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Mystery Box

by Kennedy, John

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(Based on 3 reviews)
Category: Close Up
Media Type: Trick
Publisher: John Kennedy Magic

Product Description

From John Kennedy. The effect, the magician brings out a small wooden box and places it on the table. A playing card is freely chosen and signed by a spectator. Card is shuffled back and the magician asks, "Do you think that I can find your card in less than 10 seconds without even looking at the cards?" He holds the deck behind his back for several seconds, brings it back out, announces, "I've found it." He points to the wooden box. But, no way. No one has been anywhere near the box. The magician picks up the box with his empty hand and asks the spectator to remove the lid. A folded card is inside. The magician turns the box over and dumps out the card, then places the empty box on the table. The spectator unfolds the card, it is his card with his signature. Hardwood box looks like an elegant canister, not a prop. Uses Bicycle cards.
Date Added: Mar 16th, 2003
MLA SKU: IvTkbs0uYCYBb1j


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December 14th, 2002 6:50pm
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One of my all time favorites!

The John Kennedy Mystery Box has got to be one of the most convincing and impressive signed card effects ever. Quite simply the effect is exactly this: a small box is placed on the table in front of the specator then they choose and sign any card, and it is shuffled back into the pack. The peformer attempts to find their card behind his back and he announces he has found it and that now it is in the box that has been in front of the spectator all this time.

They open the box and see a single card folded in the box. This card is tipped onto the specator's hands - and the performers hands are clean and the box is empty. It is their card with their signature. So beautiful is this trick that I bought all 3 exotic wood versions: Ziricote, Paduk, Bloodwood!

The box can be handled by the audience at the end and there is nothing to get rid of. It takes but a moment to reset. There is a very simple move, but it is beautifully masked by the box, and... [Read More]
November 18th, 2003 12:50pm
Reviewed by Carlo DeBlasio
When a prop helps you land a great gig, you have to love it. I love the Mystery Box. I didn't give it 5 stars though because there is a minor discrepancy with the gimmick. Unless you do a perfect and I mean PERFECT card fold, the gimmick doesn't withstand more than a glance form the spectators, but it also doesn't take more that a glance to sell the effect. Having said that, I've never had anyone mention this discrepancy other than another magician. With the proper staging and presentation this is one heck of a magic effect. The nice thing is the box is EMPTY after you "dump" the folded card out, adding to the illusion. The clients response to this effect was "That's f***ing impossible!!". It doesn't get much better than that.
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August 8th, 2004 4:33pm
Reviewed by Merl Hamen
In my book there is no stronger card trick than this. I have had people actually scream at the end. I set it out at the beginning of the set and state that it is my ring box and I will get to it later. When I get to this trick which is the end of my set, the audience has forgotten about the box. The effect is staggering. I have NEVER had a lay audience want to inspect or question the box!!!!!!!!!

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