ANTIQUE, EDWARDIAN CONJURING, MAGIC DOUBLE DICE BOX Circa 1902
A rare and good example of an Edwardian Magic Trick. This could also be late Victorian, but playing safe, we will say circa 1902. See the handle detailing and also the hinges etc for age establishment.
I'm hoping the pictures speak for themselves because describing conjuring tricks is not something easily written. However, here goes:
A simple handled box with double drop-down doors to either side, easily shown by holding the box by the handle and swivelling around. Inside one section is one complete wooden dice which can be taken out and shown to be the real, three-dimensinsional thing. In the other section is a black box, the same size as the other dice and indeed with one facia with the six white dots. So it appears that there are two identical cubes in both compartments from one side and the audience assumes this to be so. However, the black box with only the six facia marked , which is cleverly hinged with black tape so that it swings up and over the top of the cube inside the compartment, is missing the opposite side to the six, so with a sleight of hand the drop door on this section shows an empty black space. Mon diet!
Well, in the correct hands it all seems pretty good stuff. Over to the magicians.......