Amulation Phil Goldstein

The performer displays two small boxes, one red, one blue. A finger ring is borrowed from a spectator, and placed inside the red box. A mystical amulet is placed inside the blue box. The boxes are tabled some distance apart from one another. Attention is drawn to the fact that the boxes at no time have come into contact.

The magician states that he will cause the two objects within the boxes to transpose. The gestures are made. The blue box is opened. Apparently, the performer has failed, for the amulet' is still inside. The red box is opened, and found to be empty. The performer exclaims, "Ah — now I understand what happened: the amulet did not pass across — but the ring did! Look inside the amulet." And indeed, the spectator's ring is found to be inside the amulet.

The above plot, while original with me, was stimulated by Alan Brown's "Restless Spirit" [Pallbearer's Review, June 1968]. In order to perform this routine, you will require two similar boxes. The red botf is gaffed — it is a Rattle Box, as sold by the dealers. The amulet involved must open and close easily and quietly, and be large enough to accommodate at least a wedding band. Line the inside of the amulet with felt. At the start of the routine, the amulet is in your pocket.

Introduce the boxes. Borrow a ring (small! enough to fit inside the amulet). The ring is placed into the red box, and secretly stolen out, using the standard technique of a Rattle Box. As the box is tabled, it is rattled — thus indicating to the spectators that the ring is inside. As this action is done with one hand, the other hand (with the ring) goes into your pocket, loads the ring inside the amulet, and comes out with same.

The amulet is displayed, and placed inside the blue box. The work is over. Both boxes can be rattled. At the conclusion, both boxes can be opened by spectators.

T.A. Waters suggests a slightly more elaborate approach, involving two identical amulets. One is shown at the start of the routine — displayed, and then tabled. The second amulet is in your pocket. The ring is stolen as in the above routine, and loaded into the pocketed amulet. That amulet is now exchanged for the tabled one, via any of a variety of coin-switching techniques. The loaded amulet is then placed into the blue box; the empty on^ is gotten rid of. By this extra effort, you will bt ahle to have the amulet apparently in play before the ring is borrowed, thus strengthening the mystery.

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Fundamentals of Magick

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