Substitution Trunk

Substitution Trunk
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  • Item #: ABBsubtrunkcd
  • Manufacturer: Abbotts/Chadwick
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Price $1,800.00
Shipping on this item is FOB only

The magician displays a large packing box. Volunteers from the audience can assist the magician by moving the trunk in place, opening the hinged lid, and giving the trunk a thorough inspection. Next the magician displays a pair of handcuffs or other wrist restraint device, and a cloth bag. The magician’s assistant enters the trunk and then is handcuffed. Next she enters the bag and one of the volunteers tie the bag closed with a piece of rope. The assistant bends down inside the box, the lid is closed, the two hasps are clamped, and the trunk is locked tight with padlocks. Next the magician hops up on top of the trunk and raises a tubular curtain. On the simple count of three, the curtain is dropped and the assistant is now standing on top of the trunk! The trunk is opened and the magician is found handcuffed inside the cloth bag and trunk.

This effect was made famous by Harry Houdini and appropriately named the Metamorphosis (means "change"). Our packing box style Substitution Trunk is made out of the finest 3/4" double "A" face birch luan and is finished with clear lacquer to give it an incredible natural wood finish. The trunk is designed to come apart for packing, although many magicians use the trunk to actually transport other magic props they use in their act. The only tools needed to take the trunk apart are the supplied nut driver. This is a beautiful prop that could easily be used as a coffee table in the living room. Made by Chadwick Illusion Fabrications by special arrangement with Abbott’s Magic Company. $1800 plus UPS shipping. Handcuffs, bag, and tubular curtain not included.

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