86 DISCONTINUED Light and Heavy Resistance Chest
This wooden chest resists anyone lifting it- until you let them!

86 DISCONTINUED Light and Heavy Resistance Chest


This wooden chest resists anyone lifting it- until you let them!


Ages 13 and up   Level 2

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The trick so good that it changed history!


This trick is not for everyone.
This one is all about your presentation.
If you like to perform an effect right out of the package, this may NOT be the one for you.
But if you present it the right way, it gets an AMAZING reaction!

And don't miss the new mat for the Resistance Chest!
We think this mat is a "must have" accessory for anyone who performs the Light and Heavy Resistance Chest.
This special mat makes the chest even MORE deceptive and even EASIER to use!

Each Chest is individually handcrafted by a skilled woodworking artisan.
Each artisan may use different wood and a slightly different overall outside box design.
Since the artisans are contracted by the manufacturer, which is not us, we have no control over which artisan's work is currently being shipped by the manufacturer.
But no matter what the outside Chest looks like, they all work exactly the same way.
Each Chest is inspected and tested for smoothness of operation.
And ALL of the Chest designs are great- and very well made!
The Chest currently shipping is the one shown in the PRODUCT PHOTO.
Questions? Please call us at 540-832-0900 or use our handy CONTACT FORM.

The Light and Heavy Resistance Chest can be presented as 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! Read "History & 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 Resistance 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 once 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!

What You Get

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".
Outside box design and wood may vary depending on the individual artisan who makes the Chest.
Manufacturer is currently shipping the one shown in the PRODUCT PHOTO.

This box works best when set on a smooth and secured surface, like a countertop.

Tips & Ideas

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.

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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!


Q: My light and heavy chest will be delivered today and I was wondering if it comes with the silk to use with the trick? Thanks.
Asked by: Dick - 9/23/2015
A: No, it does not come with a silk. If you want to use a silk as part of the routine (it's optional), you can use any silk or scarf you may have handy. Answer provided by:  MagicTricks.com (9/23/2015)
Q: Hello, I'm on your website putting my order together and have just a quick question about the Light & Heavy Chest. Will I need to provide a special table for this effect? Do I need to perform it on a very smooth, flat surface or will just about any surface work? I work a lot in libraries so if I needed a heavy reading table I'm sure I could use one. Thanks for your help with this!
Asked by: Eric - 5/26/2015
A: You need a flat, smooth surface. A heavy reading table would be ideal! Answer provided by:  MagicTricks.com (5/26/2015)

Customer Reviews

Mr. Stan - The Magic Man
I purchased this effect and am happy I did. Some may say this trick isn't for everyone, but then again, we all have to select magic that suits our presentation skills and preferences. I select my magic primarily based on what I call The WOW Factor -- or how it amazes my spectators. Of course, I also consider if I can or want to perform the trick. This is one of those selections that can really blow peoples' minds. If you're creative, you'll have no problem thinking up many lines of patter for this effect. All you have to do is find two contrasting items or themes, one light and one heavy, and you're set to go. For example, you could show how a feather is heavier than a cloth table napkin or silk. You could show how one piece of candy has more calories, thus, will add more weight than another! I will follow Peter's advice to work the effect having spectators use their little finger to test the weight of the chest. This effect is not designed to be a test of weight-lifting ability and you want to be careful not to go there, as you will only invite problems, spoil the effect and possibly damage the chest's secret. I highly recommend this effect to those of you who can think outside the box as well as inside. Oh, and the chest has a sturdy appearance and nice grain, just as Mr. Monticup describes. My chest arrived without a blemish. I say Go for it! ...I'm very pleased with mine! Just carrying the case makes people wonder what you have, which only adds to the fun and possibilities!
Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from TX. on 3/16/2016

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