Review: Imagination Box by Olivier Pont

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo”][vc_column_text]The “Imagination Box” is actually your own playing card box.  A white piece of sticker has been stuck onto the back design side of your card box.  You take a marker and draw a picture of a piece of candy on the white sticker.  You wave your hand over the drawing and it materialises into a real piece of candy which can be given out for consumption!

Or you can write the name of the selected card on the white piece of sticker.  It turns out to be the wrong name.  With a wave of your hand, the writing changes into the correct name of the selected card!

You can also perform a torn and restored selected card that has a marking on it to verify that it is the same card when it is restored.  In this case, there is no need for the white sticker as there is no need to draw anything.  The selected card is torn into quarters, and the 4 pieces are placed on top of the back design side of the card box.  With a wave of your hand, they are immediately restored to its original untorn state, complete with the identification marking!

If all these possibilites sound good to you, you will love Olivier Pont’s “Imagination Box”.  And the good news is that it is very easy to do.  However, you need to know about the following 3 points.

The first one is that you will have to construct the gimmick yourself and supply your own card box.  You are given the necessary items to make your own gimmick.  If you are “all thumbs” and not good at DIY, you will have to engage a friend to do it for you.  You get a link and password to download the 34 minutes video instructions.  Olivier teaches you how to construct the gimmick step-by-step.

The visual transformation is truly amazing.  However, there is a need to “get-ready” before you can perform the effect.  This therefore makes a great opening trick as you can come out with the box already set up.  A good use for the Imagination Box is to draw something on the card box, and transform your drawing into the real item so that you can use it in conjuction with your next effect which will be a card trick.  Once the transformation is completed, the card box, although still gimmicked, can be handled and shown quite freely.  You can then take out the cards from the box, and proceed with your card effect, using the item that has been produced.  To incorporate Imagination Box in the middle of your act, you will have to figure out a way to secretly set up the box, or switch your box for the gimmicked one already set up.

The third point you need to know is that it is angle sensitive when you perform the transformation.  Other methods are mentioned by Olivier such as bringing the box momentarily behind your back or using a handkerchief to cover the change.  They are not as visual and effective as the bare hand method.

The white sticker enables any drawing made with a water-based marker to be erazed later on.  This means the Imagination Box is not constructed to produce only a particular item.  You can use this Box again and again to produce other items.

Any small object no larger than the card box can be produced.  The transformation is smooth, quite visual and truly amazing.  If you need to produce something small to use in your act, you will want to consider using the Imagination Box.

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Ning Cai is a Singapore Literature Prize nominated author, who was also long listed for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2016. A bestselling writer, she is also recognised for her illusionist/ escapologist stage character Magic Babe Ning, and recognised by Channel News Asia as South East Asia's first professional female magician.

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