Review: The Opongo Box by Juan Luis Rubiales and Luis de Matos

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This… is… the… Opongo… Box… Now… I… Will… Show… You… Opongo… Box…

Now, you might be wondering why I am writing in such a manner. Well it is because Juan Luis Rubiales speaks in such a manner. He speaks good English with an accent but that’s not the problem, he speaks way to slow. It actually made me doze off a few times while watching the DVD.

Anyway, let’s start the review proper. I own many boxes. Below are some of the boxes that I own (still have plenty not shown here, yeah I’m a coin box junkie/sucker).

Mikame Coin Box

Mojo Boogie Coin Boxes

Mojo Boogie Coin Boxes

Long John Silver and Okito Box

Long John Silver and Okito Box

Ebony wood Okito, Slot and Boston coin box

Ebony wood Okito, Slot and Boston coin box

Beyond Okito Box

Beyond Okito Box

Dr Sawa Coin Box

Dr Sawa Coin Box


Of all the above boxes, the most gimmicked box would be Beyond Okito box and I’d say the cleverest box would be Dr Sawa Coin Box. Unfortunately, I can’t show you how clever it is. Then came Opongo Box.

The Opongo Box is an all-in-one coin box. It works as an Okito, Boston as well as a slot box. What makes this special is that by adding a special item on the box, the slot can be turned into as Okito Box or the Boston into a Slot/Okito Box. Without any additional gimmicks added, it works as a Slot/ Boston Box.

Below are some pics of the Opongo Box

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The closest similarity to the Opongo Box would be Boston Box Plus. IMO, I think Boston Box Plus is more superior in terms of workmanship. I have never handled the Boston Box Plus but I have seen a video that shows the workings of the Boston Box Plus and I was awed by it. Perhaps it was because of this video that made me had high expectation of the Opongo Box.

I can’t say I wasn’t disappointed when I first saw the box but after watching the DVD, the routines were actually pretty good! The routines are the usual standard coin box routines, i.e. coins in box vanishes and appears in the magician’s hand one at a time. There are a few variations and I were actually fooled by one of the routine. The routines are constructed cleverly and it even use the lid to aid the routines. My respect for this coin box is just getting more and more!

The construction of box is pretty solid. The box feels heavy and the walls of the box and lid are pretty thick. It can fit 4 coins including an expanded [. However, I just wished that the box can be a bit more deceptive when it is used as an Okito Box. But then again, that will not be the main concern as the routines are constructed in such a way whereby everything is justified.

Comes with the box special gimmicks, the Boston Box is already loaded with the coin and it even comes with for mint condition half dollars! For some routine, you’d need to have something which most magician will already have and it can be purchased easily.

This is a very special box which I recommend all coin workers should have. If you don’t have a coin box, you should get this. It’ll be fun to play with.

[usr 8.5]

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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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