Fairy Box Illusion Revisited
By Jim Gerrish


This is a true "oldie but goodie." From Weird Wonders for Wizards by Sidney E. Josolyne, published c. 1920, comes this illusion of a by-gone era with still a lot of life left in it for today's audiences. While it was originally a spectacular production of a fairy character, it can also be refitted with holly and pine garlands for a Christmas Elf production, or with Hawaian Leis or flowers for a variety of other productions. It can be made of plywood, foam board, cardboard, hardboard or PVC Pipes.


A box, measuring 2' x 2' x 2', standing on a platform, is seen by the audience to be quite empty. The front of the box is now put on by the performer who taps under the platform to show there are no traps used. A pistol is fired and immediately the box bursts open to three times its original size, transformed into a bower of flowers and festoons; the front also falls down and reveals a Fairy reclining in the interior which is illuminated with electric lights.



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