This is U.F. Grant’s wonderful and overlooked Improved Proxy Substitution Chest. The original version released c. 1946 used just a single chest, but an improved version was introduced c. 1966 using two chests. This is the latter kind. It doesn’t look very much when you get it but it is a very convincing transposition that is embarrassingly easy to do. The basic plot is that two items borrowed from the audience, an item from a lady and an item from a man, change places in a very clean manner.
I thought it would it would be perfect for a Batman and Superman ultimate Smackdown contest …
The chests have plenty of cosmetic marks and scratches but they work perfectly. If I was to perform this regularly I would probably repaint them in blacks and browns to represent buildings or maybe green and red for Kryptonite, but as they are they work perfectly too. Of course you don’t have to use Batman and Superman – any two small items under about 6″ would work.
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