Micro Curious Cubes
I always thought Eric Lewis' Curious Cubes, made popular by Milson Worth, was an overlooked fooler. When you consider that any face card can be named and the blocks inside the cabinet magically form that card. A few years ago I found a rare version which was sold in Germany and it was a great improvement over the original. The ingenious design allowed you to instantly repeat the effect with a different card. There was also briefly a small version made for closeup that is now extremely rare. The two I've had in the past have sold for $500+.
We based this new release on that rare piece of apparatus, but Thomas has improved the mechanics to make the working a breeze. The routine is a baffler. The beautiful little cabinet (about the size of a deck of cards!) is opened to display twelve small blocks which have images of pips or blank white sides. The blocks are dumped out and the cabinet is clearly empty. A deck of cards is displayed and shown to be completely mixed. It's ribbon spread on the table and the first spectator is asked to simply touch any one which is removed from the spread and shown to them. That is card number one. The performer states that someone might think he manipulated the spectator into choosing that first card, so to make the process even more fair, a second spectator is told to simply name any face card. They do so and that is card number two.
The performer again displays the empty cabinet and the twelve small blocks which he claims have curious properties. The blocks are placed back into the cabinet in a random order---which is evident as they're seen to be stacked inside with some pips sideways, upside down, etc. The back door of the cabinet is closed. The random stack of blocks is still visible as the front door is closed. Now--the performer tell the audience to witness the amazing properties of the curious cubes. When the door of the cabinet is reopened, the spectators will be amazed to see that the blocks inside have now magically re- assembled to display the value of a playing card. Spectator number one is asked to reveal their selection for the very first time. It matches the image on the blocks!
It's a baffling revelation ... but it gets even better. The cabinet is now turned around and the second door opened to reveal the other side of the blocks which are in a mixed up random order. The door is closed and immediately reopened and the blocks are seen to have once again rearranged magically to form the image of the second spectator's freely named card!! The blocks are once again pushed from the cabinet which is shown freely. It's an ingenious routine.
The craftsmanship on the little cabinet (which is only about 4" x 3" x 1"), blocks and fakes is perfect. Thomas has improved the mechanics to make operation very simple. It happens automatically. It's a brilliant design. The look of the cabinet is absolutely stunning. The rich wine color laminate with black/gold trim has the four playing card suits "etched" in white into the front and back doors. It's a beautiful piece of micro magic that you will perform and fool with. This will be a very limited release because of the precision work involved.
Comes complete with a bonus Mastermind Deck by Chris Kenworthey.
(Description supplied with permission by Joe Long)