The Penetrative Cabinet.

2 -- Twenty-seven steel or iron bars about a half inch in diameter and about three feet long. Or you can use wooden sticks.


The illustrations will show the construction very nicely. The cabinet would be well to be paneled and use three-ply lumber, or for temporary use wallboard. The sides should be held together with pin hinges or bolts and wing nuts and cabinet held to bottom in like manner. In this way cabinet can be easily taken apart for packing. The top consists of a lid which is hinged at rear and opens from the front. The front side of cabinet opens as a door. Twenty-seven holes are bored in the front side of cabinet and a like number in the rear, 3/8 to 3/4 inch in diameter. Fig. 8 gives a view of cabinet from the front and Fig. 9 a cross section from the side. Fig. 10 gives a cross section looking from above downward.

Fig. 8 gives dimensions. There should be about 8 1/2 inches between the center of each hole.

The front and back side are about 25 inches wide. The box proper to which they attach is only about 22 1/2 inches (outside measurements), being about 20 1/2 to 21 inches inside measurement. The reason of the extra width of door over box is so as to allow more room between

outside holes in door and the side edges of door thereby apparently bringing the two outer lines of holes near the center of box.

It is tricks like this that go into illusion building, so as to help perfect an illusion.

Fig. 11 shows a slightly different arrangement of the holes. In this arrangement there are 26 instead of 27. Either system is effective.

The cabinet should be nicely decorated so as to make it quite attractive.


When door is closed assistant turns with his side to front, Fig. 13. In this manner he can avoid the metal bars going through the cabinet. The body is much narrower from the side than the front. Bars are thrust in routine order through the holes from back to front and front to back. If you have another, so much the better, as one can stand on one side and the other on the other side. After a few bars have been pushed into cabinet up through central portion, apparently driving through upper body, the cabinet is turned with side to audience so audience can see bars entering one side and going out the other. Assistant inside box can help direct the bars.

The cabinet is brought forward. Door is opened. Assistant enters cabinet and stands facing audience. Fig. 12. In entering he should step in backwards and not allow himself to turn with his side to cabinet. He can have his side turned to audience away from cabinet but not in front of same. You must create the idea that performer practically fills the cabinet. There must be no side comparison. Performer himself must also be careful of this.


The door is closed and held tight by means of catch on side of box and on door. Door can be hooked. Just something so that door will not accidentally open.

Fig. 14 shows a side view of cabinet with bars showing front and back, and Fig. 15, another view of cabinet with bars showing.

After all bars are in cabinet, revolve the cabinet.

Then remove the bars as speedily as possible. When bars are removed, assistant inside turns with body facing front door as in Fig. 12. The door is opened, Fig. 12, and assistant steps from box unharmed. Close door, move cabinet back out of way.

Practice will enable you to pierce the box with bars very rapidly, which is essential so as not to slow down the illusion.

A girl assistant with tights and trunk with fancy upper garment can be used instead of male assistant if desired, in which case, cabinet can be built even smaller, depending on the size of the girl.

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