This is a great effect that incorporates a little magic and puzzle skills too! This is a great effect anytime, but really great for the Holiday's when you are entertaining friends and family.
Pete Biro removes 10 marbled blocks of wood from a beautifully decorated hardwood box. The pieces form a rectangle 14 by 12 cm, around which a white frame fits exactly - a puzzle.
Pete tells the crowd that in addition to purchasing this beautiful puzzle box, he also purchased an expensive potion (in which he then displays a small bottle containing liquid), at a much higher sum then the puzzle box.
Joe Stevens at Stevens Magic assured me that it was the original elixir, which Merlin, himself concocted. Without the elixir no one could ever figure out the puzzle.
Just for fun, Pete decides to try and solve the puzzle without using the potion - and to his amazement and disappointment, he is able to do it without using so much of a dram of the magical elixir! Pete, thinking realizing how much he spent of the special potion, immediately runs back to Stevens Magic to lay into Joe for selling him expensive elixir that he didn't even need!
Joe greets Pete and says, "Please calm down! I forgot to give you one of the pieces of the puzzle!" Once again, Pete leaves Stevens Magic and goes home with the extra piece. He gets out his bottle of expensive potion, but before he opens it he again tries to solve it first (without using the potion) - once again he succeeds! Now he is really mad!
He returns to Stevens Magic and this time Joe says, "I'm sorry Pete, you're not going to believe me but I actually forgot to give you this additional extra piece too!"
Once more Pete returns home with the 2nd extra piece of the puzzle and of course, tries to assemble it again without the potion and - once again he is successful! He gets on the phone and calls Stevens Magic and asks Joe, "Why did you sell me this magical elixir with the puzzle?" Joe replied, "Look, you have added two pieces to the puzzle - and it is still exactly the same size it was when you started (at which time Pete places the rectangular frame around the puzzle) and once again, it fits perfectly! But how can this be? It worked the first time, and then the second time with an extra piece added and even the third time with the second extra piece! Pete replied, "How in world is this possible?"
In which Joe responded, "In order to find this out, you will need to take a couple drinks of that magical elixir!"
Here's what you get! You receive: The beautiful wooden drawer box (non gimmicked), the puzzle, which it contains, a white cardboard frame and exceptionally detailed instructions with frame-by-frame illustrations. Size of this item is 5 3/4 x 6 1/2-inches.