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Magic Switchboard Review

July 4th, 2014 5:47am
Reviewed by Doc Johnson

WARNING: Killer bonus presentation idea at the end



This is a tremendously devious device. It looks like a primitive device with four colored switches and four colored bulbs. However, you switch the bulbs, and the switches still light the correct bulbs!


This is probably not designed for walk-around. There is a large plug in version and a small battery version. The smaller version is probably best for a parlor type setting and the larger version would be good for parlor or stage.


I think the real challenge is how to present it. Here is an idea that I use:

I set this up by asking the audience if they want to see something that isn’t magic, but is really eerie. I ask them if they can keep this in confidence, because I don’t want any trouble.

I talk about how my grandfather was an electrician at an undisclosed secret location. Let’s just say in this area they now have many gift stores selling little alien toy figures. He was working in a lab that he said had something to do with artificial intelligence. The facility he was working for was shut down and he was given permission to take some electrical equipment that he was going to use to build a model train set. He built the most beautiful model train set with four different locomotives that he could control with this wooden panel he built. Over the years, grandpa started to lose his mind and became more and more reclusive in his little locomotive world. I went to his home one day and he in a rage. Tearing train tracks from the elaborate scene he built, throwing everything in the trash. “What’s wrong, grandpa?” I asked. He kept pointing to the switchboard and saying it was losing it’s mind. I was really sad, for I knew it was grandpa that was losing his mind. However, He showed me what I am about to show you.

I then have them rearrange the bulbs and they observe nothing wrong. I then take the board back and ask two others to stand in a triangle formation around the board and touch finger to finger with me until a three-way loop is made around the board.

I then show them the magic of the board.

I hope this presentation idea sparks your creative powers to come up with something fun and entertaining for your audiences.

Best of luck

Product info for Magic Switchboard

Author: Wellington
Average Rating:  (3)
Retail Price: $395.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

A finely finished mahogany board is shown to have four different colored light bulbs, each with a switch of the same color in front of it. When the red switch in turned on, the red bulb lights. As each switch is turned on, the corresponding colored bulb in front of it lights. Nothing special so far. Now, the first two bulb's are removed from their sockets and their positions switched. They no longer line up with their matching switch. Even so, each switch still operates only its matching colored bulb. Throughout the routine, all the bulbs are moved around. Still, each switch only operates the bulb of corresponding color. Finally, with all the bulbs mixed up, you explain that it was better with the bulbs in front of their respective switches. Rather than unscrew all the bulbs, you remove the caps on the switches and replace them in the correct order. Again, all the switches are turned on and each colored switch operates only its matching bulb.

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