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Great idea with the bow. This is what I have been toying with.

There is a lovely purity and perfection to Joshua Jay’s Inferno, but the Sankey “paperclipped” ending, for better or worse, kept me from performing. I wanted something cleaner and easier. Purists will disagree with me, but found the Gift box to be a perfect workaround. I present the Gift box, stating that it contains the prediction, and also a slightly oversized box of matches (filled with wooden matches). The large matchbox has the “activator” fixed in place at the perfect height in the back of the matchbox slidey drawer.

Three wooden matches are removed from this matchbox.. The three questions are asked. The matchbox is closed and placed beside the Gift box. The spectator is then invited to open the Gift box, which has been in full view (and wrapped with rubberbands etc.) to reveal the single burnt card.

The matchbox that I use is about 1” high, 1.75 “ wide and 2.75 “ in length. I made my own out of thin white cardboard. Printed out a suitable matchbox cover design and glued that to the outer shell. Glued the striking surface from another matchbox to the side. Used a stronger activator and gimmicked the bottom of the matchbox drawer to place the activator at the right height resting on some added “glued in”cardboard support.

Place the match box beside the gift box. Swipe the gift box past the matchbox when handing to spectator.

They find the single burnt card within. No paperclips, pocketing, unfolding or tt’s required.
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P.S…. the supplied and folded Inferno cards work perfectly with the Gift.
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What if a puff of smoke rose out of the box when you opened it?

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What if a puff of smoke rose out of the box when you opened it?

Evan


Beautiful.
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Great idea with the bow. This is what I have been toying with.

There is a lovely purity and perfection to Joshua Jay’s Inferno, but the Sankey “paperclipped” ending, for better or worse, kept me from performing. I wanted something cleaner and easier. Purists will disagree with me, but found the Gift box to be a perfect workaround. I present the Gift box, stating that it contains the prediction, and also a slightly oversized box of matches (filled with wooden matches). The large matchbox has the “activator” fixed in place at the perfect height in the back of the matchbox slidey drawer.

Three wooden matches are removed from this matchbox.. The three questions are asked. The matchbox is closed and placed beside the Gift box. The spectator is then invited to open the Gift box, which has been in full view (and wrapped with rubberbands etc.) to reveal the single burnt card.

The matchbox that I use is about 1” high, 1.75 “ wide and 2.75 “ in length. I made my own out of thin white cardboard. Printed out a suitable matchbox cover design and glued that to the outer shell. Glued the striking surface from another matchbox to the side. Used a stronger activator and gimmicked the bottom of the matchbox drawer to place the activator at the right height resting on some added “glued in”cardboard support.

Place the match box beside the gift box. Swipe the gift box past the matchbox when handing to spectator.

They find the single burnt card within. No paperclips, pocketing, unfolding or tt’s required.


This is lovely but I am confused. You say the Gift box has a matchbox inside which you remove to take the matches out, but later say the box has rubber bands all around it. As if it was never opened.
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Hi Angelo the matchbox is not inside the gift.
He means the gift only contains a prediction but when he introduces it at the beginning he does so with the gimmicked matchbox.
That’s how I read it anyway Gaz 😊 ps I can see how the sentence appeared a little confusing but I am certain that’s what he meant
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Yes… the box remains closed. It is noted at the beginning that it contains the prediction. Rubberbands optional.
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Gift box is placed on table and it is noted that it contains prediction. Take out matchbox from pocket and proceed with INFERNO routine.

Eg. “ We’re going to play a game…You make up all the rules and make all the decisions. Were going to set fire to an imaginary deck of cards….”
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The problem is the Equivoque is terrible in Inferno. It’s so discrepant at one point, watch this scenario and how poor it looks Gaz 😊

https://youtu.be/mno_rqPnDvM
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The merits of INFERNO is for the individual to decide. Using it as an example to show how the Gift Box can be combined with an “activating” object …where the activating object (in this case a matchbox) would make sense within the routine.
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The matchbox is a good idea that fits nicely with your routine, well thought out.

After working with it for some time now, the bow on the box is the best fit for me. It's natural and diabolical, very unsuspicious. There is never any heat on it - nor worry that it didn't 'activate' as expected. I also incorporated Angelo's idea to actually have a gift in the box (some candy in my case) for the spectator. A nice touch.

I also love the routines I've see utilizing multiple boxes. The FB group is awesome.
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I made my own TT gimmick from a thin rubber TT and a very powerful m****t. It’s always worked perfectly and I hold the box with my thumb on the back side just as anyone normally would and my thumb just naturally hits the sweet spot.

AFA as using a bow, are you referring to a bow attached to the lid? Or a ribbon tied in a bow around the box?
Because I really much prefer having the spec remove the lid and open the box themselves.

My opinion of Inferno is that it is a great effect although it’s been replaced by other similar effects that I like better over the years. But the real strength of Inferno IMO was that it was self-contained within a small matchbox.

Whereas the beauty of The Gift is that it is a utility tool which allows for so many creative opportunities outside the realm of another card trick. Just my opinion.
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I also incorporated Angelo's idea to actually have a gift in the box (some candy in my case) for the spectator. A nice touch.


Do you mean my idea to have the prediction under the gift inside making it more impossible? I used a bag of chocolate coins in the video in the FB Group.
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Btw I have about 100 pending people to join the Gift Facebook group who haven't opened their message requests on Messenger to answer the questions I ask. So if you are wondering why you are STILL not in the group, check your pending message requests in Facebook Messenger.
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Yes Bill I agree the TT works perfectly and I have even made stronger ones for people on these boards and sent them half way around the world free of charge and I paid the postage. The bow just sits on the lid only and mine is held by a tiny magnet on the underside of the lid to stop it falling off.
When the magic happens I slide the bow off the box to the side (the magic happens) and the spectator takes the box and opens the lid (the bow remains in my hand).
You can use the TT or the bow and decide literally at a seconds notice during the performance.
Best wishes Gaz 😊
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A lot of people have trouble with m.g.ets and their polarity I have found. Particularly when you are trying to get them to repel as in The Gift, regards Gaz 😊
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On Sep 8, 2021, bosami wrote:
I also incorporated Angelo's idea to actually have a gift in the box (some candy in my case) for the spectator. A nice touch.


Do you mean my idea to have the prediction under the gift inside making it more impossible? I used a bag of chocolate coins in the video in the FB Group.


That's the one. Though it's very clever, I don't perform it like you do for the chocolate coins. I just have some small mints inside the box. A little shake will ensure they are on top of the card.
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I made my own TT gimmick from a thin rubber TT and a very powerful m****t. It’s always worked perfectly and I hold the box with my thumb on the back side just as anyone normally would and my thumb just naturally hits the sweet spot.

AFA as using a bow, are you referring to a bow attached to the lid? Or a ribbon tied in a bow around the box?
Because I really much prefer having the spec remove the lid and open the box themselves.

My opinion of Inferno is that it is a great effect although it’s been replaced by other similar effects that I like better over the years. But the real strength of Inferno IMO was that it was self-contained within a small matchbox.

Whereas the beauty of The Gift is that it is a utility tool which allows for so many creative opportunities outside the realm of another card trick. Just my opinion.


I didn't have any problem with the TT either. I did as you did, just swapped out a more powerful *****t and it worked beautifully. I use the bow because it suits me. Getting the TT on and off isn't a problem - but with the bow it's not even in the equation, you have nothing to hide or ditch. And the *****t disguised in the bow is diabolical. Another great idea from someone in the FB group: Jonathan K.

I agree too re: The Gift as a utility tool. I love the torn paper routine Angelo came up with as well. It's a thing of beauty - you can really get creative with it.
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Just curious. Anyone stil performing The Gift or do tricks have a shelf life and you move on to the next new thing?
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Depends on how many shows a person performs. I normally have only one big show a year but this is one of those effects where if you have a house party or just people coming over you could grab it off the shelf anytime and perform it. I still love this effect very much and use it on occasion.

Good magic to all,


Eric
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