Uncanny Die Box (Jumbo) by Eddy Taytelbaum(c. 1970) (Submit Review) (Submit Update)
There is no doubt that Eddy Taytelbaum created the best version of this effect in both the standard size (2 1/4″ x 1″ x 1″) and this jumbo size (3 1/2″ long box). What I am not 100% sure about is who invented the effect. According to Anverdi’s book (page 177) it says Anverdi first saw the German Marvello perform it. I believe this is a typo and the book is referring to the German Marvillo (Arnold Liebertz – 1927-1989) who was a semi-pro dealer and inventor. Marvillo’s version was called Dice Capers.
This was created by Marvillo and based on an idea by Mavo from Holland. Here are the details from Marvillo’s Dice-coveries:
“In August 1970, my good friend MAVO from Holland came for a few days to our home in Euskirchen-Western Germany. He had, as usual, a lot of new tricks and improvements on old classics. Among these were one that tickled my family and I to death. In September I took the model to the I.B.M. Convention at Llandudno and showed it to some magical friends among them Eddie Burke, Roy Johnson and Bill Stickland. To put it mildly they were enthusiastic about the effect.
A box was shown to contain 3 dice. One dice was removed and the box closed. The die had vanished ….. the box opened ….. and there were again 1….2…..3 dice!
It was a very cleverly designed piece of apparatus using a slice from a dice which came up by aid of a small spring. After playing around with the model, I discovered there were some weak points that had to be eliminated. So I dipped into my workshop, accompanied by a bottle of beer, put on my thinking cap (Patent pending!!) … and the result was a completely new effect.”
Effect: A beautiful close-up effect that goes as follows: Small black box houses three different colored dice. One die is simply tilted out, placed in the pocket, and the box clearly only shows two remaining dice. Box is closed and slightly shaken to demonstrate that there are still the dice loose inside. Magic words, box is opened and the die has returned to the box. The method is quite diabolical and automatic in execution. No palming and no fancy moves.
Approx. Price: $450.00 (2003) ***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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