Dean's Box is all of this and more... truly grand illusion in a highly portable design. The result of more than a year of experimentation and design development, this apparatus will allow you to perform a puzzling feat of magic that will leave your audience spellbound.
The many testimonials by those who have seen Dean's Box performed attest to its astounding, mind-numbing, jaw-dropping impact. They include...
"Dean performed this effect for me at the Magic Castle, and I'm glad I saw him do it, because a description does not do this trick justice. Dean brought a beautiful cherrywood box, measuring 7 inches on a side. The entire front surface of the box is a hinged door that can be opened, allowing a complete view of the interior of the box. On either side of the box are two circular openings. Each of these openings is covered with a little curtain that opens in the middle. This allows objects to be inserted into the box, but does not allow spectators to look into the box from the side. On top of the box is a small, circular trapdoor. On either side of this little door are two notches. These notches allow loops of rope to protrude from the top of the box. Now that you have a general idea of how the box looks, here's what happens.
"Dean brings out two pieces of rope - a white rope and a red rope. The ropes and the box can be thoroughly examined. The box is closed. Dean makes a loop in each of the ropes and holds a rope in each hand. The hands enter the box through the side holes. The ends of the ropes are in view the entire time. Dean pokes open the trapdoor in the top and then removes his right hand from the box. His right hand grabs the loops of rope and brings them up through the trapdoor. The trapdoor is closed. The ropes are trapped in the notches, and the centers of the ropes are concealed within Dean's right hand. Even though the ends of the ropes were in full view the entire time, when Dean opens his hand it is seen that the ropes are now linked together. Grabbing a rope in each hand, the ropes are withdrawn through the top of the box. The ropes are genuinely linked together and can be examined.
"In phase two of the routine the ropes link a second time, under even more impossible conditions. In phase three of the routine, a 2-inch diameter ring links itself to a rope, even though the ends of the rope are in view the entire time. (This final phase has an added auditory aspect. Dean shows the ring in his right hand. The hand briefly enters the box through the right-hand hole. You hear the ring hit the inside of the box. The box is immediately opened and the ring is on the rope.)
"As I mentioned at the beginning of this review, a description does not begin to do justice to how baffling this trick is. I knew how the first phase worked, but phases two and three completely nailed me. When you add in the fact that all the props can be thoroughly examined before and after the trick, you have a routine that is going to bother people for a very long time.
"I think Dean's Box is terrific. It is rare for me to be fooled by a trick, and this trick completely fooled me twice. Even if performed with a pedestrian presentation, it would be an amazing mystery. Cloak this trick with a dramatic presentation and you've got something that people will remember."
- Michael Close
"Dean's Box allows you to perform an incredible effect with two everyday objects and a beautiful piece of apparatus. I saw Dean fool a room full of magicians with this ever-so-clever routine. You will marvel at its simplicity and effectiveness."
- Mike Caveney
"I am utterly baffled by Dean's Magic Box."
- John Carney
"Dean has taken a startling effect with the most direct method possible and gave it a new look and new life. This will fool you, it will fool your audience, and it is actually fun to perform. I ordinarily do not like box tricks, but I think Dean's latest creation is the exception to the rule."
- Michael Weber
"This is truly an amazing effect, and it's really spooky."
- T. C. Tahoe
"Dean's Box is loaded with secrets that would make Pandora jealous. Buy it, use it, write it off your taxes."
- Pat Hazell
"The box is empty, the ropes are real, the ring is solid and I was a kid again. I haven't been fooled like this for a very long time. This diabolical trick is what good magic is all about. The routine is simple, powerful, and destined to become a classic. The box is beautifully constructed, so is the routine. It will fool all who see it, bar none."
- David Williamson
"This was the best trick by far, at the May 2000 A1 Convention this year. Dean's Box fooled me badly."
- Martin Lewis
"I loved your box - it's one of the most magical experiences I've had in a long, long time. Oh, and by the way, it fooled me badly! This quote sums up my experience; use it if you like... 'It's thrills and chills to witness Dean's Box. Your imagination soars as increasingly strange things take place inside of the miniature spirit cabinet.'"
- John Kennedy
"Wow, that's real magic! Unconditionally recommended. You'll love it."
- Mark Wilson
"It hurts to be fooled that bad."
- Tony Clark
"And what I say unto you I say unto all, watch."
For the last decade, Dean's Box has become a classic portable illusion performed by many magicians worldwide, and one of the most pirated items in magic. Do not accept a rip off - be a proud owner of an all-new, original Dean's Box. Each new Dean's Box has a laser-etched logo and signature by Dean Dill, new instructional DVD, all the necessary props and a custom-made, red velvet drawstring carrying bag that adds a touch of class.
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