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Roland Hurley developed this version of the standard Boston Box in 1969. During the last decade, beginning with "Swadling's Swindle," many innovations using magnets in conjunction with coins and coin boxes have been created. Ken Brooke, Johnson Products ("Jo-Pro Box" and the "Magna Coin Box"), and Sam Schwartz ("The Incredi-Box") have made excellent contributions along these lines. Magicians like Rink and Eddy Teytelbaum have experimented in this area and Alex Elmsley showed Marlo a magnetic coin-box routine in the 50's. Elmsley may have been the first magician to pioneer use of magnets and coin-boxes, coupled with sleight-of-hand. Sam Schwartz's coin-box is very flexible and invites imaginative coin workers to devise new routines and applications for it. Likewise, you will find Hurley's "Automatic Boston Box" an intriguing piece of apparatus. Among other things, it features a unique mechanical refinement— two magnets of unequal attraction.42 A gaffed coin can be then be automatically dislodged or transferred in a secret manner without having to resort to manual means. You will understand its subtle points this explanation becomes more detailed.

42 This idea was used by Robert Swadling in the coin boxes he started marketing in 1996.


Figures detail the construction properties and show both sides of each part or component. The illustration (by Roland Hurley) is a draftsman's drawing, revealing invisible aspects of the apparatus. It is depicted in scale. Using these illustrations and the text, you should have no difficulty understanding the box's dynamics.

Boxes (A) and (B) are identical in appearance, following the classic lines of the standard Boston Box. The external side of their bottoms are recessed. The depth of this recessed indentation is the exact width of gaffed coin (C), which has a shim.

Box (A) differs from duplicate box (B) because it contains a built-in magnet in its bottom. Box (A) also has a slight lip around the inside circumference of its rim. This 1/32" lip serves to hold gaffed coin (C) snugly in place when it is placed in (on) the box. When gaffed coin (C) is put in place, it remains at the top and gives a convincing illusion that the coin box is full of half dollars.

Lid (D) fits over both Box (A) and Box (B). Inside lid (D)'s top is another built-in magnetic, but magnet (D) is weaker than magnet (A). This plays an important role in the box's function. The four half dollars (E) are turned down and re-milled so that they will by-pass the small lip that holds back gaffed coin (C) and fits snugly in the box.


If you place gaffed coin (C) in Box (A) it will lodge on top and the box will appear to be full of coins. When covering Box (A) with Lid (D), gaffed coin (C) will be attracted into its top because of the magnet. When the lid is cleanly lifted, the box will appear empty.

If you actually fill Box (A) will four half dollars (E) and execute a standard turnover move, placing Lid (D) on the bottom of Box (A) and subsequently lifting Lid (D), ostensibly to show that everything is copacetic, gaffed coin (C) will be seen in the recessed bottom of Box (A). This lends credence to the fact that the box is apparently rightside up and still holds all its coins. Gaffed coin (C) is also held firmly in place by the magnet that attracted it from Lid (D).

After an apparent penetration or vanish, Box (A) will act like a conventional Boston Box, although there is not any risk of gaffed coin (C) becoming accidentally dislodged during the usual flip or turnover action as the box is righted.

When you understand the dynamics of this box, apply it to any existing Boston Box routine. Roland Hurley applies it to the popular "Quarter-Go" routine where the box penetrates the hand at one point. Hurley's box not only enhances the standard Boston Box, it provides the fraternity with a gaff that is easy, sure-fire, trouble-free, and cleanly deceptive

All Manufacturing Rights Reserved by Roland Hurley September 24, 1969

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