Creator: by Mark Shortland
Publisher: Vanishing Inc
MSRP: $ 65
Skill Level: all
DVD Run time: 35:52
Type of effect: Forcing box (switch/change box)
Manufacturer's Write Up:
When Vanishing Inc. released the original AmazeBox last year, magicians across the world immediately recognized the countless uses for such a clever utility prop. Since its release, it has been used on some of the largest stages in the world by thousands of magicians, including a number of famous performers.
The AmazeBox, if you haven't heard, is a revolution for switching billets and playing cards. Spectators write, say, their favorite movie on pieces of paper and then drop it into a small cardboard box. You never touch the box; someone comes on stage, opens it up and randomly selects a billet. It is always your force billet.
We received two important pieces of feedback from the professionals that used AmazeBox in their show: they'd like it to contain more billets, and they'd prefer it to be black rather than white.
Not only is the AmazeBox MUCH bigger (it can hold 200 slips of paper instead of just 30), but it is also stronger. Steel plates between the cardboard ensure that this will last MUCH longer and is better suited to travel, and the new matte black color means it will blend in perfectly in any environment. After weeks (yes, really!) of re-designing, we have now made it so it fits back into its packaging, so you can transport it flat wherever you go. The box, when flat, it will fit in any large suitcase.
In a 45 minute, online video, Mark Shortland takes you through everything from assembling the box, to routines and more. If you have a place for the original AmazeBox in your show, the AmazeBox Black will change everything!
How accurate is the ad copy? The “routines” are really more of quick suggestions and ideas.
What's in the box? The box (flat and unassembled) and the needed items to assemble it, plus the download code to watch the instructions. Make sure you if you have the white box you are watching the white box instructions, and black box watching the black box instructions, they are built differently and require varied assembly.
Key points: With the AmazeBox Black you can:
- Switch up to 200 billets
- Perform surrounded
- Travel anywhere
- Have a fail-safe method for switching paper, playing cards, and more!
How are the production values: Mostly it’s Mark Shortland against a white backdrop, shot in HD, well mic’d assembling the box on a table.
Is it well made: It is made from sturdy corrugated cardboard
Is it well taught: the video is chiefly assembly instructions with a few “ideas” thrown in at the end. No full routines or live performances
Storage? Does it "pack flat?" Not only does it pack flat – it comes flat
Does it "play big?" I can’t imagine mentalism being much stronger than this
Difficulty / Skill level required: self-working
How much arts and crafts are involved? Minimal.
How practical is this in the real world? (can it really be done?) This will work great for both stage and parlor. I know there has been some “white box vs black box debate” but in truth it does not make any difference.
Overall score: let's toss out the traditional score of 1-10 and make this something that we all can appreciate and understand.
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My thoughts: this is a wonderful prop and your only limit is your own imagination.
+ Hey do you want to see my full review with even more of my opinions and ideas? Visit this link for my video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2mnCeAsgHw