The first Egyptian King or Pharaoh of the IVth dynasty was Soris of whom little else is known. The most obvious explanation for the loss of all record of his life and times must lie with the grave robbers who plundered his tomb, removing from it all the sacred and precious artefacts which the Pharaoh chose for himself for his after-life, and leaving only the various chests and caskets which originally housed these valuable objects.
Among these plundered chests and caskets were the reliquary which housed the sacred objects from the Pharaoh’s personal standard, and the casket containing the icons representing the falcons which guarded the sacred objects in the reliquary for Soris.
The performer removes the lid from the casket to reveal that it is divided into three compartments, but that only two of these compartments have icons contained within them. The third icon is in the Pharaoh’s reliquary which the falcons guard in turn to this day even though the reliquary was plundered thousands of years ago and the sacred objects from the Pharaoh’s personal standard were stolen from it by the grave robbers.
The performer now picks up the reliquary, which features the dyed coloured wood motif of Soris’s head and shakes it. THE MISSING ICON CAN BE CLEARLY HEARD MOVING ABOUT INSIDE THE RELIQUARY. The performer confirms that the third icon is indeed inside the reliquary by tipping out the icon representing the blue falcon. This icon is then placed with the other two icons in the casket. Once again the reliquary is shaken. This time NO SOUND IT HEARD, and the performer explains that while we (the performer and his spectators) know that the reliquary has been plundered and that there is now no longer anything in it to guard, the falcons continue to this day to carry out their sacred duty of guarding it for their Pharaoh.
A spectator is invited to select which of the three falcons he or she would like to guard the reliquary now that the blue one has been removed from it and placed with the others in the casket. When the spectator has indicated his or her choice of colour, the performer replaces the lid on the casket. He then goes on to explain that as soon as the lid was replaced on the casket, the selected falcon immediately took flight from it to stand on guard ion the reliquary. To prove this, the performer picks up the reliquary and tips out THE COLOURED ICON WHICH THE SPECTATOR SELECTED. The performer then returns to the casket, lifts its lid and reveals that THE SELECTED ICON IS NOW MISSING FROM ITS COMPARTMENT.
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THE SPECTATOR HAS A COMPLETELY FREE CHOICE OF ANY ONE OF THE THREE COLOURED ICONS: THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO FORCE OF ANY DESCRIPTION INVOLVED IN THIS EFFECT.
THE CHOICE IS MADE BY THE SPECTATOR WHILE ALL THREE ICONS ARE IN THE CASKET: THE SELECTED ICON DOES NOT HAVE TO BE LOCATED IN ANY ONE SPECIFIC COMPARTMENT.
FEATURING TOP QUALITY APPARATUS
SUPERBLY HANDCRAFTED IN WOOD
The casket, measuring 12.5 x 7 x 3 cms approx., is made in teak and features inlaid banding and an Egyptian motif design which has been set in relief on its lid. The teak reliquary (7 x 7.5 x 1.5 cms approx.) has the head of the Pharaoh set in relief on the top of it.
The special cabinet, which has four compartments in it and houses all the apparatus used in this effect, is veneered in mahogany, then waxed several times and hand-polished. The interior of the cabinet is lined with green velour to protect the apparatus. The size of the cabinet is 17.75 x 9.25 z 9.25 cms approx. (with brassed door hinges and catches).