Light and Heavy Chest
This wooden chest resists anyone lifting it- until you let them!
Ages 13 and up Level 2
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Light and Heavy Chest

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The trick so good that it changed history!

And this is the new and improved design! The model in the photo is the new one, the one you'll get. The mechanism on this one has been improved over the model shown in the demo video!

The Light and Heavy Chest is an incredible demonstration of strength! An unbelievable exhibition of magical powers! A fascinating mystery your audience will be talking about for a long time to come! This trick even stopped a revolution! (See History and Trivia)

A beautiful piece of equipment that is so easy to operate! Display the chest to your audience. Set the chest on a table. Ask a member of the audience to join you for the Light and Heavy experiment. Let him lift the chest- he can do it easily. Mention that you have the ability to take his strength away, merely by possessing some personal item of his. Let him hand you any item from their pocket- a handkerchief, a coin, a wallet. Place the item inside the box, and close it up. Now when he tries to lift the box, he finds it very difficult! It's like his strength is gone! Of course, you open the chest again, return the item, and he is now able to easily lift the chest one more.

You can also use this presentation: after explaining that some items appear much lighter than they actually are, ask the spectator to lift the chest. He can't do it very easily- the chest seems very heavy! Now, explain that maybe it's what's inside the chest that makes it so heavy. Open the chest, and take out a single, featherweight silk scarf! Close the chest, and NOW the spectator can lift it with no problem!

This is a true piece of quality apparatus. No assistant or stooge is needed- you use real people from your audience!

History and Trivia:
In 1856, the famous French magician Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin (the father of modern day magic and the inspiration for Houdini's stage name) was called upon by the French government to help avoid a possible revolution in French-occupied Algeria. A majority of the native Algerians believed that their shamans had great power, more power perhaps than the French soldiers. To convince them that France was even more powerful, Robert-Houdin put on a magical performance that included his newest illusion, the Light and Heavy Chest. By showing the Algerians that a Frenchman could lift the chest when no one else could, he frightened his audience into believing that there would be no use in rising up against the French occupation.

Interested in magic history? Visit our free online Magic Library, full of biographies of famous magicians plus lots of magic history and trivia!

Performance Ideas:

This box works best when it is set on a smooth, stable surface like a countertop. The surface has to be smooth for the mechanism to work. Also, if you set it on a lightweight table instead of a secured surface, there is the chance that your volunteer will pick up the box AND the whole table with it!

Another idea is to cut a square of Lexan or plexiglass to use as a performance surface. Use a piece at least 3 feet square. Set the plexiglass on the floor, and place the box on top of it. Your volunteer will stand on the plexiglass as well, as he attempts to pick up the box. His weight will prevent the plexiglass from being lifted up along with the box.

There are so many variations that can be done with this chest. You can have several spectators try to lift it unsuccessfully, and then when you try, it lifts easily. Have several men try to lift it, and only a child can lift it. Use this trick with a message about how God's grace can help carry a heavy burden.

Here's what you'll get:

  • Light and Heavy Chest
  • printed instructions

You borrow an item from your audience (optional).
The chest is made of solid wood. It measures about 10"x10"x10".
This box works best when set on a smooth and secured surface, like a countertop.


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