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Light and Heavy Chest + BONUS

This wooden chest is way too heavy to be lifted by anyone- except when you let them!
Ages 13 and up Level 2
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Light and Heavy Chest + BONUS

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The trick so good that it changed history!

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 below)

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 can't do it! 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- the chest won't budge! 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. You can show the chest freely from all angles, so you can do this one surrounded.

Performance Ideas   Performance Ideas:

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.


What you'll get when you buy this trick   Here's what you'll get:

Light and Heavy Chest

  • printed instructions
  • BONUS: metal handle for the box
  • The handle we add for you is metal. The style may vary from the photo, but will suit the trick.


    Get a free bonus when you buy this trick
    When you buy the LIGHT AND HEAVY CHEST from us, you'll get a BONUS!

    We attach a HANDLE to the box for you.

    For some reason, the manufacturer now ships these boxes without a handle. But you need a handle on the box to do the trick!

    If you buy this trick anywhere else, the box will not have a handle. You will have to add a handle yourself. But- we've got you covered. We take the time to attach a really nice handle to the box for you, FOR FREE, so you are all ready to go when you get your Light and Heavy Chest!
    History of this magic effect   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!

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