This effect was first released at a British Convention during the 1970s and has never been listed in any of Alan Warner’s catalogues.
Alan Warner’s new version of this effect differs from the original hand-painted piece of apparatus in that the box is now made of teak. The blocks have also been made slightly larger, and the overall handling instructions have been modified. The effect and its method of working remain the same as the original.
The performer removes the lid from the box to reveal that it contains three hand-painted blocks, two white and one red. After displaying the blocks to the audience, the performer arranges them in the box so that the red one is at one end of it. The lid is then replaced.
While passing the box from one hand to the other, behind his back, the performer explains that the red block will now travel to the opposite end of the box. He then removes the lid to prove that this is indeed what has happened. The performer now reverses this procedure to make the block travel back to its original position in the box.
Quite understandably, the audience is totally unimpressed by the performer’s performance: a child of two years of age would not have been fooled. The performer is simply turning the box end for end behind his back! The performer acknowledges this skepticism of his magical prowess, but denies that he is doing any such thing, and offers – this time, by using only one hand to pass the box no more than halfway and then back again – to prove that the block can and does move around in the box of its own accord.
The performer, on removing the lid for the second time, then reveals that THE RED BLOCK HAS ONLY TRAVELLED HALFWAY ALONG THE INTERIOR OF THE BOX. IT IS NOW SANDWICHED BETWEEN THE TWO WHITE BLOCKS!
EASY TO USE APPARATUS * No extra blocks! * No shells! * No panels with fake painted blocks! The box measures approximately 8 cms in length and finished in a bright yellow lacquer. The hand-painted blocks are approximately 2 cms square. The lid of the box has a glossy black finish with a bright yellow diamond overlay.