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Brass Plug-box (Limited Edition of 100) by Terry Roses

(c. 1876,1982)
In stock

Estimated: $175 - $325
*** NO Reserve Price ***
Item condition: Used

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Auction starts: December 1, 2021 12:00 am

Auction ends: December 3, 2021 7:02 pm

Starting bid: $99.00


What a clever brass utility box this is and made so perfectly by Terry Roses. It comes in a beautiful inlaid oak  carrying case too. Terry Roses does it all: he is a sleight of hand enthusiast, an avid collector of gambling equipment, locks, Houdiniana, a lecturer, a fantastic craftsman, and the secret identity of Dr. X.  These were originally sold directly by Terry Roses c. 1982 and in 1987 a few sets were also sold by Stevens Magic Emporium.  SME called this item the Ultimate Prediction Bottle (Plug Box) just to keep things interesting and historians guessing.

Although, I had read about a plug box before in Modern Magic and Thayer Quality Magic and even recall that Viking’s Bill Vanishing Tube was based on the same principle, this is the first one I have played with.  And I must say I love it 🙂  It is very effective and can be used to vanish, produce and exchange coins and other smaller items with ease.


  • The Brass Plug-Box
  • The Oak inlaid carrying case.
  • Instructions from Modern Magic.
  • Instructions from Thayer Quality Magic and an NMC Presentation Routine (Bonus).
  • Three different Fantasy Coins which look and feel real and add a little mystery to the various effects you can do with this clever little box (Bonus).

It is nice to get surprised when you pick up one of these old brass items that really is a very wonderful device and perfectly machined.

Effect: One piece of apparatus that does it all. Vanishes, produces, exchanges small objects such as billets, watches, sponge balls, rings and coins.

This device is self-working. Comes complete with the original Hoffmann instructions.

“This is a piece of apparatus so ingenious in construction and capable of being used in so many different ways, that we should recommend the student of magic to make it one of his first investments.” Prof. Hoffmann (1875)

“Beautifully made. Reminiscent of Hofzinser apparatus. A treat to see something made with true excellence. When you own something like this, you have a feeling of pride.”  Dai Vernon

“Your Plug-box is a lovely piece of precision apparatus.” John Gaughan

“Terry, your Plug-box is a practical piece of extremely fine craftsmanship.” Milbourne Christopher

A very limited edition of 100 brass Plug-boxes have been tediously crafted to specifications within 1/10,000 of an inch.

(Notice: Includes: Printed Instructions.)

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