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I'm quite staggered tbh that it is claimed that the emotion box was invented by harry k and co..
Boretti had a box called the sensor box...and one of his boxes was purchased by two individuals ahem...They made a few improvements. Granted and boretti was happy with that..But to pretend that you actually created the item is very lamentable.
Boretti never claimed to invent it either and he did credit the original creator. But boretti took the box and pretty much made the effect it is today..Google boretti sensor box or feeling box.Strangely enough the first effect that is included with it is sponge to stone. Sound familiar?? and you can buy it for around 150 dollars.If I wanted one I'd buy straight from boretti..the improvements made are not worthy of the price tag of the Emotion box.
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Thanks for that info. I googled it and watched the video.
I wouldn’t in a million years use a box like that. Ever. It screams magic trick. Magic box.


https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_hoVhDnqRmc
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The video is bad...doesnt do it justice at all..and what would it take to paint it black...the actual mechanics are the same to a degree..very slight change in one aspect..though how it fooled penn and teller is beyond me..as this has been on the market decades
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It looks like Boretti has a deluxe version that moves the hole to the top and you can slide your hand through while the box is open. It doesn't show any pictures of completely removing the slide from the box so the method may differ from the Emotion Box slightly.

https://boretti-shop.info/Gefuehlsbox-De......-Boretti
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I have the original Boretti box if anyone wants one. My Emotion Box arrives tomorrow or Saturday. Can’t wait
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On Sep 13, 2019, emyers99 wrote:
I have the original Boretti box if anyone wants one. My Emotion Box arrives tomorrow or Saturday. Can’t wait


Would be terrific if you wrote a comparison here in this thread.

Do you have the Boretti Box offered through Boretti himself (which seems to be referred to as the Boretti Deluxe Box) or the "regular"/smaller one?
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I have the original Boretti box if anyone wants one. My Emotion Box arrives tomorrow or Saturday. Can’t wait


I PMed you earlier today on this ... I am interested.
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My Emotion Box arrived. The shipping box was pretty mangled and the dvd apparently fell out along its journey so I had no instructions initially. I sat with it and tried to see if I could figure it out without instructions. I couldn't. Had no clue. I honestly think you could let spectators examine the box and they would never find anything. Luckily Hakan's customer service has been top notch and he emailed me the instructions. While by no means high tech, the box is a thing of beauty. Very well built. I didn't get the new version that breaks down for transport. Didn't feel that feature was worth an additional $250. I did order a bunch of accessories though: toothbrush to toilet brush; wallet to high heeled shoe; bottle opener to beer glass. It also comes standard with sponge to rock and teaspoon to ladle. The ultimate reveal item is not gimmicked. The starting item that they feel is gimmicked but the gimmick is very basic. You can pretty much gimmick up any small item very easily and cheaply so there is no real need to order any of the accessories. In fact, I'll probably remake a few of them so the quality/feel is better. The mechanics are very easy. You do have to do one move but it's well covered and very basic. The only bad angle is obviously from behind.

I also have the original Boretti box and some folks have asked for a comparison. The obvious differences are in looks and price. Boretti is significantly cheaper than Emotion but it also looks much more like a magic prop (from the 40's) than Emotion. The methods are somewhat similar but also different. The slide on Boretti can't ever be removed or even raised completely and that is a big drawback in terms of deceptiveness. The box also cannot stand up to any level of inspection by the spectators. The ultimate end effect, however, is essentially the same. So it's basically the old Ford vs. Ferrari argument. Both get the job done. Just depends on whether you are willing to pay extra for significantly more deceptiveness and a much better look. To me, Emotion is worth the extra money. It's one of the most creative/unusual effects I've seen in 30+ years in the business and it's something I gaurantee your audience has never seen before. I can't wait to add it to my show.
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I also have the original Boretti box and some folks have asked for a comparison. The obvious differences are in looks and price. Boretti is significantly cheaper than Emotion but it also looks much more like a magic prop (from the 40's) than Emotion. The methods are somewhat similar but also different. The slide on Boretti can't ever be removed or even raised completely and that is a big drawback in terms of deceptiveness. The box also cannot stand up to any level of inspection by the spectators. The ultimate end effect, however, is essentially the same. So it's basically the old Ford vs. Ferrari argument. Both get the job done. Just depends on whether you are willing to pay extra for significantly more deceptiveness and a much better look. To me, Emotion is worth the extra money. It's one of the most creative/unusual effects I've seen in 30+ years in the business and it's something I gaurantee your audience has never seen before. I can't wait to add it to my show.


Many thanks for your in-depth and detailed comparison between these boxes. I was afraid that the performer cannot completely remove the slide on the front of the original Boretti box. This is indeed for me too a big drawback and thus I'd say I'm gonna save big bucks and go for Hakan's Emotion Box. Thanks for saving me from spending too much money, because otherwise I'm pretty sure I'd have purchased the Emotion Box after toying around with the original box by Boretti.

Have a great time with your Emotion Box, and good news that Hakan's after-sales service appears to be outstanding.
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I have found the Sensor box by supplier in the usa. Seems the same as the ones sold in europe looks the same does the same. The box is painted with design on slide, yes it looks like a magic trick but that is what it is. Price is 169.99 with free ship much cheaper than europe. May just give it a try. Anyone got this recently?
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I have found the Sensor box by supplier in the usa. Seems the same as the ones sold in europe looks the same does the same. The box is painted with design on slide, yes it looks like a magic trick but that is what it is. Price is 169.99 with free ship much cheaper than europe. May just give it a try. Anyone got this recently?


I'm pretty sure that's the box Boretti, a German magician, designed and created. Hakan's Emotion Box is completely blank and features many improvements in direct comparison with Boretti's Sensor Box, which indeed is sold less expensive.

Hope this helps.
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Thank you Michael. I have looked at emotion box by Varol and it is quite spendy really out of my range right now. I don't travel anymore and am retired from performing (83 years old) do a few private parlor routines every now and then so I think the sensor box will be ok for me right now. I also collect unusual and vintage effects so I will add it to the collection and use it when needed. I appreciate your input.
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On Dec 11, 2019, Gerald Blankenship wrote:
Thank you Michael. I have looked at emotion box by Varol and it is quite spendy really out of my range right now. I don't travel anymore and am retired from performing (83 years old) do a few private parlor routines every now and then so I think the sensor box will be ok for me right now. I also collect unusual and vintage effects so I will add it to the collection and use it when needed. I appreciate your input.


There's absolutely nothing wrong about Boretti's Sensor Box. Have fun performing with it. You're going to entertain your spectators just like so many spectators who've seen the Sensor Box before.

All the best
Michael
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But you cannot remove the door from the box completly from the sensor box, correct?
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But you cannot remove the door from the box completly from the sensor box, correct?


Correct. While you're able to remove the sliding door of Hakan's Emotion Box you cannot as far as Boretti's Sensor Box is concerned. That's one of the improvements Hakan was able to accomplish with his version of this effect.
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The open design of the Emotion box also allows you to show it freely from all sides and behind before and between each phase. With Boretti, you can only show the box from behind while you are holding the sliding door in the up position.
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Have looked again for emotion box and they don't seem to be available anywhere in europe or here. Any ideas?
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There you go: http://shop.hakan-varol.de/

All the best
Michael
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THANKS Micheal
Checked that site and listed not available. I think they have to be special ordered.
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Yep, just contact Hakan Smile
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