1 — Special Canvas Box, consisting of six covered frames.
2 — Curtained cabinet.
3 — Flashlight, if desired, for use inside of box.
The Canvas Box:
Of the six frames which make this box, two are 26 inches square (these form the top and bottom) — two are 4 feet high and 24 inches wide — and two are 4 feet high and 26 inches wide. The lumber used in the frames is 3 to 3-1/2 inches wide and one inch thick. Sizes may be varied if desired.
Figure 23 shows construction of top and bottom frames. In each side there are two holes bored for insertion of wooden pegs on side frames.
Figure 25 shows construction of the two frames 4 feet high and 26 inches wide. These frames also have wooden pegs at top and holes in the sides through which threaded bolts from other side frames can be placed.
Figure 26 shows the method in which the frames are covered with canvas. There is a distance of about one inch between the outer edge of canvas and outer edge of the frame. The canvas is securely tacked on with brass headed tacks placed about an inch apart. All the frames are prepared this way except for one of the side frames, 4 feet high and 26 inches wide.
Figure 27, next page, shows construction of the tricked side frame. A groove about half an inch deep is chiseled out around the bottom and sides of lower half of this frame. Into this groove is fitted another frame. This is about half an inch thick and an inch and a half wide around the edges so that it fits flush with rest of frame. This frame is hinged at the top so that it can act as a door.
When canvas is placed over this frame, it is tacked around top half of
frame and then brought down over fake lower half and tacked around it. Thus when fake part is in position, frame looks just like the other unprepared frames, but in reality the lower half is free and can swing out, see Figure 28.
Figure 29 shows method of fastening door frame. To hold the door frame in place, special catches are fixed in the lower groove. By pushing down on A with a nail through a hole in the frame, the spring catches at the sides are forced in and plungers released so that door opens. When door frame is firmly in place and plungers set, frame can be examined closely without danger of detection.
are placed around the box but they do not interfere with the door. To make your escape when you are inside of the box, all you have to do is push the nail down through small opening in middle of lower edge of fake frame. This releases the catches and door can be pushed out. If performing only an escape, door should then be pushed back firmly into place and catches will lock it automatically. If a substitution is going to be made, be sure that door is not pushed back and locked until substitution is accomplished.
To Prepare for Performance:
Have the frames stacked together on the stage. Place straps nearby. The curtained cabinet is in center of stage. The cabinet for this illusion must be light enough to lift over box.
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