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Crystal Casket (Crystal Cube) (Spring Loaded) by Ickle Pickle

(c. 1996) (Submit Review) (Submit Update)

Even though Gary Michaels seems to really dislike this effect from Steve Bender at Ickle Pickle, not everyone feels the same way about this prop. For the price I think it is one of the best Crystal Caskets I have seen – my casket is still going strong 19 years after I purchased it. And Danny Oreleans wrote a very positive review in Genii March 1997 too. So you can’t believe all you read online 🙂

The cube is 6″x6″x6″ and each edge is covered with glitter tape which creates a 3/4″ frame around the six faces. The spring hinge is a huge improvement on some of the other versions out there and even if the release is a simple paper clip, it works perfectly decades later. It is easy to load and very easy to use.

I still love this version, and almost 20 years later the price has risen from $60 to $75 and I still think that is a great price for the effect, I wonder how Gary feels?

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Approx. Price: $59.99 (2000) ***

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2 reviews for Crystal Casket (Crystal Cube) (Spring Loaded) by Ickle Pickle

  1. Andy Martin

    Very visual!

    For the money this Ickle Pickle effect can’t be beat. Just pick up the box show it from all sides and then suddenly in an instant its full of cash!

    That’s the way to do it! Make sure you get the Spring Loaded version!

  2. Gary Michaels

    More Ickle Pickle (Steve Bender) Trash

    I read a cool effect I’d never seen in Tarbell 5 (re-reading the classics is always a good thing!) using a Crystal Casket, a glass with a plasticene insert, a small cylinder to cover same and a white silk –the silk vanishes from the glass (sitting atop the casket) and instantaneously appears inside the latter.

    This effect is designed for a much smaller Crystal Casket (such as the British firms — Repro and Supreme — were selling 25 years ago or so). Alas I’d lost my old 4" C.C.

    After seeing Andy’s presentation of this effect in his video (seen here), I bought one of the Bender versions.

    As expected it was overpriced (although I purchased it at cost) but worse, this is cheaply made: no hinge in the lid, it’s only held together with the mylar tape seen here, which will wear out if you’re performing it more than 50 times; plus the "latch" on the bottom which frees the spring load is literally a bent paper clip — and badly bent at that.

    I’m not making this up.

    Mine also arrived in Bender’s original box, well-packaged, and STILL had scratches on the plexiglass.

    Absolutely unforgiveable for an item that sells for $60+ retail.

    Try to find one of the older, well-made Crystal Caskets.

    ~Gary
    http://www.gary-michaels.com/magic.html

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