I always wanted to do a stage size “switch box” a similar concept of the ones that comes in the children sets . I personally use them to hold screws and nuts
As I searched in thrift stores I was looking for an expensive chess set that I can convert to the magic switch prop. Then I came across this wooden book like case. It doesn’t have equal size on each half side. But I remembered another prop build during my Magic with Magnets Udemy presentation. I came across an old article from a magic magazine that mention the use of a book the say ” the book of magic Smells ” with children reacting to it the magician attempts to correct it, it reads “the book of magic Swells”. Now the children going wild, the magician finally correct it to “the book of magic Spells” .
Now we can combine the smells gag before introducing the switch box. The idea of Trick within a Trick was inspired by Tommy James Halloween show where he introduced the switch bag, and pulled out multipling bottles from it for a gag. The trick wasn’t the bottles, it’s just a bonus as he introduced the change bag.
The wooden book was from Savers, another thrift treasure place of ideas. Book was 6.99. Magnet sheets were a dollar each
I added the velvet paper to the magnet sheet at first. Use the paper cutter to cut magnet sheet and velvet together for the smoothest cut
At this point I decided to use raw magnet sheet without velvet, the 2 smooth side attract to each other making the Trick very reliable. The only issue was that I needed to add the magnet sheet to both sides to camouflage the bottom and top of box, and now the hidden item will be locked in between the 2 magnet sheets. Meaning the flap will not be released and Trick won’t work.
So I used one magnetic sheet with velvet for bottom of box, one self adhesive velvet only sheet on top. And used 2 magnetic sheets back to back rolled with velvet self adhesive paper making it heavier, and attracts the bottom either side. I carefully cut the double sheet to size and I believe the inside part is complete.
Now I have to work on the smells gag on the outside of the box.. !!! The letter w needs to be magnetically added and removed on top of the letter P of the word Spells .. how do I do this without ruining the art of the original book design?