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I am looking for photos, drawings, schematics, etc., of Margery Crandon's Spirit Bell Box that Houdini debunked. I'd like to make a historically accurate (as best I can) reproduction with gimmicks. I understand that it is on Display in London's Wellcome "Smoke and Mirrors: The Psychology of Magic" display...since I'm in America, a visit to research the box myself is not possible.

Any help or guidance would be appreciated!

Thanx!
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Thank you for responding. I've seen that photo of the bell box. I'm actually looking for photos of drawings of the box, bell, switch, and battery box. Thanx!
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I have a photo of the real one on my other computer .. It looks like a small refrigerator. Once you see it you'll know that Houdini wasn't telling the entire truth. I believe the pic is from the Scientific American.
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I'm looking for detailed photos or drawings of the little bell box...not the box Houdini placed her in. Thanx!
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I've posted a picture on the Houdini's Ghost FB site
You can see Margery in the background.

https://www.facebook.com/973762336033877......&theater
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Heres another page with more info. I’m interested if anyone has measurements as well.
http://www.themagicdetective.com/2010/12......oxs.html
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On Sep 23, 2019, Cleverpaws wrote:
Heres another page with more info. I’m interested if anyone has measurements as well.
http://www.themagicdetective.com/2010/12......oxs.html

The picture in this one is something made by Houdini's staff... Margery used her own box .. The one shown in the picture I've provided. Houdini never caught Margery doing anything.
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In the link I posted above there’s two boxes shown, the one with Houdini and a second box several photos down the page that looks similar.
The Facebook photo looks to have margerys box within a special box made by scientific American to block energy or whatever Margery claimed.
It’s difficult to tell what Margery’s box looks like from that photo. (I could be wrong and she carried that huge box within a box with her)
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Slim - That's the best info yet. I actually found the original, it's on display at the Wellcome in London. Since I'm in PA, I can't visit the museum (as much as I'd love to!). I emailed the museum, they contacted the owner of the box, and they don't want any design or working info shared about the box, including photos...so I'm at a dead end. That's actually too bad, because from an historic point of view, it would be nice to know how it was built.

The Scientific American box looks nothing like the small box she used...although it may be wired the same and use the same components..it still provides info on period electrics used at the time.

I'm going to build one, based on the info I have and gimmick it for RC...should be pretty easy. Also, I'm going to gimmick it to work with the batteries removed. This will be a sucker box and will go nicely with my story-line.

From what I have read, it's a simple box with an electric bell, operated by D-cell batteries. When the lid closes, contact is made and the bell rings. Sounds simple enough...I just need to get some nice vintage-looking hardware (or weather it myself) and electrics, and reproduce it with the gimmick.

If anyone is able to locate any more info about the bell box, please share! This is very interesting from a historical perspective...not just eerie magic.
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On Sep 23, 2019, Cleverpaws wrote:
In the link I posted above there’s two boxes shown, the one with Houdini and a second box several photos down the page that looks similar.
The Facebook photo looks to have margerys box within a special box made by scientific American to block energy or whatever Margery claimed.
It’s difficult to tell what Margery’s box looks like from that photo. (I could be wrong and she carried that huge box within a box with her)

She did most of her Seances at her home. She didn't need to move things. Houdini was actually part of the Scientific American committee. There are pictures of the box between Houdini's legs and then a DRAWING of what he claims that Mina Crandon did with her legs. Houdini never caught her doing anything .. In fact it was Houdini that tried to Hoax the experiment with his body box that resulted in the curse that killed him.
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Did you find everything you need? Smile Smile
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I did. Thank you!
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EXCELLENT...... Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile
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Just finished v1 of the BellBox. Would I be violating any rules by posting pics of the finished box sans gimmicks?
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Please post photos! No rule would be broken showing photos even with the gimmicks as this is your creation, although some on here might say otherwise.
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Pics to follow. I tried to make this as period-correct as possible. Simple contact switch made from scrap copper (original had a plunger switch, that I believe was made from a door hinge pin and spring). All hardware was aged, and I stamped "1921" for effect. This also works by RC when the batteries are removed for a sucker effect. I'll post the inner workings in the Crypt when I get access. This was a proof of concept. Any suggestions would be appreciated! Pics to follow.

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