This is an ingenious illusion, making use of the Phantom Frame and an ordinary large trunk. The finish is a startling transformation.
Performer shows open frame. He sets it up and places a top on it. He then shows a large trunk empty. Into the trunk steps a girl and the lid is closed over her. Trunk is placed to one side of stage, away from everything. Magician now steps on platform, holding a sheet spread out in front of him. Suddenly a figure appears under the sheet in front of performer. He allows sheet to fall over this figure and he steps down from platform. In a moment he opens the trunk and out jumps a boy instead of the girl placed there. He whisks off the sheet from figure on platform and reveals the girl who a moment before was placed in the trunk.
1 -- Phantom Black Art Frame and Top.
2 -- Black back curtain and ground cloth.
3 -- Trunk, large enough for a person to crouch in comfortably.
4 -- Large cloth, about 8 feet square. A bed sheet will do in emergency.
Place trunk at center back of stage, about three feet from back drop. Have Phantom Frame and Top at side of stage.
Place boy assistant down behind trunk so that he cannot be seen by audience.
Girl assistant should be dressed in Oriental costume with thin trousers attached to her ankles — or in some other suitable costume which will allow freedom of leg movement, unhampered by skirts. She should be in readiness offstage.
Pick up frame and top. Set top against trunk. Show frame and open it. Bring it over to right of trunk. Stand behind frame and open it. Set it down with one edge an inch or two behind right side of trunk. Audience can see your legs through frame.
Figure 39 shows a diagram of positions of yourself, boy, trunk, and frame at this point.
Now come around right side of frame to front. Pick up top and place it on frame, causing curtains to drop into position. The moment curtains have fallen, boy crawls from behind trunk to back of frame.
Grasp handle at left side of trunk and pull it forward to front of stage. Open trunk, stand it on end, and turn it around to show it is empty. Strike it on all sides to convince audience it is an ordinary trunk.
Replace trunk against edge of frame as before, but this time have front of trunk toward back curtain so that lid opens toward audience.
Boy crawls behind trunk again as you lift the lid. Quickly the boy slips into trunk while your movements help to screen him from the side, and he crouches over in right side.
Girl assistant enters quickly and makes a slight bow to audience. She steps into trunk from left side, faces audience, and places her hands on top of trunk lid.
While looking at audience, she quietly steps out of trunk backward, one leg at a time. Audience is not aware of this movement.
Girl crouches down behind trunk and then crawls over behind the frame. You place lid of trunk down over boy. Audience believes that you are closing the girl into the trunk.
Now grasp left handle of trunk and pull trunk away from frame, bringing it down to side-front of stage. Turn it so that front of trunk is now toward audience.
To convince audience that girl is in trunk, go through the following: Knock on the side of the trunk and have boy inside knock in return. Have boy raise lid of trunk a little also. You may raise trunk lid a little and place a corner of a handkerchief under it so that boy can quickly draw it inside. Or an inch hole may be cut in side or top of trunk so that you can put corner of handkerchief into that and have it drawn inside by boy.
Next pick up the sheet and walk over to Phantom Platform. Step up on the frame from the side. Show sheet empty and then hold it spread out in front of you. Be sure that bottom of sheet comes a little below top of platform and yet leaves enough of the frame in view so that audience thinks it can still see through frame.
Girl crawls up on to platform on your left and then stands up in front of you. You allow sheet to fall down and drape over her.
To Prepare: The Slat Screen:
Step down from platform and come to center of stage. Point to figure under sheet. Point to trunk, and then walk over to it. Open lid suddenly. Up jumps the boy and steps out of the trunk. Trunk is then tipped on end and shown empty.
Walk over to platform and whisk away sheet, revealing the girl. Help her down from the platform.
NOTE: You have a very effective illusion here if you will speed it up and put pep in it. The finish is great. Study it enough to perform it in an artistic manner.
Was this article helpful?
Magick is the art and practice of moving natural energies to effect needed or wanted change. Magick is natural, there is absolutely nothing supernatural about it. What is taught here are various techniques of magick for beginners. Magick is natural and simple and the techniques to develop abilities should be simple and natural as well. What is taught on this site is not only the basics of magick, but the basics of many things.