The Magic Chocolates

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(Bert Douglas)

This is a charming problem with properties seldom used by Magicians. The effect is puzzling, yet the secret is very simple.


Performer shows a box of chocolates and empties it into a glass candy jar. The jar is then covered with a silk handkerchief. The cover is placed on the box and it is set aside on table. Magician now produces his magic whistle and things begin to happen. Handkerchief is removed from glass jar, and candy has vanished. Box is opened and is found to be filled with chocolates again as in the beginning. Candy may be sampled, if desired.


Figure 52 shows metal insert.

1 -- The large confectionery jar, a special piece of apparatus, known as the Mirror Jar. This is a very handy piece of apparatus as many effects can be performed with it. Any articles of suitable size may be caused to vanish, appear, or change in this jar.

From the outside jar looks like ordinary candy jar. The apparatus consists of jar, top, and a metal insert, highly nickeled and polished on both sides. This insert divides jar into two compartments. The reflection cast by the nickel insert produces an optical illusion and the jar appears empty even when something is behind the insert. Flat side of insert is kept toward audience and they look directly into polished surface.

Figure 51 shows outside of jar.

Figure 52 shows metal insert.

Figure 53 shows arrangement of insert with articles behind it.

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2 -- A dark-colored silk handkerchief to cover jar.

3 -- A pound box of chocolates, consisting of two layers Get a nicely decorated box in which a cardboard tray holds the top layer. On examining the box, you will discover that tray rests on a cardboard support around the bottom of the box. If this support is loose, it should be glued against sides of box.

Figure 54 shows outside of box of candy.

Figure 55 shows construction of two-layer box.

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4 -- An extra half-pound of chocolates, in upper layer of box.


To Prepare:

Remove lid from box and also the tray of chocolates. Place tray on table, covering it with lid. To audience it appears that cover of candy box is merely lying on table. Have lid and tray extending over edge of table a little so that they can be picked up easily.

Place the extra half-pound of candy on top of those still in box to refill box. Place box on table near lid.

Figures 56 and 57.

Have candy jar on table, some distance away from box and lid. Place handkerchief nearby.

To Perform:

Direct attention to candy jar.

"In days gone by, the candy jar used to be very popular. Now and then we still see a few of them in which candies are displayed. The box of candy, however, has come into its own."

Pick up box of candy and show to audience.

"I remember when I was a boy I worked for a country groceryman. When candy came in boxes, I used to have to empty the boxes and put the candy in confectionery jars."

Pour chocolates from box into front compartment of candy jar. It appears to audience that you are filling candy jar with chocolates.

"It was hard for the grocer at that time to get it into his head that the box idea was more modern. Perhaps he stuck to his jar idea because he usually sold a nickel's worth of candy at a time."

Show box empty and hold it in left hand. With right hand casually pick up lid with tray of chocolates under it and place on box. Close box and place on table in full view.

Figure 58.

"I used to give most of the boxes away to be decorated for jewelry cases or May baskets."

Pick up jar of chocolates.

"Late Saturday night I used to cover over the jars of candy so they would not be displayed on Sunday, perhaps due to a religious belief on my employer's part that people must not be enticed on Sunday to the luxuries of life."

Cover jar with silk handkerchief and put cover on it. Hold jar in right hand. Now turn toward the left to place jar on table. This move automatically brings empty compartment of jar to the front and filled compartment to the rear. Place jar on table turned in this way.

"Now and then some particular city beau who was calling on one of the belles of the town was not satisfied with bringing his sweetheart a nickel bag of candy, but would want a whole box of it. I would have to go to the candy jar and fill up the box again. Filling a box was more or less of a nuisance. Why not leave a box or two under the counter in readiness? But no—the groceryman wanted his candy in the jars. One day, when a city fellow came into the store for a box of candy, I hit upon an idea. Why not use Magic and save time? So when I lifted the cloth off the jar, the candy was gone. ...

Remove silk handkerchief from jar to show that chocolates have vanished. Audience sees front compartment of jar to be empty. They look directly at nickeled insert and it looks as though they can see through the jar.

Replace silk on table. Pick up box of chocolates and remove lid, showing box to be filled again. Top tray of chocolates serves to give impression of full box.

"And the box was filled ready for delivery."


Another way of performing this experiment is to have the chocolates already in the jar and to show the box empty. Then continue experiment as taught to you above.

Or you may have chocolates in a bag and pour them into jar from that, then proceed to empty jar and fill box as before.

There are a number of ways in which a box of chocolates can be vanished. Another type of mirror jar may be made by using a jar shaped like that in Figure 59. In middle of jar insert two pieces of mirror back to back.

Another way in which I like to work is to use a table with a black art well (a hole in table in which a bag is arranged to catch articles—this is explained to you farther on), or to use a servante on back of table. I use a glass bowl with decorated sides and cut the bottom from it. The missing bottom is not noticed by audience. Have bowl on table proper, pour chocolates into it, and cover. Move bowl over black art well and allow chocolates to fall into it, or bring bowl over back edge of table, allowing chocolates to fall into servante. Replace bowl on table or raise it up, remove covering, and show that chocolates have vanished.

Figure 60.

The bottomless idea with glassware is good. The bottomless glass has long been used in Magic. It is just an ordinary glass tumbler with bottom removed. Articles are placed in tumbler and secretly removed from bottom under cover of a silk over the glass.

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