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Mystery Box Review

December 14th, 2002 6:50pm
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One of my all time favorites!

The John Kennedy Mystery Box has got to be one of the most convincing and impressive signed card effects ever. Quite simply the effect is exactly this: a small box is placed on the table in front of the specator then they choose and sign any card, and it is shuffled back into the pack. The peformer attempts to find their card behind his back and he announces he has found it and that now it is in the box that has been in front of the spectator all this time.

They open the box and see a single card folded in the box. This card is tipped onto the specator's hands - and the performers hands are clean and the box is empty. It is their card with their signature. So beautiful is this trick that I bought all 3 exotic wood versions: Ziricote, Paduk, Bloodwood!

The box can be handled by the audience at the end and there is nothing to get rid of. It takes but a moment to reset. There is a very simple move, but it is beautifully masked by the box, and takes very little time to get comfortable with it.

The effect on the audience is amazing. There are also non-card versions of this box, and different exotic and collector's versions of the box at different price points.

Product info for Mystery Box

Author: Kennedy, John
Publisher: John Kennedy Magic
Average Rating:  (3)
Retail Price: $60.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

From John Kennedy. The effect, the magician brings out a small wooden box and places it on the table. A playing card is freely chosen and signed by a spectator. Card is shuffled back and the magician asks, "Do you think that I can find your card in less than 10 seconds without even looking at the cards?" He holds the deck behind his back for several seconds, brings it back out, announces, "I've found it." He points to the wooden box. But, no way. No one has been anywhere near the box. The magician picks up the box with his empty hand and asks the spectator to remove the lid. A folded card is inside. The magician turns the box over and dumps out the card, then places the empty box on the table. The spectator unfolds the card, it is his card with his signature. Hardwood box looks like an elegant canister, not a prop. Uses Bicycle cards.

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