performers will be delighted with this latest version.
Effect: You show two boxes of miniature cards: one with red backs and one with blue backs. A color is chosen and the box is closed and placed in front of the spectator. Then a card is chosen from the remaining deck The magician explains that the card is going to turn itself face up in the box that was placed in front of them. But, when the box is opened not only has the card turned face-up the rest of the deck has vanished. It is a great little effect that is basically automatic in working.
Approx. Price: $99.95 (2006) ***Notice: I am not a dealer and this item is not for sale on this site. It maybe available in the links below or at our sister site: qualitymagicsales.com, but not from here so please do not ask.
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