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Paul Harris Presents Lubor's Gift by Lubor Fiedler Review:
Two Boxes, 17 minutes, 1 DVD, a couple ideas, one clever illusion and a hundred bucks. Is it gem or is it rubble? Stay tuned.
This is the Gozinta Boxes invented by Lubor Fiedler. It's Paul Harris's update to the concept. The basic effect is you open a box, and remove another box. Then when you put the boxes away, you put the outside box in the inside box. The illusion is that the bigger (outside) box fits into the smaller (inside box). You can do just that and nothing else. However, Bro Gilbert offers two other ideas that give the effect a little more meaning.
It's self working. The boxes are constructed in such a way that either one can be the inside box or the outside box. There's really not much to say here. It's easy; anyone can do it.
Ad Copy Integrity
The ad copy is 100% accurate. It's everything it claims to be. Again, this is a simple prop, so there's not a whole lot to be said about it. Watch the video demo, and you'll see it exactly as it is.
The boxes are very good quality. They're solid and durable and will likely last a long time. It's also decorated in such a way that the illusion is further enhanced above and beyond the original version. The DVD is very clean and clear, easy to navigate, well lit, well mic'd and well taught. It also comes with postage stickers that match the ones printed on the "outside" box. You can place these stickers over the printed ones to give it a more authentic look. That's a clever idea for sure. Because this is simply a self-working prop, there's not a whole lot that can be said on a DVD about it. Bro offers two really cool ideas (one from Paul Harris and one from himself) that make the effect more meaningful.
However, I was a bit disappointed that there really wasn't much more than that. Lubor Fiedler invented this in 1966. My understanding is that he uses it in every single show. I used to use a small one to keep my sponge balls in. I would have liked to have seen other suggestions and uses for the box. What does Fiedler do with it? What things has he done with it over the years. At the same time, this is the kind of thing that many of you already have an idea of what you'll do with it even before you buy it.
I don't know how much it costs to manufacture these, but at a price tag of $100 bucks, I would have expected a bit more information and usage ideas than the 17 minutes supplied. That's really the only "product quality" issue I had.
I honestly don't know if $100 is a good price for this or not. As the ad copy points out, it's an "impossible object", a "collector's item" and an "unforgettable effect" all rolled into one. As a collector's item alone, it might be worth the price tag. It's hard to say. However, I believe that you'll be happy with the product itself. It's just a matter of whether or not you'll use it, and only you can decide that. Then you have to decide if you're willing to spend $100 bucks to use it. Everything else is totally solid. The only thing I'm "wondering" about is the price tag.
4 Stars with a Stone Status of Gem.
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