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Prison Box Review

Official Review

December 14th, 2002 6:50pm
Reviewed by Brad Henderson
I love Tenyo. I love the clever methods and I love performing these jewels for magicians and laymen alike. So keep that in mind as you read any of my Tenyo reviews.

The Prison Box is a creation of the incredibly clever Angelo Carbone. It has been touted in many of the magazines as the standout item in the 2001-2002 Tenyo Collection. While I will have some good things to say about this piece, my feelings for it are not as strong.

As with all Tenyo products, the piece is well made and is practically self working. As with all Tenyo products, the method most likely will fool you and your audiences. Though this method is not nearly as much "fun" as say the Mystery China Box.

Though the method is good, there is another very plausible method that could explain how the effect is accomplished. (Rings sliding in and out of the side of the box.) While this is NOT even close to what happens, you will want to make sure that you establish this method as being false. I've had both real people and magicians suspect this initially. Only after allowing them to see that this could not be the case did the true power of the effect sink in. Forewarned is Forearmed.

This is a good trick, but without the cleverness of method which I so much enjoy, I find it sitting on my shelf. I do collect Tenyo and I do perform these pieces often for guests (see Mystery China Box review). I think some of their other pieces have greater lay person appeal, and other pieces have greater magic buddy appeal.

Well made and clever, but not the stand out piece I was expecting. If you like Tenyo, you'll like this. Otherwise, check out the Mystery China box or the Under Cover cube for better "play/perform" value.

Product info for Prison Box

Author: Tenyo Magic
Publisher: Tenyo
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $25.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

Allow your spectator to completely examine a case that is divided into three compartments. Have him screw three metal nuts and bolts into the case. The nuts and bolts are not gimmicked in any way. The spectator locks his own finger ring onto one of the end bolts. Slide a transparent cover onto the case so that it is impossible to remove the ring. However, when you cover the box briefly with a handkerchief, the ring has magically jumped onto the middle bolt.

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