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JenniferG

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I just started getting into mentalism and recently watched this really cool video and really want the box Spidey is using:


I understand the first half of this trick with Sven pad but there are 4 choices to choose from on the forced page; Chris selects one of the doodles on that page. The box would have to have 4 billets in it. I notice Spidey rotates the black box twice then makes a subtle upwards motion releasing the prediction billet; he then shakes the box to show there is a prediction in it.

Can I purchase this box from somewhere or is it an easy DIY?  I was thinking four shallow rectangular boxes in the lid with an open side facing each side of the box.  So when you rotate it and tilt it falls out without the others falling out. But I notice he does an upwards swing motion to release, then was able to really shake the box side to side.  I imagine if I made it the way I was thinking I couldn't shake the box side to side like he did or 3 billets would be in the bottom of the box by the time I opened it.
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I think the best part of that video is right at the end where they say "don't buy a trick/prop/gimmick just because we use it - figure out if it works for you and fits your personality.  Developing social skills is the most important thing."
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JenniferG

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Thanks.  I've been reading / watching videos about this Gift box.  It's great! Love it!   I also ready you could do a similar thing, in a more portable manner with nested sealed envelopes.  Depending how you tear open the envelope you can have three different outcomes.
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If you are interested in clever envelopes, Mark Leveridge has a book called "Forever Flapping Plus" - it has lots of DIY ideas.  There are tons of other individual envelope ideas scattered through the literature.   David Regal has a routine called "The Impossible Envelope" in which you ask an audience member several questions during the course of the show.  At the end of the show you open the large envelope which has been sitting in view the whole time and pull out a large card which shows correct predictions of all her answers.

Eugene Burger, on his "Exploring Magical Presentations" DVD set, devoted a lot of time to what he called "The Black Envelope Variations" - different presentations for the same basic effect.  Burger's thinking on how to make magic meaningful is inspiring.
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