Anverdi’s Surprise Box is one of his finest creations. It came in a number of versions, also built by various dealers other than Anverdi. This fine version was sold by Mephisto-Huis and I believe it was built by them too. However, it might have been made by Anverdi and just sold by Mephisto-Huis, since it is almost identical to the version that appears in the Anverdi book. Also it looks quite different from the one that I do believe was built by Mephisto-Huis here. The cards that came with it were in fact made in Belgium (the home of Mephisto-Huis), but I replaced them with Bicycles for your performing pleasure 🙂 Also, the Anverdi book was in fact published by Mephisto-Huis so maybe they used some of their creations for the photos. Without any other input I am going to assume this was actually built by Mephisto-Huis, but if you have any more information let me know.
Either way it came with a clear lid which was a nice touch. The opaque lid version can be seen here.
In the ads that ran with this they say you can deal out from 2-50 cards. In my tests things become less reliable after about 25-30 cards. It can work but it is much more reliable before 25. It is easy enough to ensure that happens so I don’t consider this an issue.
This version is very reliable and as long as the batteries are fresh and you don’t add too many cards works cleanly every time.
Effect: The effect is outstanding. The method is diabolical. And, the props are absolutely first class. Bring out a double card box. There are two decks inside the box. Slide open the lid and remove one of the decks. Show that the cards are all different; all shuffled. Spread the deck and ask a spectator to select any card. It is an absolutely free choice. Have her sign the card so she will recognize it later. She replaces the card in the deck, and you give the deck a shuffle. Ask the spectator to begin dealing cards one at a time from the deck into the card box. Explain that at some point she will “get a definite sign to stop dealing cards.” She will not have to think about it. The message will be obvious. She deals the cards one at a time into the box. One, two, three, four…ten, eleven, twelve…Suddenly, the lid of the box slides shut!
That’s right, the box closes under its own power!! Ask the spectator to turn over the next card. Of course, it is her selected, signed card!! Unbelievable! The effect is a killer! One they will remember for a long time! Instantly repeatable. No force of the card. The point at which the box closes is completely under your control. It can be after two cards or 25 cards are dealt. You decide. Anverdi’s Surprise Box is entirely electronic, yet is not radio controlled. No transmitters to hide. Precision made in plexiglas, it is an effect you will use all the time. And the price is quite low for such a powerful effect.
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