The Treasure Chest

And now I am going to tell you about the "Treasure Chest" illusion. In this case I have developed a new adaptation of an old time principle and utilization of the famous old tip over box.


A wooden chest painted like a treasure chest is freely shown all sides and placed on the table. The chest is tipped over so that lid faces audience. The lid is raised and box shown empty. The lid is closed and box placed in upright position again. Lid is raised and various articles are removed such as silks, lanterns, etc., or it may be utilized for a dove or rabbit production.


1 -- The Treasure Chest.

3 — Articles to be produced. PREPARATION:

The Treasure Chest:

Fig. 32 shows general effect of the box from the outside. The metal band effect and rivets can be made with paint, as well as the lock.

Fig. 33 shows inside of box when box is tipped over and the lid raised.

The box is not difficult to build.

A special compartment must be constructed for the load and fitted into the box. Fig. 34 shows the rear of the box when box is tipped over with lid towards the audience. The compartment is at rear.

The compartment is so made that when box is tipped upright again the compartment will swing into the box.

Fig. 35 is a picture of compartment. Note the thin tin side pieces to keep compartment from swinging back too far.

Figs. 36, 37 and 38 show the principle of hiding the compartment.

Fig. 3 6 shows the box with the compartment inside. You will note that the bottom of box is formed by one side of compartment and that the other side leans up against the front side of box. The bottom side of compartment is hinged to bottom of front side of box.

Now if box is tipped forward so that opening is in front you will find that the compartment with load automatically comes into position, Figs. 37 and 34. What appears to be the inside bottom of the box is really a side of the compartment.

Now close lid again and push box back, Fig. 38, to upright position, Fig. 36, and the compartment comes back into the box.

Before the show, the compartment is filled with the necessary production articles. If live stock is used, you can have a slide cover on compartment. Holes should also be cut in the unseen sides for ventilation.


Bring box forward and show all sides. Place in upright position on a plain undraped table.

Tip box over with lid to front. Open up lid showing inside of the box, Fig. 33.

Close lid again and tip box back to normal position.

Raise lid, reach into compartment and make production.

If desired, you can add patter to the trick and tell a fanciful pirate story. When the pirate's chest was dug up, it was found empty. However, a magician discovered its secrets and brought forth the missing treasures.

You could produce jewels, strings of imitation pearls, jeweled crowns, bags of money or handfuls of imitation gold.

You will find the "Treasure Chest" illusion very effective. Professionals value it highly.

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